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In 1974 Alfa Romeo introduced the Giugiaro designed Alfetta. It arrived in both sedan and coupe form, but we'll stick with the coupe. Initially powered by a 2.0-litre four, it later got a 2.5 V6 shoehorned under the bonnet. For 50/50 weight distribution its gearbox and clutch was with the differential and rear Di Dion tube suspension. Up front was double wishbones. The tacho, fuel, water and oil pressure gauges lived in a central cluster with the speedo in front of the driver. They had rust and body issues early on and their electronics were a source of annoyance and amazement at the same time. Considerably cheaper these days than a 105 GTV, prices won’t stay low forever. The GTV won the 1987 Australian Rally Championship and was a Bathurst regular.
$975,000 RM SOTHEBY'S, LOT 924
CURRENT FORCE India F1 boss Otmar Szafnauer was in charge of Henry's motorsport division in the mid 90s and gave the go ahead for the Mustang racing program. Ford engaged Roush to build a number of these Cobra TransAms and this one is believed to have been driven by three-time champ Tommy Kendall, who also drove for Dick Johnson at Bathurst one year. This example was raced by privateer Michael Dingman in 1992 and 1993 and has been garaged since 1999.
$14,300 MECUM, LOT F44
WHILE AUSSIE iron is going through the roof setting record prices, American muscle cars, like this rare AMC Javelin can be picked up for a pittance. With a 360ci bolted to an auto trans under its long bonnet, I couldn’t imagine it’d be a slouch, but if it is the orange paintwork makes it look fast. This one has been freshened up with a new interior, exhaust and brakes and sports Mark Donohue spoilers and stripes that pay homage to the AMC’s successful duties in TransAm in the 70s.
$140,000 RM SOTHEBY'S, Lot 909
LITTLE KNOWN fact is the 1961 Lincoln started out as a Thunderbird concept. Ford styling vice-president George Walker had chief stylist Elwood Engel round up a team and told his stylists, “I want a clean car – no garbage.”A clean car is what he got, created around a Thunderbird cowl. Robert McNamara, then Ford president, suggested it become a fourdoor Lincoln Continental. It went into production in November 1960. This superb example has covered 1400kms since it underwent a full resto.
Sold! $162,000 LLOYDS, LOT 335
RACE CARS were once shuffled about on trailers, often hired from the local servo. Allan Moffat was no exception with his Ford Mustang TransAm towed behind this beaut ute. Like Moff’s Mustang this ute is a rare beast with a 351, four-speed, nine-inch diff combo. Painted in Vermillion Fire it had 94,148 miles showing. What we don’t know is if the great man ever had a pedal in it.
Sold! $182,000 RM SOTHEBY'S, LOT 923
THE LAST Porsche 356 with a Type 6 body was designated 356 C. It had new steering and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle suspension. Four-wheel discs and a 12-volt electrical system became available. This one has the lower-spec 55Kw 1,600-cc engine. This gem has only travelled 100,000km since new.
July 16, 2018
JUST BEFORE this issue goes on sale Shannons Auctions is offering a trio of the 100 Australian-delivered Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 Coupes, all unreserved. Finished in Jet Silver, with build number 22, this example's original owner is listed as Gibson Motorsport. Built in May 1991 it has only travelled 82,791 km and is in excellent, original condition and standard specification. Rare, desirable and still wickedly fast the GT-R R32s are highly prized. Wonder if Richo or Skaifey fanged this one to the shops and back on the lunch run near Nissan Motorsport HQ?
sold! $92,690 RM SOTHEBY'S, LOT 389
“BLUE BOY” was built for collector Jack Boxstrom, its prized feature being the Ardun V-8 engine with lakes-pipe headers. Another collector bought it and removed the engine before on-selling it with a flathead V8. Boxstrom bought it again... then sold it again. Then another previous owner bought it back and like in a fairytale he reunited the chassis with the Ardun engine.
passed in $9500 MECUM, LOT F4
WE SHOWED the Yanks our Aussie muscle with the Monaro, which was exported stateside after it copped a set of Pontiac GTO badges. Given rocketing Monaro prices here, this is a cheap way of acquiring one. In its snout is the 5.7 V8, bolted to a six-speed manual. This one-owner 2004 car has been tweaked with a Magnaflow exhaust, HSV intake and has all original docs. If Border Security lets it home, it’s excellent buying.
sold! $1.9M BONHAMS, LOT 139
NOT EVEN James Bond got his mits on a convertible Aston… ever. American F5000 racer Mike Goth, a Tasman Series regular here, bought this beauty in the early 70s. After fanging about New York State in it he sold is to its second and only other owner in December 1971. It’s one of the 123 made of which 39 were left-hand drive The DB5 was a quantum leap for Aston Martin with a 282hp four-litre six-cylinder engine.
sold! $290,000 BONHAMS, LOT 199
COACHWORK BY Scaglietti and design by Pininfarina, does it get any better? Ferrari’s first 12-cylinder road car is fed by four, threebarrel Weber carbs giving it a 360hp shove. Over the years and its handful of owners its had a light cosmetic and mechanical makeover. The Rosso Corsa paint and Nero leather interior are quintessential Ferrari and this has full history files and owners manual.