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Simple, cheap, popular was the formula that made the Holden Gemini such a big seller for the General starting in 1975 with the TX. Available as a sedan and coupe it won that year's Wheels COTY. It had a 49kW 1600cc four with a cross-flow head and rear wheel drive as did the following TC, TD, TE, TF and TG models. The TD and subsequent models cornered better thanks to Radial Tuned Suspension. The TE featured new front and rear styling to look like a shrunken Commodore and a panel van and station wagon were added to the range along with a 1.8-litre diesel option. The last of the rear drivers was the TG that included the tarted up ZZ/Z. The last Gemini was the unloved front-drive RB of 1985. It was the least popular model and lasted just over a year.
$1.2M BONHAMS LOT 218
THE ASTON MARTIN DB5 is James Bond's signature car and finding one in such superb condition with known history and one family ownership from new to 2005, is harder than defeating Spectre. It was delivered to its original owner on June 11, 1964. Powered by a 4-litre straight six, fed by triple SU carbs and a four-speed ZF manual gearbox, it sat on spoked wheels wrapped in Dunlop tyres that hid its disc brakes. Only 1021 DB5s were made and this one, in Sierra Blue, spent most of its early life being enjoyed by its owner on the Isle of Man.
2017 FORD GT
MECUM, INDY lot 58
PENNED BY Tasmanian Todd Willing, like its spiritual grandfather, the GT40, this GT has also won LeMans. Although there is no bent eight roaring behind your head, the twin intercooled turbos bolted to its 3.5litre V6 engine gets it to the ton in 3 seconds and on to a top speed of 350km/h. Impressive. Even more impressive is its price escalation from $530,000 when new on a Ford showroom. This silver stunner, No. 48 of 250 made in 2017, has travelled just 11 kilometres.
1996 MERCEDES-BENZ SL 500
SHANNONS, SYDNEY lot 29
HANDS UP those who think you have to spend a fortune to motor about in topless uxury? This beaut looking 1996 SL500 Benz convertible was bought for the price of a Mazda MX5, dispelling that myth. When new it was roughly $300 grand and this V8-powered Benz with the sawn-off roof, was considered the epitome of open air luxo motoring. Full of tech including a world-first pop-up rollbar and powered folding soft top, this Australian delivered car has 98,198km. showing. It's a hell of a car.
1970 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429
SHANNONS, SYDNEY LOT 60
LOVE A BIT of American muscle?
This restored offering is one of the best going. This model was used to homologate the 429 V8 for Nascar and has become one of the most highly regarded, desired and sought-after pony cars. The Boss 429 was hand built at Kar Kraft, the same mob that made Allan Moffatís famous Coca Cola Mustang with just 500 made in in 1970.
1983 HDT VH SS GROUP 3 COMODORE
SHANNONS, SYDNEY LOT 78
HDT-FETTLED Commodores like this VH SS Group 3 Sedan are attracting hefty prices and this one saw keen bidding, being offered with no reserve. It's build number 1013 with just under 95,000 kms from new, unmolested very collectible. It was in storage for many years and sold with its original books, HDT build sheet and purchase receipt.
1968 DODGE CHARGER R/T
June 22, 2018 LOT S68
THE NEMESIS to Mustang-driving Frank Bullit, (played by Steve McQueen)and the other half of the famous car chase in the movie Bullit, was the Charger R/T driven by spectacled stuntman Bill Hickman. Both the movie and the car celebrate their 50th birthday this year. This R/T has had a mechanical makeover including a freshly rebuilt 440/375hp Magnum V8, 727 Torqueflite auto box, 8-inch rear end, front and rear suspension. This California car, with original plates has been driven just 83,000 miles and is perfect for prowling San Francisco streets like a half century earlier.
$120,000 SHANNONS, SYDNEY LOT 68
ONE OF just 27 E46 CSL M3s sold new in Australia, this third-gen M3 was the last of the series with an in-line six. Its 3.2-litres belt out a tyre-smoking 252kW. BMW M3s are appreciating rapidly and sitting at the top of the tree is the CSL with its bigger wheel arches, rear spoiler, and unique bumpers. Underneath lie gas-filled shocks, bigger coil springs and larger anti roll-bars. Desirable and collectible and well worth the price.
$50,000 SHANNONS, SYDNEY LOT 38
WHAT A beauty! Alec Issigonis created the Mini and John Cooper made it lustworthy. They donít come much better than this Australian assembled stunner in signature Connaught Green with a white roof. It lived in a shed from 1996 to 2004 when its present owner invested $30,000 and countless hours giving it a full nut and bolt rotisserie resto. The mechanicals were also totally refurbished, but the seats and door cards are original.
$50,000 PICKLES, GOSFORD LOT 04
ONLY 400 Bolwell Mark VIIs were built making this a rare opportunity to grab a historic and valuable Aussie coupe. Designed by Campbell Bolwell and featuring a fibreglass body with Holden mechanicals this example underwent a full resto 7806kms ago. Most Bolleys sold as kit cars ready for assembly but some were pre-made ready-for-sale. The design inspiration came from E-Type Jaguar and Toyota 2000GT.
$55,250 PICKLES, GOSFORD LOT 046
NO SOONER had we raved about rapidly rising early Datto prices then one pops up. And what a gem, an Australian delivered 240Z with a full resto under its belt, but keeping many features including the original dash and radio. The 240Z was an eye-opener 2.4-litre six and 5-speed manual boxing propelling it to 210km/h and zero to 100km/h in eight seconds. Quick for its time.