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PEUGEOT 205 GTi

When the Peugeot 205 GTI arrived in Australia in 1987 it caused a sensation. A small front-drive hatch with stiffened suspension, a gruntier 1.9-litre engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, bigger wheels and a body kit. Although it was well specced, it missed out on power steering as the engineers couldn’t configure both air-con and power steering when they converted it to RHD. This resulted in heavy steering, but it did handle like a go kart. By 1991 it got both air con and power steer, and more grunt. This is the one to buy.

1972 DE TOMASO MANGUSTA BY GHIA

$448,000

RM SOTHEBY’S PARIS 2018

IN THE 1960’s Argentinian racing driver Alejandro de Tomaso took on Ferrari and Lamborghini with his range of sportscars. One of the rarer models is the Mangusta, powered by a 289ci Ford and five-speed ZF gearbox it had a top speed of 250 k/mh. Only 401 were made and it’s believed only 250 survive worldwide. This one was totally restored in 1997 and engine freshened to give it 350hp. It retains the Ferrero wood and leather steering wheel, original Campagnolo spare wheel, owner’s manual, warranty card, sales brochure, parts catalogue, original keys and fob.

2017 HSV GTSR W1

$250,000

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HSV’S final shot after 30 years of turning fleet Holdens into fleet Holdens. While demand is strong now, these rocketships will cost a king’s ransom in years to come. This example has just 38 delivery km on the clock so the 474kW V8 in this road-going V8 Supercar hasn’t even lit its tyres in anger. This example has a low build number, a numbered car cover, black sunroof and vitally, a blank log book. The winning bidder received, thrown in, an unrestored FX Holden once owned by Dick Johnson.

1974 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR MK3

$40,000

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THESE POMMY luxo 2+2 sportsters were hideously expensive and hideously unreliable. As a child I recall standing at the side of the road while our family Interceptor coughed up its innards…. And not just once. But they look the business and have massive road presence. That fishbowl rear window, long bonnet and plenty of urge from its 7.2-litre V8 donk. Magic. This Aussie-delivered Mk 3 has been with the one owner since 1984, has undergone a recent freshen up and comes with workshop logbooks.

1975 HOLDEN TORANA SLR/5000

$95,000

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THE FIRST V8 Torana got hearts racing in 1974 and gave Peter Brock his first touring car title. This genuine 1975 LH model, with original matching numbers and original interior stands out for sporting an auto transmission bolted to the 308 V8. It wears period Aunger ‘hotwire’ wheels and Holden L34 flare kit and has just 19,500 kms on the odometer.

1971 PORSCHE 911 S 2.2

$148,000

RM SOTHEBY’S PARIS 2018

OF ALL the early 911 Porsches to have, this is it, – the 2.2-litre 911S. With 180hp and a top speed of 230km/h. This one needs a full resto, but the basics are there. It was part of a large Italian collection and was sitting dormant in a shed for many years. A great opportunity to bring one of Porsche’s finest back to life.

SHANNONS SYDNEY

Est $200-$250,000

March 12, 2018

1977 HOLDEN LX TORANA A9X HATCHBACK

WHO WOULDN’T want this in their shed? Arguably Holden’s most desirable muscle car, Brocky and Jim Richards drove a Torana A9X to win the 1979 Bathurst 1000 by six laps, the greatest margin ever. PB also nailed the lap record on the final lap.

Only 100 A9X hatchbacks were made and this Jasmine Yellow hatch was built in November 1977. In unmolested condition and with 94,184km, it has had the one owner for the past 27 years and has original service book and owner’s manual, plus a letter of authentication from GM-H.

1948 TUCKER FASTBACK SEDAN #48

$2.3M

SOTHEBY’S AUCTIONS ARIZONA

THERE’S RARE and there’s rare. And this is the latter. The Tucker Car Company, established by Preston Tucker lasted just over a year (1947-48) and only built 51 cars. Imagine snapping up Tucker #48 that was the personal transport of old Preston himself. Priceless. Before Tucker got behind the wheel, this one was used for high-speed testing and chassis development at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

966 SHELBY 427 COBRA ‘SEMI COMPETITION’

$3.76M

SOTHEBY’S AUCTIONS ARIZONA

THE SHELBY Cobra was designed to be driven hard and fast. While most were, some like chassis #CSX 3040 led a quieter life. That was before West Aussie Peter Briggs got his hands on it in 1980 and displayed it in his WA museum. He gave it a gallop in the 1992 Targa Tasmania and it appeared in Motor in 1992 and Wheels in 1996. It was sold in 2001, went stateside and underwent a resto. It’s described as one of the best in the world today.

1987 PORSCHE 959 KOMFORT

$1.48M

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THE TWIN-turbo 959 was the world’s fastest street-legal and most technically advanced production car with a top speed of 317km/h. The Porsche 959 started life as a rally car before the road going version was commissioned and this superb example has only travelled 14,300km since new. Before being legalised for American roads it spent time in Japan (again barely driven), and was sold with books, tools and service manual.

1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL ROADSTER

$1.38M

SOTHEBY’S AUCTIONS ARIZONA

CLASSIC BENZ ragtops like the 300 SL Roadster are sexy and sought after and available for a fraction of a gullwing price, which shares the same engine. This example is one of 544 produced in 1957 and has undergone a body-off nut and bolt resto. It is finished in the signature Benz combo of silver coachwork, red leather interior, knockoff chrome wheels and a black softop. It even came with tailored luggage.