Eighties Cars at the 2018 Mecum Kissimmee, Part One

This year’s huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the reasonably stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not “no reserve” auctions—a dark blue 1985 Porsche 935 DP coupe with tan leather seats was a no sale bid up to $300,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissimmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this first covers the eighties 10% of the approximately 900 vehicles sold from Friday to Tuesday (with no auctions on Monday).

Friday, January 5th:

  • 1987 light blue metallic Chevrolet V10 Silverado regular cab pickup truck with a blue custom vinyl bench seat, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—with a $13,000 hammer price, the first eighties vehicle in this auction meets my criteria for serious 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 blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a small block V8, and an automatic—$4,250
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with dark red leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1988 red Chevrolet V30 crew cab pickup truck with a maroon interior, an LE8 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with a Rochester Mod-Quad four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1985 black/gray two-tone Cadillac Seville Elegante sedan with gray leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 56,00o miles—$5,250
  • 1983 black Mitsubishi Jeep J54 SUV with a tan soft top, black/gray vinyl seats, a 79 bhp 2.7 liter/162 ci diesel inline four, and a four-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1980 arctic white Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with a black interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 69,000 miles—at $22,500 the highest eighties sale on the first day of the auction.
  • 1989 beige Nissan Pao hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a MA10S 51 bhp 1.0 liter/61 ci inline four, and a five-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1987 brown Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, brown leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1986 canyon red Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal leather seats, a Lima 200 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1988 frost white Chevrolet Blazer K10 SUV with burgundy custom cloth seats, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 85,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 72,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1983 red Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 69,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1983 black Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a black interior, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 nassau blue metallic Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, blue leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1984 red Manta Mirage coupe with a red interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$24,500 for this McLaren replica.
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet R10 regular cab pickup truck with a red interior, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1986 cream/brown two-tone Chevrolet R20 regular cab pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1987 burgundy Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 31,000 miles—$16,500 is about $4,000 more than “all the money,” according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
1987 Nissan 300ZX, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1988 silver/blue two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan with a blue leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1989 silver Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, gray leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 77,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1985 black Cadillac DeVille limousine with blue cloth seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1982 red Chevrolet Blazer K5 custom SUV with black/red seats, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1988 pearl white Cadillac Allanté convertible with red leather seats, a 170 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$6,500

Saturday, January 6th:

  • 1980 black MG MGB convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, a 63 bhp 1.8 liter/110 ci inline four with a Zenith 175CD5T carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet R10 regular cab pickup truck with a black cloth bench seat, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1986 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, white seats, a Windsor 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1981 dark charcoal metallic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an L37 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$28,000
  • 1985 moonraker blue Austin Mini Cooper coupe with black seats, a 1.0 liter/61 ci inline four, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1986 red Nissan FR40 fire truck with blue seats, a P40 4.0 liter/241 ci inline six, and a five-speed manual—$10,500
  • 1987 red Mitsubishi Minicab fire truck with gray cloth/vinyl seats, a 660 cc inline three, a four-speed manual, and 3,200 miles—$10,000
  • 1989 alpine green metallic Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas sedan with tan leather seats, an AJ6 195 bhp 3.6 liter/217 ci inline six with fuel injection, an automatic, and 3,600 miles—$16,000
  • 1986 rosso corsa Ferrari Testarossa coupe with tan leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 36,000 miles—$92,500
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black vinyl seats, an L37 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA hatchback coupe with tan cloth seats, an L98 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1987 yellow gold Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LB9 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,500 miles—$17,000
  • 1984 black Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with a black interior, a 105 bhp 2.5 liter/150 ci inline four with a Carter YFA one-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$6,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with tan vinyl seats, an LM1 175 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$15,500
  • 1981 blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray seats, a four-speed manual, and 147,000 miles—$33,500
  • 1986 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with maroon cloth seats, an L69 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 38,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1986 red Jeep CJ-7 Laredo custom SUV with tan leather seats, a 383 ci V8, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1981 beige Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with black seats and a manual—$36,000

Sunday, January 7th:

  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA hatchback coupe with a gray interior, a small block V8, an automatic, and 51,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1987 red Chevrolet V20 custom regular cab pickup truck with a black bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$24,000
  • 1988 teal Toyota very custom pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 black Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, an LB9 195 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1986 white Chevrolet K10 Silverado regular cab pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, an LE9 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1989 black Dodge Dakota Sport convertible pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 125 bhp 3.9 liter/239 ci V6 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1981 manganese brown Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a chocolate convertible top, a palomino leather interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 white Honda Acty pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a four-speed manual, and 39,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1986 blue Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with gray seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,000
  • 1984 brown Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency sedan with brown cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$21,500. Once again, who saves these cars?
1985 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1985 white Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe with tan leather seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, and an automatic—$32,000 for this Mustang-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1980 red Porsche 924 Turbo hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 150 bhp 2.0 liter/121 ci inline four with turbocharger and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,200 miles—$21,000
  • 1982 black Mercedes-Benz 230 GE SUV with tan cloth seats, an M102 123 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and four-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1989 black Cadillac Allante convertible with red leather seats, a 200 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 88,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1987 bright red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, black leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with an L98 220 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 68,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1987 black Cadillac Brougham (not the Fleetwood it is listed as) sedan with red leather seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 28,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1982 dark redwood Buick Riviera coupe with red leather seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester M4MC four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1984 brown Dodge 600 convertible with a tan top, tan seats, an unknown inline four (could be the 2.2 or the Mitsubishi 2.6), an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$4,750
  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero Pace Car Edition coupe with red/gray cloth/leather seats, an “Iron Duke” 92 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 76,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1987 guards red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with camel leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a four-speed manual, the factory slant-nose option, and 50,000 miles—$125,000
  • 1989 red Buick Reatta coupe with a tan leather interior, a 3800 165 bhp 3.8 liter/281 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—an ouch! at $2,500
  • 1986 medium brown metallic/light brown metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Conquista pickup truck with saddle interior, an LB4 130 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$11,000

Tuesday, January 9th:

  • 1987 blue Chevrolet G20 van with blue seats, a 130 bhp 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1989 champagne silver Volvo 780 Bertone coupe with a black/tan interior, a 145 bhp 2.8 liter V6, and an automatic—$1,900
  • 1985 apple red/white frost two-tone Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a burgundy cloth bench seat, an LE9 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1989 black Bentley Mulsanne S sedan with palomino leather seats, a 205 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1983 light brown metallic/dark brown metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Super Sport pickup truck with dark brown cloth seats, an Lg4 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1982 red Jeep CJ-8 custom SUV with tan seats and a four-speed manual—$22,500
  • 1987 burgundy Mercedes-Benz 420SEL sedan with tan leather seats, an M116 E42 201 bhp 4.2 liter/256 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1989 white Chevrolet S10 Baja pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a Vortec 4300 160 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,500
  • 1985 blue Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1985 tan two-tone Dodge D150 Royal SE pickup truck, a tan vinyl bench seat, a 5.8 liter/360 ci V8, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1981 burgundy Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with bucket seats, an 82 bhp 151 ci inline four with a two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$19,500
  • 1984 red Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with black seats, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$19,500
  • 1983 guards red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black/gray seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$18,000
  • 1980 white Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with a blue interior, a 180 bhp 4.5 liter/276 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1983 white/red Toyota Tacoma very custom pickup with a red/black interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with two four-barrel carburetors, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1985 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet custom pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1984 guards red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$4,500
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 4,800 miles—$34,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 5,900 miles—$32,500
  • 1988 bright red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a brown convertible top, tan leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$29,000
  • 1989 red Rolls-Royce Corniche II convertible with a white leather interior, a 220 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 21,000 miles—$61,000
  • 1986 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 34,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1985 aqua (that’s not the actual color name—I think it’s medium blue firemist metallic) Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham sedan with blue leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1986 silver Ford F-150 XLT pickup truck with a gray interior, a 185 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, and an automatic—$3,250

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