AUCTION ACTION

WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH

ANDY ENRIGHT

WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

BMW Z4 M Coupe $40k doesn’t buy you a lot of BMW M car these days, but it’s the opening price for the Z4 M Coupe, a car that received a sniffy reception on the basis of two things: it didn’t have the charisma of the Z3 M Coupe nor the composure of a Porsche Boxster. Thing is, it was more exciting to drive than either and blended modern safety gear with oldschool goodies like an atmo engine, hydraulic steering and three pedals.

SHELBY 427 COBRA 1967

$1.52M MECUM, INDIANAPOLIS Here’s a slug of pure muscle car royalty. Genuine 427s don’t come up for auction every day, and this is a particularly sweet example. CSX 3295 was sold new from JD Ball Ford in Miami, Florida. It landed in Joe McMurrey’s Shelby collection in 2007, where it enjoyed a bare metal resto, with fresh paint in the original Wimbledon White finish. The original numbered parts were all in place, stamped with the car’s 3295 serial number. McMurrey has kept the Cobra beautifully prepped, and it now shows just over 20,000 miles. High originality, flawless presentation and stacks of documentation make this one for only the most serious Cobra collectors.

1973 LJ TORANA GTR XU-1

$47,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE Thought the ship had sailed on Torana GTR XU-1 values? Well here’s one that looked a bargain. True, it didn’t have the most flawless history file, having been accident damaged and reshelled early in its life, but the car still retains the correct JP engine to the PSN tag number, the 202ci engine and triple Strombergs are in fine fettle and it came with a thick invoice file. If you’d like a project that’ll turn heads and scratch that Toana itch, this looked a great way to get in the game without too much upfront expenditure. And what’s not to love about Yellow Dolly paint?

1970 CITROEN DS 21

$24,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE Cars don’t come much cooler than a black Citroen DS. It even stood out in a Shannons auction hall packed with a whole stack of tasty metal. If you don't think a DS is a oool thing, it's okay No, really. It's natural to be wrong once in a while. Even the best foul things up on occasion. For every Ferrari 250 GTO there’s a Mondial, for every Sergeant Pepper’s there’s a Yellow Submarine.

So if you don’t think $24k for this really well-sorted fuel injected, black with red upholstered Déesse is good value, sing amongst yourselves, “In the town where I was born…”

1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 SERIES 1 2+2

$136,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE The bidding went on for so long on this E-Type, one of just 1378 RHD 2+2s cars, that there was a danger of the sun expanding into a red giant and engulfing the earth before a winning bid was registered. Finally the hammer fell at a massive $136,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $70-$80k. Joking aside, a big result for Shannons and proof that there’s real legs in British classics.

1935 STUDEBAKER DICTATOR

$20,500 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE Dictator. A great model name, but we couldn’t see Idi Amin in a self-effacing Dictator like this with modest 88hp 205- cid six power and humble three-speed transmission. Just over $20k seemed a real bargain for such a stylish car, though. It was in good nick, with some beautiful touches such as the mother of pearl effect steering wheel and the best bonnet mascot we’ve ever seen.

1988 LAMBORGHINI JALPA

SILVERSTONE, UK – MAY Estimate: A$125,000 FOR MANY, their only vague recall of the Jalpa was its cameo appearance in Rocky IV, Sly powering his baby Lambo through tunnels, the sound of it fouling its plugs competing with Robert Tepper’s No Easy Way Out montage.

Torn between avenging his friend’s death and getting his face turned into a Spam fritter by a giant robot Commie, he runs the full gamut of emotions from A to B in statistically the greatest Rocky movie of the series, as evidenced by the fact that the last 50 minutes contains 24 minutes and 20 seconds of montage. Who said making films was tough? Selling V8 Lamborghinis was a far trickier gig. Over a 15- year run between 1973 and 1988, spanning Urraco, Silhouette and Jalpa production, Lamborghini only sold, on average, 82 cars per year. That’s fifteen years to sell what the Huracan shifts in 6 months. This low mileage example at Silverstone was attracting heavy presale interest, helping to rehabilitate the reputation of these limber Lambos.

1970FORD XY FALCON V8 WAGON

$26,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE This Fomoco GT tribute combined attitude with the ability to carry home an IKEA Rövhål bookcase. While it needs mechanical TLC, its spot-on cosmetics included a stack of authentic GT interior bits. The Windsor 302 has a Holley 750 and Edelbrock manifold with cast exhaust manifolds and dual pipes. A half-decent spannerista could make this one come very good.

1942FORD GPW JEEP

$25,000 RM SOTHEBY’S, MONACO The three-way battle between Ford, Bantam and Willys-Overland for the WW2 General Purpose reconaissance vehicle tender was won by Willys. Still, Ford got a massive 277,896-unit piece of the Jeep pie, building its version of the Willys MA, complete with the bulletproof and field-serviceable Willys “Go-Devil” L-head four. Go figure.

1995 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SE30 JOTA

$1.045M RM SOTHEBY’S, MONACO A million-dollar Diablo? Yes, if it's this rare. Of just 150 Diablo SE30 30thanniversary cars, only 28 were Jotaspec.

Of the 28, only 15 upgrades were Sant’Agata-factory cars like this one. A 52kW power-boost launched the SE30 Jota to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and a 340km/h top speed. With just 6700km on the odo, it’s a museum piece.

1965 PORSCHE 911 PETER KLASEN ART CAR

As a card-carrying Philistine, I'd never heard of ‘nouvelle figuration’ artist Peter Klasen or his esoteric technique as applied to this ’65 Porsche 911 racer, auctioned with no reserve at Monaco.

While the symbolism is a little lost on us, we simple souls can still appreciate a good Fuchs wheel and a shapely set of Sparco Pro2000 buckets. $131,000 RM SOTHEBY’S MONACO