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In January 1989, the Lexus LS 400 made its global debut. Powered by a 4.0-litre V8 with an electric shifting fourspeed auto it was the symbol of Japanese luxury. It rides on double wishbone, twin shock suspension and was the first car to have an auto rake and reach steering wheel and powered seat belt height adjusters. The interior is filled with a forest of timber and a herd of cattle and for those wishing to waft around in sheer luxury, LS 400 won’t break the bank to buy or run and being a Toyota, it's as dependable and faithful as a Swiss watch.
Passed in $692,000 MECUM, LOT F130.1
IF YOU wanted to own a brand new 1967 Chev Corvette and you weren't around in 1967, here was your chance. It’s hard to believe preserved, original and unrestored vehicles like are still in existance. In its 52 years this 427 V8 Vette has only travelled 2996 miles and all by the original owner. The passenger seat has never been sat in, baggage has never been carried in the rear compartment and its original VIN stamps are still on the engine, transmission, body and chassis. It also has the original window sticker, order copy, warranty
Passed in $8.5M MECUM KISSIMMEE, LOT S113
IF YOU’VE WON the lottery, want exclusivity in a flash set of wheels and want to save the planet, you should have bought this two-door Hybrid by Ferrari. Just 210 were made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Ferrari and this Rosso Corsa coloured example has only whirred a total of 174 miles. In addition to its hybrid motor featuring an F1-inspired kinetic energy recovery system, its top speed of 217 mph is helped through the power generated by its 6.3-litre V-12 engine producing 789 horsepower plus another 161 from its leccy motor.
$36,500 MECUM KISSIMMEE, LOT W77
LONG BEFORE Australia jumped on the sports ute theme the yanks were hard at it and one of the most popular hi-po utes is the Chev El Camino (competing with Ford's Ranchero). In the snout of this one is the 396 V8 (which surprisingly actually displaces 402 cubes– they must have had leftover 396 badges to use up!). The healthy motor nicely backs up its racy red paintwork and red and black bench seat. This one comes with its original build sheet, a copy of the previous title and registration cards from 1980 and 1990 for added provenance.
$26,000 MECUM KISSIMMEE, LOT W5
NO DOUBT soaring Kombi prices will eventually feed through to other VW models like the venerable Karmann Ghia. his ’74 model, sharing much of the basic Beetle's chassis and driveline, is one of the last – with striking orange paintwork and black trim and soft-top, it sports a pushbutton radio and slotted aluminium wheels and chrome bumpers and hubcaps.
$57,800 MECUM KISSIMMEE, LOT G95
THE 67/68 Camaro, popular with muscle car fans, rivals Mustangs of the era. Their racetrack battles in the sixties with tintop heroes like Bob Jane, Norm Beechey, Pete Geoghegan and Allan Moffat were legendary. This superb ’68 Camaro sports a 396 V8 and Muncie 4-speed transmission – popular powertrain options back in the day, the perfect weapon for traffic light drags.
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2019 SHANNONS MELBOURNE SUMMER AUCTION ESTIMATE: $22-28,000 18 February 2019
HARD TO IMAGINE Ford dealers being knocked over in the rush for an XC wagon in this spec. But one petrol head figured out they could buy something out of the box. Sold by John Price Ford in Myrtleford (Vic), this Sno White (same as the Cobra) 1978 Ford Fairmont GS Rally Pack wagon has bonnet scoops, bumper overriders, a sports steering wheel and enhanced instrumentation. GXL alloys are fitted and it has the two-way tailgate. Powering this lot is a 302 V8 and fourslot manual, the perfect combo for lugging the family about in style and with a good deal of mumbo. It is a rare car and comes with a production confirmation letter from Ford.
$57,890 MECUM KISSIMMEE, LOT U76
IN HIS BOOK, Unsafe At Any Speed, Ralph Nader gave a damming assessment of the behaviour of the Corvair’s rear swing axle suspension. And that was on the bog standard car. Imagine how much of a handful this 2.7litre turbocharged critter would be, or how much fun, depending on your view. This one has only travelled 33,307 miles in the past 55 years. They weren’t exactly a stylish thing either but they are rare, especially the Monza Spyder and therefore growing in value
$54,800 MECUM, LOT F1.9
THE MOST iconic of US muscle cars and, to many, the high water mark in design and performance terms, the Mach 1 Mustang's styling cues can still be seen on the latest pony car. This stunner, in Candyapple red has 351 V8 power and underwent a restoration in 2014, travelling 200 miles since. It’s fitted with front and rear spoilers and basically a new interior, new exhaust and it rolls on period correct steel wheels and Goodyear polyglass.tyres.
$194,252 MECUM, LOT S173
HERE COMES the judge. This rare and stylish muscle car is one of 168 open-top Judges built in 1970 and one of 14 with a four-speed manual and aircon! It has only travelled 500 miles since a frame-off resto. Power comes from a matching number Ram Air III 400 V8. It features a bonnet tacho and a Hurst shifter. And it has always been stored in a climatecontrol facility since the resto.
A POSTER car of the 1980s, the Mazda RX 7 adorned many bedroom walls of then young blokes who are now cashed up and ready to buy. So if you want a firstgeneration Mazda RX-7, get in now. Prices are up substantially recently and will continue to rise. The RX-7 was hot property in the 2018 collector market and that's unlikely change this year. This Series 3 was found five years ago with period-correct alloy wheels and a sports exhaust. The hatch has been tinted. Its white paint has been refreshed but the car remains largely untouched and original.