Bring a Trailer Three 1980s Legends

Act now to buy one of these 1980s hero cars at auction

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsAlthough the 1990s may be the decade fashion designers and stylists are currently imitating, the 1980s seems to be where its at when it comes to collector cars.

Auction website Bring a Trailer currently has these three legends from the age of greed available to bid on. So whether you want to live like Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko, recreate Miami Vice, or just own a fast Corvette, there is a car here for you.

You will need to be quick though, as the clock is already ticking for this trio, so make your choice now.

1987 Ferrari Testarossa

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsDistilling the car culture of the 1980s into one vehicle may seem a difficult task, but the Ferrari Testarossa manages it.

From the wide hips, to the pop-up headlights, and the iconic side strakes this is every ‘80s design cliche rolled into one supercar.

First launched in 1984, the Testarossa used a mid-mounted flat-12 engine, producing 380 horsepower and 361lb-ft of torque in US-market cars. 0-60mph took around 5.5 seconds, with a top speed in the region of 180mph.

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsThis particular Testarossa has covered 24,000 miles since new, with the current owner responsible for the vast majority of them. 

An expensive engine-out service was undertaken in 2013, seeing the major belts, tensioners and ancillaries all replaced. The owner has fitted a set of 16-inch wheels which replicate the original items worn by the Testarossa when it left the factory.

The seller should also be commended for the incredible professional photography undertaken to help market this car.

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsThe interior is finished in all black, with the chrome-gated lever for the five-speed gearbox proudly on display. A refurbished instrument panel was fitted in 2017, and the seller has also provided detail photos and video of the cockpit.

Also supplied are all the original manuals and sales literature, showing that the car was first sold new by Ferrari of Houston.

This Testarossa has already attracted a lot of interest, with the auction ending soon on Monday May 27th.

1984 Porsche 911 Turbo Kremer Group 5

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsPorsche announced last year that it would be recreating the 935 racer as a track-only special, but why not buy a road car based on the original right now?

Modified extensively in period by German tuning company and race car builder Kremer, this 911 Turbo is far more than just a slant-nosed bodykit and flared arches.

Kremer produced a number of highly successful variants of the Porsche 935 race car in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This even included an outright win at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsUsing an European-specification Porsche 911 Turbo as a base, this example was only the second road car to undergo the transformation process by Kremer.

Bodywork made from kevlar and composite materials was added, including the lengthy snout, widened fenders, and the dramatic rear bumper. This car also gained a set of three-piece 15-inch Gotti alloy wheels during the 1980s.

Kremer paid considerable attention to the 3.3-liter flat-six turbocharged engine. Group B specification camshafts, plus other modifications pushed the total power output to 380 horsepower.

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsReassuringly, the driver can manually adjust the level of boost from the turbocharger from inside. Although the Kremer may be race-influenced, the interior is still clad in leather.

Having completed around 23,000 miles, this car does show some wear to the seats and also stone chips to the exterior paint. However, as many have already commented on Bring a Trailer, it proves that this car has been used as intended.

Refreshed Bilstein suspension components, and Pirelli P Zero rubber are also recent additions, meaning this car seems ready to add even more miles.

1987 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Twin Turbo

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsFor the American 1980s fan who wants something a little more domestic, what could be better than a Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette?

Adding two turbochargers and intercoolers to the already powerful 5.7-liter V-8 engine created a C4 ‘Vette more than capable of hanging with the Ferrari and Porsche listed above. Peak power was reported to be 382 horsepower, although some have claimed more.

Over 500 examples were produced between 1987 and 1991, with the Twin Turbo conversion even offered as an option to order directly from a Chevrolet dealership.

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsJust 184 Callaway Twin Turbos were produced in 1987, and only 65 of them were reportedly convertible models like the one on sale here.

A number plaque lists this as being car number 120, and wears a distinctive Greenwood body kit. Shifting gears is done by a four-speed manual transmission, which features an automatic overdrive on the highest three cogs.

Electrically adjusted bucket seats were specified by the original owner in Saddle Leather, and the dashboard-mounted boost gauge is also still present and correct.

Bring a Trailer Three 1980s LegendsThe seller has provided a detailed video demonstrating the imperfections and issues with this car, meaning no bidder should be unprepared.

Recent service work has included changing the oil, flushing the coolant, and also replacing the high pressure switch for the air conditioning system.

Opting for any of these three cars will offer the winning bidder the chance to live out their dreams of the 1980s. Just don’t forget your shoulder pads or red braces for the full effect.

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