Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Mecum Chicago

Mecum’s late October auction in Chicago provided some fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least reasonably stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not no reserve auctions—a cream 1985 Excalibur convertible with tan seats was a no sale bid up to $40,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 8% of the approximately 660 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Thursday, October 24th

  • 1989 white Maserati Biturbo Spyder with tan leather bucket seats, a 225 bhp 2.8 liter/170 ci V6 with fuel injection and twin turbochargers, and a five-speed manual, and 17,000 miles—$5,000 hammer price.
  • 1989 blue Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce convertible with a black top, tan leather bucket seats, a 115 bhp 2.0 liter/120 ci inline four with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 31,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1984 red Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL sedan with tan leather bucket seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,000
  • 1989 red Dodge Dakota convertible pickup truck with a black top, a red cloth bench seat, an LA 125 bhp 3.9 liter/238 ci V6 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$2,500 for this ASC conversion
  • 1981 burgundy Chevrolet Corvette coupe with silver leather bucket seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 83,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1987 silver Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio convertible with gray leather bucket seats, a 115 bhp 2.0 liter/120 ci inline four with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$10,000
  • 1983 gray Mercedes-Benz 380 SEC coupe with black leather bucket seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1980 Midnight Black Chevrolet pickup truck with a camel tan custom cloth bench seat, an LS9 175 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $12,500 the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious collectability of 1980s cars or trucks in stock condition: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1989 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth bucket seats, an LB9 225 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1989 red Ford Mustang LX custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) convertible with a black top, red cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1985 Guards Red Porsche 928 S hatchback coupe with black leather bucket seats, a 288 bhp 5.0 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 77,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1989 Exotic Red Shelby Shadow CSX -VNT sedan with gray cloth bucket seats, a Turbo IV 175 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with fuel injection and a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$6,500
  • 1989 black Bentley Turbo R sedan with tan leather bucket seats, a 308 bhp 6.75 liter/412  ci V8 with Bosch Motronic fuel injection and a turbocharger, an automatic, and 58,000 miles—$12,000
1989 Bentley Turbo R engine compartment, linked from Mecum’s website
  • 1986 silver Pontiac Fiero SE coupe with a 140 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 11,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1987 black Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with a 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,500. Lots of Fiero choices at this auction.
  • 1989 white BMW 325is coupe with red bucket seats, an M20B25 168 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1989 red Cadillac Eldorado coupe with red leather bucket seats, an HT 155 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$3,500
  • 1980 black Jeep CJ-7 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1987 silver Pontiac Fiero coupe with gray cloth bucket seats and an automatic—$2,000
  • 1983 tan two-tone Lincoln Continental Mark VI sedan with tan seats, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 43,000 miles—$9,000

Friday, October 25th

  • 1987 silver Porsche 924 S hatchback coupe with tan bucket seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 68,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1983 white Buick Riviera convertible with a white top, burgundy leather seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 78,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1986 red Ford Bronco II XLT SUV with red cloth bucket seats, a Cologne 140 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$7,000. People are starting to collect these Bronco IIs.
  • 1980 black Ferrari 308 GTSi coupe with camel leather bucket seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/173 ci V8 with a Weber two-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 7,600 miles—$48,000 just brings this Ferrari over its original base price.
  • 1985 Dark Red Metallic Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with saddle leather bucket seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 18,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1986 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LD5 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$32,500
  • 1983 green Toyota FJ-45 Land Cruiser custom (engine, suspension) SUV with brown seats, an unidentified 6.0 liter engine, and a four-speed manual—$37,400
  • 1986 red Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with black bucket seats, a VG30E 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$2,500
  • 1983 green Honda Civic custom (everything) wagon with plaid bucket seats, a B18B1 140 bhp 1.8 liter/112 ci inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1982 blue Chevrolet C10 custom (body, paint, interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with gray leather bucket seats, an LE3 115 bhp 4.1 liter/250 ci inline six with a two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 58,000 miles—$11,000. It’s unusual to see one of these customs with the engine untouched, especially when it’s the six.
  • 1980 yellow Chevrolet Camino custom (body, paint, engine, interior) pickup truck with tan bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1987 red/dark gray two-tone GMC High Sierra pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$29,500
  • 1982 blue/orange two-tone Chevrolet Suburban custom (everything) SUV with blue/orange seats, a small block V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$4,000
  • 1984 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with red tufted leather seats, and HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000. These convertibles, so expensive when new ($31,286, or about $80,000 in 2019 dollars), have yet to catch on as collector cars.
1984 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, linked from Mecum’s website
  • 1980 green GMC custom (paint, interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 yellow Chevrolet Camino custom (body, paint, engine) pickup truck with brown cloth seats, a V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000

Saturday, October 26th

  • 1987 Linen Gray Metallic Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with tan leather bucket seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National custom (engine) coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1984 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with blue cloth bucket seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1982 black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 hatchback coupe with gray cloth bucket seats, a Cross-Fire LU5 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 45 miles—$19,000
  • 1982 black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 hatchback coupe with gray cloth bucket seats, a Cross-Fire LU5 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,500 miles—$15,000
  • 1983 green Toyota FJ-45 Land Cruiser SUV with brown leather seats, a 130 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$40,000
  • 1983 tan Toyota FJ-45 Land Cruiser SUV with brown leather seats, a 130 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$37,000
  • 1982 blue Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser SUV with tan leather seats, a 4.2 liter inline six, and a four-speed manual—$15,000
  • 1987 Ivy Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black soft top, palomino leather bucket seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 67,000 miles—$13,500
  • 1982 red Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with gray bucket seats, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, and a manual transmission—$16,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe with burgundy cloth bucket seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$20,500
  • 1981 gold Mazda RX7 hatchback coupe with brown leather bucket seats, a 12A 100 bhp 1.1 liter/70 ci rotary engine with a four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 53,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1988 blue with woodgrain Jeep Wagoneer Limited SUV with tan leather seats, a 177 bhp 4.0 liter/241 ci inline six with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,500. You rarely see Wagoneers up for auction versus Grand Wagoneers, but here was one.
1988 Jeep Wagoneer, linked from Mecum’s website
  • 1982 Charcoal Chevrolet Corvette coupe with silver gray leather bucket seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 36,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather bucket seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$33,500
  • 1989 green AM General Humvee M998 SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1989 red Mazda RX7 convertible with a black top, a black interior, a 13B 146 bhp 1.3 liter/80 ci rotary engine with fuel injection, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1983 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (KITT replica) convertible with tan cloth bucket seats, a Cross-Fire 175 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 70,000 miles—$15,000

Mecum Chicago had the usual profusion of Chevrolets, along a plethora of Pontiacs and Toyotas. What do you think of these results?

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