Eighties Cars at the 2017 Mecum Kissimmee, Part One

The huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a wine red metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC coupe with a beige leather interior and 4,900 miles was a no sale bid up to $60,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissemmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this first covers the eighties 11% of the 1,100 vehicles sold from Friday to Wednesday (with no auctions on Monday).

Friday, January 6th:

  • 1981 blue/white two-tone Chevrolet mild custom pickup truck with a blue cloth interior, a 385 bhp V8, and an automatic—$19,500 hammer price
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with T-tops, a red cloth interior, a 175 bhp LM1 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $11,000 the first car in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these cars in bold green
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am coupe with T-tops, a beige leather interior, a (at least) 250 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—an ouch! at $12,000 (that’s below what Hagerty’s valuation tools see as #4 money)
  • 1986 white Dodge Diplomat police car with a blue cloth interior, a 175 bhp 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 85,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1985 red Chevrolet pickup truck with a red interior, a V8, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1984 blue Jeep CJ-7 Scrambler custom pickup truck with a black interior, a 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six, and a four-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1988 charcoal metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a gray leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 21,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1987 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1983 silver blue metallic Mercedes-Benz 300D sedan with a blue vinyl interior, a 120 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch inline five turbo diesel, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1981 beige/dark bronze two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a camel leather interior, a 190 bhp L81 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed, and 75,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 burgundy Lincoln Town Car sedan with a burgundy leather interior, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 11,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1987 burgundy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 76,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1987 white Land Rover Defender SUV with a black leather interior, a 85 bhp 19J 2.5 liter/152 cubic inch inline four fuel injected turbo diesel, and a five-speed—$21,500 makes this the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of Friday.
  • 1988 silver/blue two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with a blue leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1984 white Buick Riviera convertible with a white top, a red leather interior, a 190 bhp LD5 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic—$12,000 for this rare turbo convertible.
  • 1986 black pearl Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a gray leather interior, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1983 white Spartan coupe with a gray interior, an automatic transmission, and 40,000 miles—$18,000 for this “neo-classic” based on a Datsun/Nissan 280ZX chassis.
  • 1983 black Jeep Scrambler custom pickup truck with a tan interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,000

Saturday, January 7th:

  • 1980 green Mercedes-Benz 300SD sedan with a tan interior, a 120 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch inline five turbo diesel, an automatic, and 28,000 miles—$22,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$26,000
  • 1984 dark gold Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a camel cloth interior, a 190 bhp L69 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch “HO” V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 2,600 miles—$18,000
  • 1981 red Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with a gray vinyl interior, a 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six, and a four-speed manual—$18,500
  • 1981 beige/dark bronze two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a camel cloth interior, a 190 bhp L81 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1988 yellow Pontiac Fiero Formula coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 135 bhp L44 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch fuel-injected V6, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a black vinyl interior, a 175 bhp LM1 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a blue cloth interior, a 175 bhp LM1 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1982 guards red Porsche 911SC custom coupe with a black leather interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch fuel-injected flat six, and a five-speed—$33,000
  • 1983 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with a white/blue cloth interior, a 175 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 teal Toyota very custom pickup truck with a gray cloth interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1988 black Toyota LJ-70 SUV with a black vinyl interior, a four cylinder turbo-diesel, and a five-speed—$8,000
  • 1981 white Porsche 911 custom cabriolet (custom because there were no factory cabriolets in 1981) with a blue top, a blue leather interior, a 3.0 liter flat six, and a five-speed—$65,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with a silver beige leather interior, a 200 bhp L82 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$23,000 is solid money for a CE that has actually been (somewhat) driven.
  • 1984 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, and a five-speed—$30,500
  • 1989 blue Mini Cooper 30th Anniversary coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 1.1 liter inline four, an automatic, and 53,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with a black cloth interior, a 383 cubic inch supercharged V8, and an automatic—$25,000
  • 1981 red Toyota Land Cruiser SUV with a diesel engine—$33,000 makes this the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of Saturday.

Sunday, January 8th:

  • 1986 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a red cloth interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1983 gold Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a chocolate convertible top, a brown leather interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1987 red Porsche 944 custom coupe with red interior, a 147 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four, and a five-speed—$9,000
  • 1987 white Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan with a red leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am coupe with a red interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition coupe with a white (Cadillac) leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 8,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, a gray cloth interior, a 225 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible with a white top, a red leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a tan leather interior, a 214 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, and a five-speed—$40,000 makes this the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of Sunday.
  • 1980 black Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with a black interior, a V8, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1988 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, a gray cloth interior, a 225 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and a five speed—$4,750
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 190 bhp L98 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1983 orange Dodge custom van with an orange cloth interior—$11,000
  • 1985 white Toyota Celica Supra coupe with a blue cloth interior, a 161 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch fuel injected inline six, and a five-speed manual—$4,000
  • 1989 blue Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a blue top, a tan leather interior, a 262 bhp 5.3 liter/323 cubic inch fuel injected V12, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1987 red Toyota Celica Supra coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 230 bhp 3.0 liter/181 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected inline six, an automatic, and 31,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1984 blue Ford Mustang very custom coupe with a black interior, a 351 cubic inch V8, and a five-speed—$6,500
  • 1984 charcoal Porsche 928S custom coupe with a black leather interior, a V8, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a gray interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,000

Tuesday, January 10th:

  • 1984 light blue metallic/medium blue metallic two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a blue leather interior, a 205 bhp L82 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1984 white Chevrolet C30 Scottsdale hauler with a blue vinyl interior and a four-speed—$17,500
  • 1987 silver Chevrolet El Camino SS pickup truck with a burgundy cloth interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1986 white Tiffany coupe with a beige leather interior, a 5.0 liter V8, and an automatic—$18,000 for this Mercury Cougar-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1981 yellow Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a blue cloth interior, a 300 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a gray cloth interior, a V8, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1986 red Tiffany coupe with a red leather interior, a 5.0 liter fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1982 blue Jeep CJ-7 SUV with a gray cloth interior, a 258 cubic inch six, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1988 pearl white Cadillac Allante convertible with a red leather interior, a 170 bhp 4.0 liter/250 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1983 black Jeep CJ-7 SUV with a tan interior and a 258 cubic inch six—$7,250
  • 1983 black Ford Mustang GT coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 175 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed, and 10,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 11,000 miles—$25,000

    1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais, courtesy of Mecum Auctions.
  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 92 bhp Iron Duke 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch fuel injected inline four, an automatic, and 70,000 miles—an ouch! at $1,250.
  • 1986 copperhead pearl/white two-tone Chevrolet K20 custom pickup truck with a copper/white interior, a 408 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1984 gray/black Chevrolet Blazer Silverado custom SUV with a gray cloth interior, a 350 cubic inch carbureted V8, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a fuel injected V8—$5,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 67,000 miles—$20,000

Wednesday, January 11th:

  • 1985 black BMW 635CSi coupe with a red leather interior, a 182 bhp 3.4 liter (yes—not 3.5 liter)/209 cubic inch fuel injected inline six with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 98,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1987 red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black top, a tan leather interior, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$27,500
  • 1985 red Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a gray interior and a 5.0 liter V8 engine—$16,000
  • 1988 burgundy Cutlass Supreme Classic coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$22,000 has to be near to a world record for a non-Hurst eighties Cutlass.
  • 1986 black Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black cloth interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 engine, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1982 white with wood Jeep Scrambler custom SUV with a tan interior, a 4.2 liter inline 6, and a five-speed—$30,000
  • 1987 black Porsche 928S4 coupe with a gray leather interior and a 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection—$15,500
  • 1986 white Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible with a tan leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$52,500
  • 1986 red Jaguar XJ-S coupe with a tan leather interior, a Chevrolet 454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$7,000 for this “lump” (yes, that’s what Jags with American engines are called)
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a black top, a gray cloth interior, an 195 bhp L98 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 1,400 miles—$27,500
  • 1987 guards red Porsche 944 coupe with black leather interior, a 158 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 27,000 miles—$18,500
  • 1984 bronze/brown two-tone Chevrolet El Camin0 custom pickup truck with a brown cloth interior, a 400 bhp 355 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with a silver beige leather interior, a 200 bhp L82 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1984 silver Jeep Scrambler mild custom pickup truck with a black vinyl interior—$23,000
  • 1982 black Jeep Scrambler mild custom pickup truck with a 258 cubic inch inline six and a four-speed—$19,000
  • 1980 red Jeep CJ-7 custom SUV with a red interior, a 304 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed—$22,000
  • 1988 red Alpha Romeo Graduate Edition spyder with a black top, a tan interior, a four cylinder engine, a five-speed, and 71,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1989 blue Mercedes-Benz 420SEL sedan with a beige interior, a 4.2 liter V8, and an automatic—$3,000

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