Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Northeast

Barrett-Jackson’s second Northeast auction at the Mohegun Sun casino in Connecticut in late June included a reasonable amount of vehicles from the 1980s— about 7% of the lots offered. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold 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.

Thursday, June 22nd:

  • 1980 orange BMW 635 CSi coupe with tan leather seats, a 235 bhp 3.5 liter/211 cubic inch inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$8,000 hammer price for this European spec car.
  • 1982 brown/gold two-tone Datsun 280ZX GL coupe with a beige interior, a 145 bhp L28E 2.8 liter/164 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1989 blue Jaguar XJS convertible with barley leather seats, a 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch HE V12 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1983 maroon Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan with a tan interior, a 67 bhp 2.4 liter/147 cubic inch diesel inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 129,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1987 black GMC Caballero pickup truck with burgundy cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1987 light blue metallic Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1984 black Mercedes-Benz 500SEL custom sedan with gray interior, a 184 bhp 5.0 liter/304 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission—$9,500
  • 1987 gold Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a tan interior, a 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 bhp V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 400 miles—$9,000
  • 1982 silver Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with blue leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1982 red Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue Edition sedan with red leather seats, a 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch V8 with carburetor, an automatic, and 63,000 miles—an ouch! at $4,000
  • 1984 red Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with a black soft top, a black interior, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter 2-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with silver beige leather seats, a 200 bhp L83 Cross-Fire 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1983 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with tan leather seats, an LS1 5.7 liter/346 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1989 pearl white Tiffany coupe with tan leather seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,500 for this Mercury Cougar-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1986 cream with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a tan interior, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 cubic inch V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 89,000 miles—$31,000 makes this the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious collectability of 1980s cars or trucks in stock condition: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1980 dark blue metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a blue interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$33,000 is serious money for a late shark. Hagerty’s valuation tools sees all the money for this configuration as about $25,500.
  • 1982 black Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham coupe with a tan interior, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 12,000 miles—$10,000. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen an eighties Toronado up for auction.

    1982 Oldsmobile Toronado, courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.
  • 1982 wimbledon white/apple red two-tone Ford F-150 XLT Lariet Edition pickup truck with a red interior, a 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch carbureted V8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$13,500
  • 1987 medium garnet red metallic Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a gray interior, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$11,500
  • 1987 gray Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a dark blue convertible top, a gray hard top, dark blue leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1987 white Mercedes-Benz 560SEL sedan with a tan interior, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500

Friday, June 23rd:

  • 1984 red GMC Sierra C1500 Classic pickup truck with a red/black mild custom interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 91,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1988 satin beige metallic Jaguar XJ-SC cabriolet (not a full convertible) with brown leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch V12 with Lucas-Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1988 flame red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a tan interior, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with saddle cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 12,900 miles—$16,500
  • 1989 silver Porsche 928S4 coupe with a burgundy interior, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,500 miles—$29,000
  • 1980 brown Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 SUV with gray/black seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter carburetted inline six, and a four-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1980 mustard yellow Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 SUV with tan seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter carburetted inline six, and a four-speed manual—$38,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a gray interior, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 cubic inch V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera custom coupe with a black interior, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 47,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1987 tan/white two-tone Chevrolet Suburban SUV with a tan interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$12,000 for this vehicle once owned by Ted Williams
  • 1987 guards red Porsche 928S4 coupe with a black interior, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1980 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition coupe with camel tan cloth seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbo V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1984 glacier blue Jeep CJ-7 custom SUV with a black interior, a Vortec 5.3 liter V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with red leather seats, an L98 225 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$20,000 for this loaded car (originally a $12,819 base price and $7,801 worth of options). Really nice early third-generation F bodies are starting to decently at auction—this one dates from when you could get the L98 or the five-speed, but not both.
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 very custom coupe with tan interior, a 454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1986 black Buick Regal Grand National very custom pickup truck with black/gray cloth seats, a 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,000 for a business in the front (Buick) and party in the back (El Camino).

    1986 custom Buck Regal Grand National, photo linked from Barrett-Jackson.
  • 1985 black cherry Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 prototype coupe with a 305 cubic inch V8 and an automatic—sold on bill of sale only at $23,000
  • 1989 black Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with black leather seats, a 6.8 liter/412 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000

Saturday, June 24th:

  • 1987 blue Polski FIAT 126P with a black interior, a 0.7 liter two, and a four-speed manual—$5,000
  • 1984 chiffon white Porsche 928S coupe with a burgundy and beige interior, a 234 bhp 4.6 liter V8 with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$15,000 for this car that sold at the same auction in 2016
  • 1983 silver Cadillac Sedan DeVille sedan (natch!) with a gray interior, a indeterminate V8 could be gas or diesel, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth seats, a 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1986 guards red Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with champagne leather seats, a 326 bhp 3.3 liter/202 cubic inch flat six with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 15,000 miles—$141,000 makes this European spec car by far the highest original eighties vehicle sale of the auction.

I see a lot of Chevrolets, Mercedes-Benz’s, Pontiacs, and Porsches. What do you think of this auction’s results?

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