Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 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 Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with cashmere beige leather seats and 252 miles was a no sale bid up to $260,000) 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 11% of the approximately 805 vehicles sold from Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday, January 3rd:

  • 1985 Medium Blue Metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$9,000 hammer price.
  • 1985 Sunbeam Silver Metallic Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE hatchback coupe with beat-up maroon leather seats, a 13B 1.3 liter/80 ci Wankel two-rotor with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 113,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1983 Yellow Jeep CJ-7 SUV with black seats, an “Iron Duke” 92 bhp 2.5 liter/151 inline four with a Carter YFA one-barrel carburetor, an unknown manual transmission (could be a four-speed or a five-speed), and 123,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1981 White Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with tan vinyl seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual, and 48,000 miles—at $23,000, the first eighties vehicle in this auction meets my criteria for serious collectability of fairly original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1989 White Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, white leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 82,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1984 Black Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with gray seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$11,000
  • 1986 gray Chevrolet S10 very custom (everything) pickup truck with gray seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$4,000
  • 1987 tan/brown two-tone Ford Club Wagon XLT van with tan cloth seats, a 5.8 liter/351 ci V8, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1989 Bright Red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, black leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1982 Silver Chevrolet El Camino custom (engine, exterior, interior) pickup truck with a maroon cloth bench seat, a 355 ci V8, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1984 White Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with tan seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$11,000
  • 1985 Blue Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a blue convertible top, gray seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1986 Blue Chevrolet K30 Silverado pickup truck with a blue custom cloth bench seat, an LE8 230 bhp 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 40,000 miles—$12,500 for this truck originally owned by actor Kurt Russell.
  • 1980 White Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car coupe with oyster seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor and turbocharger, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1985 Red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 47,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1982 Burgundy Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with a burgundy interior, an automatic, and 74,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1983 Silver Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with gray seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 59,000 miles—$14,000 is solid money for a 280ZX.
  • 1987 Burgundy Dodge Ramcharger mild custom SUV with red cloth bucket seats, a 175 bhp 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1984 Black Chevrolet Corvette custom (body, interior, wheels) hatchback coupe with gray velour seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1988 White Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1986 Oxford White Ford Thunderbird coupe with canyon red cloth seats, a Windsor 150 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$4,000 for a car you rarely see at auction.
1986 Ford Thunderbird, linked from Mecum’s web site.
  • 1986 White Chrysler LeBaron convertible with a white top, tan leather seats, a 146 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a turbocharger, an automatic, and 118,000 miles—$3,000

Friday, January 4th:

  • 1989 Black Jeep CJ-7 very custom (everything) SUV with black seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an unknown transmission (I think it’s a manual)—$9,500
  • 1983 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a black interior, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 7,500 miles—$30,000
  • 1985 Light Bronze Metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with saddle cloth seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 28,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1989 Red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with a black interior, an unknown 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 (could be the L03 170 bhp engine with a four-barrel carburetor or the LB9 195 bhp engine with fuel injection), an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$19,500
  • 1985 Black Chevrolet El Camino custom (exterior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a black interior, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1985 Gray/Silver two-tone Chevrolet El Camino custom (interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with gray leather seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 80,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1987 Black GMC K10 stepside pickup truck with a gray vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1987 Maroon Ford E150 van with maroon cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 49,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1989 Flame Red Metallic Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,500
  • 1989 Red Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 47,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1989 White Cadillac Sedan deVille with blue leather seats, an HT-4500 155 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 32,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1987 Burgundy Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$12,500 for a civilian Cutlass Supreme.
  • 1988 Black Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren convertible with a black top, red leather seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 80,000 miles—$9,500
  • 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 37,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1983 Black/Silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with burgundy leather seats, 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 13,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 Light Blue Mazda RX-7 convertible with a black top, blue leather seats, a 13B 146 bhp 1.3 liter/80 ci Wankel two-rotor with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 51,000 miles—$7,000. Two eighties Mazdas in one auction!
1988 Mazda RX-7, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1986 Beige Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with gray seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a manual—$41,000
  • 1982 Yellow Chevrolet C10 Silverado custom (engine, suspension) pickup truck with a tan interior, a 6.3 liter/383 ci V8, and an automatic—$11,000
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-73 SUV with gray bucket seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a manual—$20,000

Saturday, January 5th:

  • 1988 Red/White two-tone Ford Bronco SUV with red seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 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 18,000 miles—$18,500
  • 1985 Brown/Tan two-tone GMC K1500 Sierra Classic pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 48,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1980 Gold Ford Bronco SUV with tan seats, a 115 bhp 4.9 liter/300 ci inline six with a Carter one-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1984 Olive Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with tan leather seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a five-speed manual—$37,000
  • 1984 Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and an unknown manual transmission—$33,000
  • 1986 White Gold Metallic 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, and 46,000 miles—$90,000
1986 Porsche 911 Turbo, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1983 Tan Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with brown seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$43,000
  • 1980 Black/Gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (powertrain, wheels/tires) coupe with gray cloth seats, a 7.4 liter/455 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$27,500
  • 1982 Black/White Ford Mustang SSP coupe with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 157 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and four-speed manual—$29,000
  • 1981 Spring Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with gray seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$31,000
  • 1987 Black BMW M6 coupe with gray leather seats, an M88/3 256 bhp 3.5 liter/211 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed—$24,000 is between #3/Good and #4/Fair money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1986 Blue Jeep CJ-7 custom (everything) SUV with gray vinyl seats, a Vortec 5.7 liter/355 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a four-speed manual—$12,500
  • 1987 Black Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Look Cabriolet with white leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 75,000 miles—$45,500
  • 1985 Gold Chevrolet C10 custom (powertrain, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a tan bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with an Edelbrock carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000

Sunday, January 6th:

  • 1988 Red Honda Civic CRX Si hatchback coupe with multi-colored cloth seats, a 105 bhp 1.6 liter/97 ci inline four with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 44,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 Maroon Ford Bronco II SUV with a maroon interior, a Cologne 140 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 100,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1988 Silver Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe with gray cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1985 Blue Cadillac Seville sedan with a white carriage roof, blue tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 White/Gray two-tone Chevrolet S10 Blazer SUV with a gray interior, a 160 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1986 Red Subaru Sambor fire truck with a gray bench seat, a 544 ci two cinder engine, a four-speed manual, and 14,000 miles —$8,500
  • 1982 Gray Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray cloth seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and an unknown manual transmission—$33,000
  • 1981 Red Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with tan vinyl seats, a 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 70,000 miles—$13,750
  • 1985 White Toyota pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 42,000 miles—$19,500. Amidst all the Land Cruisers, we get a Toyota compact truck.
1985 Toyota pickup truck, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 White Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-74 SUV with tan cloth seats, a turbo diesel, and a five-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1987 Silver Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with black leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$44,000
  • 1989 Blue Avanti convertible with a blue top, blue leather seats, a 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$32,000
  • 1989 Red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with beige leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$31,000
  • 1989 Pearl White Land Rover Defender 110 custom (interior, paint, wheels/tires) SUV with black leather seats, an 83 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with a carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$72,000
  • 1985 Silver/Blue two-tone GMC K20 Sierra pickup truck with a blue interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 83,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1987 Red Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren convertible with a black top, a tan interior, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 Black Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with gray seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1986 White Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with a gray interior, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and 97,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1983 Red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with cream leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 51,000 miles—$42,000
  • 1989 Signal Red Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, savile gray leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1987 Red/White two-tone GMC Sierra pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 5,800 miles—$32,000
  • 1981 Black Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$14,000
  • 1980 Dark Claret Metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with oyster seats, an LG4 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor (California car!), an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$5,000 for a Corvette that takes over nine seconds to make the 0-60 mph run.
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$45,000
  • 1987 Guards Red Porsche 911 Carrera Targa custom (slantnose conversion) coupe with white leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 71,000 miles—$32,000
  • 1981 Red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1989 White Dodge Dakota Shelby pickup truck with a red/gray bench seat, a 175 bhp 5.2 liter/318 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1982 Gold with woodgrain Jeep Wagoneer SUV with nutmeg cloth seats, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/358 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 104,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$38,000

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