AUCTION ACTION

WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH

WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

MITSUBISHI CORDIA TURBO

Let’s start with a bit of trivia. The Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo was the weapon of choice for the first celebrity race at the first Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide in 1985. Manufactured between 1982 and 1990, the front drive 1.8-litre turbo four, effectively the Starion’s little brother was a bit of fun to chuck around thanks to its light weight and relatively high output of 101 kilowatts. The Cordia Turbo didn’t suffer gulfs of turbo lag, and its boost gauge jumped at the slightest prod of the throttle. It featured MacPherson strut front and beam rear suspension and disc brakes. These days the Cordia Turbo is hard to find and has a cult following, both essential ingredients for future escalating prices. They are well worth the hunt.

1990 MAZDA RX-7 SP COUPE

$112,000

LOT 69 SHANNONS SYDNEY

DESIRABLE JAPANESE ‘poster’ cars from the 1980s and 90s are getting loads of attention and attracting serious wedge. And there is no more desirable Mazda from that era than the RX7 SP coupe. A homologation special, it’s one of two built in black by Mazda Oz and now the only one in existence. It is fully optioned and features a carbon fuel tank and Bose sound system. Rare, desirable and fast, the perfect weekend road rocket. Hardly surprising it rocketed past its estimate of $80-$90k in no time.

1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1

$173,000

LOT 62 SHANNONS SYDNEY

THIS SERIES 1 3.8-litre E-Type, completed in May 1962 started life as a left hooker and was first sold in New York. It was shipped to Australia in the late 1980s and held by the one owner until 2014, when it joined the renowned Ian Cummins collection, whose estate is now selling it. It has been professionally converted to right-hand drive and still presents well, with new wire wheels fitted in December 2015. It was offered with an original handbook and copy of the Heritage Trust Certificate.

1972 CHRYSLER VALIANT XL CHARGER 265

$27,000

LOT 44 SHANNONS SYDNEY

THIS UNRESTORED but mechanically refurbished ‘survivor’ VH XL Charger 265 surprised many when it was offered for sale with no reserve and sold for less than its pre-sale estimate of $28-$32k.

It rolled out of the Adelaide plant with a 245 and column auto. The current owner installed a 265-hemi and a three-speed manual gearbox. The body is in good nick and largely rust-free and the interior retains its six-seat configuration.

FERRARI 246

1971 DINO GT COUPE

$600,000+

LOT 71 SHANNONS, SYDNEY

I GO WEAK at the knees everytime I see or hear one of these beauties. It’s one of my favourite Fezzas. This Rosso Chiaro with Nero interior example is one of 235 originally supplied to the UK. It has undergone a bare metal body resto and full mechanical refurbishment and has been with the one fastidious owner for 18 years, travelling a mere 73,000 miles.

1977 TORANA A9X HATCH

$275,000

LOT 70 SHANNONS, SYDNEY

THE ULTRA desirable, Bathurst conquering Torana A9X is arguably the finest muscle car to wear the Lion badge. Only 100 hatchbacks were made so it was no surprise that bidding was fast and furious for this superb example finished in signature Jasmine Yellow with black trim.

1970 HOLDEN MONARO GTS

BURNS & CO April 12-15, 2018

If, like me, you've always wanted to own a Monaro, then make a beeline for Echuca and Deniliquin April 12-15 for a shot at a very rare one indeed. This orignal 1970 GTS has travelled a mere 320 miles since it rolled off the General's production line in 1970.

Finished in white it's one of many significant iron lions from the private collection of D'Alberto Motors following the sale of their Holden dealership. It and another 2000 lots are going under the hammer unreserved.

1951 HOLDEN 48/215

$47,500

LOT 18 SHANNONS MELBOURNE

A HOLDEN fit for a princess. Built in 1951 it’s one of six prepped for a royal tour of South Australia that was cancelled. Sold to Gordon Higgins (no relation) in 1953, it was displayed in a museum and sold to its current owner who has given it a loving once over and respray. It has now travelled 57,000 miles and sold with the original owner’s manual and 1952 Royal Tour booklet, plus several photos of the restoration, workshop and parts manuals.

LAMBORGHINI

1974 COUNTACH LP400 PERISCOPO

$1.0M

LOT 366 BONHAMS PARIS

THE COUNTACH was the star of the 1971 Geneva Motorshow. The aluminium-body sported vertically-opening doors, rear-mounted engine a space-age cockpit and minimal rear visibility. The Muira-style V12-engine runs north-south with the gearbox in front of it between the seats. Top speed is 170mph.This extremely rare two-owner LP400 ‘Periscopio’ is one of 157 built between 1974 and 1977.

1967 FALCON XY GT TRIBUTE

$75,000

LOT 27 LLOYDS AUCTIONS

With the price of genuine GT Falcons of XY and XW designations off the clock, tribute versions have become a popular alternative. Recently these tributes are starting to mimick the real ones, growing in stature and price as a pair of desirable Henrys proved. Bidding was strong for this superbly built Vermillion Fire XY with 82,000km on the clock while a 1969 XW GT-HO tribute fetched a sizeable $73,000.

1973 FORD FALCON XA GT SEDAN

$66,000

LOT 76 SHANNONS MELBOURNE

THE CURVACEOUS XA was a dramatic change from the square-rigger XR-XY models. It can claim to be first true ‘Australian’ Falcon. The garden variety GT became top dog when the XA GT-HO got the khyber. The XA lifted Falcon refinement levels and the GT is now starting to command serious interest and serious coin. Like this original example they’re still a bargain compared to previous GTs and good buying at this price.