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JAGUAR XJ-S

This big cat roamed the world from 1975 to 1996.

A grand tourer, over 115,413 were produced in its 21-year life.

The XJ-S arrived in 1976 with some manuals, but the majority were autos.

The XJ-S featured air-con, leather and timber trim and some say electrical gremlins were also standard.

Under the long bonnet was a 220kW V-12 engine and in 1983 a Cabriolet arrived. Driven by John Goss the XJ-S won Bathurst 1985. Unleaded fuel blunted it with 0-100km/h taking an agonising 8.5 seconds.

The XJ-S slipped as low as $2000, but prices are on the up with a 1989 convertible recently fetching $44,000. The best advice is contact your local Jag car club or specialist.

1974 FORD XB FALCON GT SEDAN

IN UNIQUE CARS 417 I had the XB GT four-door as one of my favourite three Aussie cars. The closing chapter of Ford’s Falcon GT history, this one has the 351ci, 4-speed manual combo and is one of seven finished in mushroom beige. It remains almost as delivered and has been well maintained over the years, with the engine reconditioned in 1982, as well as a repaint. The interior is in remarkably original nick. It was offered with delivery books, history file and a letter of verification from Ford Australia.

$78,000 SHANNONS, LOT 54

2014 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT

slod $127,000 SILVERSTONE, LOT 509

FROM THE private collection of Sir Elton John comes this stunning black beauty. It has over three A4 pages of options so it would have cost him a gold record or two when new. It has travelled just over 21,000 miles and features diamond quilted leather seats, embroidered winged ‘B’ headrest emblems, drilled alloy pedals, a knurled sports gear lever, and a jewel fuel filler cap. Sir Elton took delivery in June 2014 and passed it on to his husband, David Furnish in April 2015. Owner's books and service history accompany it.

1968 HONDA S800 ROADSTER

Sold $29,000 SHANNONS, LOT 20

THESE EARLY sporty Hondas pop up once in a blue moon. They are about as heavy as a paper clip and not much bigger. The powertrain features many lessons learnt from Honda’s motorcycle racing. The engine has an alloy block and head, twin overhead cams and is fuelled by four tiny carburettors. The current owner has had it for 37 years. With 73,968 miles showing it has been dwelling in a garage since 1994. It is an original and unmolested example of a rare, pioneering Honda sportscar.

1966 BATMOBILE

slod $302,000 MECUM, LOT S142

LONG AFTER being flung on the batheap, up pops a genuine Batmobile. Its one of five known promotional Batmobiles created by the Barris Group. It had a frame off resto in 1996 and in its day was driven by Adam West, (aka Batman) in promos. It was a star of the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair and Ford’s 100th anniversary and appeared on the History Channel’s Top 10 Movie Cars.

1981 FORD FALCON XD 5.8 POLICE

sold $44,000 SHANNONS, LOT 51

BUILT IN Broadmeadows and bound for Hong Kong. It’ll be hard to stretch the GL's 351ci legs and use its fourspeed manual box or slippery diff on the streets of Kowloon, but it will turn heads. Nicknamed “The Ghost”, the unmarked highway patrol car roamed the Hume Highway between Benalla and Broadford driven by a Superintendent Jack.

1970 HOLDEN TORANA LC GTR XU-1

SHANNONS Spring Classic Auction September 17, 2018

One the black

THIS PLUM Dinger LC Torana GTR XU-1 is a real humdinger and one of the first group of XU-1s made at Holden’s Elizabeth SA plant. It was built for Adelaide United Motors dealer Vin Kean, an original backer of the Holden Dealer Team. Holden marketing boss John Bagshaw ensured Kean got one of the very first XU-1s built, in June 1970. Its full history is known from day one and it comes with its books and ownership paperwork, as well as a file of photos and receipts. Inside it's original and in remarkable condition for a 48-year-old car. It is a rare car with provenance and history and is guaranteed to escalate in value. Queue up now to have a crack at securing some Aussie motoring royalty being offered with no reserve.

1974 HOLDEN LH TORANA SL-R 5000 L34

Sold! $90,000 SHANNONS, LOT 55

REPLACING THE GTR XU-1 as its official Bathurst racer the 308ci V8 L34 Torana was a homologation special based on the SL-R5000. Only 263 L34s were made, this one at the GM Dandenong plant and sold for $6609. Originally painted Chrome Yellow, the engine isn’t original and it sports many period mods. Repainted white, it is still a solid example of a rare Aussie muscle car.

1973 FORD XA FALCON SUPERBIRD

Sold! $86,000 SHANNONS, LOT 52

WE HAD to wait 13 years for this homegrown XA Falcon that was a massive design departure from the previous boxy XR-XYs. Offered for sale by its original owner and one of 59 finished in lime glaze with black interior. Its original 302ci V8 was stroked to 351ci during a 1990s resto, along with a colour and appearance change and to a GT. It retains its four speed manual gearbox and factory louvres. With no reserve and 90,380 miles showing, bidding was strong.

1953 HOLDEN FJ UTE

Sold! $32,000 SHANNONS, LOT 10

HOLDEN’S RESPONSE to Ford’s ute launched 19 years earlier. Offered with no reserve, it has been refurbished and well maintained by its current owner. Since new just 91,452 miles have been travelled. It was repainted in December 2016 and over $3000 spent on it in February 2017, rebuilding the steering column, overhauling the brakes, along with sundry minor items. To show its reliability, the FJ ute was driven from Orange to Sydney for the auction.

1960 JAGUAR MARK II 3.8 SALOON MANUAL

Sold! $38,000 SHANNONS, LOT 40

REMEMBER THE Mk II Jag being slid around the streets of London at odd angles chasing villians in the Sweeney? This model also gave Bob Jane two Aussie touring car titles. Jaguar guru Ian Cummins once owned and restored this beauty, fitting the manual gearbox. This MkII has been superbly maintained, its engine having travelled 12,000 miles since a rebuild in 2002. It was sold with the original owner’s handbook.