Eighties Cars at the 2018 Mecum Kansas City

This year’s March auction at Mecum Kansas City 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 green 1985 GMC High Sierra pickup truck with a tan vinyl bench seat was a no sale bid up to $18,000) and add some of my opinions. This covers the eighties 8% of the approximately 250 vehicles sold over two days.

Friday, March 16th:

  • 1986 desert tan/brown two-tone Ford F150 XLT Lariet pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.8 liter/351 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 105,000 miles—$5,000 hammer price.
  • 1988 dark red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with a black/white interior, an LB9 195 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 42,000 miles—$8,250
  • 1983 gray Chrysler Cordoba coupe with red cloth seats, a 130 bhp 5.2 liter/318 ci V8 with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$3,750 for one of the most unusual cars at this auction.
1983 Chrysler Cordoba, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 white Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a Windsor 220 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci fuel injected V8, a five-speed manual, and 77,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with oyster leather seats, an unknown (could be an L48 or an L82) 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000 is around #3/Good money according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with dark blue cloth seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1980 green/white Ford Mustang hatchback very custom coupe with black seats, a 521 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$11,000 for this drag car.
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Corvette very custom coupe with red leather seats, an LS6 405 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1986 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, gray leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 95,000 miles—an ouch! at $8,000
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, medium gray leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1986 apple red/frost white two-tone Chevrolet Silverado mild custom regular cab pickup truck with a burgundy custom vinyl bench seat, an unidentified V8 (could be a 305 or a 350), and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1987 flame red metallic Chevrolet Corvette custom hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and a Greenwood body kit—$4,000
  • 1989 red GMC Jimmy SUV with a white rear top, red cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$9,250
  • 1981 tan/brown two-tone Ford F-250 SuperCab pickup truck with a brown cloth bench seat, a 400 153 bhp 6.6 liter/400 ci V8 with a two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$4,750
  • 1981 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with gray cloth seats, a V8, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1985 brown with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with tan seats, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$13,500
  • 1985 dark red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 72,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1983 midnight blue Chevrolet K10 Scottsdale regular cab pickup truck with a blue deluxe cloth bench seat, an LF3 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$10,000

Saturday, March 17th:

  • 1986 dark blue Chevrolet K10 regular cab mild custom pickup truck with a blue vinyl bench seat, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 81,000 miles—$15,000

The eighties portion of this auction featured a lot of Chevrolets and Fords. What do you think of this year’s results?

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