Eighties Vehicles at the 2016 Mecum Kansas City

Mecum’s three-day auction in Kansas City included a reasonable amount of vehicles from the 1980s—fully 6% of the 472 lots. Remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a black 1987 Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp 3.8 liter LC2 turbocharged and fuel-injected V6, and an automatic was a no sale bid up to $40,000. As always, I’ll concentrate on the cars that actually sold and add some of my opinions.

Thursday, December 1st:
  • 1989 red Ford F150 Lariat custom pickup truck with a gray cloth interior, a 5.0 liter fuel-injected V8, and a five-speed manual—$8,500 hammer price.
  • 1981 blue Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a blue leather interior, a hardtop, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter fuel-injected V8, and an automatic—$5,250
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Silverado mild custom pickup truck with a red cloth interior, a 5.0 liter V8, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1986 blue Chevrolet Caprice Classic very custom coupe with a gray interior and an automatic—$4,500 for this low rider.
  • 1982 white Porsche 928S coupe with a blue interior, a 234 bhp 4.6 liter fuel-injected V8, a five-speed manual, and 88,000 miles—$7,000
  • [one year early] 1979 blue/green two-tone Lincoln Continental sedan with a green leather interior, a 179 bhp (oog!) 400 cubic inch Cleveland carbureted V8, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1980 beige Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais coupe with a brown cloth interior, an unknown engine, and an automatic—$3,000
  • [one year early] 1979 maroon Chevrolet Malibu Classic custom station wagon with red vinyl interior, a 355 cubic inch carbureted V8, and a four-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a red leather interior, a 230 bhp 5.7 liter L98 fuel-injected V8, an automatic, and 21,000 miles—$9,250
Friday, December 2nd:
  • [one year late] 1990 white Mazda Miata convertible with a black interior, a 116 bhp 1.6 liter fuel-injected inline four, and a five-speed manual—$6,000
  • [one year early] 1979 red Subaru Brat with a tan interior, a 67 bhp 1.6 liter EA-71 carbureted flat four, and a four-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1987 white Ford Bronco mild custom SUV with a blue interior, a 5.0 liter V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a black/gray interior, a 190 bhp 5.0 liter fuel-injected V8, and an automatic—$8,000 for this good looking IROC in what I consider is the correct color.
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a gray interior, a V8, and an automatic—$4,750
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with a gray interior, a 5.7 liter L98 fuel-injected V8, an automatic, and 57,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1981 silver DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a gray interior, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter ZMJ-159 fuel-injected V6, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1982 brown/gold two-tone Phillips Berlina coupe with a tan interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$17,500 for this Corvette-based “neo-classic.”
  • [one year early] 1979 black Cadillac Seville sedan with a black interior, a 170 bhp 350 cubic inch L49 fuel-injected V8, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1987 black Dodge Ramcharger SUV with a red cloth interior, a 360 cubic inch carbureted V8, an automatic, and 83,000 miles—$6,500
  • [one year early] 1979 white/black two-tone GMC K pickup truck with a red interior, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$8,500
Saturday, December 3rd:
  • [one year early] 1979 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a tan cloth interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed manual—$18,500
  • 1986 blue/white two-tone GMC K10 pickup truck with a blue interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp 3.8 liter LC2 turbocharged and fuel-injected V6, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$21,000 makes this the first and only 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.

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