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?

Eighties Vehicles at the 2018 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 green, gold, and white 1989 Porsche 962 Miller High Life race car was a no sale bid up to $1,500,000) and add some of my opinions. Eighties vehicles were about 7% of the 1,242 vehicle lots sold in this auction.

Tuesday, May 15th:

  • 1982 silver blue/dark blue two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with dark blue interior, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—a $3,570 hammer price marks an ignominious start for eighties vehicles.
  • 1988 red Cadillac Allanté convertible with tan leather seats, an HT-4100 170 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 39,000 miles—$6,250
  • 1985 red Jaguar XJS coupe with gray leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 48,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1985 silver Porsche 928 S hatchback coupe with black leather seats, a 288 bhp 4.7 liter/285 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 64,000 miles—$8,750
  • 1983 tank green Honda Civic custom station wagon with green seats, a B18B 1.8 liter/121 ci inline four with fuel injection from an Acura Integra, and a five-speed manual—$11,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet 3500 Cheyenne stake flatbed truck with tan bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1980 dark green metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with doeskin leather seats, an unknown (could be an L48 or an L82) 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 88,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1987 red Jeep Wrangler SUV with black seats, a 4.2 liter/258 ci inline six with Carter two-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 2,700 miles—at $20,000 the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1986 gray GMC Sierra Classic mild custom pickup truck with gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1981 dark maroon metallic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with tan seats, a 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 76,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1985 silver/blue two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Conquista pickup truck with blue velour bench seat, an LG4 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with 4-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1986 orange/red two-tone Ford F150 Supercab XLT Lariet pickup truck with red seats, a Windsor 5.8 liter/351 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 53,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, an unknown (could be an L48 or an L82) 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1983 beige Lincoln Continental Mark VI coupe with beige leather seats, a 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—an ouch! at $1,000.
  • 1984 light bronze/dark bronze two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with bronze leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$4,570
  • 1984 autumn maple firemist Buick Regal custom station wagon with brown cloth seats, a 7.5 liter/455 ci V8 (!) and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1985 blue GMC K15 mild custom (lifted, tires, exhaust) pickup truck with blue cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1986 white Chevrolet custom pickup truck with a burgundy interior, an 8.8 liter/536 ci V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1986 white Ford F150 mild custom (wheels, exhaust) pickup truck with a red interior, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, and an automatic—$9,750
  • 1984 white Mazda RX-7 mild custom (body kit, wheels) hatchback coupe with red cloth seats, a 12A 101 bhp 1.1 liter/70 ci two-rotor Wankel, and a five-speed manual—$4,000
  • 1985 black Mercury Grand Marquis sedan with a maroon interior, 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 43,000 miles—$3,750
  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition convertible with black seats, a black convertible top, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3, and 5,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1984 brown/beige two-tone Volkswagen Vanagon Campmobile Wolfsburg Edition van with a brown cloth interior, an 83 bhp 1.9 liter/117 ci inline four with fuel injection, a four-speed manual, and 82,000 miles—$16,500

    1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Campmobile Wolfsburg Edition, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1980 silver Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with a hard top, blue leather seats, a 160 bhp 4.5 liter/276 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1985 gold Oldsmobile Toronado Caliente coupe with tan leather seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$8,250
  • 1986 canyon red metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, gray leather seats, a 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 95,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1984 blue Buick Regal T-Type coupe with a blue interior, a 200 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with fuel injection and turbocharger, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1987 maroon Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA hatchback coupe with a gray interior, an LB9 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 52,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1986 dark brown Chevrolet C10 mild custom (exhaust, fender skirts) pickup truck with a tan interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1988 gray Porsche 928 S4 hatchback coupe with beige/burgundy leather seats, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1981 blue Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a blue interior, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8, and an automatic—$1,250
  • 1989 maroon Porsche 928 S4 hatchback coupe with tan leather seats, a 320 bhp 5.0 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$29,000 is #3 money according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1989 red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a hard top, beige leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,500

Wednesday, May 16th:

  • 1982 black Chevrolet crew cab pickup truck—$3,250
  • 1982 silver beige Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition hatchback coupe with beige leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,500 miles—$21,500
  • 1985 white Mercury Capri ASC/McLaren hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 17,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1987 red Ford Mustang ASC/McLaren convertible with a black top, gray leather seats, a 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1987 red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with saddle cloth seats, an LB9 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000
  • 1986 midnight blue Chevrolet C10 custom (engine, wheels) pickup truck with a blue cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1986 red Nissan Safari fire truck with blue seats, an unknown inline six, a five-speed manual, and 5,600 miles—$4,250
  • 1988 black Toyota Crown hearse with blue seats, an unknown inline six, a four-speed manual, and 38,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1981 martinique blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom (engine, body, wheels) coupe with a 6.6 liter/400 ci V8 and a four-speed manual—$17,000
  • 1985 burgundy Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe with red leather seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,500 for this Mustang-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white convertible top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 5,600 miles—$16,000
  • 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—$19,000
  • 1989 red Chevrolet Camaro RS hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an L03 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,500. Almost all eighties Camaro auction action centers around Z28s and IROCs; rare indeed are the sport coupes, Berlinettas, and RSs.

    1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom (engine, exhaust, wheels) coupe with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1986 black Porsche 944 Turbo custom (body, wheels) hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 2.5 liter inline with fuel injection and turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$24,000
  • 1982 white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am very custom (engine, body) hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 9.1 liter/555 ci V8 with a supercharger, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1983 silver/black two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with black leather seats, a 6.8 liter/412 ci V8, and an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 19,000 miles—$8,500

Thursday, May 17th:

  • 1987 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with maroon cloth 55/45 seats, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 mile—$16,000
  • 1987 beige Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe with tan leather seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,500. Two Zimmers in the same auction?
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$10,500
  • 1989 blue Ford Bronco XLT SUV with tan cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$24,000
  • 1984 blue Chevrolet pickup truck with a blue vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1986 red Pontiac Fiero SE coupe with an L44 140 bhp 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 8,300 miles—$8,000
  • 1986 orange Chevrolet custom (body, engine, interior) pickup truck with brown leather seats, a 6.3 liter/383 ci V8, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1984 brown Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with tan vinyl seats, a 105 bhp 2.5 liter/150 ci inline four with Carter YFA one-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 42,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1984 silver Nissan President sedan with gray tufted cloth seats, a Y44E 200 bhp 4.4 liter V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 42,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1984 white Porsche 928 S hatchback coupe with tan leather seats, a 288 bhp 4.7 liter/285 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$23,000
  • 1980 francisco red Pontiac Firebird coupe with a red interior, an “original powertrain” (could be 3.8 liter V6, 4.3 liter V8, 4.9 liter V8, or 5.0 liter V8, but I’m betting it one of the first two), an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with red leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1988 red BMW 325i convertible with a black top, black leather seats, a 168 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1984 red Chevrolet custom (engine, interior, paint) pickup truck with red/black bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 90,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1982 blue/silver Datsun 280ZX coupe with blue/silver leather seats, an L28E 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 ci inline six with fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and approximately 50,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1988 black Ford Mustang Saleen convertible with a black top, gray leather seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 14,000 miles—$28,500
  • 1982 black Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a 3.3 liter flat six with fuel injection and turbocharger, a four-speed manual, and 17,000 miles—$67,000 makes for the highest eighties vehicle sale of the week.
  • 1987 red/black two-tone Chevrolet S10 Blazer SUV with red cloth seats, a 2.8 liter/173 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1986 black Shelby Omni GLH-S hatchback sedan with gray cloth seats, a 175 bhp 2.2 liter/135 ci inline four with fuel injection and turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 23,000 miles—$34,000

    1986 Shelby Omni GLH-S, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black seats, a 165 bhp 2.7 liter/164 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,500
  • 1988 dark shadow blue metallic Ford Mustang SSP coupe with a black top, blue cloth seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$19,000

Friday, May 18th:

  • 1983 orange Toyota pickup truck with beige seats, an 22R 2.4 liter/144 ci inline four, a five-speed manual, and 60,000 miles—$17,000

    1983 Toyota pickup truck, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 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 attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 59,000 miles—$19,000
  • 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—$18,000
  • 1989 white Dodge Ramcharger LE mild custom (lift kit) SUV with blue cloth seats, a 5.8 liter/360 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a four-speed manual—$21,000

Saturday, May 19th:

  • 1989 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z mild custom (wheels, seats) convertible with a black top, white leather seats, the base L03 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 64,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1982 pale yellow Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible with a saddle top, saddle leather seats, a 220 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with Bosch fuel injection, an automatic, and 57,000 miles—$36,000
  • 1985 dark red Oldsmobile Toronado Caliente coupe with dark red leather seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 12,000 miles—$25,000. Suddenly, eighties Toronados are showing up at auction.

    1985 Oldsmobile Toronado Caliente, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1981 gold metallic Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with camel vinyl seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 12,000 miles—$33,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 911 Carrera Targa coupe with black leather seats, a 207 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 52,000 miles—$50,000
  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition convertible with a black convertible top, black seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 5,000 miles—part of 16 vehicle Corvette pace car collection that sold for $1.6 million.
  • 1985 red Chevrolet Corvette custom (engine, exhaust, wheels) coupe with red leather seats, a 6.9 liter/420 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 770 miles—$23,000

Sunday, May 20th:

  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition convertible with black leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1989 british racing green Jaguar XJS convertible with a tan convertible top, tan leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 85,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1986 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 67,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Corvette custom (engine, exhaust) coupe with black cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Edelbrock carburetor, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 red Porsche 944 S hatchback coupe with black seats, a 187 bhp 2.5 liter/152 ci inline four with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 102,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1986 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white convertible top, red leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 16,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 white Bentley Turbo R sedan with blue leather seats, an approximately 325 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection and turbocharger, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1987 dark maroon metallic Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS mild custom (hood) coupe with maroon interior, a B4V 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci “H.O.” V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$7,500

I found it striking how General Motors dominated the eighties vehicle sales at Mecum Indy—all told, GM vehicles marked 54% of eighties sales, with Chevrolet alone accounting for 37%. What do you think of these results?

Eighties Cars at the 2018 Mecum Kansas City

This year’s March auction at Mecum Kansas City 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 green 1985 GMC High Sierra pickup truck with a tan vinyl bench seat was a no sale bid up to $18,000) and add some of my opinions. This covers the eighties 8% of the approximately 250 vehicles sold over two days.

Friday, March 16th:

  • 1986 desert tan/brown two-tone Ford F150 XLT Lariet pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 5.8 liter/351 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 105,000 miles—$5,000 hammer price.
  • 1988 dark red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with a black/white interior, an LB9 195 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 42,000 miles—$8,250
  • 1983 gray Chrysler Cordoba coupe with red cloth seats, a 130 bhp 5.2 liter/318 ci V8 with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 45,000 miles—$3,750 for one of the most unusual cars at this auction.
1983 Chrysler Cordoba, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 white Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a Windsor 220 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci fuel injected V8, a five-speed manual, and 77,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with oyster leather seats, an unknown (could be an L48 or an L82) 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000 is around #3/Good money according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with dark blue cloth seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1980 green/white Ford Mustang hatchback very custom coupe with black seats, a 521 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$11,000 for this drag car.
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Corvette very custom coupe with red leather seats, an LS6 405 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$27,000
  • 1986 black Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, gray leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic, and 95,000 miles—an ouch! at $8,000
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, medium gray leather seats, an L98 235 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1986 apple red/frost white two-tone Chevrolet Silverado mild custom regular cab pickup truck with a burgundy custom vinyl bench seat, an unidentified V8 (could be a 305 or a 350), and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1987 flame red metallic Chevrolet Corvette custom hatchback coupe with saddle leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and a Greenwood body kit—$4,000
  • 1989 red GMC Jimmy SUV with a white rear top, red cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$9,250
  • 1981 tan/brown two-tone Ford F-250 SuperCab pickup truck with a brown cloth bench seat, a 400 153 bhp 6.6 liter/400 ci V8 with a two-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$4,750
  • 1981 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with gray cloth seats, a V8, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1985 brown with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with tan seats, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$13,500
  • 1985 dark red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 72,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1983 midnight blue Chevrolet K10 Scottsdale regular cab pickup truck with a blue deluxe cloth bench seat, an LF3 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$10,000

Saturday, March 17th:

  • 1986 dark blue Chevrolet K10 regular cab mild custom pickup truck with a blue vinyl bench seat, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 81,000 miles—$15,000

The eighties portion of this auction featured a lot of Chevrolets and Fords. What do you think of this year’s results?

Eighties Cars at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

As always, the January auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale provided some interesting fodder for commentary. 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 6% of the 1,678 relevant lots.

Monday, January 15th:

  • 1988 red Pontiac Fiero GT coupe with tan vinyl seats, an L44 135 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—a $4,200 hammer price marks the usual ignominious beginning for eighties vehicles at this auction.
  • 1987 white Jaguar XJS coupe with gray leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 cubic inch V12 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 92,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1987 tan/brown two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV with tan seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$13,500
  • 1986 medium gray metallic Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 34,000 miles—$8,200
  • 1985 red Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with both tops, tan seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1985 white BMW 325ix custom coupe with black leather seats, a 3.2 liter inline six, and a five-speed manual—$27,000
  • 1980 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with carmine vinyl seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 75,000 miles. At $12,000, the first vehicle in this auction to meet my criteria for serious 1980s collectability of original cars or trucks: selling for equal to or above its original base list price. I’ll mark these vehicles in bold green.
  • 1987 blue AM General Humvee SUV with a blue interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$11,000
  • 1988 black BMW M6 coupe with gray leather seats, an M88/3 256 bhp 3.5 liter/211 cubic inch inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, and a five-speed—$13,000
  • 1988 red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, a hard top, palomino leather seats, a 227 bhp 5.5 liter/338 cubic inch V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$25,500
  • 1986 red Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with gray seats, a 115 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$15,500
  • 1980 white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car coupe with oyster cloth seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor and turbocharger, an automatic, and 16,0oo miles—$20,000
  • 1988 magenta GMC Sierra 1500 custom pickup truck with a reddish brown cloth bench seat, a 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 93,000 miles—$16,500 for this Boyd Coddington-designed custom.
  • 1983 blue Nissan 720 King Cab pickup truck with a blue interior, a Z24 103 bhp 2.4 liter/146 cubic inch inline four, and a five-speed manual—$9,000

Tuesday, January 16th:

  • 1985 white Cadillac Seville sedan with white leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,000. You see many of the closely-related eighties Eldorado coupes at auction, but it is rare to see a Seville, with its polarizing styling.
1984 Cadillac Seville, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1988 blue Cadillac Eldorado coupe with blue cloth/leather seats, an HT-4500 155 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 58,000 miles—$4,700
  • 1980 petrol blue metallic Porsche 928 coupe with tan leather seats, a 231 bhp 4.5 liter/273 cubic inch V8 with Bosch fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 64,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1983 silver Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with silver cloth seats, an L28E 145 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1986 red Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1985 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 21,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1985 green Chevrolet C10 custom pickup truck with a black bench seat, a 383 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1982 silver Chevrolet Corvette coupe with silver seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV with gray seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 66,000 miles—$12,500
  • 1980 white GMC Jimmy custom pickup truck with burgundy cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$24,000
  • 1985 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with medium gray leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 987 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 atlantic blue Ford Mustang ASC McClaren convertible with a blue top, beige seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 40,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1988 red Chevrolet C1500 custom pickup truck with a red interior, a 383 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1985 black Jeep Scrambler custom pickup truck with red seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a five-speed manual—$24,000
  • 1980 silver Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with blue cloth seats, an LM1 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 79,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1980 silver Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, an automatic, and 26,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 13,000 miles—$35,000
  • 1984 brown/gold two-tone GMC K10 Fall Guy custom pickup truck with a tan bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$50,000 indicates to me that Lee Majors still has a following.
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 205 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with throttle body fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 2,900 miles—$11,500
  • 1983 blue/silver two-tone Chevrolet Suburban mild custom SUV with a blue cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$20,500
  • 1987 white Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a white top, red leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1984 chrome (yes) Chevrolet K5 Blazer custom SUV with cream seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$22,000
  • 1987 porcelain white Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan with camel leather seats, a 6.75 liter/412 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$12,500

Wednesday, January 17th:

  • 1986 silver Subaru Brat pickup truck with black/gray cloth seats, an EA-81 73 bhp 1.8 liter/109 cubic inch flat four, a four-speed manual, and 43,000 miles—$12,000
  • 1980 blue Datsun 280ZX hatchback coupe with a blue interior, an L28E 132 bhp 2.8 liter/168 cubic inch inline six with Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1986 tan Mazda B2000 SE pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, an 86 bhp 2.0 liter/122 cubic inch inline four with a Mikuni two-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 1,900 miles—$19,000
  • 1981 yellow Checker Marathon very custom (it has working beer taps) sedan with a black vinyl bench seat, a 3.6 liter V6, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1986 white Pontiac Fiero GT custom coupe with tan cloth seats, a 511 cubic inch V8 with Holley four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$15,500
  • 1984 red Chevrolet Camaro custom hatchback coupe with black/red seats, a 383 cubic inch V8 with supercharger, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1986 white Chevrolet K5 Blazer Silverado SUV with red cloth seats, a 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 45,000  miles—$14,500
  • 1987 white Buick Regal Limited coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$20,000 for this interesting car
  • 1987 green Jeep CJ-5 custom SUV with black vinyl seats, a 4.0 liter inline six, and a five-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1986 red Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with medium gray cloth seats, a Windsor 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 3,900 miles—$30,000
  • 1987 tan AM General Humvee SUV with a tan interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1987 tan AM General Humvee SUV with a tan interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—at $13,000, why the difference from the previous car?
  • 1987 white Toyota pickup truck with a gray bench seat, an inline four, and a five-speed manual transmission—$16,500
  • 1983 light blue metallic/frost white two-tone Chevrolet K1500 Silverado pickup truck with a blue custom cloth bench seat, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch engine with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and a lift kit—$25,000
  • 1986 bright red Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$29,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LB9 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1985 silver/green two-tone Land Rover Defender 90 custom SUV with black/green seats, an 85 bhp 2.5-liter diesel inline four with a turbocharger, and a five-speed manual—$20,000
  • 1986 green AM General Humvee SUV with a green interior, a 6.2 liter diesel V8, an automatic, and non-functional machine gun—$40,000
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 7,400 miles—$39,000

Thursday, January 18th:

  • 1986 red Chevrolet custom pickup truck with a burgundy cloth bench seat, a 502 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$21,500
  • 1980 brilliant silver Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with gray leather seats, a 180 bhp 4.5 liter/276 cubic inch V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,500
  • 1981 silver metallic/charcoal metallic two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 3,200 miles—$12,000
  • 1985 red Porsche 944 coupe with black leather seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 cubic inch inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$8,000 hammer price
  • 1985 black Chevrolet K20 Scottsdale pickup truck with a charcoal cloth bench seat, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch engine with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$30,000
  • 1985 red Jeep CJ-7 mild custom SUV with a black interior, a 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six, and a four-speed manual—$18,500
  • 1984 champagne metallic with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with nutmeg leather seats, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 cubic inch V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 84,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with silver custom cloth seats, an LG4 165 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester M4ME four-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 2,600 miles—$28,000
  • 1982 light bronze metallic GMC c20 Sierra pickup truck with a mahogany vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8, and a four-speed manual—$25,000
  • 1986 doeskin tan Chevrolet Scottsdale crew cab pickup truck with saddle tan vinyl bench seats, an LE8 240 bhp 7.4 liter/454 cubic V8 with a Rochester Mod-Quad four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1981 moonlight blue Jeep CJ-5 SUV with blue seats, a 102 bhp 4.2 liter/258 cubic inch inline six with a Carter two-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 1,700 miles—$40,000
  • 1987 wincot bordeaux Mercedes-Benz 230 GE SUV with gray seats, an M102 123 bhp 2.3 liter/140 cubic inch inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and 53,000 miles—$50,000
1988 Mercedes-Benz 230 GE, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1981 stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12 coupe with gray leather seats, a 130 bhp 2.8 liter/173 cubic inch V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 624 miles—$57,000
  • 1986 orange Porsche 930 Turbo custom coupe with black seats, a 3.3 liter flat six, a four-speed manual, and 120,000 miles—$100,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS very custom aero coupe with black cloth seats, a 415 bhp 383 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$100,000 for this charity car.

Friday, January 19th:

  • 1980 sky blue Toyota Land Cruiser BJ41 with black seats, a 2B 93 bhp 3.2 liter diesel inline four, and a four-speed manual—$40,000
  • 1988 yellow Porsche 911 Carrera custom convertible with yellow/black leather seats, a 3.2 liter inline with a Paxton supercharger, and a five-speed manual—$50,000
  • 1984 red Ferrari 308 GTS coupe with black leather seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual—$57,000
  • 1981 black Ferrari 308 GTBi coupe with black leather seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/179 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual—$56,000
  • 1988 red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Skoal Bandit racing car—$77,000 for this short-lived but winning funny car.

Saturday, January 20th:

  • 1986 red Ferrari 328 GTS coupe with a black leather interior, a 260 bhp 3.2 liter/194 cubic inch V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$76,000
  • 1989 apricot beige Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with mahogany leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 22,000 miles—$90,000
1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, linked from Barrett-Jackson’s website.
  • 1987 black Buick Regal GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 2,600 miles—$95,000
  • 1989 baltic blue Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with a blue top, linen leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 50,000 miles—$120,000 tell me that baltic blue equals apricot beige plus 28,000 miles plus $30,000.
  • 1987 black Buick Regal GNX coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 276 bhp 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 11,000 miles—$115,000 for car #003.
  • 1988 white Chevrolet Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition hatchback coupe with white leather seats, an L98 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$350,000 for this charity car definitely sets an all-time record for a 1988 Corvette.
  • 1989 red Porsche 911 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a 282 bhp 3.3 liter/201 cubic inch flat six with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, the factory slant-nose option, and 18,000 miles—$160,000

Sunday, January 21st:

  • 1989 bright blue Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, a 170 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with a Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 54,000 miles—$7,500
  • 1982 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am custom coupe with tan seats, a 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8, and an automatic—$28,500
  • 1988 white Ford Bronco XLT SUV with tan cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 5.8 liter/351 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,500
  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 5,800 miles—$41,000
  • 1982 black Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with charcoal cloth seats, a Windsor 157 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Motorcraft 356CFM two-barrel carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 12,000 miles—$20,000
1982 Ford Mustang GT with a dealer installed stripe kit, linked from the Barrett-Jackson web site.
  • 1983 black Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 6,300 miles—$30,000
  • 1983 medium charcoal metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 15,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1983 black Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 8,100 miles—$20,000
  • 1984 medium charcoal metallic Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 17,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1984 oxford white Ford Mustang Anniversary Edition G.T. 350 convertible with a white top, canyon red cloth seats, a Windsor 175 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley 4180 four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 1,400 miles—$28,000
  • 1985 medium charcoal metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible with a black top, charcoal cloth seats, a Windsor 210 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with a Holley four-barrel carburetor, a five-speed manual, and 7,600 miles—$18,000
  • 1986 black Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal leather seats, a Lima 200 bhp 2.3 liter/140 cubic inch inline four with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 3,100 miles—$30,000
  • 1987 white Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, white leather seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$25,000
  • 1988 black Ford Mustang ASC McClaren convertible with a black top, gray leather seats, a 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 16,000 miles—$25,000
  • 1989 shadow blue metallic Ford Mustang GT hatchback coupe with titanium lower cladding, medium gray cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 5,400 miles—$25,00
  • 1982 black Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 hatchback coupe with camel cloth seats, an LG4 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 10,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1984 black Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 hatchback coupe with gray cloth/vinyl seats, an L69 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 cubic inch V8 with Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 15,000 miles—$17,500
  • 1984 gray Peugeot 205 T16 race car with gray/black interior, a 197 bhp 1.8 liter/108 cubic inch engine with turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 1,400 miles—$170,000 for this rally car that General Motors acquired in the eighties.
  • 1984 gray Peugeot 205 T16 race car with gray/black interior, a 197 bhp 1.8 liter/108 cubic inch engine with turbocharger, a five-speed manual, and 9,900 miles—$133,000

This auction featured a lot of Chevrolets, Ford Mustangs, and Porsches. What do you think of this year’s results?

Eighties Cars at the 2018 Mecum Kissimmee, Part Two

This year’s 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 dark blue 1985 Porsche 935 DP coupe with tan leather seats was a no sale bid up to $300,000) 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 6% of the almost 1,100 vehicles sold from Wednesday to Sunday.

Wednesday, January 10th:

  • 1987 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, a 245 bhp LC2 3.8 liter/231 cubic inch V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 44,000 miles—with a $22,000 hammer price, this eighties vehicle meets my criteria for serious 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.
  • 1987 white Ford Mustang GT convertible with gray cloth seats, a Windsor 225 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$6,000
  • 1988 yellow Chevrolet Camaro convertible with a black top, gray seats, and 61,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Corvette coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$12,500
  • 1987 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with gray cloth seats, an L69 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1987 black Jaguar XJS convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1981 black Chevrolet Corvette coupe with camel leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$17,500
  • 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, an automatic, and 39,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1985 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 215 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 25,000 miles—$14,000
  • 1980 cameo white Pontiac Firebird Turbo Trans Am Pace Car Edition coupe with oyster cloth/vinyl seats, a 210 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with fuel injection and turbocharger, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1981 yellow Chevrolet custom pickup truck with a tan interior, a 383 ci V8, and an automatic—$16,000
  • 1988 red Porsche 911 Carrera with tan leather seats, a 217 bhp 3.2 liter/193 ci flat six with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$35,000
  • 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 70,000 miles—$20,000
  • 1980 colonial yellow Cadillac Coupe DeVille with light yellow leather seats, a 150 bhp 6.0 liter/368 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 80,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1988 silver Dodge Ramcharger SUV with red cloth seats, an LA 170 bhp 5.2 liter/318 ci V8 with throttle-body fuel injection, an automatic, and 43,000 miles—$24,500
  • 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 12,000 miles—$30,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z custom hatchback coupe with buckskin seats, an L98 220 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 68,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1980 blue Chevrolet K10 pickup truck with a blue custom cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 20,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1980 red Porsche 911 SC coupe with a black interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 29,000 miles—$45,000
  • 1986 yellow Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with black cloth seats, a 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with Rochester M4Me four-barrel carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$10,500
  • 1987 light blue/white two-tone Chevrolet K5 Blazer mild custom (hood, engine) SUV with medium blue cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$19,000
  • 1986 dark blue Chevrolet mild custom (hood, lowered) pickup truck with a black vinyl bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and a rebuilt title—$12,000
  • 1989 orange Volkswagen Transporter Double Cab pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a flat four with a carburetor, a manual, and 50,000 miles—$9,500
1989 Volkswagen Transporter Double Cab, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1985 pale yellow brown Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a black convertible top, dark brown leather seats, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1983 lime green with flames Chevrolet C10 custom (lowered, paint, engine) pickup truck with a black bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1987 brown Chevrolet R10 stepside short bed pickup truck with a tan bench seat, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a four-speed manual—$4,000

Thursday, January 11th:

  • 1986 burgundy Nissan 300ZX Turbo hatchback coupe with burgundy leather seats, a VG30 200 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, and an automatic—$5,500
  • 1981 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with red vinyl seats, an LM1 175 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 35,000 miles—$19,000
  • 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 72,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1986 black Porsche 928 S coupe with tan leather seats, a 288 bhp 5.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic, and 72,000 miles—$10,500
  • 1981 black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom (engine) coupe with red vinyl seats, a 383 ci V8 with fuel injection, and a four-speed manual—$17,000
  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA hatchback coupe with tan cloth seats, an L98 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 5,400 miles—$17,500
  • 1989 blue Ford F-150 pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 185 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, an automatic, and 59,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1988 black Chevrolet V10 Silverado pickup truck with red vinyl seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1988 schwarz black BMW M6 coupe with silver gray leather seats, an S38B5 256 bhp 3.5 liter/211 ci inline six with Bosch Motronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 54,000 miles—$53,000

Friday, January 12th:

  • 1981 silver metallic Chevrolet Corvette coupe with dark blue cloth seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 51,000 miles—$13,000
  • 1980 cameo white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with dark blue cloth seats, an L37 155 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 6,400 miles—$20,500
  • 1987 black Buick Regal 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 43 miles—$90,000
  • 1987 signal red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a chocolate brown convertible top, cream beige leather seats, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 61,000 miles—$22,500
  • 1987 red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with tan leather seats, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 62,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1985 tan Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with gray seats, a 4.2 liter inline six, and a four-speed manual—$47,500
  • 1986 tan Toyota Xtra Cab Deluxe pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a 22R-E 105 bhp 2.4 liter inline four with fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,000
  • 1989 silver Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, blue leather seats, a 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 36,000 miles—$30,000
  • 1980 red Chevrolet Camaro Z28 custom (engine) coupe with black vinyl seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$20,000
  • 1985 black DeTomaso Pantera custom (engine, chassis, interior) coupe with black/red leather/suede seats, a 401 ci V8 with a Holley carburetor, and a five-speed manual—$67,500
  • 1981 black Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with tan leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 56,000 miles—$40,000
  • 1985 guards red Porsche 930 Turbo coupe with black leather seats, a flat six with turbocharging, and a four-speed manual—$75,000 for this European-spec car (the 930 didn’t return to the US market until 1986).

Saturday, January 13th:

  • 1986 doeskin tan/apple red two-tone Chevrolet K10 Silverado long bed pickup truck with a burgundy custom vinyl bench seat, an LE9 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic, and 41,000 miles—$25,000 for this loaded example indicates that third-generation trucks are starting to come on.
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Camaro Yenko Turbo Z coupe with black leather seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor and turbocharging, an automatic, and 39,000 miles—$62,000 for this rare (19 made) factory-authorized custom.
1981 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko Turbo Z, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1989 red 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 6,400 miles—at $270,000, by far the highest eighties vehicle sale of this auction.
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with silver gray leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, an automatic, and 6,900 miles—$29,000
  • 1981 gray Ferrari 308 GTSi coupe with tan leather seats, a 205 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$65,000
  • 1984 red Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalve coupe with tan leather seats, a 230 bhp 2.9 liter/179 ci V8 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 11,000 miles—$55,000

Sunday, January 14th:

  • 1988 gold with woodgrain Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV with saddle leather seats, a 144 bhp 5.9 liter/360 ci V8 with Motorcraft 2-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1983 white Chevrolet G35 car hauler with a tan interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1981 beige/dark bronze two-tone Chevrolet Corvette coupe with camel leather seats, an L81 190 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a Rochester Quadrajet four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1987 bronze Jaguar XJS cabriolet with an HE 262 bhp 5.3 liter/326 ci V12 with fuel injection and an automatic—$3,250
  • 1982 white Buick Rivera convertible with a white top, burgundy leather seats, a 125 bhp 4.1 liter/252 ci V6 with a Rochester M4ME four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$4,500
  • 1982 white Buick Rivera convertible with a white top, burgundy leather seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester M4MC four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—at $3,500, why was the V8 version less expensive than the six?
  • 1987 black Chevrolet Blazer Silverado SUV with a gray interior, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 90,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1986 black Porsche 944 custom (engine, suspension) hatchback coupe with a tan interior, a 2.5 liter inline four with turbocharging, and 59,000 miles—$12,000

Eighties Cars at the 2018 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 dark blue 1985 Porsche 935 DP coupe with tan leather seats was a no sale bid up to $300,000) 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 10% of the approximately 900 vehicles sold from Friday to Tuesday (with no auctions on Monday).

Friday, January 5th:

  • 1987 light blue metallic Chevrolet V10 Silverado regular cab pickup truck with a blue custom vinyl bench seat, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 cubic inch V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—with a $13,000 hammer price, the first eighties vehicle in this auction meets my criteria for serious 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.
  • 1985 blue Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, a small block V8, and an automatic—$4,250
  • 1982 white Chevrolet Corvette coupe with dark red leather seats, an L83 Cross-Fire 200 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with throttle body fuel injection, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1988 red Chevrolet V30 crew cab pickup truck with a maroon interior, an LE8 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with a Rochester Mod-Quad four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1985 black/gray two-tone Cadillac Seville Elegante sedan with gray leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 56,00o miles—$5,250
  • 1983 black Mitsubishi Jeep J54 SUV with a tan soft top, black/gray vinyl seats, a 79 bhp 2.7 liter/162 ci diesel inline four, and a four-speed manual—$5,500
  • 1980 arctic white Porsche 911 SC Targa coupe with a black interior, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 69,000 miles—at $22,500 the highest eighties sale on the first day of the auction.
  • 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—$5,500
  • 1987 brown Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, brown leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$17,500
  • 1986 canyon red Ford Mustang SVO hatchback coupe with charcoal leather seats, a Lima 200 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with turbocharging and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$10,000
  • 1988 frost white Chevrolet Blazer K10 SUV with burgundy custom cloth seats, an LS9 165 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 85,000 miles—$15,000
  • 1983 black/silver two-tone Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais Hurst/Olds 15th Anniversary coupe with a burgundy cloth interior, a 180 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic attached to that famous lightning rod shifter, and 72,000 miles—$15,500
  • 1983 red Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet with black leather seats, a 180 bhp 3.0 liter/183 ci flat six with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 69,000 miles—$17,000
  • 1983 black Chevrolet Silverado custom pickup truck with a black interior, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$13,000
  • 1987 nassau blue metallic Chevrolet Corvette convertible with a black top, blue leather seats, an L98 240 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 65,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1984 red Manta Mirage coupe with a red interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and a four-speed manual—$24,500 for this McLaren replica.
  • 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—$7,000
  • 1987 white Chevrolet R10 regular cab pickup truck with a red interior, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1986 cream/brown two-tone Chevrolet R20 regular cab pickup truck with a tan cloth bench seat, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$11,500
  • 1987 burgundy Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with burgundy cloth seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 31,000 miles—$16,500 is about $4,000 more than “all the money,” according to Hagerty’s valuation tools.
1987 Nissan 300ZX, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1988 silver/blue two-tone Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit sedan with a blue leather interior, a 6.75 liter/412 ci fuel injected V8, and an automatic—$7,500
  • 1989 silver Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, gray leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 77,000 miles—$18,000
  • 1985 black Cadillac DeVille limousine with blue cloth seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 27,000 miles—$4,500
  • 1982 red Chevrolet Blazer K5 custom SUV with black/red seats, a 7.4 liter/454 ci V8, and an automatic—$14,500
  • 1988 pearl white Cadillac Allanté convertible with red leather seats, a 170 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$6,500

Saturday, January 6th:

  • 1980 black MG MGB convertible with a black top, tan leather seats, a 63 bhp 1.8 liter/110 ci inline four with a Zenith 175CD5T carburetor, a four-speed manual, and 26,000 miles—$9,000
  • 1987 black Chevrolet R10 regular cab pickup truck with a black cloth bench seat, an L05 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1986 red Ford Mustang GT convertible with a white top, white seats, a Windsor 200 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$14,000
  • 1981 dark charcoal metallic Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an L37 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 33,000 miles—$28,000
  • 1985 moonraker blue Austin Mini Cooper coupe with black seats, a 1.0 liter/61 ci inline four, and a four-speed manual—$16,000
  • 1986 red Nissan FR40 fire truck with blue seats, a P40 4.0 liter/241 ci inline six, and a five-speed manual—$10,500
  • 1987 red Mitsubishi Minicab fire truck with gray cloth/vinyl seats, a 660 cc inline three, a four-speed manual, and 3,200 miles—$10,000
  • 1989 alpine green metallic Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas sedan with tan leather seats, an AJ6 195 bhp 3.6 liter/217 ci inline six with fuel injection, an automatic, and 3,600 miles—$16,000
  • 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 36,000 miles—$92,500
  • 1981 black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am coupe with black vinyl seats, an L37 150 bhp 4.9 liter/301 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 38,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA hatchback coupe with tan cloth seats, an L98 210 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 4,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1987 yellow gold Pontiac Firebird Formula hatchback coupe with gray cloth seats, an LB9 190 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 1,500 miles—$17,000
  • 1984 black Jeep CJ-7 Renegade SUV with a black interior, a 105 bhp 2.5 liter/150 ci inline four with a Carter YFA one-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$6,500
  • 1981 white Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe with tan vinyl seats, an LM1 175 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$15,500
  • 1981 blue Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 SUV with gray seats, a four-speed manual, and 147,000 miles—$33,500
  • 1986 silver Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS coupe with maroon cloth seats, an L69 180 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1985 black Chevrolet Corvette hatchback coupe with red leather seats, an L98 230 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, the Doug Nash 4+3 manual, and 38,000 miles—$8,000
  • 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 25,000 miles—$24,000
  • 1986 red Jeep CJ-7 Laredo custom SUV with tan leather seats, a 383 ci V8, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1981 beige Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-45 pickup truck with black seats and a manual—$36,000

Sunday, January 7th:

  • 1987 flame red Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA hatchback coupe with a gray interior, a small block V8, an automatic, and 51,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1987 red Chevrolet V20 custom regular cab pickup truck with a black bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$24,000
  • 1988 teal Toyota very custom pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$10,000
  • 1989 black Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible with a black top, gray cloth seats, an LB9 195 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with fuel injection, and an automatic—$15,000
  • 1986 white Chevrolet K10 Silverado regular cab pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, an LE9 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,500
  • 1989 black Dodge Dakota Sport convertible pickup truck with a red cloth bench seat, a 125 bhp 3.9 liter/239 ci V6 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$9,000
  • 1981 manganese brown Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible with a chocolate convertible top, a palomino leather interior, a 155 bhp 3.8 liter/234 ci fuel injected V8, an automatic, and 24,000 miles—$22,000
  • 1988 white Honda Acty pickup truck with tan cloth seats, a four-speed manual, and 39,000 miles—$9,500
  • 1986 blue Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with gray seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$7,000
  • 1984 brown Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency sedan with brown cloth seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester E4ME four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$21,500. Once again, who saves these cars?
1985 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Regency, linked from Mecum’s website.
  • 1985 white Zimmer Golden Spirit coupe with tan leather seats, a 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, and an automatic—$32,000 for this Mustang-based “neo-classic.”
  • 1980 red Porsche 924 Turbo hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 150 bhp 2.0 liter/121 ci inline four with turbocharger and fuel injection, a five-speed manual, and 8,200 miles—$21,000
  • 1982 black Mercedes-Benz 230 GE SUV with tan cloth seats, an M102 123 bhp 2.3 liter/140 ci inline four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, and four-speed manual—$21,000
  • 1989 black Cadillac Allante convertible with red leather seats, a 200 bhp 4.5 liter/273 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 88,000 miles—$5,000
  • 1987 bright red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a black convertible top, black leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 22,000 miles—$16,000
  • 1986 black Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z hatchback coupe with an L98 220 bhp 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 68,000 miles—$8,000
  • 1987 black Cadillac Brougham (not the Fleetwood it is listed as) sedan with red leather seats, a 140 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with Rochester four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 28,000 miles—$8,500
  • 1982 dark redwood Buick Riviera coupe with red leather seats, a 150 bhp 5.0 liter/307 ci V8 with a Rochester M4MC four-barrel carburetor, an automatic, and 50,000 miles—$6,500
  • 1984 brown Dodge 600 convertible with a tan top, tan seats, an unknown inline four (could be the 2.2 or the Mitsubishi 2.6), an automatic, and 23,000 miles—$4,750
  • 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 76,000 miles—$7,000
  • 1987 guards red 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, the factory slant-nose option, and 50,000 miles—$125,000
  • 1989 red Buick Reatta coupe with a tan leather interior, a 3800 165 bhp 3.8 liter/281 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—an ouch! at $2,500
  • 1986 medium brown metallic/light brown metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Conquista pickup truck with saddle interior, an LB4 130 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 17,000 miles—$11,000

Tuesday, January 9th:

  • 1987 blue Chevrolet G20 van with blue seats, a 130 bhp 6.2 liter diesel V8, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1989 champagne silver Volvo 780 Bertone coupe with a black/tan interior, a 145 bhp 2.8 liter V6, and an automatic—$1,900
  • 1985 apple red/white frost two-tone Chevrolet C10 pickup truck with a burgundy cloth bench seat, an LE9 160 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$12,000
  • 1989 black Bentley Mulsanne S sedan with palomino leather seats, a 205 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$7,000
  • 1983 light brown metallic/dark brown metallic two-tone Chevrolet El Camino Super Sport pickup truck with dark brown cloth seats, an Lg4 145 bhp 5.0 liter/305 ci V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, and an automatic—$8,000
  • 1982 red Jeep CJ-8 custom SUV with tan seats and a four-speed manual—$22,500
  • 1987 burgundy Mercedes-Benz 420SEL sedan with tan leather seats, an M116 E42 201 bhp 4.2 liter/256 ci V8 with Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1989 white Chevrolet S10 Baja pickup truck with gray cloth seats, a Vortec 4300 160 bhp 4.3 liter/262 ci V6 with throttle-body fuel injection, and an automatic—$6,500
  • 1985 blue Nissan 300ZX hatchback coupe with blue leather seats, a VG30 160 bhp 3.0 liter/181 ci V6 with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$9,000
  • 1985 tan two-tone Dodge D150 Royal SE pickup truck, a tan vinyl bench seat, a 5.8 liter/360 ci V8, and an automatic—$5,000
  • 1981 burgundy Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup truck with bucket seats, an 82 bhp 151 ci inline four with a two-barrel carburetor, and a four-speed manual—$19,500
  • 1984 red 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—$19,500
  • 1983 guards red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with black/gray seats, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$18,000
  • 1980 white Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible with a blue interior, a 180 bhp 4.5 liter/276 ci V8 with Bosch Jetronic fuel injection, and an automatic—$2,500
  • 1983 white/red Toyota Tacoma very custom pickup with a red/black interior, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8 with two four-barrel carburetors, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1985 black/silver two-tone Chevrolet custom pickup truck with a gray cloth bench seat, a 5.7 liter/350 ci V8, and an automatic—$18,000
  • 1984 guards red Porsche 944 hatchback coupe with a black interior, a 150 bhp 2.5 liter/151 ci inline four with fuel injection, and a five-speed manual—$4,500
  • 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, a five-speed manual, and 4,800 miles—$34,000
  • 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 5,900 miles—$32,500
  • 1988 bright red Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible with a brown convertible top, tan leather seats, an M117 238 bhp 5.5 liter/339 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 18,000 miles—$29,000
  • 1989 red Rolls-Royce Corniche II convertible with a white leather interior, a 220 bhp 6.75 liter/412 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 21,000 miles—$61,000
  • 1986 black Buick Grand National coupe with black/gray cloth seats, an LC2 235 bhp 3.8 liter/231 ci V6 with turbocharging and fuel injection, an automatic, and 34,000 miles—$19,000
  • 1985 aqua (that’s not the actual color name—I think it’s medium blue firemist metallic) Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham sedan with blue leather seats, an HT-4100 135 bhp 4.1 liter/249 ci V8 with fuel injection, an automatic, and 60,000 miles—$5,500
  • 1986 silver Ford F-150 XLT pickup truck with a gray interior, a 185 bhp 4.9 liter/302 ci V8, and an automatic—$3,250