AUCTION ACTION

WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH

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WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

TOYOTA MR2 GEN-2 If a mid-engine coupe for under $35k grabs your interest, check out the second-generation Toyota MR2. Looking totally different from its predecessor and dubbed a poor man’s Ferrari due to its borrowed styling cues, the gen-two Mister 2 was bigger, more powerful and an allround better jigger. The handling was a key focus with Toyota enlisting the advice of Dan Gurney of F1, NASCAR, and Le Mans fame. Shannons auctions recently sold one for $31,000, showing there’s keen interest and a strong following for this model.

1981 FORD XD FAIRMONT ESP

Sold

$46,000

SHANNONS, LOT 79

THIS IS THE Falcon that buried the Commodore. Launched six months after the VB Commodore the fullsize Falcon XD proved a hit with buyers and the same happened at the auction. Eager bidders vied for this three-owner, six-cylinder ESP with its 15-inch Globe alloys, unique colour, Bilstein shocks, stiffer springs, bigger anti-roll bars and a quicker steering ratio. This rare bird has been with the vendor for the past 12 years and since its repainting it hasn’t been driven. It was sold with its original service books and documents.

1966 SHELBY REPLICA COBRA

Sold

$56,809

GRAYSONLINE

THERE IS no other car like the Shelby Cobra. Fast, powerful and guaranteed to get your attention with the slightest graze of the loud pedal. This one even more so with a stroked 420 V8 bolted to a T-10 manual. Finished in a stunning deep blue with a black interior this land missile has travelled a mere 25,467 miles. Part of its life has been competing in tarmac rally events including outings in the Targa Tasmania and the Geelong Speed Trials both of which I am certain Mr Shelby would approve of.

2005 HOLDEN CV8-Z MONARO

Sold

$67,000 SHANNONS, LOT 45

RIGHTO, I’LL stop plugging the virutes of Holden's CV8 Monaro after this one, which is one of the last of the breed. This clean-as-a whistle one-owner, manual CV8-Z with 17,286 km on it from new, was sold with a full history, including all purchase documentation and service books. It was deliverd new in Nowra NSW in September 2005 and forms part of an extensive collection. 0As evidenced by its kilometres, it has only been driven sparingly and no modifications or accessories have been fitted.

1970 MAZDA FAMILIA R100 COUPE

Sold

$91,709 GRAYSONLINE

THIS IS where the whole rotary story started at Mazda with the R100 selling locally for similar coin to a Valiant Pacer. This is a rather exceptional find having travelled just 82,584 in in 49 years according to the odometer and it has a manual gearbox. Importantly it comes with an owner's manual, service history and appears to be complete and original.

1965 ALFA GIULIA ROMEO SPRINT GT

Sold

$70,000 SHANNONS, LOT 61

DESIRABLE ‘STEPNOSE’ Alfa that has been with the one owner for the past 16 years, travelling just 7000 miles. Early this century the Alfa underwent a rebuild having already received the Veloce parts including glass, interior and running gear. It was stripped back to bare metal and repainted in 2017/2018, getting a myriad of new components, giving it an as-new appearance.

On the block

1979

ESSEN AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $103-$111,000 LOT62, 11-12 April 2019

MERCEDES-BENZ 500 TE AMG

LONG BEFORE it became the official one-stop hot-up shop for Benz, AMG was throwing all manner of go-fast goodies at all things with a three-pointed star. An example is this this once-innocent W123 family hauler that now sports a ballistic 5-litre V8 along with a wicked body kit, fat tyres, a lowered stance and cream leather upholstery to contrast with the black exterior. As subtle as a punch in the head, this blunt nose beauty is designed to cover vast distances quickly while comfortably carting up to seven. It has recently been given a nip and tuck and also starred in America’s Top Gear program.

1981 PORSCHE 911 SC COUPE

Sold $60,000 SHANNONS, LOT 60

AIR COOLED Porsches have been going off the sensibility scale recently with huge sums of money being exchanged, so there was plenty of interest in this two-owner 911 SC. Arguably the last of the ‘classic’ Porsches the SC was built between 1978 and 1983. This one is complete, but in need of a bit of cosmetic TLC to bring it back to its original condition.

After strong bidding I can’t help but think the winner has walked away with a bargain.

1974 PORSCHE MONTEREY 914 SPYDER

Sold $47,909 GRAYSONLINE

YOU’D BE forgiven for scratching your head and wondering what the hell kind of Porsche this is. It’s a Monterey Spyder, one of just 109 made and the only one on these shores. Mid engined with a Targa top it has a 2-litre supercharged engine driving the rear wheels through a five-speed gearbox. Uncommon in the extreme, this one has undergone a full resto and was snapped up for an excellent price by what I suspect is a wily investor.

1957 MK JAGUAR 1

Sold $35,000 SHANNONS, LOT 10

THE MK 1 Jag combined lashings of leather and wood with a sprinkling of sportiness. Its 3.4-litre engine being a de-stroked version of that found in the iconic D-Type. This one has undergone a $70k resto and been in the same hands for the past 13 years. The chrome accoutrements and paintwork are generally sound and it has only travelled 2000 miles in the past 13 years.

2009 HSV W427

Sold $98,000 SHANNONS, LOT 61

THE RESULT achieved by this W427 suggests the market is still strong for Aussie classics.This one-owner W427, built to celebrate HSV’s 30th anniversary was, at the time, Australia’s most powerful and still most expensive, locally made car with a sticker price of $155,500. This W427 wears build number 110 and has travelled 55,925 kms.