The Car Auctions Are Getting Into the Era of Rad

Look out, Bring A Trailer: there’s a new (well, old) kid on the block ready to sell the over-moneyed masses their next pristinely kept Nissan 300ZX. RM Sotheby’s, the auction house more known for offering incredibly rare Ferraris, will be auctioning 140 cars in a series of events next year as part of their “Youngtimer” Dream Garage series. Welcome to the era of rad in car auctions.

The cars at this upcoming auction all hail from the ’80s, 90s and early 2000s. Yup, someone clued in Sotheby’s to the unstoppable cultural force that is Radwood—or at least millennial nostalgia—and now they’re cashing in. While that may mean your dreams of owning an 80s BMW Alpina have probably slipped even further down your list of what is and isn’t possible, it does mean that the cars of the Jalopnik generation are finally getting the recognition they so richly deserve.


We’ve been extolling the virtues of cars from this era for years now—they’re often analog but still powerful, comfortable, modern and until recently low in value—and now the rest of the world is figuring this out too.

While the bulk of these rad autos will be sold in Europe, Sotheby’s is offering more than 30 cars here in the U.S. in 2019 at two separate auctions in Florida. Many of the lots are being offered without reserve.

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In Paris, the stuff up for grabs include a 1982 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo S, a 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG 6.0 Wide Body, a 1994 BMW 850 CSi and a 1992 Porsche 928 GTS. In Germany they’re selling a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6, a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo and “nearly every imaginable BMW Alpina and M performance iteration” as well as “desirable Mercedes-Benz AMG performance models from the late 1970s through the 1990s.”


The Florida listing includes an Acura NSX, Toyota Supra, and a group of Nissan 300ZX examples, which Sotheby’s calls an “appreciating future collectible.” Listen, Sotheby’s: Some of us were already appreciating these cars and will continue to do so for years, regardless of what ever amount of cash these delightful little Nissans sell for.

You can find out more about the auction here on Sotheby’s website.

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Ash78, voting early and often

I’m a Gen Xer (albeit a young one) and this is definitely my wheelhouse. I was a young boy when a lot of these German models came out, and a young teen for the Japanese Affordable Supercar Invasion (trademark pending). I completely honestly asked my parents if they preferred that I drive an RX-7 or a Supra when I turned 16. Then I turned 16 and got a $4.25/hour job and realized what I was saying.

I feel like Millenials would have, at best, been riding in a rear-facing carseat in the newest of these vehicles. Just saying. I know that everything in the news defaults to Millenials for everything. Nobody cares about Gen X. BUT I’M FINE WITH THAT SO LEAVE ME ALONE!