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?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Mecum Louisville

Mecum’s September auction in Louisville 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 highly customized gray 1981 Jeep Scrambler pickup truck hatchback coupe with a black interior was a no sale bid up to $40,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 10% of the 332 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Friday, September 7th:

  • 1988 purple Chevrolet S10 very custom (engine, exterior, interior) pickup truck with a purple interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$3,500 hammer price.
  • 1988 black Ford Mustang custom (engine, exterior, interior) hatchback coupe with gray seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero Pace Car Edition coupe with red/gray cloth/leather seats, an “Iron Duke” 92 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$3,500
  • 1988 black/orange two-tone Ford Econoline Harley-Davidson Edition van with charcoal cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$9,000 for this rarely seen special edition.
  • 1983 gold Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with both tops, a burgundy interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1985 bright red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1985 red/cream two-tone Ford F-150 Lariat pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, an unknown V8 (could be a 4.9 liter/302 ci or a 5.8 liter/351 ci), an automatic, and 4,200 miles—$14,000
  • 1980 dark blue metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with blue seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 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—$14,500
  • 1987 white Chevrolet C10 custom (engine, suspension, body, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray interior, a 7.4 liter/454 ci v8, and a four-speed manual, and 93,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1980 orange Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 custom (powertrain) SUV with black seats, a 1FZ-FE 212 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci inline six with fuel injection from a much newer Toyota, and a five-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1985 tan/brown two-tone Ford Bronco II XLT SUV with tan cloth seats, a Windsor “High Output” 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 91,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 blue/black two-tone Chevrolet C10 Silverado pickup truck with a blue cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1983 yellow Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with black seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—at $15,500, 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.
  • 1980 orange International Harvester Scout II SUV with tan seats, an SD33T 101 bhp 3.3 liter/199 ci diesel inline six, and a four-speed manual—$31,500
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1983 white/blue two-tone Chevrolet K10 Silverado pickup truck with blue cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,500
  • 1982 butternut Cadillac Coupe DeVille with a white vinyl half top, butternut leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 46,000 miles—$7,500 for a Cadillac from the days of many color choices.
1982 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1987 burgundy Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1988 green/tan two-tone GMC Suburban SUV with a tan interior, a 7.4 liter/454 ci with fuel injection, an automatic, and 64,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1988 blue/silver two-tone GMC Sierra 1500 custom (suspension, paint, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1984 red/tan two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom (engine, suspension, interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a black/red interior, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with gray leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission, and 54,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1989 red Mazda RX7 convertible with a black top, a black interior, a 13B 160 bhp 1.3 liter/80 ci two-rotor with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$6,500

Saturday, September 8th:

  • 1985 red Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 71,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with red leather 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 13,000 miles—$19,000
1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary shifter, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with tan leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1984 white Porsche 911 Carrera Targa coupe with tan leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 75,000 miles—$38,000
  • 1989 blue Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with blue leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, an automatic, and 66,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1989 black Bentley Mulsanne S sedan with tan leather seats, a 205 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, an automatic, and 52,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1985 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with black /gray cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$7,000
  • 1982 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a gray interior, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 15,000 miles—$25,500
  • 1985 gray Dodge Ram pickup truck with a gray interior and an unknown V8 (could be a 5.2 liter/318 ci or a 5.9 liter/361 ci)—$13,000
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with black seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$19,000 is between #3/Good and #2/Excellent money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.

Eighties Chevrolets and Fords were heavily represented in this auction—combining for 53% of the lots from that decade. What do you think of these results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Mecum Monterey

Mecum’s three-day auction in Monterey included 22 vehicles from the 1980s—7% of the 317 cars and trucks that sold. As always, I’ll concentrate on the vehicles that actually sold (remember that this is not a no reserve auction—a guards red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with tan leather seats and 22,000 miles was a no sale bid up to $130,000) and add some of my opinions.

Thursday, August 23rd:

  • 1985 champagne Mercedes-Benz 380SE sedan with brown seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$4,000 hammer price marks the usual ignominious beginning for eighties vehicles we see at most auctions.
  • 1989 red Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, black leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$6,500 for one of the first full XJ-S convertibles.
  • 1981 silver Alfa Romeo Spider custom (engine) convertible with a black top, black leather seats, a 2.0 liter/120 ci inline four with dual Weber carburetors, a five-speed manual, and 58,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1989 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, black leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$38,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a gray interior, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 22,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1981 maroon Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with red cloth seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 75,000 miles—at $14,000, 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.
1981 Datsun 280ZX, linked from Mecum’s website
  • 1989 green Nissan Pao convertible with gray cloth seats, a MA10S 51 bhp 1.0 liter/61 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 67,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 black Porsche 924 S Special Edition hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 160 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 58,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1983 white Porsche 928 S hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, a 234 bhp 4.5 liter/285 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 86,000 miles—$6,500

Friday, August 24th:

  • 1985 red Alpha Romeo Spider Graduate Edition convertible with a black top, black seats, a 115 bhp 2.0 liter/120 ci four with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 20,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1981 brown Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, a four-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1987 white Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-60 SUV with gray seats, a 2F 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a carburetor, a four-speed manual, and a “surprisingly low” 148,000 miles—$31,000
  • 1987 silver Porsche 959 Komfort coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 444 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci flat six with twin turbochargers and Bosch Motronic fuel injection, a six-speed manual, and 3,700 miles—$425,000 for this car whose front end was heavily damaged in a trailer accident.
Damaged 1987 Porsche 959, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 black Land Rover Defender 110 SUV with black seats, a 2.5 liter/152 ci diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$45,000
  • 1981 tan Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 custom (engine, brakes) SUV with tan seats, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$30,000
  • 1988 red Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with tan leather seats, an F105B 260 bhp 3.2 liter/215 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 35,000 miles—$55,000 is #3/Good money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1986 white Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with gray vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$48,000
  • 1981 bright yellow Porsche 911 SC Targa custom (body) coupe with black seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$15,000

Saturday, August 25th:

  • 1982 red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, a four-speed manual, and 48,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1985 white Buick Riviera convertible with red leather seats, an LD5 200 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharger and fuel injection, and an automatic—$20,000 for this rare car, one of 49 Riviera convertibles built with the turbocharged engine in 1985.
  • 1989 green, gold, and white Porsche 962 Miller High Life race car with a twin-turbocharged flat six—at $2,000,000, this multiple race-winning car finally sells after at least two previous attempts.
1989 Porsche 962 race car, linked from Mecum’s website
  • 1985 red Modena GT Spyder California convertible with tan seats, a 5.0 liter V8 with four Weber carburetors, a five-speed manual, and 1,500 miles—$370,000 for one of the three faux Ferraris featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Porsches of all types and Toyota FJ SUVs were strong at this auction, with Alfa-Romeos, Mercedes-Benzes, and Nissan/Datsuns also present. What do you think of the results?

1982: What Cars Are Collectible?

The question always arises: what cars are considered collectable? One way is to look at what Hagerty tracks with their valuation tools. For 1982 cars, the full list is below—I have added a few comments.

Alfa Romeo; GTV-6 hatchback coupe, Spyder convertible

Alpine; A310 coupe

Aston Martin; Lagonda sedan, V8 coupe and convertible

Avanti; Avanti II coupe

Bentley; Corniche convertible, Mulsanne sedan

Bitter; SC coupe

BMW; 320i coupe

Bristol; 412 convertible

Buick; Regal coupe, Riviera coupe and convertible

Cadillac; Cimarron sedan, DeVille coupe and sedan, Eldorado coupe, Fleetwood coupe and sedan, Seville sedan

Checker; Marathon sedan

Chevrolet; C10/K10 pickup truck, C10/K10 Blazer SUV, C10/K10 Suburban SUV, C20/K20 pickup truck, C20/K20 Suburban SUV, C30/K30 pickup truck, Camaro hatchback coupe, Corvette coupe, El Camino pickup truck

Chrysler; Imperial coupe

Clenet; SII convertible. SIII coupe and convertible

Datsun; 280ZX hatchback coupe

Delorean; DMC-12 coupe

DeTomaso; Deauville sedan, Pantera coupe

Dodge; Ramcharger SUV

Duesenberg; LaGrande convertible

Excalibur; Series IV convertible

Ferrari; 308 GTBi/GTSi coupe, 400i coupe, 512 BB coupe, Mondial coupe

Fiat; X1/9 coupe

Ford; Bronco SUV, F-100 pickup truck, F-150 pickup truck, F-250 pickup truck, F-350 pickup truck, GT40 coupe and convertible, Mustang hatchback coupe, Thunderbird coupe

GMC; C1500/K1500 pickup truck, C2500/K2500 pickup truck, C3500/K3500 pickup truck, Caballero pickup truck

Jaguar; XJ-S coupe

Jeep; Cherokee SUV, CJ-5 SUV, CJ-7 SUV, CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck, Wagoneer SUV

Lamborghini; Countach coupe, Jalpa coupe

Lancia; Beta coupe, convertible, and station wagon, Gamma coupe and sedan

Lincoln; Continental sedan, Continental Mark VI coupe and sedan, Town Car sedan

Lotus; Esprit coupe

Maserati; Quattroporte III sedan

Matra; Murena coupe

Mazda; RX-7 hatchback coupe

Mercedes-Benz; 240D sedan, 300CD coupe, 300D sedan, 300SD sedan, 300TD station wagon, 380SEL sedan, 380SL convertible, 380SLC coupe

Morgan; 4/4 convertible, Plus 8 convertible

Panther; DeVille convertible and sedan, Kallista convertible

Peugeot; 504 convertible

Pontiac; Firebird hatchback coupe

Porsche; 911 coupe, 924 hatchback coupe, 928 hatchback coupe

Puma; GT coupe, GTC coupe and convertible

Renault; Fuego hatchback coupe

Rolls-Royce; Camargue coupe, Corniche I convertible, Phantom VI sedan, Silver Spirit sedan, Silver Spur sedan

Stutz; Bearcat convertible, Blackhawk coupe, IV-Porte sedan

Subaru: BRAT pickup truck

Toyota; Celica hatchback coupe, Land Cruiser SUV

TVR; 280i coupe and convertible

Hagerty casts a wide net, except when they don’t. Coupes are dominant—32% of 117 models listed with an additional 9% being hatchback coupes. Unsurprisingly, the rarest body style is a station wagon, at 2%.

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Mecum Harrisburg

Mecum’s August auction in Harrisburg provided some 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 red 1981 Toyota BJ42 Land Cruiser SUV with black seats was a no sale bid up to $50,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 10% of the 694 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Thursday, August 2nd:

  • 1986 silver Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe with gray cloth seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,000 hammer price.
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission, and 52,000 miles—$7,750
  • 1989 red Dodge Shadow Shelby CSX hatchback coupe with gray seats, a Turbo IV 175 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with fuel injection and turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 73,000 miles—$6,500
1987 Dodge Shadow Shelby CSX, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1984 blue Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham coupe with blue cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$3,000 bought this attractive car
  • 1988 red/white two-tone Ford Bronco II XLT SUV with red cloth seats, a Cologne 140 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1982 black Chevrolet El Camino custom (paint, wheels, seats) pickup truck with maroon seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1985 black Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with gray cloth seats, an L44 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 65,000 miles—$5,000
  • 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 69,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with medium red leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with blue tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1982 bright blue Chevrolet Corvette coupe with charcoal leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1987 signal red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a hard top, palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 57,000 miles—$23,500
  • 1988 bright red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 8,300 miles—$6,700
  • 1987 midnight blue Chevrolet Scottsdale regular cab fleetside pickup truck with a charcoal deluxe cloth bench seat, an LB4 160 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1987 black GMC Sierra Classic regular cab fleetside pickup truck with a maroon interior, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—at $18,000, 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.
  • 1988 brown Dodge Ram 250 regular cab flatbed truck with a beige cloth bench seat, an unknown engine, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1989 signal red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a hard top, black leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 88,000 miles—$8,000
  • 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—$10,500
  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LB9 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1984 blue Porsche 928 S hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, a 288 bhp 4.7 liter/285 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 44,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet C10 custom (engine, body, suspension, wheels) regular cab step side pickup truck with a maroon bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1980 green Jeep CJ-5 custom (engine, suspension) SUV with black seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$13,500
  • 1984 gray Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham coupe with tan cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 97,000 miles—$2,000. Eighties Toronados are showing up at auction, but they sure aren’t getting any money.
  • 1985 black Buick Regal T-Type coupe with gray cloth seats, a 200 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1981 gray metallic Buick Riviera coupe with a gray interior, an unknown engine, an automatic, and 67,000 miles—$2,000
  • 1984 blue Chevrolet C10 Scottsdale regular cab fleetside pickup truck with a blue custom cloth bench seat, an unknown engine, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1981 yellow Jeep CJ-5 custom (engine, body, paint) SUV with gray vinyl seats, a 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Weber carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 120,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1989 blue/white two-tone GMC Suburban with blue cloth seats, a 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1985 bright blue metallic Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 107,000 miles—$3,500
  • 1981 red Pontiac Grand Prix custom (engine, transmission, body, interior, wheels) coupe with red cloth seats, a 6.6 liter/400 ci V8 with dual four-barrel carburetors, and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1987 black/gray two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer with a gray interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1983 burgundy Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan with brown seats, a 67 bhp 2.4 liter/147 ci inline diesel four, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1983 silver BMW 633 CSi coupe with black seats, an M30B32 181 bhp 3.2 liter/196 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $1,000

Friday, August 3rd:

  • 1981 purple Chevrolet Camaro custom (engine, paint, interior, wheels) coupe with blue cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with claret leather seats, an L82 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1981 blue Dodge Ram D150 regular cab step side pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 3.7 liter/225 ci Slant-Six, a four-speed manual, and 18,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1987 black/silver metallic two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4-4-2 coupe with gray cloth seats, a 170 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$16,500
  • 1985 white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with red tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,000 for this car with period external bling (Rolls-Royce grill, continental kit)
  • 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 49,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette custom (Greenwood kit, interior) convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 44,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1980 cream Ford Thunderbird coupe with a brown cloth interior, a Windsor 131 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 222 miles—$7,500
  • 1988 blue Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren convertible with a blue top, blue leather seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1988 oxford white Ford Bronco mild custom (wheels, tires, suspension) SUV with blue cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$30,000
  • 1982 gray Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler custom (engine, suspension, wheels, tires) pickup truck with a gray interior, a 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$19,000
  • 1985 gold/white two-tone Chevrolet S10 Blazer Tahoe SUV with tan cloth seats, a 110 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with a two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1984 cotillion white Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, with a white top, dark carmine tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1989 black Jaguar XJ-S custom (engine, transmission, wheels, tires) convertible with a black top, biscuit leather seats, an 8.0 liter/488 ci V10 with fuel injection, a six-speed manual—$35,000. If a Jag with a small block Chevrolet V8 is known as a “lump,” what is one with a Viper V10 called?
  • 1984 blue Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser SUV with a blue interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$50,000
1984 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1986 russet metallic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with pewter/graphite cloth seats, a 210 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 30,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1989 orange/black two-tone Chevrolet C1500 custom (body, paint, wheels, tires) pickup truck with an orange interior, a 5.7 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$11,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National custom (engine, suspension, brakes, wheels) coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, and an automatic—$30,000
  • 1982 cream Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with brown convertible top, hard top, brown seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 44,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette custom (body, exhaust) coupe with black leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1982 olive Toyota FJ43 Land Cruiser SUV with tangerine seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with carburetor, and a four-speed manual —$50,000

Saturday, August 4th:

  • 1982 brown/beige two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Conquista pickup truck with a medium doeskin cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and automatic, and 65,000 miles—$7,000
1982 Chevrolet El Camino, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1987 silver/blue two-tone Chevrolet Silverado custom (paint, suspension, wheels, tires) regular cab fleetside pickup truck with a blue interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$6,500
  • 1981 martinique blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (engine, exterior, interior) coupe with black seats, a 6.6 liter/400 ci V8 with Holley carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1985 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 200 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, and an automatic—$30,000
  • 1982 green Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler custom (paint) pickup truck with black seats—$10,000
  • 1988 black Land Rover Defender 110 custom (just about everything) SUV with black seats, a 2.5 liter/152 ci diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$52,000
  • 1982 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (body, interior) hatchback coupe with beige cloth seats, a V8, and an automatic—$60,000 for this well-done KITT replica.
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 custom (body) coupe with gray seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$70,000 for this Back to the Future replica.
  • 1986 rosso corsa Ferrari Testarossa coupe with tan leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 13,000 miles—at $120,000, by far the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction. That’s #2/Excellent money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1985 yellow Cadillac Eldorado coupe with yellow leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1981 beige Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser SUV with black seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$27,000
  • 1987 camouflage AM General Humvee SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$18,000

What do you think of these results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Northeast

Barrett-Jackson’s third Northeast auction at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut in late June included a reasonable amount of vehicles from the 1980s—about 9% of the 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, June 21st:

  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero Indy Pace Car coupe with orange/gray cloth seats, an Iron Duke 92 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 53,000 miles—$4,000 hammer price
  • 1983 silver BMW 633 CSi coupe with black seats, a 181 bhp 3.2 liter/196 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1985 black Cadillac Seville sedan with tan vinyl top, tan leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$5,200. Why these Sevilles? Why now?
  • 1984 black Chevrolet Camaro custom (engine, transmission, body, wheels) hatchback coupe with beige cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$3,200
  • 1983 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo custom (engine, brakes, body, wheels) coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$5,700
  • 1983 burgundy Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan with brown seats, a 67 bhp 2.4 liter/147 ci inline diesel four, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1985 silver Toyota Celica Supra hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 161 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six, and a five-speed manual—$7,500
  • 1989 black Chevrolet Corvette custom (body) coupe with tan leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 69,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1989 medium blue metallic Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, black leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci inch V8 with fuel injection, a six-speed manual, and 68,000 miles—$6,700
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, a 230 bhp L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission—$7,500
  • 1985 light gray/medium gray two-tone GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck with a black cloth/vinyl bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, a four-speed manual, and 95,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1987 colorado red Jeep Wrangler SUV with spice vinyl seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$10,000
  • 1986 brown Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with tan vinyl seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 102,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1986 gray Chevrolet Silverado regular cab pickup truck with a gray custom cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1984 red Chevrolet C10 custom (engine, suspension, body, interior) regular cab pickup truck with a gray custom cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1988 guards red Porsche 928 S4 hatchback coupe with tan leather seats, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 42,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1980 blue/white two-tone Chevrolet C10 custom (engine, suspension, wheels, interior) regular cab pickup truck with a tan leather bench seat, a 383 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$21,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$29,000 makes this 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.
  • 1987 green Chevrolet Silverado custom (suspension, body, interior) regular cab pickup truck with a tan leather bench seat, a 383 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$19,500
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with red cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1985 bright blue metallic Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1984 white Pontiac Fiero Indy Pace Car coupe with orange/gray cloth seats, an Iron Duke 92 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 3,500 miles—at $9,200, less than a twelfth of the mileage of the first Indy Pace Car in this auction adds $5,200 to the price.
  • 1988 guards red Porsche 928 S4 hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$18,500. More and more 928s are making an appearance at auction; it was the turn of the S4 version at this particular venue.
  • 1989 regatta blue Ford Mustang GT convertible with titanium lower cladding, a black top, opal gray leather seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,700 miles—$23,000
  • 1986 black Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, charcoal cloth seats, a Windsor 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 20,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1988 cabernet red Ford Mustang GT convertible with titanium lower cladding, a black top, gray leather seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 59,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 white Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, red cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$10,500. If you were looking for a Fox-body convertible and didn’t leave with one after this auction, you weren’t really trying.
  • 1987 red Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$4,500

Friday, June 22nd:

  • 1988 british racing green Jaguar XJ6 Series III sedan with tan leather seats, an AJ6 181 bhp 3.6 liter/219 ci inline six with Lucas-Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—an ouch! at $3,000.
  • 1980 bright blue metallic Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport coupe with black vinyl seats, an LC3 115 bhp 3.8 liter/229 ci V6 with a Rochester M2ME two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$4,700 for this honest, fairly original car that no one ever tried to turn into a Z28. The new owner’s challenge will be that 14 second 0-60 time …
  • 1984 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with gray cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 29,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1988 blue Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a hard top, beige leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1986 red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 150 bhp 2.7 liter/164 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 99,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1987 scarlet red Ford Mustang GT fastback coupe with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 62,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1987 green AM General Humvee SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1980 orange Jeep CJ-7 custom (engine, wheels) SUV with gray seats, a 119 bhp 5.0 liter/304 ci V8 with Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1988 guards red Porsche 928 S4 hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1988 red BMW M3 coupe with black leather seats, an S14 192 bhp 2.3 liter/141 ci inline four with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$35,000 is between #3/Good and #4/Fair money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools. Eighties M3s have gotten serious over the last three years.
  • 1981 silver Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with silver seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1986 black Jeep CJ-7 custom (paint, interior, wheels) SUV with black leather seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$17,700
  • 1980 brown Jeep CJ-5 custom (paint, body) SUV with black seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$9,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National custom (engine, transmission, wheels) coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a Vortec 5.3 liter/325 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe custom (engine, brakes, paint, interior, wheels) with black seats, a 383 ci V8, and an automatic—$39,000
  • 1983 platinum metz Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with tan seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 42,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1987 flame red metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 71,000 miles—$6,000

Saturday, June 23rd:

  • 1989 red Chrysler Conquest TSi hatchback coupe with black seats, a Mitsubishi 4G54 188 bhp 2.6 liter/156 ci inline four with turbocharger and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 69,000 miles—$9,000 for this almost wholly vanished variant of the itself rare Mitsubishi Starion, definitively the most interesting car at this auction by the Who Saves These Cars? criteria.
  • 1985 blue Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible with gray seats, a 182 bhp 2.7 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$8,000 for this European-market SL
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 convertible conversion with gray seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1985 gray Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with tan leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, and an automatic—$11,000
  • 1988 guards red Porsche 930 coupe with black leather seats, the factory Slantnose option, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with turbocharger and fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 44,000 miles—$102,000
  • 1986 white gold metallic Porsche 930 coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with turbocharger and fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 66,000 miles—$65,000
  • 1984 red de Tomaso Pantera GT5 coupe with tan leather seats, a Cleveland 345 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 38,000 miles—$125,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Corvette Callaway hatchback coupe with red leather seats, a 345 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with turbocharger and fuel injection, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,000 miles—$49,000
  • 1984 dark indigo Porsche 930 coupe with black leather seats, a 300 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with a turbocharger and fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 52,000 miles—$75,000 for this gray market car
  • 1988 black Land Rover 110 custom (engine, body) SUV with black seats, a 340 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a six-speed manual—$80,000
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—this car once again sells for charity, this time for $60,000
  • 1987 gunmetal Land Rover 110 custom (engine, suspension, body, wheels) SUV with black seats, a 2.5 liter diesel inline four, and a five-speed manual—$55,000
  • 1987 bright orange Land Rover 90 custom (engine, body, interior, wheels) pickup truck with orange and black seats, a 2.5 liter diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$51,000
  • 1989 silver blue metallic Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a navy blue convertible top, a hard top, dark blue leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$11,000

I see a lot of Chevrolets, Fords, Jeeps, and Porsches. What do you think of this auction’s results?

1981: What Cars Are Collectible?

The question always arises: what cars are considered collectable? One way is to look at what Hagerty tracks with their valuation tools. For 1981 cars, the full list is below—I have added a few comments.

Alfa Romeo; GTV-6 hatchback coupe, Spyder convertible

Alpine; A310 coupe

Aston Martin; Lagonda sedan, V8 coupe and convertible

Avanti; Avanti II coupe

Bentley; Corniche convertible, Mulsanne sedan

Bitter; SC coupe

BMW; 320i coupe, 633CSi coupe, 733i sedan, M1 coupe

Bristol; 412 convertible

Buick; Regal coupe, Riviera coupe

Cadillac; DeVille coupe and sedan, Eldorado coupe, Fleetwood coupe and sedan, Seville sedan

Checker; Marathon sedan

Chevrolet; C10/K10 pickup truck, C10/K10 Blazer SUV, C10/K10 Suburban SUV, C20/K20 pickup truck, C20/K20 Suburban SUV, C30/K30 pickup truck, Camaro coupe, Corvette coupe, El Camino pickup truck

Chrysler; Imperial coupe

Clenet; SII convertible

Datsun; 280ZX hatchback coupe

Delorean; DMC-12 coupe

DeTomaso; Deauville sedan, Pantera coupe

Dodge; Ramcharger SUV

Excalibur; Series IV convertible

Ferrari; 308 GTBi/GTSi coupe, 400i coupe, 512 BB coupe, Mondial coupe

Fiat; 2000 convertible, X1/9 coupe

Ford; Bronco SUV, F-100 pickup truck, F-150 pickup truck, F-250 pickup truck, F-350 pickup truck, GT40 coupe and convertible, Mustang coupe and hatchback coupe, Thunderbird coupe

GMC; C1500/K1500 pickup truck, C2500/K2500 pickup truck, C3500/K3500 pickup truck, Caballero pickup truck

Jaguar; XJ-6 sedan, XJ-S coupe

Jeep; Cherokee SUV, CJ-5 SUV, CJ-7 SUV, CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck, Wagoneer SUV

Lamborghini; Countach coupe

Lancia; Beta coupe, convertible, sedan, and station wagon, Gamma coupe and sedan, Scorpion coupe

Lincoln; Continental coupe and sedan, Continental Mark VI coupe and sedan

Lotus; Esprit coupe

Maserati; Kyalami coupe, Merak coupe, Quattroporte III sedan

Matra; Murena coupe

Mazda; RX-7 hatchback coupe

Mercedes-Benz; 240D sedan, 280CE coupe, 280E sedan, 300CD coupe, 300D sedan, 300SD sedan, 300TD station wagon, 380SEL sedan, 380SL convertible, 380SLC coupe

Morgan; 4/4 convertible, Plus 8 convertible

Panther; DeVille convertible and sedan, J72 convertible, Kallista convertible

Peugeot; 504 convertible

Plymouth; Trail Duster SUV

Pontiac; Firebird coupe

Porsche; 911 coupe, 924 hatchback coupe, 928 hatchback coupe

Puma; GT coupe, GTC coupe and convertible

Replicar; sedan and convertible

Rolls-Royce; Camargue coupe, Corniche I convertible, Phantom VI sedan, Silver Spirit sedan, Silver Spur sedan

Saab; 99 coupe

Stutz; Bearcat convertible, Blackhawk coupe, Iv-Porte sedan, Royale sedan

Toyota; Celica hatchback coupe, Land Cruiser SUV

Triumph; TR7 convertible, TR8 coupe and convertible

Volvo; 262C coupe

Hagerty casts a wide net, except when they don’t (why does the Toronado go away in 1981 if it was around in 1980?). Speaking of going away, AMC, International, and Subaru all get no love when it comes to 1981 models.

Coupes are dominant—37% of 128 models listed with an additional 5% being hatchback coupes. Unsurprisingly, the rarest body style is a station wagon, at 2%.