AUCTION ACTION

WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH

WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI MKI

The pioneering hot hatch, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, debuted at the 1975 Frankfurt Motorshow. It featured a 15mm lower ride height, black-plastic wheel arch extensions, 5.5Jx13 wheels, a larger front spoiler, a matteblack frame around the rear hatch window, a red grille frame surround and a tartan interior. The production target was set at 5000 units but that figure blew out to 462,000 units. Australian VW importers didn’t bring in the Mk1 GTI, but several were privately imported. These rare Mk 1 pocketrockets are still a hoot to drive and relatively affordable now. But that is changing with prices recently marching upwards so now is the time to buy.

1962 PORSCHE 356B T6 TWIN GRILLE ROADSTER

A BAND OF enthusiastic bidders from Australia and around the world drove the price of this rare Porsche 356B T6 'Twin Grille' Roadster to an Australian auction record for the model. In stunning condition throughout after undergoing a full restoration the price achieved was $100,000 above the pre-auction estimate. The 356 was the car that put Porsche on the map and the price confirms the global market desirability of early model Porsches, especially a model like this of which just 248 were built.

$352,000 SHANNONS, LOT 69

1962 CHRYSLER VALIANT S SERIES

$29,000 SHANNONS, LOT 8

RARELY SEEN on our roads is Chrysler's early Australian Valiant, based on its US counterpart that lobbed here in 1962. Its 225ci slant-six engine blew the Holdens and Fords into the weeds and became an instant success. This restored – from a nonrunning vehicle – and ready to drive is period correct with push-button auto. Given that these early Valiant’s have a strong following this was a bargain.

1976 JAGUAR V12 COUPE XJ-C

$22,000 SHANNONS, LOT 26

WHEN LAUNCHED in the late 60s the XJ Jag was hailed one of the most beautiful sedans of all time. Built in very limited numbers, this coupe is breathtakingly gorgeous. This Australian delivered example is one of few left globally and very rare here. In original and complete condition with its Lucas fuel-injected 5.3-litre V12 engine and auto gearbox it’s ready for a resto to return it to its full glory.

1974 CITROEN D SPECIAL SEDAN

$33,000 SHANNONS, LOT 24

ONE OF the world’s most significant cars, the futuristic D Series Citroen was ahead of its time. It rode superbly thanks to its hydro-pneumatic suspension. Hydraulics also controlled the clutch, transmission, power steering and brakes. So if it failed you were in deep merde. This two-owner beauty that has had a body resto was offered with no reserve.

1972 PORSCHE 2.4 COUPE 911S

$296,255 BONHAMS, LOT 319

A PERFECT celebration of Porsche’s 70th birthday – buying an iconic 70s 911. This 2.4-litre S had a full resto costing $177,000 by a Porsche specialist in the UK. The 911S was the most powerful of the range and was campaigned successfully in racing and rallying around the world. It’s one of just 1430 911S Porsches produced with the 2.4 engine.

1974 HQ SANDMAN PANEL VAN

BURNS & CO September 9, 2018

HERE IS one of the many desirable Holdens of V8 Supercar team owner Phil Munday to be auctioned September 9th in Bayswater, Vic, by Burns and Co. The Sandman was Holden’s first attempt at adding youth appeal to their commercial vehicle range. Didn’t it work a treat with young blokes eagerly handing over their hard earned to get one? How they drove didn’t matter to most – recreational shenanigans in the back earned them the shaggin’ wagon tag. Many featured velour trim, TV, surround sound, waterbeds, curtains, the lot... Huge external murals were common. They gathered at beach car parks and drive ins. So here's the chance to relive your youth – this immaculate Sandman, still with its 70s rego, could be just the ticket.

1971 VH CHARGER E38 R/T BIG TANK

$132,000 SHANNONS, LOT 79

THERE'S NO STOPPING spiralling prices for 70s hero cars like this rare E38 R/T Big Tank. It attracted many bidders eager to secure Aussie muscle royalty. Famous for its Bathurst exploits and catchy ‘Hey Charger’ ad, only 224 Big Tank examples were built, with a Bathurst win in mind. They were a ferociously quick road car – 0-100km/h time of 6.4 secs. It has been partially restored and a replacement engine fitted.

1962 ALFA GIULIA ROMEO SPRINT

$73,575 BONHAMS, LOT 309

ONE OF THE very first and few remaining 1st generation Alfa Romeo Giulia coupes, this example has been with the one family since 1974 and has travelled a mere 500 miles since undergoing a $83,000 restoration between 2005 and 2010. Part of Alfa's small car big performance formula that started with the Giulietta in 1954, it’s finished in a proper Alfa colour, Rosso, topped off with a black interior.

1960 COOPER T53 LOW CLIMAX LINE

$120,000 SHANNONS, LOT 51

THIS IS THE car that Jack drove. Sir Jack Brabham that is. Talk about bragging rights in a convo. It has been with the one owner for 40 years and was sold by Sir Jack to Lex Davison, grandad of V8 drivers Will and Alex, for the final round of the 1962 Tasman Series. After it was sold and split up, the current owner sourced the original 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and all other parts and painstakingly rebuilt and restored it to winning glory.

1990 NISSAN GT-R R32 SKYLINE

$87,000 SHANNONS, LOT 58

ONLY 100 OF these rocketships were imported to Oz – to conquer touring car racing… which they did. Original R32 Godzillas are tightly held and usually change hands privately, making three at one auction unprecedented. Nissan Motorsport originally owned this original Jet Silver example with build #22. It's a rare and special car with unique pedigree and provenance. What a buy.