Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Mecum Indianapolis

As usual Mecum’s huge May auction in Indianapolis provided much interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not “no reserve” auctions—a Grand Prix White 1987 Porsche930 coupe with black leather bucket seats and 40,000 miles was a no sale bid up to $85,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 9% of the approximately 1,100 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Tuesday, May 14th:

  • 1986 gray/red two-tone GMC custom (engine) pickup truck with a tan cloth/vinyl bench seat, a 6.3 liter/383 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$10,000 hammer price
  • 1989 Quicksilver/Midnight Blue two-tone Chevrolet Suburban R1500 Silverado SUV with blue custom cloth bucket seats, a 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1985 silver/black two-tone Chevrolet C10 Silverado pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, an unknown V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1988 yellow Pontiac Fiero GT very custom (engine, body, brakes) coupe with gray bucket seats, a 4.9 liter Cadillac V8 (!), and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette custom (body) coupe with blue leather bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with an Edelbrock carburetor, an automatic, and 37,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1985 Bright Red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with gray leather bucket seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1987 silver/black two-tone Chevrolet C10 Silverado pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 47,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1987 Flame Red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA with tan leather bucket seats, an L98 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 141,000 miles—$3,500
  • 1989 red Cadillac Allanté convertible with tan leather bucket seats, an HT-4500 200 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $2,000
  • 1986 Zermatt Silver Metallic Porsche 944 Turbo hatchback coupe with black bucket seats, a 220 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with turbocharger, intercooler, and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 89,000 miles—$11,500. You see more and more 9×4 Porsches at auction these days.
1985 Porsche 944 Turbo hatchback coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1980 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with blue seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 97,000 miles—at $12,500 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.
  • 1988 black Mitsubishi Pajero SUV with gray cloth bucket seats, a 2.5 liter inline four, a five-speed manual, and 121,000 miles—$3,000
  • 1983 white Buick Riviera convertible with a white top, red leather seats, a 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 77,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 blue/silver two-tone Ford Bronco II SUV with blue cloth bucket seats, a Cologne 115 bhp 2.8 liter/170 ci V6 with a two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1987 red Chevrolet Corvette custom (engine) convertible with tan leather bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1983 black Datsun 280ZX Turbo hatchback coupe with tan bucket seats, an L28ET 180 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with turbocharger and fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1981 brown Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with tan cloth bucket seats, an L28E 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with fuel injection, an automatic, and 105,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1983 Red Firemist Buick Riviera convertible with a white top, red leather seats, a 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 75,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1983 blue/silver two-tone GMC Sierra 1500 custom (engine, suspension) pickup truck with a blue interior and a 5.3 liter V8—$14,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather bucket seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 71,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1980 white Fiat Spider 2000 convertible with a black top, a red interior, a 2.0 liter/122 ci inline four, a four-speed manual, and 28,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1988 brown Ford Ranger custom (paint) pickup truck with a tan vinyl bench seat and 49,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1986 black Pontiac Fiero SE coupe with gray cloth bucket seats, a 140 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1984 black Chevrolet K10 custom (engine, body, suspension) pickup truck with gray cloth bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$13,500
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with red cloth bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1983 black Jeep CJ-7 custom (suspension, interior) SUV with tan bucket seats and a 5.0 liter/304 ci V8—$16,000
  • 1987 red Dodge Power Ram 150 pickup truck with a red vinyl bench seat, an LA 5.9 liter/360 ci V8, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1987 black Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth bucket seats, an L98 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 106,000 miles—$5,000

Wednesday, May 15th:

  • 1984 Oxford White Ford Mustang 20th Anniversary GT.350 hatchback coupe with red cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1984 black Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal cloth bucket seats, a Lima 175 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with turbocharger, intercooler, and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 73,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1987 black/gray two-tone Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with red cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 43,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1986 white Mercury Capri ASC/McLaren convertible with a tan top, tan leather bucket seats, a Windsor 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1980 brown Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup truck with a saddle vinyl bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1989 burgundy Dodge Ramcharger SUV with tan bucket seats, an LA 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,500
  • 1987 silver/black two-tone Chevrolet Suburban Silverado SUV with gray cloth bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1985 beige Pontiac Parisienne Brougham sedan with tan leather seats, an unknown engine, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$11,500. I can’t remember the last time I’ve even seen a Parisienne, much less one at auction.
1985 Pontiac Parisienne sedan, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1981 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black bucket seats, an unknown V8, a four-speed manual, and 63,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1983 maroon Lotus Esprit Turbo Investor’s Edition (really!) coupe with black leather bucket seats, a 205 bhp 2.2 liter/133 ci inline four with a Garrett T3 turbocharger, intercooler, and two carburetors, and a five-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1989 Pearl White Jeep Wrangler custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) SUV with a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with gray cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 41,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1985 red/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Calais roadster (no top) with red/silver bucket seats, a Tech 4 215 bhp 2.7 liter/165 ci inline four, and an automatic—an astounding $45,000 for this real Indianapolis 500 pace car.
  • 1985 blue Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with a black interior, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 98,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1988 Pearl White Cadillac Allanté convertible with tan leather bucket seats, an HT-4100 170 bhp 4.1 liter/250 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1986 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet Blazer SUV with gray cloth bucket seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds coupe with maroon cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1986 red/white two-tone Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 64,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1983 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 unknown transmission, and 2,100 miles—$29,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet S10 custom (engine) with a blue vinyl bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1986 medium blue/dark blue two-tone Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a light blue cloth bench seat, an unknown V8, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National custom (engine) coupe with black/silver cloth bucket seats, a 4.1 liter V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$19,500
  • 1981 aqua GMC custom (exterior, paint, interior) pickup truck with gray leather bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with black/silver cloth seats, an LC2 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$27,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a charcoal cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1986 silver Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe with gray seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 32,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1984 Cameo Ivory Cadillac Coupe de Ville with blue leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/250 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 29,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1980 Frost Beige Chevrolet Corvette coupe with doeskin leather seats, an L82 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 75 miles—$27,000
  • 1985 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with blue cloth bucket seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 9,900 miles—$18,500
  • 1983 Pearl White Chrysler Imperial custom (engine, body, paint, wheels/tires) coupe with red leather seats, a 6.6 liter/401 ci V8, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$10,500
  • 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 16,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1984 Black Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL sedan with Palomino leather seats, a 5.0 liter/304 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1983 black Chevrolet custom (engine, suspension) with a cloth bench seat, a 7.0 liter/427 ci V8, a four-speed manual, and 81,000 miles—$30,000

Thursday, May 16th:

  • 1985 blue Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, gray cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 15,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1987 black Buick Regal T Package coupe (not a T Type) with gray cloth bucket seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1980 yellow Pontiac Firebird coupe with tan vinyl bucket seats, a 110 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with a two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 47,000 miles—$9,000 for what I think is a Yellow Bird.
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather bucket seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1985 Estate Green Jeep CJ-7 custom (paint, wheels/tires) SUV with gray bucket seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 74,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1985 burgundy/cream two-tone Citroen 2CV sedan with a 29 bhp 602 cc/37 ci two-cylinder with a two-barrel Solex carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 38,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1987 blue Buick Regal T Package coupe with blue cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$22,500
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with black/silver cloth bucket seats, an LC2 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$44,000
  • 1985 Black/Silver Metallic two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon 4-4-2 coupe with maroon cloth bucket seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1986 blue/white two-tone GMC Suburban SUV with blue cloth front bucket seats, a 230 bhp 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, an automatic, and 31,000 miles—$23,000
  • 1981 Black/Dark Pewter two-tone Lincoln Continental Mark VI Givenchy Designer Series coupe with a Black landau vinyl top, Pewter leather seats, a Windsor 130 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$18,000 is frankly an astounding amount of money for any Mark VI. Hagerty’s valuation for a 1981 Mark VI in #1/Concours condition is $13,500.
1981 Lincoln Continental Mark VI Givenchy Designer Series coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1983 light blue Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with an L28E 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$11,000
  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition convertible with gray leather bucket seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection,  an automatic, and 8,600 miles—$21,500
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with black/silver cloth bucket seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 41,000 miles—$28,000
  • 1986 Bright Red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, white leather bucket seats, a Windsor 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,700 miles—$15,000
  • 1982 blue Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Daytona replica custom (body!) coupe with dark blue leather bucket seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$22,000

Friday, May 17th:

  • 1986 green/white two-tone GMC Jimmy Sierra Classic custom (engine, interior) SUV with saddle tan leather bucket seats, a 5.3 liter V8, and an automatic—$20,000. Friday was not the day for eighties vehicles.

Saturday, May 18th:

  • 1989 camouflage AM General Humvee M998 SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter/380 ci diesel V8, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1984 Oxford White Ford Mustang 20th Anniversary GT.350 hatchback coupe with red cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 69,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather bucket seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1980 Classic White Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather bucket seats, an L82 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 5,200 miles—$43,000 is a ton of money for a 1980 Corvette, even this well-documented, well-preserved, well-equipped car.
1980 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, linked fro
  • 1980 red GMC Jimmy Sierra Grande custom (engine, wheels/tires) SUV with red/white houndstooth cloth bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$38,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS drag racer with a red racing seat, a 7.7 liter/467 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1982 red, white, and blue de Tomaso Pantera GT5 coupe with tan leather bucket seats, a Cleveland 345 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 49,000 miles—$33,000
  • 1984 yellow de Tomaso Pantera GT5 coupe with black leather bucket seats, a Cleveland 345 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 60,000 miles—$75,000
  • 1988 black Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, the factory slantnose, and 30,000 miles—$120,000
  • 1982 red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 custom (body, interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with black leather seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a four-speed manual—$46,000
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with black/silver cloth seats, an LC2 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1987 gray Land Rover Defender 110 custom (engine, interior, paint, wheels/tires) pickup truck with black leather seats, a 4.0 liter engine with fuel injection, and an automatic—$105,000
  • 1982 white Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a four-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1982 red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-43 SUV with gray vinyl seats, a 2F 3.6 liter inline six, and a four-speed manual—$22,000

Sunday, May 19th:

  • 1984 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather bucket seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$32,000
  • 1984 Light Pewter Metallic/Thunder Black two-tone Nissan 300ZX 50th Anniversary hatchback coupe with black leather bucket seats, a VG30ET 200 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 25,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1987 red Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with red cloth bucket seats, a VG30E 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 32,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1984 red Chevrolet K10 Scottsdale mild custom (hood) pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, an LT9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1985 blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with black vinyl bucket seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and manual, and 23,000 miles—$25,500
  • 1989 red Ford Bronco XLT SUV with tan cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1980 Classic White Chevrolet Corvette coupe with blue leather seats, an L82 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1989 white Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary coupe with tan leather seats, a 455 bhp 5.2 liter/315 ci V12 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 49,000 miles—at $172,500 the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction.
1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1980 red Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a gray interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$6,500

I found it striking how General Motors dominated the eighties vehicle sales at Mecum Indy—all told, GM vehicles marked 59% of eighties sales, with Chevrolet alone accounting for 28%. What do you think of these results?

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