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Clas­sics from the 1980s are still pulling in eye-rais­ing prices from UK buy­ers

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1980s clas­sics on the rise

‘It goes well beyond fast Fords’

While the old guard might still be har­rumph­ing into their warm beer and be­moan­ing the present state of the classic move­ment, choice 1980s cars con­tinue to at­tract strong in­ter­est and con­se­quently strong prices. And with even the youngest cars from that decade be­ing nearly 30 years old, good ex­am­ples of many 1980s mod­els are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly hard to find.

Go­ing well beyond fast Fords, onto other hot hatch­backs and long-legged grand tour­ers (as well as the more es­o­teric), de­mand for 1980s cars has seen some dra­matic prices in the past few months, none more so than the £101,100 paid for at a CCA auc­tion for a two-owner 15,000-mile 1985 BMW M635CSi.

Cyn­ics will sug­gest that the price paid was way too much but as al­ways the adage ‘try find­ing an­other’ ap­plies.

In black with black in­te­rior, the paint and pan­el­work was first class, best­ing even what would come out of a top-flight bodyshop. But be­ing in such good, orig­i­nal or­der cer­tainly helped its cause.

SWVA’s last sale car­ried on the trend in big 1980s GTs gain­ing ground in value ap­pre­ci­a­tion: its 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 con­vert­ible had been es­ti­mated at £10,75011,750 but it had a strong his­tory (the ven­dor hav­ing owned the car since 1993), in­clud­ing main­te­nance car­ried out by Jaguar main deal­ers and spe­cial­ists. That his­tory was al­most side­lined by the car’s su­perb con­di­tion, which showed no signs of the usual cor­ro­sion that can af­fect these mod­els, and it was good enough to be ham­mered away for £25,000.

ACA’s 17 June sale al­ready has a 1980 Porsche 924 (est: £4750-5750) and a 1988 Nis­san 300ZX (est: £4500-5000) en­tered, but for the ul­ti­mate in rar­ity the no-re­serve 1983 Tal­bot Ma­tra Ran­cho that has cov­ered 34,000 miles from new fits the bill per­fectly. This pre­tend of­froader sold in small num­bers and sur­vivors are ex­tremely rare, mak­ing this an in­ter­est­ing al­ter­na­tive to

a reg­u­lar es­tate car. ACA is also of­fer­ing a 1984 Citroën Méhari (est: £9000-12,000) that is de­scribed as ‘the best Méhari we have ever seen’.

For those with more pa­tience SWVA’s July sale is of­fer­ing a 1987 BMW 525i that has cov­ered just 11,600 miles from new. Of­fered by the late owner’s widow, the his­tory file in­cludes 22 ser­vice stamps with the sup­ply­ing dealer. The BMW comes com­plete with the orig­i­nal glove­box torch and fac­tory tool­kit (which is miss­ing just one span­ner). The man­ual gear­box model is de­scribed as ‘out­stand­ing’.

Was £101k+ BMW M635CSi a blip on the radar, or a sign of things to come?

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