Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Mecum Indianapolis

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

Tuesday, May 14th:

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

Wednesday, May 15th:

  • 1984 Oxford White Ford Mustang 20th Anniversary GT.350 hatchback coupe with red cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1984 black Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal cloth bucket seats, a Lima 175 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with turbocharger, intercooler, and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 73,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1987 black/gray two-tone Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with red cloth bucket seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 43,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1986 white Mercury Capri ASC/McLaren convertible with a tan top, tan leather bucket seats, a Windsor 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1980 brown Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup truck with a saddle vinyl bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1989 burgundy Dodge Ramcharger SUV with tan bucket seats, an LA 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,500
  • 1987 silver/black two-tone Chevrolet Suburban Silverado SUV with gray cloth bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1985 beige Pontiac Parisienne Brougham sedan with tan leather seats, an unknown engine, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$11,500. I can’t remember the last time I’ve even seen a Parisienne, much less one at auction.
1985 Pontiac Parisienne sedan, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1981 black and gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black bucket seats, an unknown V8, a four-speed manual, and 63,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1983 maroon Lotus Esprit Turbo Investor’s Edition (really!) coupe with black leather bucket seats, a 205 bhp 2.2 liter/133 ci inline four with a Garrett T3 turbocharger, intercooler, and two carburetors, and a five-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1989 Pearl White Jeep Wrangler custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) SUV with a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with gray cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 41,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1985 red/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Calais roadster (no top) with red/silver bucket seats, a Tech 4 215 bhp 2.7 liter/165 ci inline four, and an automatic—an astounding $45,000 for this real Indianapolis 500 pace car.
  • 1985 blue Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with a black interior, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 98,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1988 Pearl White Cadillac Allanté convertible with tan leather bucket seats, an HT-4100 170 bhp 4.1 liter/250 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$4,000
  • 1986 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet Blazer SUV with gray cloth bucket seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1984 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds coupe with maroon cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1986 red/white two-tone Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 64,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1983 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an unknown transmission, and 2,100 miles—$29,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet S10 custom (engine) with a blue vinyl bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1986 medium blue/dark blue two-tone Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a light blue cloth bench seat, an unknown V8, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National custom (engine) coupe with black/silver cloth bucket seats, a 4.1 liter V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$19,500
  • 1981 aqua GMC custom (exterior, paint, interior) pickup truck with gray leather bucket seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 black Buick Regal Grand National coupe with black/silver cloth seats, an LC2 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection, turbocharger, and intercooler, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$27,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a charcoal cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1986 silver Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerocoupe with gray seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 32,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1984 Cameo Ivory Cadillac Coupe de Ville with blue leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/250 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 29,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1980 Frost Beige Chevrolet Corvette coupe with doeskin leather seats, an L82 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 75 miles—$27,000
  • 1985 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with blue cloth bucket seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 9,900 miles—$18,500
  • 1983 Pearl White Chrysler Imperial custom (engine, body, paint, wheels/tires) coupe with red leather seats, a 6.6 liter/401 ci V8, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1984 Black Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL sedan with Palomino leather seats, a 5.0 liter/304 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1983 black Chevrolet custom (engine, suspension) with a cloth bench seat, a 7.0 liter/427 ci V8, a four-speed manual, and 81,000 miles—$30,000

Thursday, May 16th:

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

Friday, May 17th:

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

Saturday, May 18th:

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

Sunday, May 19th:

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

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

Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

As always, the January auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale provided some interesting fodder for commentary, along with a compare/contrast to Mecum Kissimmee, which comes about one week earlier. I’ll concentrate on the at least fairly stock 1980s cars and trucks that sold and add some of my opinions; I’ll leave the motorcycles and automobilia to others. Eighties vehicles were reasonably present at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale—about 4% of the 1,692 relevant lots.

Monday, January 14th:

  • 1983 Red Datsun 280ZX Turbo hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L28E 180 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$7,500 hammer price for the rarely seen 2+2 version of the Z car.

1983 Datsun 280ZX, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.

  • 1987 Red Chevrolet Corvette custom (body, engine, wheels/tires) hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection and supercharger, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1988 Black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with carmine cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 76,000 miles. At $14,500, 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.
  • 1984 Frost White/Burgundy two-tone Chevrolet K10 pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$14,500
  • 1980 Black Chevrolet Corvette custom (body, interior) convertible with tan seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$17,500 for this Ferrari Daytona imitation.
  • 1982 White Jeep CJ-5 custom (suspension, wheels/tires, interior) SUV with black/white seats, a 119 bhp 5.0 liter/304 ci V8 with a Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,100 miles—$34,500

Tuesday, January 15th:

  • 1987 Medium Garnet Red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with gray cloth seats, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,500
  • 1986 Crystal Green Metallic Porsche 944 Turbo hatchback coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 220 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$11,000 for this very different (but correct) Porsche color.

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.

  • 1983 Blue Ford Mustang GLX convertible with a white top, blue/white seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1986 Bright Blue Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LG4 155 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$13,500
  • 1985 Dark Blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (body) convertible with a black top, black/gray cloth seats, an LG4 155 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 84,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1985 Black Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with black vinyl seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1989 Yellow Jeep Cherokee custom (body, wheels/tires) SUV with gray seats, a 4.0 liter/242 ci inline six with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 Bright Red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,500 miles—$19,500
  • 1982 Silver Jeep CJ-5 SUV with black seats, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 66,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1987 White Buick Regal Limited coupe with blue cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 55,000 miles—$38,500 for this relatively rare (one of 1,035 built) car that has the turbo but doesn’t have the “Darth Buick” look.
  • 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 2,700 miles—$38,000
  • 1984 Russet Chevrolet Silverado custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 98,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1987 Silver/Gray two-tone Toyota Land Cruiser HJ60 SUV with gray cloth seats, a 4.0 liter diesel inline six, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1987 Silver Chevrolet Silverado custom (powertrain, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic—$27,000
  • 1986 Dark Blue/Light Blue two-tone Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, an automatic, and 95,000 miles—$20,000

Wednesday, January 16th:

  • 1985 White/Gray two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Conquista custom (engine, paint, interior, wheels) pickup truck with blue/gray cloth/vinyl seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 95,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1983 World Rally Blue Subaru BRAT pickup truck with gray/blue cloth/vinyl seats, an EA-81 73 bhp 1.8 liter/109 ci flat four, and a four-speed manual—$12,000
  • 1980 Copper Toyota Celica GT Sunchaser convertible with brown plaid cloth/vinyl seats, a 2.2 liter inline four, a five-speed manual, and 56,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1987 White/Gray two-tone GMC 3500 Indy Hauler crew cab pickup truck with a burgundy cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1983 White Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 11,000 miles—$7,500. As soon as I write that you never see Berlinettas, they start showing up at auction.
  • 1987 Dark Gray Metallic Subaru BRAT pickup truck with gray cloth/vinyl seats, an EA-81 73 bhp 1.8 liter/109 ci flat four, a four-speed manual, and 27,000 miles—$16,500. Two BRATs in one auction!
  • 1987 Black/Gray two-tone Chevrolet K10 custom (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$26,000
  • 1987 Black/Gray two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$26,000
  • 1980 Red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with oyster cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$11,500
  • 1987 White Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 7,400 miles—$30,000
  • 1985 Black Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1982 Scarlet Red Toyota pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 72,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 Black Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe with scarlet red cloth seats, a Lima 150 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 9,400 miles—$7,000. Suddenly, eighties Thunderbirds are showing up at auction.
  • 1989 Dark Red Metallic Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 344 miles—$34,000
  • 1989 Black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$45,000 marks this as a very nice 560SL.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.

  • 1983 Guards Red Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet custom (body) with a black top, black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 118,000 miles—$37,000
  • 1985 Cream/Gold two-tone Dodge Ramcharger Prospector SUV with gold cloth/vinyl seats, an LA 175 bhp 5.8 liter/360 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 7,600 miles—$21,000

Thursday, January 17th:

  • 1983 Black Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$4,000
  • 1986 Black/Red two-tone Chevrolet S10 custom (just about everything besides the powertrain) pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, a 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four, and an automatic—$5,700
  • 1989 Tan Mercedes-Benz 300TE station wagon with tan seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/180 ci inline six, and an automatic—$14,500 for this wagon once owned by Shirley Temple Black.
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$28,000
  • 1985 Tuxedo Black 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—$35,000 is serious money for an eighties Eldo, much less a coupe.

1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.

  • 1985 Black Chevrolet K5 Blazer (engine, suspension, wheels/tires) SUV with a gray interior, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1985 Copper/Chocolate two-tone Dodge Ramcharger custom (powertrain, interior) SUV with copenhagen leather seats, a Hemi 5.7 liter/345 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$28,000
  • 1988 White Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 47 miles—$36,000
  • 1981 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,800 miles—$36,000
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 29 miles—$60,000
  • 1981 Charcoal Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler custom (just about everything) pickup truck with gray seats, a 6.0 liter V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$45,000
  • 1986 White Pontiac Grand Prix race car with a black race seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$100,000 for this car once raced by Rusty Wallace.
  • 1984 Oxford White Ford Mustang GT350 convertible with a white top, canyon red seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 121 miles—$32,000

Friday, January 18th:

  • 1987 Blue Maserati Biturbo Spyder with a blue top, tan leather seats, a 187 bhp 2.0 liter/122 ci V6 with fuel injection and (natch!) twin turbochargers, an automatic (why?), and 8,300 miles—$7,500 for the most unusual eighties vehicle in this auction.

1987 Maserati Biturbo, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.

  • 1987 Matte Pearl Orange Mercedes-Benz 240 GD custom (interior, paint) SUV with black leather seats, a 71 bhp 2.4 liter/147 ci diesel, and a four-speed manual—$55,000
  • 1980 Black/Gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Special Edition coupe with dark camel cloth seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 781 miles—an astounding $77,000. Hagerty’s valuation tools show all the money for a 1980 Special Edition in #1/Concours condition as being $53,400, with a 15% deduction for the automatic this car has.
  • 1986 Aquamarine Blue Porsche 911 Turbo custom (engine, interior, suspension, paint) coupe with black leather seats, a 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a four-speed manual—$139,000
  • 1986 Rosso Corsa Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with black leather seats, an F105B 260 bhp 3.2 liter/195 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$62,000
  • 1980 Burgundy Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (powertrain, body, paint, interior) coupe with tan leather seats, an LS1 5.7 liter/346 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$42,000.
  • 1987 Black Buick GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 7,600 miles—$80,000
  • 1981 White Jeep CJ-7 custom (paint, interior) SUV with black seats, a 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a three-speed manual—$1.31 million for this charity car.
  • 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—$120,000
  • 1983 Santorini Black Land Rover Defender 110 custom (interior, paint, wheels/tires) pickup truck with brown/spice leather seats, an unknown V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$115,000

Saturday, January 19th:

  • 1982 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo custom (body, wheels/tires, engine?) coupe with black leather seats, a 3.3 liter flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 53,000 miles—$100,000 for this (I believe) gray market car.
  • Two 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupes with black/gray cloth seats, LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6s with turbocharging and fuel injection, and automatics—$61,000 for this pair, one with 600 miles and one with 900 miles.
  • 1988 Venetian Blue Metallic Porsche 911 Turbo factory slantnose coupe with pearl white leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$150,000 shows that there are other colors besides Guards Red that attract eighties Porsche bidders.

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.

  • 1988 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 1,000 miles—$200,000 means the bidders judged this car as the nicest of the three Testarossas in this auction.
  • 1988 White Ferrari Testarossa coupe with white leather seats, a 380 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 3,600 miles—$130,000 for the Miami Vice version.
  • 1982 Champagne Porsche 911 SC custom (body, engine) convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, a 3.3 liter flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$60,000
  • 1987 Black Buick GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,600 miles—$95,000
  • 1988 Guards Red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 40,000 miles—$88,000

Sunday, January 20th:

  • 1980 Black Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II custom (interior) sedan with cream leather seats, an L410 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and an automatic—$30,000 for this car previously owned by Erik Estrada and modified by the Unique Rides crew.
  • 1987 Lime Green Dodge Ram custom (just about everything) pickup truck with gray leather seats, a 5.9 liter/360 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1984 White Ford F8000 fire truck with gray vinyl seats, a Caterpillar 3208 10.4 liter/636 ci diesel V8, and a three-speed automatic—$17,000

This auction featured a lot of Chevrolets, Buicks, Pontiacs, and Porsches from the eighties. What do you think of this year’s results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Mecum Kissimmee, Part Two

This year’s huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the reasonably stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not “no reserve” auctions—a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with cashmere beige leather seats and 252 miles was a no sale bid up to $260,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissimmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this second post covers the eighties 6% of the approximately 1,270 vehicles sold from Tuesday through Sunday.

Tuesday, January 8th:

  • 1987 Blue Jeep Comanche pickup truck with a gray interior, a 173 bhp 4.0 liter/242 ci inline six, and an automatic—$5,500 hammer price.
  • 1984 Black GMC C15 Blackjack Edition pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci v8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$13,500. I’ve never heard of a Blackjack Edition.
  • 1989 Bright Red Chevrolet Corvette custom (body) convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1981 Gray Volkswagen Rabbit LS hatchback sedan with beige vinyl seats, a 52 bhp 1.6 liter/97 ci diesel inline four, a five-speed manual, and 73,000 miles—$6,000. Who saves these cars?

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1989 Yellow Chrysler TC by Maserati convertible with camel leather seats, a Turbo II 160 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with fuel injection and a turbocharger, and 30,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1986 Red Chrysler Laser XE hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a Turbo I 146 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a turbocharger, and 55,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1988 White Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats and an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection—$10,000
  • 1983 Black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 hatchback coupe with Camaro-logoed burnt orange cloth seats, a Cross-Fire 175 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1986 Red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 transmission, and 8,000 miles—$21,000
  • 1987 White Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 78,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1985 Red Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with tan leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1989 Green Jeep CJ with completely unknown equipment—$6,000
  • 1989 Purple Ford F150 custom (suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 and an automatic—$4,000
  • 1986 Red Nissan 300ZX 2+2 hatchback coupe with burgundy seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1984 Gold/Black two-tone Nissan 300ZX 50th Anniversary hatchback coupe with burgundy seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$16,000

Wednesday, January 9th:

  • 1985 Burgundy Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with red tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 46,000 miles—$10,000 for this attractive top-of-the-line Cadillac coupe.

1985 Cadillac Eldorado, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1980 Yellow Jeep CJ-5 Renegade SUV with an unknown engine (I think an inline six) and an unknown manual transmission—$15,000
  • 1980 Orange MG MGB convertible with black vinyl seats, a 62.5 bhp 1.8 liter/110 ci inline four with a Zenith 150 CD4T carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$10,500
  • 1985 Blue Jeep CJ-7 Renegade custom (everything) SUV with a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1983 Orange Mercedes-Benz 240 GD custom (interior, paint) SUV with black suede seats, a 71 bhp 2.4 liter/147 ci diesel, and a four-speed manual—$12,000
  • 1985 Burgundy Jeep CJ-7 Laredo SUV with gray seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$12,000
  • 1982 Yellow Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with black seats, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$19,000
  • 1986 Gold/White two-tone Ford F150 XLT Lariat pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1984 Blue Chevrolet C10 custom (suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1985 Red/White two-tone Ford F150 XLT Lariat pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 4,200 miles—$17,000
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,500 miles—$39,000
  • 1986 Black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$16,500
  • 1986 Red Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet with a black top, tan leather seats, a 260 bhp 3.2 liter/195 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$26,000
  • 1985 Bright Blue Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with blue cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1986 Dark Red Metallic Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a tan top, saddle leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,900 miles—$20,000
  • 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 6,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1988 Candy Orange Metallic/Cream two-tone Chevrolet 1500 custom (everything) pickup truck with orange/cream leather seats, an LS1 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$40,000
  • 1981 Red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-44 SUV with a black interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$20,000

Thursday, January 10th:

  • 1987 Black/Silver Metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino pickup truck with a gray interior, an LG4 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1988 Black Chevrolet Suburban Scottsdale SUV with a blue vinyl bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1984 Light Briar Brown Oldsmobile Toronado coupe with brown cloth seats and an automatic—$2,000
  • 1989 Brown Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with tan leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$25,000
  • 1985 White Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Kammback station wagon with gray leather seats, an “H.O.” L69 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$37,000 for one of four experimental eighties Kammbacks.

1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Kammback, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1989 Pearl White Land Rover Defender 110 custom (interior, body, wheels/tires) pickup truck with gray leather seats, an 83 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with a carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$18,500

Friday, January 11th:

  • 1980 Red Orange Chevrolet Camaro Hugger Z28 coupe with tan vinyl seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$23,000
  • 1988 Black with gray cladding Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 66,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1988 Foxhill Green Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with gray leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 53,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1981 Tan Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler custom (engine, interior) pickup truck with brown vinyl seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$31,000
  • 1981 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 36,000 miles—$35,000
  • 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 21 miles—$45,000
  • 1985 Dark Sage Green Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal leather seats, a Lima 175 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 52,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1980 Red Mercury Cosworth Capri hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 186 bhp 1.6 liter inline four with two Weber carburetors, a five-speed manual, and 468 miles—$51,000
  • 1988 Dark Gray Metallic Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with red leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1980 Guards Red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1983 Blue Audi Quattro hatchback coupe with brown leather seats, a 156 bhp 2.1 liter/131 ci inline five with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$25,000. Are we going to start seeing more of these rare and pricey when new Quattros at auction?

1983 Audi Quattro, linked from Mecum’s website.

Saturday, January 12th:

  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,800 miles—$44,000
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1982 Garnet Red Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan with beige leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1989 Jet Black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with palomino leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$53,500 is a lot for a 560SL, somewhere between #1/Concours and #2/Excellent money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1989 Rosso Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary coupe with tan leather seats, a 455 bhp 5.2 liter/315 ci V12 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 5,500 miles—$215,000
  • 1983 Rosso Corso Ferrari 512 BBi coupe with tan leather seats, a 335 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci flat 12 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,400 miles—at $250,000, the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction.

1983 Ferrari 512 BBi, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1987 Red Chevrolet Silverado custom (powertrain, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a red/black interior, a ZZ502 580 bhp 8.2 liter/502 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$35,000

Sunday, January 13th:

  • 1987 Red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$28,000
  • 1984 White Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe with a blue cloth bench seat, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 14,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1981 Black Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe with a red cloth bench seat, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$7,250
  • 1988 Black with woodgrain Chevrolet Caprice Classic Estate Wagon with a tan bench seat, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 12,000 miles—$8,250
  • 1984 Bright Silver Metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,700 miles—$11,000
  • 1982 Black Chevrolet Caprice Classic coupe with a tan cloth bench seat, a 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 14,000 miles—$7,250
  • 1981 Beige Chevrolet Corvette coupe with camel leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1981 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 20,000 miles—$37,000
  • 1982 Silver/Blue two-tone Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pace Car Edition hatchback coupe with silver/blue cloth/vinyl seats, a Cross-Fire 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 76,000 miles—$7,000
  • 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 9,700 miles—$7,000
  • 1986 White Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 868 miles—$22,500
  • 1987 Red Chrysler LeBaron Pace Car Edition convertible with black leather seats, a 146 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 1,800 miles—$9,000
  • 1988 Black Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Pace Car Edition convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, an LB6 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 618 miles—$24,500 for this rarely seen car (most of the 50 built were bought back by Oldsmobile).

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 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 132 miles—$45,000
  • 1985 Blue Porsche 911 Carrera Targa coupe with blue leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$32,000
  • 1986 White Porsche 911 Carrera convertible with burgundy leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 52,000 miles—$33,000
  • 1985 White Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic—$5,000
  • 1983 Black Porsche 911 Turbo custom (slantnose conversion) coupe with black leather seats, a 296 bhp 3.2 liter/202 ci flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a four-speed manual—$32,000 for this (I believe) gray market car.
  • 1981 Dark Brown Metallic Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am custom (body, interior) convertible with tan leather seats, a 200 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor and turbocharger, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1985 Blaze Red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with red/gray luxury cloth seats, an LB9 205 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1981 Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-43 SUV with a black interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$24,000
  • 1981 Red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with red vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1984 White Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with a black interior, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$18,000
  • 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 9,500 miles—$16,000

Chevrolet had their usual dominance among eighties vehicles (30% of the total), but I thought the big story for this decade at Kissimmee was the onslaught of the Land Cruisers, which put Toyota in a solid second place with 10%. Following reasonably closely were Ford (8%) and Jeep (7%).

Eighties Vehicles at the 2019 Mecum Kissimmee, Part One

This year’s huge January auction at Mecum Kissimmee provided some interesting fodder for commentary. I’ll concentrate on the reasonably stock 1980s cars (and a few trucks) that sold (remember that Mecum auctions are not “no reserve” auctions—a Guards Red 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster convertible with cashmere beige leather seats and 252 miles was a no sale bid up to $260,000) and add some of my opinions. Mecum Kissimmee is a huge event, so I’m going to separate it into two posts—this first covers the eighties 11% of the approximately 805 vehicles sold from Thursday through Sunday.

Thursday, January 3rd:

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

1986 Ford Thunderbird, linked from Mecum’s web site.

  • 1986 White Chrysler LeBaron convertible with a white top, tan leather seats, a 146 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a turbocharger, an automatic, and 118,000 miles—$3,000

Friday, January 4th:

  • 1989 Black Jeep CJ-7 very custom (everything) SUV with black seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an unknown transmission (I think it’s a manual)—$9,500
  • 1983 Stainless Steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with a black interior, a ZMJ-159 130 bhp 2.8 liter/174 ci V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 7,500 miles—$30,000
  • 1985 Light Bronze Metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with saddle cloth seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 28,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1989 Red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with a black interior, an unknown 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 (could be the L03 170 bhp engine with a four-barrel carburetor or the LB9 195 bhp engine with fuel injection), an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$19,500
  • 1985 Black Chevrolet El Camino custom (exterior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a black interior, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 56,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1985 Gray/Silver two-tone Chevrolet El Camino custom (interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with gray leather seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 80,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1987 Black GMC K10 stepside pickup truck with a gray vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1987 Maroon Ford E150 van with maroon cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 49,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1989 Flame Red Metallic Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,500
  • 1989 Red Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 47,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1989 White Cadillac Sedan deVille with blue leather seats, an HT-4500 155 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 32,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1982 Silver Beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with silver beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1987 Burgundy Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$12,500 for a civilian Cutlass Supreme.
  • 1988 Black Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren convertible with a black top, red leather seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 80,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1987 Black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 37,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1983 Black/Silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with burgundy leather seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 13,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 Light Blue Mazda RX-7 convertible with a black top, blue leather seats, a 13B 146 bhp 1.3 liter/80 ci Wankel two-rotor with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 51,000 miles—$7,000. Two eighties Mazdas in one auction!

1988 Mazda RX-7, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1986 Beige Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with gray seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a manual—$41,000
  • 1982 Yellow Chevrolet C10 Silverado custom (engine, suspension) pickup truck with a tan interior, a 6.3 liter/383 ci V8, and an automatic—$11,000
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-73 SUV with gray bucket seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a manual—$20,000

Saturday, January 5th:

  • 1988 Red/White two-tone Ford Bronco SUV with red seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1989 White Pontiac 20th Anniversary Turbo Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, a 250 bhp (at least) 3.8 liter/231 ci turbocharged V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$18,500
  • 1985 Brown/Tan two-tone GMC K1500 Sierra Classic pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, an automatic, and 48,000 miles—$11,500
  • 1980 Gold Ford Bronco SUV with tan seats, a 115 bhp 4.9 liter/300 ci inline six with a Carter one-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1984 Olive Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with tan leather seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a five-speed manual—$37,000
  • 1984 Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and an unknown manual transmission—$33,000
  • 1986 White Gold Metallic Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with camel leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 ci flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 46,000 miles—$90,000

1986 Porsche 911 Turbo, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1983 Tan Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with brown seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$43,000
  • 1980 Black/Gold Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (powertrain, wheels/tires) coupe with gray cloth seats, a 7.4 liter/455 ci V8 with a carburetor, and an automatic—$27,500
  • 1982 Black/White Ford Mustang SSP coupe with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 157 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and four-speed manual—$29,000
  • 1981 Spring Green Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with gray seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$31,000
  • 1987 Black BMW M6 coupe with gray leather seats, an M88/3 256 bhp 3.5 liter/211 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed—$24,000 is between #3/Good and #4/Fair money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1986 Blue Jeep CJ-7 custom (everything) SUV with gray vinyl seats, a Vortec 5.7 liter/355 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a four-speed manual—$12,500
  • 1987 Black Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Look Cabriolet with white leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 75,000 miles—$45,500
  • 1985 Gold Chevrolet C10 custom (powertrain, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a tan bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with an Edelbrock carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000

Sunday, January 6th:

  • 1988 Red Honda Civic CRX Si hatchback coupe with multi-colored cloth seats, a 105 bhp 1.6 liter/97 ci inline four with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 44,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 Maroon Ford Bronco II SUV with a maroon interior, a Cologne 140 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 100,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1988 Silver Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe with gray cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1985 Blue Cadillac Seville sedan with a white carriage roof, blue tufted leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 White/Gray two-tone Chevrolet S10 Blazer SUV with a gray interior, a 160 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1986 Red Subaru Sambor fire truck with a gray bench seat, a 544 ci two cinder engine, a four-speed manual, and 14,000 miles —$8,500
  • 1982 Gray Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray cloth seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and an unknown manual transmission—$33,000
  • 1981 Red Chevrolet K5 Blazer SUV with tan vinyl seats, a 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 70,000 miles—$13,750
  • 1985 White Toyota pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 42,000 miles—$19,500. Amidst all the Land Cruisers, we get a Toyota compact truck.

1985 Toyota pickup truck, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1989 White Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-74 SUV with tan cloth seats, a turbo diesel, and a five-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1987 Silver Porsche 911 Carrera coupe with black leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$44,000
  • 1989 Blue Avanti convertible with a blue top, blue leather seats, a 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$32,000
  • 1989 Red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with beige leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$31,000
  • 1989 Pearl White Land Rover Defender 110 custom (interior, paint, wheels/tires) SUV with black leather seats, an 83 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with a carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$72,000
  • 1985 Silver/Blue two-tone GMC K20 Sierra pickup truck with a blue interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 83,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1987 Red Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren convertible with a black top, a tan interior, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 Black Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with gray seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1986 White Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with a gray interior, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and 97,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1983 Red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with cream leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 51,000 miles—$42,000
  • 1989 Signal Red Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, savile gray leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$14,500
  • 1987 Red/White two-tone GMC Sierra pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 5,800 miles—$32,000
  • 1981 Black Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$14,000
  • 1980 Dark Claret Metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with oyster seats, an LG4 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor (California car!), an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$5,000 for a Corvette that takes over nine seconds to make the 0-60 mph run.
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$45,000
  • 1987 Guards Red Porsche 911 Carrera Targa custom (slantnose conversion) coupe with white leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 71,000 miles—$32,000
  • 1981 Red Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1989 White Dodge Dakota Shelby pickup truck with a red/gray bench seat, a 175 bhp 5.2 liter/318 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1982 Gold with woodgrain Jeep Wagoneer SUV with nutmeg cloth seats, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/358 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 104,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1982 Blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with black vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six, and a four-speed manual—$38,000

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Mecum Kansas City

Mecum’s three-day December auction in Kansas City usually provides much fodder for commentary and this year was no exception. 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 beige 1980 Toyota HJ-45 Land Cruiser SUV with gray seats was a no sale bid up to $28,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 9% of the 307 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Thursday, December 6th:

  • 1987 red Chevrolet El Camino custom (engine, interior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a red bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 31,000 miles—$10,000 hammer price.
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, black leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,500
  • 1988 pearl white Cadillac Allanté convertible with a hardtop, tan leather seats, an HT-4100 170 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—an ouch! at $3,750
  • 1980 maroon Triumph TR7 convertible with a black top, black vinyl seats, an 86 bhp 2.0 liter/122 ci inline four with a carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$3,000 is #4/Fair money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1983 black Jeep CJ-7 SUV with black seats, a 112 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1989 beige Nissan Pao hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a MA10S 51 bhp 1.0 liter/61 ci inline four, and a five-speed manual—$3,500
  • 1982 maroon/silver two-tone Chevrolet El Camino custom (engine, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a maroon cloth bench seat, a 355 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1981 diamond mist metallic/medium blue metallic two-tone Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with blue/gray cloth seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,000 implies that the 280ZX is not yet getting the love from the market that the earlier Z cars get.

1981 Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe interior, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1982 green Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with black seats, a 110 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter BBD two-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$13,500
  • 1987 black Jaguar XJ-S coupe with tan leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,500
  • 1988 red/white two-tone Ford Bronco SUV with red seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,500

Friday, December 7th:

  • 1986 midnight blue Chevrolet C10 Silverado pickup truck with a blue custom cloth bench seat, an LE9 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and automatic, and 3,900 miles—at $34,000, 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.
  • 1989 dover gray metallic with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with cordovan seats, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with Motorcraft two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1989 white Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais coupe with blue cloth seats, an Iron Duke 110 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 12,000 miles—$3,250 for perhaps the most unusual eighties vehicle at this auction. Who buys this car? What are their intentions for it? Should I do a blog entry on this car?

1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1988 red Dodge Ramcharger SUV with tan vinyl seats, an unknown V8 (could be the 5.2 liter/318 ci or the 5.9 liter/360 ci), and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1989 black Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, black leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, a six-speed manual, and 74,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$30,000
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, a six-speed manual, and 61,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1987 red Ford Bronco II SUV with brown cloth seats, a Cologne 140 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,000
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car coupe with oyster seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor and turbocharger, an automatic, and 8,600 miles—$17,500
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Corvette custom (Greenwood body kit, wheels/tires) convertible with a black top, black leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$13,500

Saturday, December 8th:

  • 1980 red Chevrolet K10 pickup truck with an unknown V8 and an unknown manual transmission—$13,500
  • 1986 blue GMC Sierra custom (engine, interior, exterior, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a blue/white bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1983 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 2,100 miles—$25,000
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, an L48 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1980 dark claret metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with claret leather seats, an L48 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 74,000 miles—$13,000 for this handsome late shark.

1980 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1980 beige Toyota FJ-43 Land Cruiser SUV with gray seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter inline six, and a four-speed manual—$40,000 made this the highest eighties vehicle sale of the auction.

Among eighties vehicles, Chevrolets dominated this auction, with 39% of the sold lots from that decade. Jeep, Ford, and Datsun/Nissan also had notable representation. What do you think of these results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Mecum Las Vegas

Mecum’s three-day November auction in Las Vegas 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 white 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster with tan leather seats and 31,000 miles was a no sale bid up to $150,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 5% of the 577 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Thursday, November 15th:

  • 1981 silver Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with blue seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000 hammer price.
  • 1984 silver Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,000
  • 1989 green Jaguar XJ-S convertible with a black top, saddle leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1985 bluish green Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a tan convertible top and a hard top, tan seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1981 black Chevrolet Camaro custom (paint, exhaust, wheels/tires) coupe with black seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$10,000
  • 1989 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, red cloth seats, a 220 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 9,100 miles—$13,000
  • 1982 black Chevrolet K20 Silverado custom (engine, suspension, paint, interior) pickup truck with a blue cloth split bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1989 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray custom cloth seats, a 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 44,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1988 maroon Toyota Celica ST coupe with red cloth seats, a 2S-ELC 2.0 liter/119 ci inline four with fuel injection, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$6,250 for this generation of Celica rarely seen at auction.

1988 Toyota Celica ST, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1980 black Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1982 lime green Chevrolet C10 custom (engine, suspension, paint) pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with tan leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 89,000 miles—$3,000
  • 1987 silver Chevrolet Corvette custom (exterior, interior) hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000

Friday, December 16th:

  • 1989 maroon Chrysler TC by Maserati convertible with a hard top, tan leather seats, a Turbo II 160 bhp 2.2 liter/134 ci inline four with turbocharger and fuel injection, an automatic, and 9,700 miles—$8,500
  • 1989 red Lotus Esprit Turbo SE coupe with tan leather seats, a 264 bhp 2.2 liter/134 ci inline four with turbocharger and fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$27,000

1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1986 white Spartan II coupe with a gray leather seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic transmission—$21,000 for this “neo-classic” based on a Datsun/Nissan 300ZX chassis.
  • 1989 blue 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 61,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1986 silver/maroon Chevrolet C30 custom (suspension, exterior, interior) pickup truck with maroon cloth seats, a Cummins 12V diesel inline six, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1981 red Toyota Land Cruiser SUV with gray vinyl seats, a 2F 135 bhp 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with a carburetor, and a four-speed manual—at $45,000, 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.
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe custom (just about everything) with a tan interior, an LS2 6.0 liter/364 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1981 brown Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Turbo coupe with camel tan seats, a 200 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a turbocharger and a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,000

Saturday, November 17th:

  • 1989 black Land Rover Defender 90 custom (interior, wheels/tires) SUV with black seats, a 2.5 liter/152 ci diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$22,000
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 63,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1982 red Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with tan leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$35,500

1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette Duntov Turbo convertible with red velour seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a turbocharger, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$28,000 for this rare car.
  • 1980 gray Chevrolet Corvette custom (just about everything) coupe with blue leather seats, a 535 bhp V8 with a Paxton supercharger and Edelbrock fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with maple red seats, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester 4MV Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 37,000 miles—$16,000

Among eighties vehicles, Chevrolets dominated this auction, with 42% of the sold lots from that decade. Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota also had notable representation. What do you think of these results?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 Mecum Chicago

Mecum’s three-day 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 black 1989 Land Rover Defender 90 custom SUV with black leather seats was a no sale bid up to $30,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 9% of the 570 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Thursday, October 25th:

  • 1989 red Ford Mustang LX convertible with a black top, red cloth seats, a 220 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$12,000 hammer price.
  • 1987 red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with gray cloth seats, an L44 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1984 burgundy AMC Eagle sedan with burgundy/beige patterned cloth seats, and unknown engine (could be an inline four or an inline six, but is likely the six), and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1980 white Toyota Celica hatchback coupe with a beige interior, a 20R 90 bhp 2.2 liter/134 ci inline four with two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1987 blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA custom (powertrain, body, wheels/tires) hatchback coupe with tan cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1981 tan Toyota Land Cruiser SUV with gray seats, an unknown engine, and a four-speed manual—$14,000
  • 1980 black Chevrolet Corvette custom (engine) coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,500
  • 1989 green Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer Edition SUV with ivory cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1987 gold Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$14,000
  • 1984 black Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with gray leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,000
  • 1986 blue Ford F250 XLT extended cab pickup truck with blue cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 82,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1983 tan/brown two-tone Chevrolet K20 Scottsdale custom (suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a beige cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1983 copper Cadillac Eldorado coupe with light brown tufted cloth seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 79,000 miles—$6,000 for this unusual-colored Eldo also with no vinyl top.

1983 Cadillac Eldorado coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1989 white Cadillac Coupe DeVille with white leather seats, an HT 155 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $2,750
  • 1986 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo coupe with blue cloth seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$4,750
  • 1988 bright silver metallic Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with gray seats, a Tech IV 98 bhp 2.5 liter inline four with fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,250
  • 1987 metallic gray Jaguar XJ-SC cabriolet with gray leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 51,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1987 red Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 34,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1980 charcoal firemist Oldsmobile Toronado XSC custom (engine) coupe with tan cloth seats, a 6.6 liter/403 ci V8, an automatic, and 47,000 miles—$5,000. The XSC’s were rare—methinks a hotted up version (the 160 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci was the best available engine for 1980) is far rarer.
  • 1986 black Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 sedan with black leather seats, a 167 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,500
  • 1989 red Jaguar XJ-S convertible with saddle leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1981 black F100 very custom (powertrain, suspension, body, wheels/tires) pickup truck with black seats, a 460 ci V8 with an Eldobrock four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$10,500
  • 1986 gray BMW L7 sedan with light gray leather seats, a 182 bhp 3.4 liter/209 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,500 for the most luxurious BMW you could buy in the eighties, at least until the 750iL came out two years later.
  • 1983 butterscotch Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with both tops, tan leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 40,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1987 silver Honda CRX Si hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an EW3/4 91 bhp 1.5 liter/91 ci inline four with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 148,000 miles—$4,000. What is the purchaser’s intent for this car?
  • 1985 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with red/gray cloth seats, an LB9 205 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1986 silver Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 31,000 miles—$10,000

Friday, October 26th:

  • 1980 red Austin Mini Cooper custom hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 1.3 liter inline four, and a four-speed manual—$7,000
  • 1981 white/maroon metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino custom (engine) pickup truck with a maroon textured vinyl split bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1980 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (engine) coupe with black cloth seats, a 400 ci V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$29,000
  • 1984 red Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole coupe with black leather seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$45,000 is between #4/Fair and #3/Good money, according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.

1984 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalvole coupe, linked from Mecum’s website.

  • 1988 black Ford Bronco II SUV with red cloth seats, a Cologne 140 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$11,000
  • 1980 green Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with both tops, tan leather seats, a 160 bhp 4.5 liter/276 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$3,500
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with tan cloth seats, a 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 18,.000 miles—at $35,000, 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.
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National custom (brakes, body) coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 7,400 miles—$26,000 for this Grand National modified to resemble a GNX.
  • 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 19,000 miles—$27,500
  • 1984 black Ferrari Mondial Quattrovalvole convertible with a black top, black leather seats, a 235 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed—$32,500
  • 1989 black Land Rover Defender 90 custom (body, interior, wheels/tires) SUV with black seats, a 2.5 liter/152 ci diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$22,000
  • 1985 blue Lincoln Town Car limousine with blue cloth seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$5,250
  • 1985 silver/blue two-tone Chevrolet Suburban SUV with blue cloth seats, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 58,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1983 red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with a tan interior, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,000 for this first-year 944.
  • 1987 blue Toyota Crown sedan with blue cloth seats, a 5V-EU 190 bhp 4.0 liter/244 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic transmission, and 34,000 miles—$7,000 for this top-of-the-line and very conservative Toyota
  • 1983 black Jeep CJ-7 custom (exterior, interior, suspension, wheels/tires) SUV with tan seats, a 5.0 liter/304 ci V8, and an automatic—$22,500
  • 1988 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 38,000 miles—$8,500

Saturday, October 27th:

  • 1983 black Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with tan leather seats, an L28 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 79,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1989 black Land Rover Defender 90 custom (interior, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with black seats, a 2.5 liter/152 ci diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$22,000
  • 1985 silver/black two-tone Chevrolet C10 custom (body, suspension, wheels/tires) pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1981 silver/charcoal two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with charcoal leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,500

1981 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, linked from Mecum’s website

  • 1986 blue Toyota FJ45 mild custom (suspension, interior) pickup truck with brown leather seats, an inline six, and a five-speed manual—$40,000

This auction had a lot of interesting and unusual cars, including an AMC Eagle, a BMW L7, an Oldsmobile Toronado XSC, and a Toyota Crown. Among eighties vehicles, Pontiac, Chevrolets, Fords, and Toyotas were heavily represented in this auction—combining for a little more than half of the sold lots from that decade. What do you think of these results?