10 Radwood-Approved Sports Cars

RM Auctions has teamed up with Radwood to celebrate the spirit of the ’80s and ’90s at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale auction.

Andrew Miterko

What exactly is Radwood, you ask? Radwood is more than just a car show, it’s a celebration of the cars and culture of the most radical period in American history. It’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to the Goodwood Revival festival held in the United Kingdom – trading the race cars of the fifties and sixties for cars of the eighties and nineties, and the period dress of Radwood favoring acid-wash jeans, spandex, and hairspray over fancy hats and tweed suits. With any vehicle sold between 1980 and 1999 qualifying as being part of the rad era, it’s not uncommon to see iconic supercars and whimsical econoboxes being enjoyed alike, all the same to the soundtrack of ’80s and ’90s hits.

RM Auctions is proudly offering over 70 vehicles from the Radwood era to cross the auction block at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale auction.

Lot 3101: 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

Estimate: $220,000–$260,000, Offered Without Reserve

The Countach may be the quintessential ’80s icon with its bold wedge-shaped body, large intake ducts, and scissor-type door hinges. For Lamborghini’s 25th anniversary, Horacio Pagani was given the task to update the Countach’s already distinctive styling – a task completed by adding larger intake ducts with strakes for improved airflow, a more pronounced rear bumper, and slimmer tail lights. The 5.2-liter V-12 mounted behind the passenger compartment provided 425 hp and a 0–60 time of 4.7 seconds to match the racy aesthetic of the exterior.

Lot 3125: 1988 Porsche 911 ‘Flat Nose’ Coupe

Estimate: $150,000–$175,000

Bowing to the demand of its customers, Porsche’s “Special Wishes” department began offering handcrafted flat-nose conversions inspired by the factory 935 race car for customers in Europe and Asia in the mid-1980s. In 1986, Porsche offered the M505 Flachbau (Flat-Nose) option for the North American market. Along with the shaved and louvered front fenders with retractable headlights, the factory conversions included boxed rocker panels leading to widened rear quarter panels with extra cooling ducts, a larger rear wing to accommodate a larger intercooler, and a more luxurious full leather interior.

Lot 3015:1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2

Estimate: $80,000–$110,000

In 1977, Renault began preparing for its return to World Rally championship competition after a four-year hiatus since winning the 1973 title with their Alpine-Renault A110. The production Renault 5 platform was selected to build upon, though its original front-engined front-wheel-drive configuration was scrapped for a mid-engine rear-wheel-drive layout for more favorable handling characteristics. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine received stronger internal components, Bosch K-tronic fuel injection, and a single Garrett turbocharger with an air-to-air intercooler. With the popularity of the original homologation model R5 Turbo, Renault offered a lower cost iteration for the 1983 model year called the Turbo 2, simplifying production with no significant impact on performance.

Lot 3087: 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition

Estimate: $200,000–225,000, Offered Without Reserve

The last of the Diablos to feature their signature pop-up headlamps, the Diablo SV Monterey Edition was limited to 20 examples offered exclusively to the U.S. market. The famous 5.7-liter V-12 received an additional 20 hp over SV models of the same year for a total of 530 hp, with all of the power transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed transmission with gated shifter. The trio of air intakes before the rear wheels is reminiscent of the SE30 and VT models, as opposed to the single opening incorporated on SV models. This example is the last of the 20 built, presented in excellent condition with its original chrome Speedline Alessio wheels, and its interior in nearly new condition.

Lot 3121: 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider ‘Serie Fiorano’

Estimate: $90,000–$110,000

For 1999, Ferrari introduced a limited production of 100 ‘Serie Fiorano’ examples of the F355 models utilizing suspension and braking upgrades to bring performance closer to that of the Ferrari Challenge examples. Stiffer springs, lower ride height, a sturdier anti-roll bar, and a Competizione-sourced steering rack provide flat cornering capabilities, while competition compound brake pads with cross-drilled and ventilated brake rotors provide consistent brake response under demanding driving conditions.

Lot 3029: 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10

Estimate: $40,000–$55,000

In 1989, Chrysler’s president Bob Lutz made a suggestion that the company should consider producing a modern Cobra. Later that year, the Cobra was debuted at the North American International auto show with enthusiastic reaction from the public. Offered as a performance vehicle, the Viper had no exterior door handles, a canvas roof with vinyl windows with zippers to open and close, and no airbags in the interest of weight reduction. Lamborghini assisted with the design of the massive 8.0-liter V-10 powerplant, which produces 400 hp and 465 foot-pounds of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Lot 3040: 1988 BMW M6

Estimate: $45,000–$60,000

The M6’s powerplant is a modified version of the M88/1 engine derived from BMW’s mid-engined M1 road car, producing 256 hp in the North American market vehicles. Listed among the top 10 fastest vehicles by Road and Track magazine in 1987, the M6 received critical acclaim for its blend of luxury appointments and performance capabilities. For production years 1988 and 1989, the M6 became a “world car,” receiving the same aerodynamic treatments as the higher performance counterparts across the global market.

Lot 3181: 1991 BMW M5

Estimate: $55,000–$65,000

Much like the M6, BMW’s iconic sports sedan received a modified version of the M1 road car’s inline six-cylinder engine and made it the fastest production sedan available at the time. Its 3.6-liter engine produced 311 hp channeled to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, resulting in a 0–60 time of only 6.3 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 160 mph. This well-preserved example features the rare optional executive seating package and has recently undergone a comprehensive service at a BMW dealership.

Lot 3146: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

Estimate: $40,000–$50,000, Offered Without Reserve

The unofficial star of the 1985 sci-fi movie Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 utilized an innovative fiberglass body structure with a steel backbone chassis and featured a striking low, geometric body design by Giorgetto Guigaro with brushed stainless steel panels and gullwing doors. Production began in late January of 1981 and would only last until early 1983 with only approximately 9,000 DeLoreans built. This one-owner example has fewer than 4,200 miles from new and includes original documentation and manuals, as well as a DeLorean stainless steel car care kit.

Lot 1012: 1988 Nissan 300zx Shiro Z

Estimate: $20,000–$25,000, Offered Without Reserve

In January of 1988, Nissan offered a limited-edition version of the 300ZX Turbo – the Shiro Z – as part of a promotional “White sale.” This edition featured a specific three-stage Pearl white paint, with matching wheels, door handles, bumperettes, and a “European” air dam. Performance was also addressed with higher rate springs with matched dampers, thicker heavy-duty sway bars, a viscous limited-slip differential, and weight savings of approximately 125 over the standard Turbo model. The interior featured a distinctive numbered plaque on the center console, unique Recaro seats with matching door panels, and a white digit dash readout with amber lighting. Only 1,002 models were exported to the United States, making the Shiro Z one of the rarest special-edition Z models ever produced.


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