Eighties Vehicles at the 2016 Auctions America Santa Monica

Auctions America’s June auction in Santa Monica include a decent amount of eighties vehicles. I’ll concentrate on the 1980s cars, trucks, and motorcycles that actually sold (remember that this is not an all no reserve auction—a white 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV with a red interior was a no sale bid up to $330,000) and add some of my opinions.

Saturday, June 25th:

  • [one year early] 1979 red Maico 450 motorcycle—$3,450 hammer price
  • 1981 red Maico 490 motorcycle—$2,070
  • [one year early] 1979 red Honda XR500 motorcycle—$1,150
  • 1983 gray Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster motorcycle—$12,650
  • 1983 blue Harley-Davidson FLH Special Police motorcycle—$9,775
  • 1985 black Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole Cabriolet with a black top, a tan interior, a 3.2 liter V8, a five-speed manual, the original toolkit, and 11,000 miles—$46,750
  • 1988 silver Porsche 959 Komfort coupe with a burgundy and silver leather interior, a 2.8 liter twin-turbo flat six, a six-speed manual, the original toolkit, and less than 5,000 miles—at $1,1250,000, by far the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction is also the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1984 red Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer coupe with a tan and red interior, a 4.9 liter boxer 12, five-speed manual, the original toolkit, and 8,000 miles—$308,000
  • 1984 black Toyota Century sedan with a beige leather interior, a 4.0 liter V8, an automatic, and right hand drive—$19,250 for perhaps the most interesting eighties vehicle in this auction
  • 1989 black Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with a black interior—an ouch! at $7,425

Sunday, June 26th:

  • 1981 white/blue two-tone Clenet Series II convertible with a blue top, a blue interior, a Ford V8, and an automatic transmission—$28,000 for this neo-classic
  • 1987 white Porsche 911S Turbo coupe with a burgundy leather interior, the factory Slantnose option, a 3.3 liter turbocharged flat six, a four-speed manual, and the original toolkit—$178,750
  • [one year early] 1979 yellow Ferrari 308 GTS coupe with a black interior, a 3.0 liter V8, a five-speed manual, and the original toolkit—$63,800
  • 1989 red Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition coupe with a tan interior, a 5.2 liter V12, a five-speed manual, and the original toolkit—$291,500
  • 1989 black Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster with a tan interior, a 3.2 liter flat six, a five-speed manual, and 78,000 miles (high mileage for a Speedster)—$106,700
  • [one year late] 1990 burgundy with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a burgundy interior and a 360 cubic inch V8—$8,250 for this final example of the breed.
  • 1983 yellow once Buick/now Pontiac NASCAR #66 racecar that may or may not be functional—at $11,000, the usual unimpressive money that racecars bring
  • 1985 blue and white Eagle 85GC AAR Skoal Bandit #98 Indy Car racecar with a non-functional engine—$26,400
  • 1980 blue and white Penske PC7 #12 Indy Car racecar with a non-functional engine—$33,000
  • 1986 gray Mercedes-Benz 560SEL sedan with a tan interior and a 5.5 liter V8—$12,100
  • 1982 black Maserati Quattroporte III sedan with a tan leather interior, a 4.9 liter V8, and over 135,000 miles—$8,910
  • [one year late] 1990 white Maserati Biturbo Cabriolet with a black top, a black and gray interior, and a 2.8 liter twin-turbo V6—$9,240
  • 1988 black Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce convertible with a black top, a black interior, a 2.0 liter inline four, and a five speed manual—$9,350
  • 1984 black Maserati Quattroporte III sedan with a tan leather interior, a 4.9 liter V8, and a damaged front end—$2,750
  • 1982 dark red Maserati Quattroporte III sedan with a tan leather interior, a 4.9 liter V8, and 60,000 miles—$8,690
  • 1980 red Maserati Quattroporte III sedan with a tan leather interior and a 4.9 liter V8—according to Hagerty’s valuation tools, $11,000 is between #3/Good and #4/Fair money for a 1980 Quattroporte III.

To me, the spectacular 959 sale was the highlight of this auction. What do you think of this auction’s results?

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