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BMW E24 6 SERIES

Editor Guido’s been waiting a while for the bestlooking grand tourer BMW ever built to start to pique the interest of collectors but the signs are good. As usual, the halo models are starting to take off first, slowly dragging up the values of less hallowed versions.

Corrosion and neglect has thinned stocks, so a solid sharknose Six is well worth getting your hands on right now. g y

HOLDEN TORANA A9X 1977 $260,000 LLOYDS, CARRARA, QLD O 9

Owned by the last keeper for fifteen years, this stunning Holden Torana A9X is the real deal and it might just be in the most desirable colour combo too, Palais White with a black bonnet. The car’s covered 140,000 kilometres and comes with a set or original rims.

A9X values have been rock solid even when lesser Aussie cars have looked shaky, so if you’re looking for the gold standard, one of the 99 examples of this car is, alongside a GT-HO Phase III, about as good as it gets.

1965 $398,000 BARRETT-JACKSON, SCOTTSDALE VW TYPE II 21-WINDOW

Fans of originality look away now. This 21-window splittie that ambled across the block at Barrett-Jackson has had a bit of work courtesy of Kindig-it Design.

The body’s painted in a combo of Mercedes Black over Bentley Magnolia White, there’s a Sew Fine custom red interior and there are restomod front and rear Airkewld disc and custom 17” wheels, the fit completed with a Kicker hidden car audio system. As you can see from the final sale price, the updates didn’t do much to dent value.

$240,000 BONHAMS, SCOTTSDALE 1984 FERRARI 308 GTSI QV

Wait, what? $240k for a Ferrari 308 GTSi? Seems a bit strong, until you realise that this one has a bit of history.

This 36,000 miler is documented by Ferrari North America as being one of the cars driven by Tom Selleck on Magnum P.I. during the ‘84-‘85 (Series 4) season. Due to the car’s condition and low mileage, it is believed that this car was used for the light action/close-up scenes. So grow that mo, break out the hibiscus shirt and start laying waste to some nature strips.

1987 $220,000 MECUM, KISSIMMEE BUICK GNX

This is the last of the 547 Buick GNXs ever built and it’s displaying a spry 68 miles on the odometer. The interior still sports the protective plastic, so this one is about as time warp as it gets. Combine last of the run cachet with this sort of spooky originality and it often results in a feeding frenzy at auction. The GNX has long been teetering on proper cult status but would you go all-in on black for $220k?

1963 $568,000 MECUM, KISSIMMEE PONTIAC CATALINA ‘SWISS CHEESE’

This wonderful Packer Lightweight factory drag car was left high and dry when GM’s racing division came to an abrupt halt in 1963 in the face of anti-trust investigations.

Only 14 of these so-called ‘Swiss Cheese’ cars escaped the factory. These specials saw liberal use of the hole-saw and the fitment of aluminium body panels helped ease the quarter-mile time down to around 12 seconds.

1988

Shannons Melbourne –27 February

HOLDEN VL GROUP A SS

IF OUR digital stats are to believed, you guys and gals adore VL Turbos.

We publish a story on a hot VL and the numbers go through the roof.

Therefore you’d think that the Group A SS, of which only 500 were built, would be a massive draw. But it’s not.

These things are almost universally ignored, which is a bit of a shame in our book. Due to the controversial Energy Polariser there were two versions of the Group A. Holden saw no technical merit in the Polariser and refused to fit it to the cars, so Brock refused to put decals with his signature on cars without it. This one’s lined up for Shannons Melbourne sale.

It needs your love.

1967 $1.02M MECUM, KISSIMMEE CHEVROLET CORVETTE C2

Having the only Tuxedo Black-and-Bright Blue Corvette produced for model-year 1967 with a side exhaust probably doesn’t mean much of anything to most people. But it meant enough to a handful of Corvette nuts who pushed the bidding for this 435hp convertible up to $1.025m. That’s roughly around four times the price of a car without such a tenuous claim on uniqueness. Yes, it’s a lovely example but over a million?

1972 $157,500 LLOYDS, CARRARA, QLD HOLDEN HQ 350 GTS

Triple zero plated internal GMH 350 Monaros don’t crop up for sale too often, so it was understandable that there was a big kerfuffle caused by this Leo Pruneau validated car.

Paperwork suggests that this car was the first manual GTS built in 1972, appeared at the Melbourne Motor Show that year and has covered 630 kms since a full resto in 2005 and a total of just 44,500 on the clock.

1988 $255,000 BONHAMS, SCOTTSDALE LAMBORGHINI LM002

At the time, the ‘Rambo Lambo’ LM002 was a crushing financial bellyflop. Only 328 were built, sporting the 5.2-litre V12 from a Countach and wearing an outrageous asking price. The LM002 is now the goose that lay golden eggs, the vehicle that lends a ring of historical authenticity to Sant’Agata’s attempt to cash in on the SUV market with its new Urus. Compared to its successor, $255k looks a bargain.

1960 CHEVROLET CERV 1 $1.74M BARRETT-JACKSON, SCOTTSDALE

One of the crown jewels of American automotive history, the Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 was developed between 1959 and 1960 by Zora Arkus-Duntov as a mid-engined testbed to better understand ride and handling concepts for future Corvette development. A landmark in GM history, the CERV 1 paved the way for generations of giantkilling Vettes.