The French have a knack for building hot hatches. Crowded cities dictate they have to drive something small and practical, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Peugeot’s 205 GTI is out of reach for many so a good alternative, and bang for less bucks, is a Renault Clio Sport. These feisty pocket rockets already have a staunch following and there's little doubt, like the Pug, prices will gain momentum and move north. Examples from the early 2000s will set you back as little as five grand and you’ll certainly get a gem for under ten for one built before 2010.
THE NEXT best thing to owning a racecar is owning the team showcar right? Used as a promo tool by the Mobil HDT, it's a clone of the VK Commodore, Brock’s first weapon in the Group A era, and it spawned his most famous road car, the Blue Meanie. Authentic in just about every detail, with a bit of work it could even become a track day car. Now that would be something.
$2 MILLION MECUM, LOT S101
THAT’S RIGHT, this wild looking Hemi Challenger R/T convertible would have set you back $2 million Aussie pesos had you been the lucky buyer. It is one of five made in 1970 with a four-speed manual and 410 Super Track Pack. The colour, Plum Crazy Purple proves the selection and naming of car colours back then was far more imaginative than it is today This rare beast has been fully restored with no expense spared and travelled 115 miles since then. This stunner has a 426 ci V8 under its bonnet vents.
IF YOU WANT the famous prancing horse badge on the nose of your car like Seb Vettel has on his, this midengined V8 Mondial represents an affordable entrée into this exclusive club. This Australian-delivered classic red with beige interior combo shows 20,629 on the clock and was sold with an owner’s manual and importantly a service history. It needs a little TLC to make it pristine once more, but what a lovely way to while away a Saturday in the shed before going for a fang.
HONDA’S FIRST supercar, the NSX, was partly developed by Ayrton Senna and sought-after when launched. Imagine stumbling across one with just 187 miles on it? The original owner has over 40 cars all in a climate-controlled facility and all with fewer than 500 miles on them. The Brooklands Green NSX is one of 34 in this colour.
BRINGING VERY solid money at auction was this Australian delivered 1966 220SE coupe. With a 2.2-litre straight six behind its chrome and three pointed star grille, this majestic coupe has floor-mounted gearlever for the manual transmission which makes it quite rare. It's a bit of a novelty to see a Benz with three pedals.
SHANNONS MELBOURNE AUTUMN CLASSIC AUCTION ESTIMATE: $80-100,000 LOT 78, 29 April 2019
STRIKE ME PINK, an LJ Torana GTR XU-1 offered with no reserve! When Peter Brock and his LJ Torana GTR XU-1 beat the mighty Phase III GT-HO of Allan Moffat et al at Bathurst, he wrote this giant-killer into motoring folklore. Stored for 24 years until 2017, it is one of the first LJ XU-1s made. In 1976 it had a CAMS logbook and was lightened and raced in WA as a sports sedan. When the vendor purchased it he returned it largely to production spec, except for the race spec 202ci engine. The Strike Me Pink paintwork was refreshed several years ago.
THIS SIGNAL red Series III E-Type has to be close to the end of the production run of the famous feline. With a V12 under its long bonnet coupled to a manual gearbox, it has real squirt. It also has matching numbers and, according to the odometer, has travelled just 66,263 miles. The Jaguar Heritage Trust has traced its history to leaving the factory in November 1972 and it was sold with a service history.
$147,800 RM SOTHEBY’S, LOT 3021
THE STUDEBAKER Avanti wasn't a huge seller, making it scarce these days. This is a one-off Targa-roof version, as shown in the original Raymond Loewy designs but never put into production. Powering this R2 is a supercharged 289ci V8 bolted to an auto gearbox. It was sold new in December 1963 and has only had three owners since new. Air-con was fitted at the turn of the century and it was repainted in 2018.
$137,000 GOSFORD, LOT 148
THIS ICONIC Valiant Charger R/T E38 has the A84 Track Pack with the big fuel tank. It is believed to be one of 21 big tanks made. Hugely popular today, this one has 60,669 presumably miles showing on the odometer and has matching numbers. According to the auction house it is one of 12 produced with identical build option specifications and the 215th produced of this model type.
LOT 66 2007 ELFIN MS8 CLUBMAN ESTIMATE $60,000-$70,000 SHANNONS MELBOURNE AUTUMN CLASSIC
DESIGNED BY 'Mr Monaro' Mike Simcoe and weighing little more than a paperclip, the Elfin MS8 dishes out brutal power (378kW at the rear wheels) from its supercharged 5.7litre V8. The Elfin MS8, number 16 of 26 built under the Walkinshaw empire, pays homage to the original Clubman built by Elfin founder Garrie Cooper in the 60s. From a private collection, there will be no such thing as a short drive in this little beasty. You will also get a file of history and paperwork and in no time become an encyclopedia of all the best roads to experience the MS8.