Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Barrett-Jackson’s auction at the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas in late September included a reasonable amount of vehicles from the 1980s—about 4% of the 736 lots offered. I’ll concentrate on the at least reasonably 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, September 27th:

  • 1981 bronze Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with tan seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 115,000 miles—$8,250 hammer price.
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1981 yellow Jeep CJ-5 custom (paint, body, wheels/tires) SUV with a black interior, a 119 bhp 5.0 liter/304 ci V8 with a Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1985 white Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with red leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, an automatic, and 68,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1984 silver/white two-tone GMC Sierra 1500 custom (engine) pickup truck with a gray/black interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1986 beige Toyota pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 44,000 miles—$18,500 makes this the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of mostly or entirely original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1988 camouflage AM General Hummer H1 pickup truck with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$11,000
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with a red interior, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,800 miles—$17,000
  • 1984 silver Austin Mini Cooper Silver Anniversary Edition coupe with gray cloth seats, a 44 bhp 1.0 liter/61 ci inline four, and a four-speed manual—$11,000
  • 1988 white Jeep Wrangler custom (suspension, wheels/tires) SUV with a black interior, an unknown 4.0 liter engine, and a five-speed manual—$11,000
  • 1980 blue Toyota mild custom pickup truck with a blue cloth bench seat, a 90 bhp 20R 2.2 liter/134 ci inline four, a four-speed manual, and 24,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1983 beige Toyota SR5 mild custom pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, and a five-speed manual—an astounding $50,000.
1983 Toyota SR5 pickup truck, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1988 black Dodge Ramcharger SUV with tan cloth seats, an LA 185 bhp 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1987 yellow Chevrolet R10 stepside short bed pickup truck with a gray bench seat, a 160 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 3,00 miles—$27,000
  • 1989 red Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 49,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1985 maroon Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with saddle leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000

Friday, September 28th:

  • 1982 white Buick Riviera convertible with burgundy leather seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester M4MC four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—an ouch! at $3,500.
  • 1980 blue Jeep CJ-7 custom (just about everything) SUV with a black interior, a 468 ci V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with gray cloths seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 43,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1989 blue Nissan Skyline GT-R mild custom coupe with black leather seats, an RB26DETT 276 bhp 2.6 liter/157 ci twin-turbocharged inline six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$28,000 for perhaps the most interesting eighties vehicle at this auction.
1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1983 black Porsche 911 SC custom (engine, body) convertible with a black top, black leather seats, a 3.3 liter turbocharged flat six, a four-speed manual, and 64,000 miles—$45,000
  • 1985 gold/beige two-tone Excalibur Series IV phaeton with brown leather seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$20,000 for the most prestigious of the “neo-classics,” now with an AACA judging class.

Saturday, September 29th:

  • 1986 white Pontiac Fiero GT custom (engine!) coupe with gray cloth seats, a 8.4 liter/511 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,500
  • 1983 yellow Chevrolet S10 Blazer custom (powertrain, interior, wheels/tires) SUV with yellow/purple seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$5,700
  • 1986 rosso corsa Ferrari Testarossa coupe with black leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$82,000 is #3/Good money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1986 black Ferrari 328 GTS custom (interior) coupe with red leather seats, an F105B 260 bhp 3.2 liter/215 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$67,000
  • 1987 white/gray two-tone Chevrolet R30 custom (just about everything) crew cab pickup truck with a white/gray bench seat, an 8.1 liter/496 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$45,000 for this re-creation of the “Indy Hauler” truck from Cannonball Run.
Re-creation of the original “Indy Hauler” featured in Cannonball Run, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1984 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (interior) hatchback coupe with black seats, an unknown 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 66,000 miles—$45,000 for this promotional car associated with Burt Reynolds and the USFL’s Tampa Bay Bandits.

I see a lot of Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Jeeps CJs, and Toyota pickup trucks. What do you think of this auction’s results?

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