Hooniverse "It's 1987" Weekend Edition – Are these 4-Door Sedans Even Desirable?

Welcome to the Sunday Version of “It’s 1987” Weekend. Judging from all the comments, there are a few grumblings about this weekend theme, so let me set the record straight. I could choose to have a theme, and write up all the great cars that were available from a said year, but you can go to Wikipedia for that information. No, the way I choose to bring you what seems to be rattling around my head involves finding vehicles that are for sale to wrap around the theme for the weekend. So, there will not be an endless paragraph about a group of Mercedes-Benz Uber Sedans, or some Italian 2-seat exotics that were available at this time period, unless someone made a Hybrid version of a Ferrari Mondial. So let’s get back to what Hooniverse really stands for, the outer fringes of the Automotive Genre.

The theme for this weekend is cars from 1987. Why? Well it seems that the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) designated a car as an Antique if it is 25 years old or older, and thus eligable to be entered in various AACA shows across the country to be judged. These are future collectibles, and I have been bringing you some of those very questionable collectibles. Oh look, here are five more questionable candidates, and they are all domestic.

Here is a 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis LS looking very formal in Black over Black over Red Velour. This car has only 24,000 miles on the odometer, and is loaded up with all the luxury goodies that Americans wanted at the time. American cars were known for their Air Conditioning, finger-tip power controls for seats and windows, seats that smother you in their pillowy soft goodness, and ride that will magically put you to sleep, or make you car sick, depending on you demeanor. Yes all the cliches are there, from Wire Wheel Covers, to the 1/2 padded vinyl roof, to the Bordello Red interior. Nothing says excess like the Malaise Era, but this was well past the height of such excess… almost like the last man standing. Asking price for this Marquis de Sade is $5,995, which is really used Hyundai money. See the listing here, and tell me if this is the car of your dreams, or the car of your nightmares.

This is a 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham finished in a Red and Black 2-tone finish with a Deep Red Velour Interior. Like the Grand Marquis above, this car has a padded vinyl roof, and every feature that us older americans required in their chariot at the time. Air Conditioning of course, finger-tip power conveniences, huge trunk, wire wheel covers, and pillowy soft seats. Again, these full sized cars from the 80’s seem to herald back to the Disco era, in slightly smaller packages. There is a little over 46,000 miles on this Chevy, and the asking price at this Florida Dealer is $6,489. Take a look at the listing, and tell me if this Chevy is really worth more than the Mercury, or that I should just stop what I’m doing because I’m boring you to death.

Here is a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera that will bring back memories from the movie Fargo. It is finished in a Mauve finish, perfect for the late 80’s. This car is the transition period from the full sized cars featured previously, to the more fuel efficient 4-door sedans being sold today. As such, this is a car trapped between these two time periods. On one hand, there is the traditional full-sized instrument panel, velour bench seats, column mounted shifter, with traditional full faced wheel covers and white-side wall tires on the outside. Under the hood sits a GM 2.5L Tech IV 4-cylinder engine that produced a whopping 98HP. Believe me, I drove a Cutlass Ciera 3-seat Station Wagon with a Tech IV engine, and it barely got out of its own way. This Ciera has 66,953 miles on the odometer, and the current bid is at $1,125 with an unmet reserve. See the listing here, and tell me if this will ever be a collectible.

Here is a 1987 Buick Electra T-Type Sedan, and it is about as different from the Grand Marquis and Caprice as you could get. Here is a modern interpretation of a European Full Sized Car from the same company that produced the retro Caprice, during the same time period. This Buick has absolutely no vinyl top, no velour interior (Though the Leather used was on the cheap side), full instrumentation including a tachometer, a console shifted automatic, and on the outside, Alloy Wheels instead of wheel covers. This is a FWD car, with the venerable Buick 3.8L V-6 producing 150HP by this time. Here is a car with a traditional nameplate that shares nothing at all with tradition, and it may be a certifiable collectible in years to come. This car has 70,000 miles on it and the Buy-It-Now price tag is $4,045.50. See the listing here, and tell me if the un-traditional Buick is the one to go for.

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