Homologation Racing at Le Mans in the Eighties

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is going on today and tomorrow. It’s interesting, but I don’t have strong impressions of eighties Le Mans racing. The 1950s have the terrible Mercedes-Benz crash, the 1960s have Ferrari versus Ford, the 1970s have the Porsches, and the 1990s have the flying Mercedes-Benz prototypes. So, I did a little research on the cars racing that at least resembled cars you could purchase.

In 1980, the IMSA class winner was a Porsche 935, with another 935 in second, and a Ferrari 512BB in third. Further down the finishing list were many more Porsches and Ferraris, along with a few BMW M1s and a single Mazda RX-7.

In 1981, the IMSA class winner was a Ferrari 512BB, with a Porsche 935 in second, and another 512BB in third. More Ferraris and Porsches were also featured, along with a few BMW M1s, a single Mazda RX-7, and Chevrolet Camaro driven by Cale Yarborough that only completed 13 laps before the brakes failed.

In 1982, the IMSA class winner was once again a Porsche 935, with another 935 in second, and a Ferrari 512BB in third. Further down the list were more Porsches (both 935s and 924s), more Ferraris, two Chevrolet Camaros, two BMW M1s, and two Mazda RX-7s.

The classes changed in 1983, and the results were that Porsche 930s filled all three podium spots in the then new Group B class. Further down the list were more Porsche 930s along with a single 928S and a single BMW M1. The Ferraris, Camaros, and Mazdas were all gone (Mazda had moved to the prototype class).

Two separate street car-based classes raced in 1984. A BMW M1 won the Group B class inaugurated in 1983, with a Porsche 930 and Porsche 928S filling the other two podium spots. However, IMSA/GTO was back; a Porsche 911 won, with Porsche 930s in second and third place. Other cars in the field included a BMW M1, a Ferrari 512BB, and another Porsche 930.

Le Mans moved back to a single and small Group B class in 1985. A BMW M1 won again, with another M1 in second, and a Porsche 911 SC in third. One more M1 was further down the finishing order.

Things were even thinner in 1986. A single car participated in the GTX class: a Porsche 961. It was the same story in Group B—a BMW M1 won.

By 1987, Group B no longer existed. Once again, a single car participated in the GTX class: a Porsche 961. There would not be any street-based cars in 1988 or 1989—they would not return until 1993.

Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Houston

Mecum’s April auction in Houston provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a guards red 1985 Porsche 911 Speedster with black leather seats was a no sale bid up to $160,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 8% of the lots in this auction.

Thursday, April 6th:
  • 1980 black Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 350 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed manual—$4,000 hammer price.
  • 1987 crystal/gray two-tone Lincoln Town Car Cartier Edition sedan with gray leather seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $5,000.
  • 1983 red Ford Mustang GLX convertible with a white top, white vinyl seats, a 175 bhp Windsor 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$6,500
  • 1989 maroon/white two-tone Chevrolet 1500 Silverado pickup truck with red cloth seats, a fuel-injected V8, and an automatic—$6,750
  • 1987 red Porsche 944 coupe with a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four an five-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1985 black BMW 318 Baur TC2 custom convertible with a black top, a 295 bhp 3.0 liter inline six, and a five-speed—$5,500
  • 1986 blue Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with an inline six—$7,500
  • 1983 blue Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a blue top, blue leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1983 red/white two-tone GMC Jimmy SUV with a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with a white top, white leather seats, a 130 bhp HT-4100 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 911 Carrara custom coupe with black leather seats, a 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$24,500
  • 1987 camouflaged AM General Hummer SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and 3,600 mile—$17,500
  • 1986 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black top, beige leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1981 beige Chevrolet Corvette coupe with cinnabar leather seats, a 190 bhp L81 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1986 medium blue/dark blue two-tone GMC Sierra Classic 1500 custom pickup truck with a blue cloth seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,000
  • 1982 white GMC Jimmy mild custom SUV with blue seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$18,500
Friday, March 24th:
      • 1986 silver Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a black seat, a 7.4 liter/454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$30,000
      • 1984 black/silver two-tone Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with a black/silver interior, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $20,000 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.
      • 1983 light blue/medium blue two-tone Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with blue cloth seats, a V8, and an automatic—$8,000
      • 1986 black Porsche 911 custom coupe with a black interior, a 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$45,000
      • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 46,000 miles—$23,000
      • 1987 red/white two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a red interior, a 7.4 liter/454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000
Saturday, April 9th:
  • 1981 black Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with a black top, a black interior, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$41,000
  • 1985 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 200 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1988 white Land Rover Defender 110 pickup truck with a black interior, an 85 bhp 2.5 liter diesel inline four with turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$45,000
  • 1988 white Lamborghini Jalpa coupe with white leather seats, a 255 bhp 3.5 liter/213 cubic inch V8 with four two-barrel Weber carburetors, a five-speed manual, and 18,000 miles—$74,000. Hagerty’s valuation tools see this as #3 money for a Jalpa.
  • 1989 red Ferrari Testarossa coupe with cream leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 1,500 miles—at $162,500, the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of this auction
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet (either a factory custom or a custom) with black leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five speed—$39,000

What do you think of these results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2017 Mecum Kansas City

The March auction at Mecum Kansas City provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a black 1987 Buick GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats was a no sale bid up to $42,500) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 9% of the lots in this auction.

Friday, March 24th:
      • 1983 brown/tan Datsun 280ZX coupe with a tan interior, seats obscured by seat covers, a 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 75,000 miles—$7,500 hammer price.
      • 1980 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 mild custom coupe with a black interior, a modified V8, and an automatic—$13,000
      • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, a 200 bhp L83 “Cross-Fire” 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic (no other engine or transmission options in 1982)—$13,000 for this car in the Corvette heritage colors.
      • 1989 blue/gray two-tone Ford F150 pickup truck with a blue cloth bench seat, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/300 cubic inch inline six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
      • 1988 black Ford F250 XLT Lariat pickup truck with a gray interior, a 7.5 liter/460 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$8,000
      • 1981 wine red metallic Porsche 928 coupe with black leather seats, a 231 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
      • 1984 red Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a red vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$13,000
      • 1985 white Buick Riviera convertible with a red top, red leather seats, a 190 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic V6 with a turbocharger and fuel injection, an automatic, and 61,000 miles—$18,000 for this rare car, one of 49 Riviera convertibles built with the turbo engine in 1985. This was the highest eighties vehicle sale of Friday.
      • 1983 gray Chevrolet Suburban custom SUV with a black and gray interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 67,000 miles—$6,000
      • 1981 gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with a light sandstone interior, a 150 bhp L37 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $14,000 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 red/cream two-tone GMC Suburban 2500 SUV with red cloth seats, a 7.4 liter/454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$6,750
      • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z mild custom convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a 305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$8,000
Saturday, March 25th:
  • 1983 dark blue Chevrolet K10 Silverado custom pickup truck with a gray interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,500
  • 1988 black Nissan Safari Patrol SUV with beige cloth seats, an 80 bhp SD33 3.2 liter/185 cubic inch diesel six, and an automatic—$21,000 for this right-hand drive vehicle imported from an unstated location.
  • 1982 guards red Porsche 911SC very custom coupe with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed—at $31,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale of the auction. Hagerty’s valuation tools see this as strong #3 money for a stock coupe.
  • 1980 cameo white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with blue cloth seats, a 150 bhp W72 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 6,400 miles—$25,000
  • 1987 blue Toyota pickup truck with blue vinyl seats, an unstated engine (likely an inline four of some sort), a five-speed, and 14,000 miles—at $15,000, perhaps the most interesting eighties vehicle at this auction.
  • 1981 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with blue leather seats, a 145 bhp LG4 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed, and 36,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1986 matte black Chevrolet K10 custom pickup truck with a tan vinyl bench seat, an unstated engine, and an automatic—$8,500

Late second-generation Trans Ams and SUVs were fairly strong, but Mecum Kansas City once again lived to its bargain reputation. What do you think of these results?

Eighties Cars at the 2017 Mecum Kissimmee, Part Two

The huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a red 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition coupe with an ivory leather interior with 6,600 miles was a no sale bid up to $275,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissemmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this second covers the eighties vehicles sold from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday, January 12th:
  • 1989 gold Johnson Phantom coupe with a tan leather interior, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 2,700 miles—$27,000 hammer price for this Pontiac Firebird-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1988 gray AM General Hummer SUV with a gray interior, a 6.2 liter diesel, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1985 yellow Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black leather interior and a 300 bhp 307 cubic inch V8—$20,000
  • 1987 red Porsche 928S4 with a red leather interior, a 316 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1988 arctic white Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a blue leather interior, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1986 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, a five-speed, and 92,000 miles—$31,000
  • 1984 red Porsche 944 custom coupe with a black interior, a LS 5.3 liter liter fuel injected V8, and a five-speed—$27,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—at $41,000 the first car in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these cars in bold green.
  • 1988 red Chevrolet K30 dually pickup truck with a tan vinyl interior, a 230 bhp 7.4 liter V8, and a four-speed—$25,000
  • 1987 black Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 290 miles—$100,000
  • 1989 silver Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a gray leather interior, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 15,000 miles—$110,000 for this car that was originally gifted to Don Johnson by Ferrari.
Friday, January 13th:
  • 1980 blue Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am coupe with a blue interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1981 guards black Porsche 911SC Targa coupe with a black leather interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch fuel-injected flat six, and a five-speed—$22,000
  • 1986 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am coupe with T-tops, a beige leather interior, a (at least) 250 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 994 miles—$37,000 for this documented Indianapolis 500 festival car.
  • 1984 red Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole convertible with a black top, a black leather interior, a 235 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$33,000
  • 1987 black Buick GNX coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 276 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 68 miles—$220,000 for the last GNX built.
  • 1989 black Porsche Speedster convertible with a black leather interior, a 214 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, a five-speed, and 2,900 hard miles—$145,000 for this car that was stolen from Nicholas Cage and ended up in lake.
  • 1986 black Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a red leather interior, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 5,900 miles—$165,000
  • 1988 silver Ferrari Testarossa coupe with a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V12 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$87,500
  • 1982 black Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a red leather interior, a 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 59,000 miles—$47,000
Saturday, January 14th:
  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Collector Edition coupe with a blue and white leather interior, a 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, and a five-speed—$39,000
  • 1982 black Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with a red leather interior, a 125 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1984 black Lamborghini Countach 5000S coupe with a black leather interior, a 325 bhp 4.8 liter/290 cubic inch V12 with six Weber two-barrel carburetors, and a five-speed—$225,000
  • 1980 orange BMW M1 coupe with a black cloth and leather interior, a 277 bhp 3.5 liter fuel injected inline six, a five-speed, and 22,000 miles—$400,000 is about $100,000 short of #4 money according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1981 silver Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a tan leather interior, a 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 33,000 miles—$77,500
  • 1987 red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with a tan leather interior, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected flat six, a four-speed, and 5,900 miles—$94,500
Sunday, January 15th:
  • 1984 red Jeep J10 Laredo pickup truck with a black vinyl interior, a 360 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$5,750
  • 1988 red/white two-tone Ford Thunderbird Bill Elliott Signature Edition coupe with a red leather interior, a 155 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car Edition coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1987 blue with woodgrain sides Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with a 5.9 liter V8—$8,000
  • 1987 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with a tan cloth interior, a 5.0 liter fuel injected V8, an automatic, the GTA package, and 44,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1989 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, a gray leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and a six-speed—$5,000
  • 1989 green Jeep Wrangler Sahara custom SUV with a white top, a tan interior, a 305 bhp 5.3 liter Vortec V8, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z custom convertible with a tan interior, a 5.0 liter V8, an automatic, 77,000 miles, and a salvage title—$4,250
  • 1981 light cashmere Chrysler LeBaron sedan with a heather interior, a 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch carbureted V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$1,000

Eighties Cars at the 2017 Mecum Kissimmee, Part One

The huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a wine red metallic 1982 Porsche 911SC coupe with a beige leather interior and 4,900 miles was a no sale bid up to $60,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissemmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this first covers the eighties 11% of the 1,100 vehicles sold from Friday to Wednesday (with no auctions on Monday).

Friday, January 6th:
  • 1981 blue/white two-tone Chevrolet mild custom pickup truck with a blue cloth interior, a 385 bhp V8, and an automatic—$19,500 hammer price
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with T-tops, a red cloth interior, a 175 bhp LM1 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $11,000 the first car in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these cars in bold green
  • 1989 white Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am coupe with T-tops, a beige leather interior, a (at least) 250 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—an ouch! at $12,000 (that’s below what Hagerty’s valuation tools see as #4 money)
  • 1986 white Dodge Diplomat police car with a blue cloth interior, a 175 bhp 5.2 liter/318 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 85,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1985 red Chevrolet pickup truck with a red interior, a V8, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1984 blue Jeep CJ-7 Scrambler custom pickup truck with a black interior, a 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six, and a four-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1988 charcoal metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a gray leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 21,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1987 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1983 silver blue metallic Mercedes-Benz 300D sedan with a blue vinyl interior, a 120 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch inline five turbo diesel, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1981 beige/dark bronze two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a camel leather interior, a 190 bhp L81 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed, and 75,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 burgundy Lincoln Town Car sedan with a burgundy leather interior, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 11,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1987 burgundy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 76,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1987 white Land Rover Defender SUV with a black leather interior, a 85 bhp 19J 2.5 liter/152 cubic inch inline four fuel injected turbo diesel, and a five-speed—$21,500 makes this the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of Friday.
  • 1988 silver/blue two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with a blue leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1984 white Buick Riviera convertible with a white top, a red leather interior, a 190 bhp LD5 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic—$12,000 for this rare turbo convertible.
  • 1986 black pearl Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a gray leather interior, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1983 white Spartan coupe with a gray interior, an automatic transmission, and 40,000 miles—$18,000 for this “neo-classic” based on a Datsun/Nissan 280ZX chassis.
  • 1983 black Jeep Scrambler custom pickup truck with a tan interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,000
Saturday, January 7th:
  • 1980 green Mercedes-Benz 300SD sedan with a tan interior, a 120 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch inline five turbo diesel, an automatic, and 28,000 miles—$22,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$26,000
  • 1984 dark gold Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a camel cloth interior, a 190 bhp L69 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch “HO” V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 2,600 miles—$18,000
  • 1981 red Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with a gray vinyl interior, a 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six, and a four-speed manual—$18,500
  • 1981 beige/dark bronze two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a camel cloth interior, a 190 bhp L81 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1988 yellow Pontiac Fiero Formula coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 135 bhp L44 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch fuel-injected V6, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a black vinyl interior, a 175 bhp LM1 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a blue cloth interior, a 175 bhp LM1 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1982 guards red Porsche 911SC custom coupe with a black leather interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 cubic inch fuel-injected flat six, and a five-speed—$33,000
  • 1983 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with a white/blue cloth interior, a 175 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 teal Toyota very custom pickup truck with a gray cloth interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1988 black Toyota LJ-70 SUV with a black vinyl interior, a four cylinder turbo-diesel, and a five-speed—$8,000
  • 1981 white Porsche 911 custom cabriolet (custom because there were no factory cabriolets in 1981) with a blue top, a blue leather interior, a 3.0 liter flat six, and a five-speed—$65,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with a silver beige leather interior, a 200 bhp L82 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$23,000 is solid money for a CE that has actually been (somewhat) driven.
  • 1984 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a black leather interior, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, and a five-speed—$30,500
  • 1989 blue Mini Cooper 30th Anniversary coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 1.1 liter inline four, an automatic, and 53,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with a black cloth interior, a 383 cubic inch supercharged V8, and an automatic—$25,000
  • 1981 red Toyota Land Cruiser SUV with a diesel engine—$33,000 makes this the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of Saturday.
Sunday, January 8th:
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a red cloth interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1983 gold Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a chocolate convertible top, a brown leather interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1987 red Porsche 944 custom coupe with red interior, a 147 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four, and a five-speed—$9,000
  • 1987 white Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan with a red leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am coupe with a red interior, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch turbocharged V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition coupe with a white (Cadillac) leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 8,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, a gray cloth interior, a 225 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible with a white top, a red leather interior, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with a tan leather interior, a 214 bhp 3.2 liter/193 cubic inch fuel injected flat six, and a five-speed—$40,000 makes this the highest stock eighties vehicle sale of Sunday.
  • 1980 black Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with a black interior, a V8, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1988 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, a gray cloth interior, a 225 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and a five speed—$4,750
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 190 bhp L98 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1983 orange Dodge custom van with an orange cloth interior—$11,000
  • 1985 white Toyota Celica Supra coupe with a blue cloth interior, a 161 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch fuel injected inline six, and a five-speed manual—$4,000
  • 1989 blue Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a blue top, a tan leather interior, a 262 bhp 5.3 liter/323 cubic inch fuel injected V12, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1987 red Toyota Celica Supra coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 230 bhp 3.0 liter/181 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected inline six, an automatic, and 31,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1984 blue Ford Mustang very custom coupe with a black interior, a 351 cubic inch V8, and a five-speed—$6,500
  • 1984 charcoal Porsche 928S custom coupe with a black leather interior, a V8, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a gray interior, a 350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,000
Tuesday, January 10th:
  • 1984 light blue metallic/medium blue metallic two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with a blue leather interior, a 205 bhp L82 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1984 white Chevrolet C30 Scottsdale hauler with a blue vinyl interior and a four-speed—$17,500
  • 1987 silver Chevrolet El Camino SS pickup truck with a burgundy cloth interior, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1986 white Tiffany coupe with a beige leather interior, a 5.0 liter V8, and an automatic—$18,000 for this Mercury Cougar-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1981 yellow Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a blue cloth interior, a 300 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with a gray cloth interior, a V8, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1986 red Tiffany coupe with a red leather interior, a 5.0 liter fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1982 blue Jeep CJ-7 SUV with a gray cloth interior, a 258 cubic inch six, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1988 pearl white Cadillac Allante convertible with a red leather interior, a 170 bhp 4.0 liter/250 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1983 black Jeep CJ-7 SUV with a tan interior and a 258 cubic inch six—$7,250
  • 1983 black Ford Mustang GT coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 175 bhp 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed, and 10,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 11,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero coupe with a gray cloth interior, a 92 bhp Iron Duke 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch fuel injected inline four, an automatic, and 70,000 miles—an ouch! at $1,250.
  • 1986 copperhead pearl/white two-tone Chevrolet K20 custom pickup truck with a copper/white interior, a 408 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1984 gray/black Chevrolet Blazer Silverado custom SUV with a gray cloth interior, a 350 cubic inch carbureted V8, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a fuel injected V8—$5,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with a black/gray cloth interior, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch turbocharged and fuel injected V6, an automatic, and 67,000 miles—$20,000
Wednesday, January 11th:
  • 1985 black BMW 635CSi coupe with a red leather interior, a 182 bhp 3.4 liter (yes—not 3.5 liter)/209 cubic inch fuel injected inline six with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 98,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1987 red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black top, a tan leather interior, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/339 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$27,500
  • 1985 red Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a gray interior and a 5.0 liter V8 engine—$16,000
  • 1988 burgundy Cutlass Supreme Classic coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$22,000 has to be near to a world record for a non-Hurst eighties Cutlass.
  • 1986 black Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black cloth interior, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 engine, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1982 white with wood Jeep Scrambler custom SUV with a tan interior, a 4.2 liter inline 6, and a five-speed—$30,000
  • 1987 black Porsche 928S4 coupe with a gray leather interior and a 5.0 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection—$15,500
  • 1986 white Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible with a tan leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$52,500
  • 1986 red Jaguar XJ-S coupe with a tan leather interior, a Chevrolet 454 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$7,000 for this “lump” (yes, that’s what Jags with American engines are called)
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a black top, a gray cloth interior, an 195 bhp L98 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 1,400 miles—$27,500
  • 1987 guards red Porsche 944 coupe with black leather interior, a 158 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed, and 27,000 miles—$18,500
  • 1984 bronze/brown two-tone Chevrolet El Camin0 custom pickup truck with a brown cloth interior, a 400 bhp 355 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe with a silver beige leather interior, a 200 bhp L82 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1984 silver Jeep Scrambler mild custom pickup truck with a black vinyl interior—$23,000
  • 1982 black Jeep Scrambler mild custom pickup truck with a 258 cubic inch inline six and a four-speed—$19,000
  • 1980 red Jeep CJ-7 custom SUV with a red interior, a 304 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed—$22,000
  • 1988 red Alpha Romeo Graduate Edition spyder with a black top, a tan interior, a four cylinder engine, a five-speed, and 71,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1989 blue Mercedes-Benz 420SEL sedan with a beige interior, a 4.2 liter V8, and an automatic—$3,000

1986 Acura Legend Touring Sedan

“No other automobile line has accomplished so much, so soon.”

The 1986 Acura Legend Touring Sedan was the top of the line vehicle available from the then brand new Acura brand and the first Honda product with a six cylinder engine.

I have always said that Honda is an engine company and the Legend’s 151 bhp 2.5 liter C25A 24-valve SOHC V6 was an interesting one, with a 90 degree V-angle to the crankshaft. Mileage with the five-speed manual transmission was decent—20 city/25 highway by the standards of the day (18/23 by 2016 standards). With that same five-speed manual, 0-60 mph came in a little under nine seconds in the 3,100-pound car.

Standard equipment in the $19,898 sedan (about $43,800 in 2016 dollars) included four-wheel disc brakes, driver’s side air bag, and an information system that could monitor maintenance intervals, fluid levels, and fuel economy. Power driver’s seat, adjustable rear seats, power folding mirrors, remote locking/keyless entry, and a power tilt/slide sunroof were also included. The only option available was a four-speed automatic transmission.

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1986 Acura Legend Touring Sedan

I don’t see a lot of Legends come up for sale in either the Hemmings Motor News classifieds or on eBay Motors. First generation Legends have a small but avid following (with decent on-line support) and I find that they stand out when I see them. Make mine Blade Silver Metallic, please.

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1982 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe

“Created for the person who loves to drive.”

Though Cadillac’s eighth-generation Eldorado had been in production since the 1979 model year, 1982 was the first year for the Touring Coupe edition of the Eldorado. The Touring Coupe marked the first even remotely sporting Eldorado in many years.

Also new for the 1982 Eldorado and all Cadillacs was the 4.1 liter HT-4100 fuel-injected V8. Unfortunately, horsepower remained at the same 125 bhp as the engine from the previous year—somewhat of a problem when you considered the Eldorado’s platform mates. Buick’s Riviera T-Type had a 170 bhp turbocharged V6 and Oldsmobile’s Toronado was available with a 150 bhp V8. 0-60 mph took a little under 15 seconds in the 3,600-pound Eldorado, while the Riviera T-Type was about four seconds faster. On the other side of the coin, fuel mileage with the new engine was 17 mpg by the standards of the day.

Standard exterior and mechanical equipment in the $20,666 Eldorado Touring Coupe (about $54,900 in 2016 dollars) included Touring Suspension and aluminum alloy wheels on P225/70R15 blackwall tires. Inside, reclining bucket seats and a front console were included.

Standard exterior and mechanical equipment on any 1982 Eldorado included front-wheel drive, a four-wheel independent suspension, power steering, and four-wheel disc brakes. Inside, Twilight Sentinel, power door locks, power windows, remote trunk release, electronic climate control, a six-way power seat for the driver, and an electronically tuned AM/FM stereo radio with power antenna were all included.

Options included Astroroof ($1,195), electronic cruise control ($175), rear window defogger, and Symphonic Sound System ($290).

Page from the 1982 Cadillac brochure, linked from the Old Car Manual Project’s amazing brochures section.

Eighth-generation Eldorados definitely have a following. According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for a 1982 Eldorado in #1/Concours condition is $11,200, with a more normal #3/Good condition car going for $5,200. Eldorado Touring Coupes sometimes show up for sale in the Hemmings Motor News classifieds and on eBay Motors.

There was only one color available for the 1982 Eldorado Touring Coupe, so make mine Sterling Silver.

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