AUCTION ACTION

WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH

PORSCHE 928 1978-1995 In the late 70s Porsche's board was preparing to ditch the 911 in favour of a front engine V8 sportster. Common sense prevailed and the 911 remained, but in 1978 the 928 launched, distinguished by its long bonnet, large glasshouse and pop up headlights. Our first taste had a 4.5 litre V8, then in 1980 displacement increased to 4.7-litres with the 'S'. Also new were front and rear spoilers. In 1986 capacity grew to fivelitres and 288 horsepower on unleaded fuel and in 1987 came the S4 with 320 horsepower. The Big Kahuna was the 5.4-litre 928GTS, with larger wheels, tyres, brakes, spoilers and flared rear guards. Most sold here were autos but a few manuals snuck in. Prices have been creeping up and up in recent years. Contact your local Porsche club for advice if you’re in

1974 HOLDEN LH TORANA SLR/5000

$115,000 SHANNONS, LOT 73

WHEN AUSTRALIAN CAR design guru Paul Beranger was working for the General he ordered this Torana SL/R 5000, the first in Tuxedo black and took delivery days before his wedding. With the nuptials done Mr and Mrs B blasted up to Queensland for their honeymoon and knowing PB, he probably snuck in a visit to a race meeting somewhere along the way. Anyhow, it’s been with the current vendor for 43 years who bought it from Beranger in May 1975. It got a respray 25 years ago and an engine rebuild by Bruce Hindaugh about 45,000km ago, with plenty of L34 bits. With Beranger’s name and one other in the owner’s manual, no surprise it nailed such a good price after being offered unreserved.

1971 FORD XY FALCON GT

$110,000 SHANNONS, LOT 74

THE FACTORY GT-HO racers were painted in the hero hue of Vermillion Fire, like this XY-GT. It’s 1 of 22 built to this spec and apart from the HO, the most collectible Ford muscle car to come out of Broadmeadows. It has recently been given a mechanical once-over and its original radio was popped back in the dash. It has a GT-HO front spoiler, GT-HO rear brakes and a 36-gallon tank, so it’s not totally original today but still a damn fine example of this sought after Falcon. Importantly it has a report verifying its original identity.

1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE

$6000 SHANNONS, LOT 5

WHO’D HAVE thought the bargain buy of the auction would wear such a revered badge? The S-Class Benz was the limo of the litter and you can imagine a corprorate highflyer sitting in th back plotting his next takeover.The W140 was considered the last of the 'over-engineered' models and featured double glazing, power-assisted door closers and power assisted boot closer (I always thought the hotel concierges did it). Rear parking wands rose from the rear guards like the antenna from the head of Uncle Martin in the TV show My Favourite Martian.

1960 PORSCHE ROADSTER 356B

est $250-300k SHANNONS, LOT 66

THE 356B put Porsche on the map. A rear-mount boxer-style motor continues in the 911 today. Launched at the Frankfurt motorshow in 1959, the 356B had a 1600cc engine and chassis tweaks to reduce oversteer. This one, from a prominent Porsche collector, had a recent full resto and was presented in rare stone grey paintwork, green soft top and trim and two - tone green dash

1964 FALCON FUTURA COUPE 260 V8

$36,500 SHANNONS, LOT 22

THE MUSTANG'S launch in 1964 meant nobody noticed this Ford. However the pony car was based on the 1963-65 US Falcon Sprint. With a 260ci V8 and two-speed auto it could haul the mail. Since its arrival here two years ago it has had minor work done. Its original fixtures and fittings are there along with some books. Bloody cheap, fast and an eye-catcher I reckon.

1972 FORD FALCON PHASE IV GT-HO

QUEENSLAND October 20, 2018

This one will attract huge interest – claiming to be one of four Phase IV Falcon GT-HOs known to exist. Three are former race-prepped cars and the other a road car. Ford, like Chrysler with the hi-po 340-powered Chargers aimed at Bathurst, was spooked by the road-going race car scare of 1972, ignited by a front page tabloid newspaper article, decrying the appearance of ‘160mph Super Cars’ on our roads. The GT-HO program was shut down, helping to make this a very rare and desirable local classic. Expect to see a big number on this.

1970 HOLDEN GTR XU1 LC TORANA

$115,000 SHANNONS, LOT 75

ON THE BLOCK last month, into new owner's hands now. This LC GTR XU-1 was one of the first made at Holden’s Elizabeth (SA) plant. It’s owner, prominent Holden dealer Vin Kean, who with Peter Brock masterminded and backed HDT Special Vehicles. Offered with no reserve and with an estimate of $130-$140k the Plum Dinger Torana GTR XU-1 attracted a barrage of bidders all eager to secure such a gem. It went with books and ownership paperwork, and a file of photos. and receipts.

1980 HDT COMMODORE VC BROCK

$79,000 BURNS & CO MUNDAY, LOT 30

SLOWLY BUT SURELY we’re starting to see these cars properly appreciated both as early Commodores and the start of the whole Brock, HDT and HSV phenomenon. While later HSVs tend to be a little undervalued, prices for these early cars are firming. This example was in pretty good nick and seemed ready to roll. Part of the Phil Munday collection it scored plenty of interest and with just over 78,000km showing, we suspect it was good buying.

1974 JAGUAR SERIES III E-TYPE ROADSTER

$355,130 BONHAMS GOODWOOD, LOT 220

A RARE FELINE went under the hammer at Goodwood, the scene of so much racing success for the model. This E-Type is number 14 of the final 50 V12 roadsters made and one of only 19 with a manual gearbox. Equally impressive is that it has only travelled 40,000kms since new by its two owners, the present one having had it since 1977. It was sold in outstandingly original condition.

1960 ASTON DB4 TO MARTIN GT SPEC

$1.023m BONHAMS GOODWOOD, LOT 250

ASTON MARTIN reckoned it was on a winner with the DB4 and developed a lightweight competition version, the GT. With a top speed of almost 250km/h and a 0-160km/h-0 time of under 20seconds, it was impressive. This stunning recreation started life as a Series 2 DB4, was barnfound and underwent a no-expense-spared resto. While most genuine DB4 GTs are locked in museums, it's still a lot of money for a tribute car.