WHAT’S MOVING AND SHAKING
Look at the Ford Torino and it’s easy to see it was the inspiration for the XA-XB Falcon hardtop, especially from the rear. The Torino badge extends to wagons and sedans across 14 models, but forget all bar the two door, in GT or Cobra guises.
The GT was offered with a five-litre 302ci V8, the Cobra getting a 351 and a four-speed manual with Hurst shifter, sports suspension and blacked out grille. Morley covers the Torino in this issue – it’s an American ‘70s muscle car with loads of cred for a fraction of the price of its Aussie
RM SOTHEBY’S, LOT 134
BUILT BY Plymouth to crush all other factory muscle cars, the Hemi ‘Cuda was well specced with bucket seats, woodgrain console, a Rallye instrument cluster and Music Master AM radio. Outside were bonnet pins, drip rail and body sill mouldings, rear deck spoiler and chrome exhaust tips.
This is one of just 284 Hemi four-speeds built in 1970 and has travelled a genuine 19,850 miles. It’s an original example of one of the best Yankee muscle cars made.
RM SOTHEBY’S, LOT 259
ANY CAR with the bragging rights of ‘Hercules built it’, has got my attention. The Packard Woodie wagon bodies originally came from Cantrell of Huntington from 1937, but production switched to Hercules in 1941. This one, sold new by Stahl Motor Co, Monterey, California, has been totally restored with the exterior wood refinished and varnished. There’s fresh maroon leather trim on the three rows of seats and the wood-grain dash has been restored bringing the entire car to concours condition. Being the Deluxe it has a heater and turn indicators, plus a push button radio.
$173,604 RM SOTHEBY’S, LOT 139
WHEN I SEE a Sunbeam Tiger I think of Maxwell Smart and all those doors at the start of the TV show Get Smart. I bet you do too. This is one of 27 in Balmoral Grey and in 2007 underwent a factory correct nut and bolt restoration.
It retains its original steering wheel, gear lever and Radiomobile 1070 radio and it sold with a factory hard top as well as the soft top. While Agent 86 put up with a four banger, this one has a 260ci Ford V8 in its snout. As Smart would say, "Good thinking, 99".
IT PAYS TO shop online, especially when you come across a bargain like this, claimed to be an original and genuine K-code Yellow Fire Falcon XA GS sedan with just 48,131 miles on the clock.
Built in March 1972 with a 351 V8-auto transmission combo, it can be enjoyed now as you do a rolling resto or take it off the road and get stuck in.
RM SOTHEBY’S, ARIZONA
TUCKER – FAMOUS for its short spectacular life and resurrection on the silver screen. Only 51 Tucker’s were ever built. This one, numbered 1040, was sold at the factory bankruptcy auction in October 1950. It was one of 25 cars sold, of which just eight, including 1040, had been completed.
In 1985 it was given a complete resto by Tucker guru Russ Brownell.
2018 SHANNONS SYDNEYAUTUMN AUCTION ESTIMATE: $100-120,000 LOT62, 4 March 2019
NUMBER 276 of just 500 Evolution II cars, this well-documented BMW M3 started life in the UK and is one of a handful to be professionally converted to right-hand drive. Finished in Misano Red this example comes with its original books and history file. It has been regularly serviced to 100,000 miles and sold to its previous owner in 2000. Since 2006 the car travelled negligible miles spending eight years stored in a climate-controlled Carcoon.
Its current owner, a car collector, bought the car at auction in September 2016 and shipped it from the UK to Hong Kong and more recently to Sydney.
BONHAMS SCOTTSDALE, LOT 66
FAMOUS FOR ITS role in the The Italian Job, gliding through the alps to Matt Munro’s “On Days Like These”, this one-owner since 1973 SV has travelled 18,300 miles and is one of just 13 made with a split sump. It’s just one of the SV 142 production run. Factory records show its test drive on the Tangenziale motorway in Northern Sant’Agata was in very foggy weather on February 28, 1972. It passed in at auction and its sale price is an eye-watering $2.4-$3 million.
RM SOTHEBY’S, LOT 145
THIS AWARD winning, highly desirable Shelby GT350 is finished in correct Wimbledon white with Guardsman blue stripes.
Over 1300 hours was spent restoring it to its former glory by noted Shelby expert Paul’s Engineering of Ohio. After its resto it went on to win several awards. Beneath the fibreglass Shelby bonnet body the 289 shifts through a T-10 four-speed manual, with the engine, underpinnings, brakes and suspension rebuilt.
BEING A proud Monaro owner I want to see the prices going up, but regardless of my feelings towards the Aussie coupe, the market decides. Built at the end of 2005 in the twilight of Monaro production, this Z has travelled 174,588 kilometres and I bet every one of them put a smile on the driver’s face..
RM SOTHEBY’S, LOT 141
IN A MOMENT of seriousness, Jeremy Clarkson called the Lexus LFA the best car in the world. And this one is like new with 54 miles on the clock. The 50-only Nurburgring Pack, celebrates the LFA’s three-peat win in the Nurburgring 24-hour race. Some racecar features crept their way onto the road car for a track-focused attitude. Its 4.8-litre V10 bangs out an attention grabbing 562hp.