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FALCON SVO

While HSV bagged the rights to conjure up hot Holdens in 1987, not many recall a serious blue oval rival, albeit without factory support. The company was SVO headed by engine guru and Ford specialist Mick Webb. Based on the EA Falcon S the SVO Falcon was a rival for HSV's Berlina-based SV3800. It had a fettled 3.9-litre straight six mated to a three-speed auto or five-speed manual gearbox. SVO transformed the ride and handling from spongey to sporty as well as giving it a visual makeover inside and out. Top shelf components made it virtually bullet-proof. One day the SVO will be rediscovered.

1972 HOLDEN LJ TORANA GTR-XU1

Sold $183,000 SHANNONS, LOT 78

EARLY SEVENTIES Holden’s boasted wild hues and clever names, none more so than Strike Me Pink. While it mightn’t be to everyone’s taste, owning the first production model of that colour had bidders in a frenzy. Early in its life this one was raced and in 1993 put in storage until 2017. While it has been largely returned to its original spec some race parts, including a more potent 202ci engine remain. The LJ XU1 got a bigger, more powerful engine than the LC model, along with heavy duty springs, revised cam, a new diff ratio allowing it to touch 225km/h down Conrod Straight. Wet weather and Peter Brock’s magic wheel work

1976 MAZDA MANUAL 808 SEDAN

Sold $16,609 GRAYSONLINE

LAST ISSUE’S Japanese Value Guide showed the upward price of small 70s Mazdas. This original and unmolested 808 sedan, the luxoburger of the range, doesn’t have a rotary shoehorned into it. Instead there is a conventional four with four-speed manual, so it’s considerably more affordable. Alloy wheels sprout from each corner, it has aircon, leather pews and CD player. The clock shows a mere 98,698 miles and if you wanted a project car this would have been a good start.

1988 JAGUAR XJS V12 COUPE

Sold $17,000 SHANNONS, LOT 50

I PITY the designers of the Jaguar XJS. No matter how good their creative juices it will always play second fiddle to the E-Type that it replaced. Right now the XJS is a bargain buy but prices won’t stay low for ever. This grey metallic Series II with matching grey leather trim is a gem, its looks enhanced by factory alloy wheels. Built in the latter half of the second generation's production life, its Bathurst winning and race proven 285hp, 5.3-litre V12 accounts for its long bonnet. Inside some of the chrome and wood of earlier models has gone but there’s still enough timber to satisfy Jaguar purists..

1990 HOLDEN HDT VN AERO SERIES II

Sold $42,209 GRAYSONLINE

AFTER THE split between Peter Brock and Holden, HDT became a boutique car builder. One of iys first efforts was the Aero. This is number 53 with matching numbers and appears to be tidy throughout. Its 5-litre V8 is bolted to an auto for effortless motoring and it has only travelled 154,944 kms according to the clock, with partial service history.

1971 CITROEN DS21 PALLAS

Sold $40,000 SHANNONS, LOT 21

FUTURISTIC, technically advanced and now legendary, the iconic Citroen DS was born in 1955. When new, this one caught the eye of singer Judith Durham of The Seekers. Durham and husband Ron collected it in Paris and toured Europe before shipping it to Australia. Extensively restored it’s arguably the most famous DS in the country.

1967 RM SOTHEBY’S AUBURN SPRINGS AUCTION

ESTIMATE: $120-132,000

29 May, 2019

CORVETTE STING RAY 427

GIVEN THIS edition of the mag is number 427, it seems appropriate to include an iconic 427-powered hero car. This one had a frame off resto at a cost of over 100 grand and has covered less than 1600kms since completion. The black bonnet decal and white convertible soft top add to its considerable charm. It rides on period correct Rallye wheels and Michelin Redline tyres. It is being auctioned with a photo album of the resto, owner’s manual and workshop manual.

1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA 348 V8

Sold $84,000 SHANNONS, LOT 43

BIG, BOLD AND the King of Fins the ’59 Impala was a scarce commodity when new. Now few exist, barely any in right hand drive and most desirable of all is the ‘bubble top coupe’ you see here. Red and white exterior and interior, with original dash, wheel and radio add to its authenticity and its 348ci V8 gives it a serve of get up and go. This car underwent a body off resto and right-hand conversion totalling 200 grand. It is a superb piece of Americana from the chrome age and a true collector car.

1962 FORD FALCON XK PANEL VAN

Sold $50,000 SHANNONS, LOT 31

THIS RARE and restomodded Henry sedan delivery (as they were known) got bidders fired up with its immaculate presentation. Period correct in cream with burgundy vinyl interior, it’s thoroughly modern underneath. A 302 V8 Windsor is bolted to a C4 Auto and Maverick diff. Fairlane coils and modded leaf springs lower its ride height and chrome wheel covers finish it superbly. What a beaut mobile billboard for a business.

1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 250 SE COUPE

Sold $49,809 GRAYSONLINE

THIS ONE-OWNER six-cylinder coupe was Australian delivered in 1966 and has travelled just 87,118 kilometres since rolling off the production line. Its maroon paintwork and black leather trim are in excellent condition for its age and it comes with an owner manual and service history. At 53 years old it still turns heads. An enchanting weekend cruiser.

1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9

Sold $35,000 SHANNONS, LOT 20

THE MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9 was flagship of the W116 series fleet. Following the 280, 350 and 450 sedans the 450SEL 6.9 was introduced in the face of the 70s oil crisis of 1975 when performance was a big no-no. F1 champ James Hunt owned one, but most were bought by business heads and dignitaries. Not many came here and this clean and original example in blue with cream leather attracted several bidders.