Eighties Cars at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

As always, the January auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars and trucks that sold and add some of my opinions—I’ll leave the motorcycles and automobilia to others. Eighties vehicles were reasonably present at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: about 6% of the 1,678 relevant lots.

Monday, January 15th:

  • 1988 red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with tan vinyl seats, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—a $4,200 hammer price marks the usual ignominious beginning for eighties vehicles at this auction.
  • 1987 white Jaguar XJS coupe with gray leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 92,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1987 tan/brown two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV with tan seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$13,500
  • 1986 medium gray metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 34,000 miles—$8,200
  • 1985 red Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with both tops, tan seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1985 white BMW 325ix custom coupe with black leather seats, a 3.2 liter inline six, and a five-speed manual—$27,000
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with carmine vinyl seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 75,000 miles. At $12,000, 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.
  • 1987 blue AM General Humvee SUV with a blue interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 black BMW M6 coupe with gray leather seats, an M88/3 256 bhp 3.5 liter/211 cubic inch inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed—$13,000
  • 1988 red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a hard top, palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$25,500
  • 1986 red Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with gray seats, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$15,500
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car coupe with oyster cloth seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor and turbocharger, an automatic, and 16,0oo miles—$20,000
  • 1988 magenta GMC Sierra 1500 custom pickup truck with a reddish brown cloth bench seat, a 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 93,000 miles—$16,500 for this Boyd Coddington-designed custom.
  • 1983 blue Nissan 720 King Cab pickup truck with a blue interior, a Z24 103 bhp 2.4 liter/146 cubic inch inline four, and a five-speed manual—$9,000

Tuesday, January 16th:

  • 1985 white Cadillac Seville sedan with white leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000. You see many of the closely-related eighties Eldorado coupes at auction, but it is rare to see a Seville, with its polarizing styling.
1984 Cadillac Seville, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1988 blue Cadillac Eldorado coupe with blue cloth/leather seats, an HT-4500 155 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 58,000 miles—$4,700
  • 1980 petrol blue metallic Porsche 928 coupe with tan leather seats, a 231 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 64,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1983 silver Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with silver cloth seats, an L28E 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1985 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 21,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 green Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black bench seat, a 383 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1982 silver Chevrolet Corvette coupe with silver seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV with gray seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 66,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1980 white GMC Jimmy custom pickup truck with burgundy cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$24,000
  • 1985 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 987 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 atlantic blue Ford Mustang ASC McClaren convertible with a blue top, beige seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 40,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1988 red Chevrolet C1500 custom pickup truck with a red interior, a 383 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1985 black Jeep Scrambler custom pickup truck with red seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a five-speed manual—$24,000
  • 1980 silver Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with blue cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 79,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1980 silver Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1984 brown/gold two-tone GMC K10 Fall Guy custom pickup truck with a tan bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$50,000 indicates to me that Lee Majors still has a following.
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 2,900 miles—$11,500
  • 1983 blue/silver two-tone Chevrolet Suburban mild custom SUV with a blue cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,500
  • 1987 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1984 chrome (yes) Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV with cream seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$22,000
  • 1987 porcelain white Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with camel leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,500

Wednesday, January 17th:

  • 1986 silver Subaru Brat pickup truck with black/gray cloth seats, an EA-81 73 bhp 1.8 liter/109 cubic inch flat four, a four-speed manual, and 43,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1980 blue Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with a blue interior, an L28E 132 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1986 tan Mazda B2000 SE pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, an 86 bhp 2.0 liter/122 cubic inch inline four with a Mikuni two-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 1,900 miles—$19,000
  • 1981 yellow Checker Marathon very custom (it has working beer taps) sedan with a black vinyl bench seat, a 3.6 liter V6, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1986 white Pontiac Fiero GT custom coupe with tan cloth seats, a 511 cubic inch V8 with Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$15,500
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Camaro custom hatchback coupe with black/red seats, a 383 cubic inch V8 with supercharger, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1986 white Chevrolet K5 Blazer Silverado SUV with red cloth seats, a 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 45,000  miles—$14,500
  • 1987 white Buick Regal Limited coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$20,000 for this interesting car
  • 1987 green Jeep CJ-5 custom SUV with black vinyl seats, a 4.0 liter inline six, and a five-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1986 red Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with medium gray cloth seats, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 3,900 miles—$30,000
  • 1987 tan AM General Humvee SUV with a tan interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1987 tan AM General Humvee SUV with a tan interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—at $13,000, why the difference from the previous car?
  • 1987 white Toyota pickup truck with a gray bench seat, an inline four, and a five-speed manual transmission—$16,500
  • 1983 light blue metallic/frost white two-tone Chevrolet K1500 Silverado pickup truck with a blue custom cloth bench seat, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch engine with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and a lift kit—$25,000
  • 1986 bright red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$29,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1985 silver/green two-tone Land Rover Defender 90 custom SUV with black/green seats, an 85 bhp 2.5-liter diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1986 green AM General Humvee SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and non-functional machine gun—$40,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 7,400 miles—$39,000

Thursday, January 18th:

  • 1986 red Chevrolet custom pickup truck with a burgundy cloth bench seat, a 502 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,500
  • 1980 brilliant silver Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with gray leather seats, a 180 bhp 4.5 liter/276 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1981 silver metallic/charcoal metallic two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 3,200 miles—$12,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 944 coupe with black leather seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$8,000 hammer price
  • 1985 black Chevrolet K20 Scottsdale pickup truck with a charcoal cloth bench seat, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch engine with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$30,000
  • 1985 red Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with a black interior, a 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six, and a four-speed manual—$18,500
  • 1984 champagne metallic with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with nutmeg leather seats, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 cubic inch V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 84,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with silver custom cloth seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester M4ME four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 2,600 miles—$28,000
  • 1982 light bronze metallic GMC c20 Sierra pickup truck with a mahogany vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed manual—$25,000
  • 1986 doeskin tan Chevrolet Scottsdale crew cab pickup truck with saddle tan vinyl bench seats, an LE8 240 bhp 7.4 liter/454 cubic V8 with a Rochester Mod-Quad four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1981 moonlight blue Jeep CJ-5 SUV with blue seats, a 102 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 1,700 miles—$40,000
  • 1987 wincot bordeaux Mercedes-Benz 230 GE SUV with gray seats, an M102 123 bhp 2.3 liter/140 cubic inch inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and 53,000 miles—$50,000
1988 Mercedes-Benz 230 GE, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 624 miles—$57,000
  • 1986 orange Porsche 930 Turbo custom coupe with black seats, a 3.3 liter flat six, a four-speed manual, and 120,000 miles—$100,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS very custom aero coupe with black cloth seats, a 415 bhp 383 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$100,000 for this charity car.

Friday, January 19th:

  • 1980 sky blue Toyota Land Cruiser BJ41 with black seats, a 2B 93 bhp 3.2 liter diesel inline four, and a four-speed manual—$40,000
  • 1988 yellow Porsche 911 Carrera custom convertible with yellow/black leather seats, a 3.2 liter inline with a Paxton supercharger, and a five-speed manual—$50,000
  • 1984 red Ferrari 308 GTS coupe with black leather seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual—$57,000
  • 1981 black Ferrari 308 GTBi coupe with black leather seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual—$56,000
  • 1988 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Skoal Bandit racing car—$77,000 for this short-lived but winning funny car.

Saturday, January 20th:

  • 1986 red Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with a black leather interior, a 260 bhp 3.2 liter/194 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$76,000
  • 1989 apricot beige Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with mahogany leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 22,000 miles—$90,000
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1987 black Buick Regal GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,600 miles—$95,000
  • 1989 baltic blue Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with a blue top, linen leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 50,000 miles—$120,000 tell me that baltic blue equals apricot beige plus 28,000 miles plus $30,000.
  • 1987 black Buick Regal GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 11,000 miles—$115,000 for car #003.
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$350,000 for this charity car definitely sets an all-time record for a 1988 Corvette.
  • 1989 red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, the factory slant-nose option, and 18,000 miles—$160,000

Sunday, January 21st:

  • 1989 bright blue Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1982 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with tan seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$28,500
  • 1988 white Ford Bronco XLT SUV with tan cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 5,800 miles—$41,000
  • 1982 black Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with charcoal cloth seats, a Windsor 157 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Motorcraft 356CFM two-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 12,000 miles—$20,000
1982 Ford Mustang GT with a dealer installed stripe kit, linked from the Barrett-Jackson web site.
  • 1983 black Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 6,300 miles—$30,000
  • 1983 medium charcoal metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 15,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1983 black Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 8,100 miles—$20,000
  • 1984 medium charcoal metallic Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 17,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1984 oxford white Ford Mustang Anniversary Edition G.T. 350 convertible with a white top, canyon red cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 1,400 miles—$28,000
  • 1985 medium charcoal metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, charcoal cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 7,600 miles—$18,000
  • 1986 black Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal leather seats, a Lima 200 bhp 2.3 liter/140 cubic inch inline four with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 3,100 miles—$30,000
  • 1987 white Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, white leather seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$25,000
  • 1988 black Ford Mustang ASC McClaren convertible with a black top, gray leather seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 16,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1989 shadow blue metallic Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with titanium lower cladding, medium gray cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 5,400 miles—$25,00
  • 1982 black Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 hatchback coupe with camel cloth seats, an LG4 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1984 black Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 hatchback coupe with gray cloth/vinyl seats, an L69 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1984 gray Peugeot 205 T16 race car with gray/black interior, a 197 bhp 1.8 liter/108 cubic inch engine with turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 1,400 miles—$170,000 for this rally car that General Motors acquired in the eighties.
  • 1984 gray Peugeot 205 T16 race car with gray/black interior, a 197 bhp 1.8 liter/108 cubic inch engine with turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 9,900 miles—$133,000

This auction featured a lot of Chevrolets, Ford Mustangs, and Porsches. What do you think of this year’s results?

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