Eighties Cars at the 2017 Mecum Kissimmee, Part Two

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 red 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition coupe with an ivory leather interior with 6,600 miles was a no sale bid up to $275,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissemmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this second covers the eighties vehicles sold from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday, January 12th:
  • 1989 gold Johnson Phantom coupe with a tan leather interior, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 2,700 miles—$27,000 hammer price for this Pontiac Firebird-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1988 gray AM General Hummer SUV with a gray interior, a 6.2 liter diesel, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1985 yellow Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black leather interior and a 300 bhp 307 cubic inch V8—$20,000
  • 1987 red Porsche 928S4 with a red leather interior, a 316 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1988 arctic white Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a blue leather interior, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1986 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, a five-speed, and 92,000 miles—$31,000
  • 1984 red Porsche 944 custom coupe with a black interior, a LS 5.3 liter liter fuel injected V8, and a five-speed—$27,000
  • 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 15,000 miles—at $41,000 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.
  • 1988 red Chevrolet K30 dually pickup truck with a tan vinyl interior, a 230 bhp 7.4 liter V8, and a four-speed—$25,000
  • 1987 black Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 290 miles—$100,000
  • 1989 silver Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a gray leather interior, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 15,000 miles—$110,000 for this car that was originally gifted to Don Johnson by Ferrari.
Friday, January 13th:
  • 1980 blue Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am coupe with a blue interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1981 guards black Porsche 911SC Targa coupe with a black leather interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch fuel-injected flat six, and a five-speed—$22,000
  • 1986 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, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 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, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 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, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 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, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 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 994 miles—$37,000 for this documented Indianapolis 500 festival car.
  • 1984 red Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole convertible with a black top, a black leather interior, a 235 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$33,000
  • 1987 black Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 68 miles—$220,000 for the last GNX built.
  • 1989 black Porsche Speedster convertible with a black leather interior, a 214 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, a five-speed, and 2,900 hard miles—$145,000 for this car that was stolen from Nicholas Cage and ended up in lake.
  • 1986 black Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a red leather interior, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 5,900 miles—$165,000
  • 1988 silver Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$87,500
  • 1982 black Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a red leather interior, a 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 59,000 miles—$47,000
Saturday, January 14th:
  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Collector Edition coupe with a blue and white leather interior, a 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 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—$39,000
  • 1982 black Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with a red leather interior, a 125 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1984 black Lamborghini Countach 5000S coupe with a black leather interior, a 325 bhp 4.8 liter/290 cubic inch V12 with six Weber two-barrel carburetors, and a five-speed—$225,000
  • 1980 orange BMW M1 coupe with a black cloth and leather interior, a 277 bhp 3.5 liter fuel injected inline six, a five-speed, and 22,000 miles—$400,000 is about $100,000 short of #4 money according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1981 silver Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a tan leather interior, a 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 33,000 miles—$77,500
  • 1987 red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a tan leather interior, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 5,900 miles—$94,500
Sunday, January 15th:
  • 1984 red Jeep J10 Laredo pickup truck with a black vinyl interior, a 360 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$5,750
  • 1988 red/white two-tone Ford Thunderbird Bill Elliott Signature Edition coupe with a red leather interior, a 155 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car Edition coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1987 blue with woodgrain sides Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a 5.9 liter V8—$8,000
  • 1987 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with a tan cloth interior, a 5.0 liter fuel injected V8, an automatic, the GTA package, and 44,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1989 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, a gray leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and a six-speed—$5,000
  • 1989 green Jeep Wrangler Sahara custom SUV with a white top, a tan interior, a 305 bhp 5.3 liter Vortec V8, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z custom convertible with a tan interior, a 5.0 liter V8, an automatic, 77,000 miles, and a salvage title—$4,250
  • 1981 light cashmere Chrysler LeBaron sedan with a heather interior, a 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch carbureted V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$1,000

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