Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 RM Sotheby’s Monterey

RM Sotheby’s August auction in Monterey included six eighties cars that are at the absolute top of the market—every single production car met my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. As always, I’ll concentrate on the cars that actually sold and add some of my opinions. Where I have covered the specific year and model of a car in this blog, I link to it.

  • 1989 silver Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with a black top, black leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 4,800 miles—$195,000 hammer price.
  • 1989 red, white, and blue Aston Martin race car with a 6.0 liter V8—$560,000
  • 1989 red Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with a black leather interior, a 260 bhp 3.2 liter/195 cubic inch V8 and Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,500 miles—$140,000
  • 1984 red Ferrari 512 BBi coupe with red and black leather seats, a 335 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch flat 12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 566 miles—$390,000
  • 1983 red Ferrari 512 BBi coupe with tan leather seats, a 335 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch flat 12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 20,000 miles—$220,000
  • 1986 blu chiaro metallizato Ferrari Testarossa coupe with chrema leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$132,500 for this very unusual color on a car originally delivered to Miami Vice director Michael Mann.

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