Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Portland

Mecum’s June auction in Portland was spare for eighties vehicles—they were about 3% of the lots that sold in this auction. 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 sky blue 1980 Toyota BJ-41 Land Cruiser SUV with black seats was a no sale bid up to $30,000) and add some of my opinions—I’ll leave the motorcycles, tractors, and automobilia to others. Where I have covered the specific year and model of a car in this blog, I link to it.

Friday, June 16th:

  • 1988 camouflage AM General Hummer H1 pickup truck with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$14,000 hammer price.
  • 1983 signal red Mercedes-Benz 380SEC coupe with palomino leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and a non-standard repaint—an ouch! at $4,500
  • 1989 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a black hard top, tan leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,500
  • 1980 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black cloth seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $17,000 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.
  • 1985 light bronze metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with bronze leather seats, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,200 miles—$16,500
  • 1980 red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 48,000 miles—$38,000

    1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa, linked from Mecum Auctions.
  • 1987 red Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio convertible with gray leather seats, a 115 bhp 2.0 liter/120 cubic inch inline four with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 59,000 miles—$6,500

Only Mercedes-Benz had more than one eighties vehicle sold in Portland. What do you think of these results?

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