Eighties Vehicles at the 2016 RM Sotheby’s Monterey

RM Sotheby’s August auction in Monterey included a few eighties cars that are the absolute top of the market. Every single one met my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. As always, I’ll concentrate on the cars that actually sold and add some of my opinions. Where I have covered the specific year and model of a car in this blog, I link to it.

    • 1986 red Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with a tan leather interior, a 270 bhp 3.2 liter V8, a five-speed manual, fitted luggage, and 13,000 miles—$90,000 hammer price.
    • 1982 cumberland gray Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series II coupe with a tobacco leather interior, a 425 bhp (serious power for 1982) 5.3 liter V8, a five-speed manual, and the original toolkit—$325,000. Hagerty’s valuation tools see all the money for a Series II as being $210,000; this sale may influence their value guide.
    • 1989 white Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition coupe with a black leather interior, a 449 bhp 5.2 liter V12, a five-speed manual, and 7,000 miles—$210,000 for this somewhat acquired Countach taste.
    • 1986 black Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS hatchback sedan with a gray cloth interior, a 175 bhp 2.2 liter inline four, a five-speed manual, and 7,000 miles, owned for many years by Carroll Shelby—I’m willing to bet that $25,000 marks the highest price that any “Omnirizon” will sell at for a long time.
    • 1981 inka orange BMW M1 coupe with a black leather interior, a 277 bhp 3.5 liter inline six, a five-speed manual, and 13,000 miles—$525,000
    • 1984 red Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer coupe with a black leather interior, a 340 bhp 4.9 liter boxer 12, a five-speed manual, and 3,700 miles—$255,000

What do you think of this auction’s results?


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