No high-octane trailer queens in this market report.
1986 Pontiac Grand Prix Aerocoupe 2+2 Petty Edition
You know the story. The Ford Thunderbird jellybean was kicking General ass on the NASCAR super-speedways. So, the Aerocoupes of Chevy and Pontiac were created to slip through the wind like the Ford. While the Monte Carlo SS offered an HO 350 V8 as an option the product planners at Pontiac saddled the GP 2+2 with the 160hp 305 v8 only. Strangely, the Mecum website lists the car as having a V6. Based on the pics I’m thinking that is a typo. Beneath all the hoses, wires, pumps and other emissions doo-dads appears a proper V8. Novelty aside the Pontiac looked weird while the Chevy seemed attractive. These cars are not really hot among the malaise crowd which makes the auction result puzzling. $11.5K was not enough to get this Grand Prix into a new garage or backyard to sit in.
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
350 crate motor, 4 speed manual, headers, T-tops. Attractive blue paint with white stripes, holes drilled into the fake hood scoop, what’s not to like? No A/C and the firewall looks a little funky. It sold for $17.6K, seems about right if the car is really well sorted out.
1985 Pontiac Trans Am
5 speed manual, T-tops, 6,000 original miles, no reserve. Yeah, the 305 V8 won’t melt your heart, nothing a little work couldn’t solve. Sold for $17.6K not bad considering the mileage.
1986 Pontiac Trans Am
Okay, you say you want a better deal. A little rougher, more mileage, an automatic transmission. How about for $6.6K? Now that was a deal.
1978 Chevrolet Corvette
35,000 miles and a 4 speed. It appears to be a base L48 engine car without A/C. Listed as having been in a climate-controlled garage all it’s life and has a new exhaust system. Listed with no reserve and hammered for $10,460. Sounds like a bargain to me.
1985 Ford Mustang Twister II
All right I don’t care much about the whole Twister thing. It’s a Kansas Ford dealer decal package. It adds no value to me. What I see is a 1985 Mustang GT with T-tops, A/C and a 5 speed manual. The original 302, excuse me 5.0 sits in the bay, topped with dual quads, headers and 4.11 gears in the axle. Bidding topped at $10K but the car did not sell.
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John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.