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The Datsun 280ZX was the first time the “by Nissan” subscript was badged with the Datsun logo. The 280ZX was a follow on from the 240 and 260Z cars. It was obvious the 280ZX was a bigger, bulkier unit and more GT than sports coupe, but it proved a successful formula. Powered by an inline six that it shared with the 280C limo, the ZX was offered with either a manual or auto gearbox. When new in 1980 it cost $19,800 and, as supply levels dwindle, an upward swing in price is likely. As it's a 1980s car, carefully inspect the body as the anti-corrosion measures weren’t as robust as today but the mechanicals were reasonably strong.
SHANNONS, LOT 9
WITH INTEREST in the new Toyota Supra sky high, older ones like this A-70 are sure getting a lot more attention than years gone past. Powering this targa is an inter-cooled, turbocharged 3.0 litre inline 6-cylinder with a four-speed self-shifter in true GT-style. This one looks to be super clean and in unmolested condition and shows just 60,356km. The silver paintwork looks fresh and the interior shows very little sign of wear. It was sold with loads of paraphernalia including brochures, servicing receipts, owner’s manual and warranty books in a period dealer wallet, plus a tool for lifting off the targa roof and a spare set of keys. Its seems like it is ready to just fuel up and hit the road.
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WITH A 2250cc engine under the long bonnet and a three speed on the tree, the SL was advertised as the ‘family’ Torana even though its cramped interior remained the same as the two-door. This example – built in December 1970 – shows 49,773 miles on the clock and is finished in seventies brown with a tan interior. According to the ad it runs superbly and has been lovingly restored. One thing for sure, they are hard to find, especially with all the hard work done. This one was sold with books and seems like good buying.
SHANNONS, LOT 6
THE VW Beetle changed the way of life for Europeans like the Model T did for Yanks and just about every Aussie above 35 years has a Volksy story to tell. They were assembled all over the world including Australia, like this 1961 cream-on-cream number from the Clayton plant that in following years saw Datsuns, Volvos and HSV vehicles roll out of the same site. This looks like a pretty decent example, has been with the one family since new and travelled just 41,176 miles, according to the odo. Inside is its original radio and outside its original steel wheels and hubcaps.
THIS IS a one-of-one car, won by West Indian cricketer Viv Richards at the 1980 Benson & Hedges World Series. Richards didn’t take the car home and itwas bought by a Holden dealer for his mother who owned it until recently. Under the bonnet was the baby 253ci V8. It shows 102, 218 kms on the clock and naturally has full service history.
RM SOTHEBYS, LOT 2183
NAMED AFTER Edsel Ford, this is the car that nearly killed the company and almost put the kibosh on the Mustang – the blue oval was strapped for cash and it couldn’t risk another catastrophic failure. The V8 auto Citation convertible was the top of the Edsel range and one of 930 built in 1958. Perhaps infamy has made this car a classic.
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11 October 2019
A YEAR or two before Australia got their first two-door Falcons, American buyers were already enjoying the pillarless coupe. This hardtop Futura Sports coupe is a 1963 model with known ownership from new and is being sold with a copy of the original factory window sticker and invoice. Finished in white with blue vinyl interior, it’s an AACA multi award winner. The 1963 face-lift moved the car upmarket and the Futura replaced the Deluxe model.They sported faux wire wheels, bucket seats, a centre console and other luxury kit. Equipped with a 170ci Pursuit motor the Futura Sport sold for $2319 and 10,972 were produced that year.
RM SOTHEBYS, LOT 2035
WHAT A WEAPON the Studebaker GT Hawk was. A punchy 225hp from its 289 engine, a posi-traction rear end and between, a four-speed automatic tranny. The sleek looker underwent a resto and to make driving easier it is fitted with power steering and brakes and for enjoyable motoring, an AM radio. It is one of 9335 built and sits neatly on whitewall tyres.
SHANNONS, LOT 8
FOLLOWING THE much-loved Datto 1600, the 180B had big shoes to fill. Datsun carried over the independent rear trailing arm suspension and drivetrain layout of the 1600 and added a coupe body with SSS badge. This Australian delivered car has a five-speed manual gearbox. The engine has been upgraded and it looks the part in period correct Aunger five-spoke mags and rear window louvre. It’s ripe for a resto.
THIS AUSTRALIAN-DELIVERED RS 3100 Capri is one of 250 produced globally and is easily recognised by its quad headlights and more purposeful look than the more mundane models with rectangular headlights. This one, in 70s green has travelled a mere 52,688 miles and the vendor has owned it for over 30 years. It was sold with log books from new and an owner’s manual.
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FINDING A famed S Series Valiant isn't easy and finding one that appears in fine fettle and at this price seems excellent buying. The S Series, with its futuristic shape and slant-six engine looked light years ahead of the offerings from the General and Henry’s mob at the time. This auto gearbox version has travelled 92,464 miles and looks fabulous. Not many exist and it would be hard to resto one for this price.
SILVERSTONE, LOT 242
ONE OF Alfa Romeo’s greatest creations, the Montreal, was their first supercar. The floorpan was from a modified 1750 GTV chassis and it had independent coil sprung front suspension, live coil sprung rear axle, limited slip differential and ventilated discs. Providing the grunt is a quad-cam V8 and five-speed manual, giving it a top speed of 137mph. This one has travelled 69,000 miles from new, is one of 175 made in right-hand drive, has matching numbers and has been with the one owner since 1993.
THIS IS the car that kicked off Brocky’s Bathurst career. Fifty years ago Brock (and Moffat in a GT-HO) started their first Bathurst enduro. Brock was paired with experienced campaigner Des West in the recently formed Holden Dealer Team and finished an outstanding third outright. His team-mate Colin Bond won the event in a sister car. It had a nut and bolt resto in the mid-2000s and is a wonderful motorsport artefact.
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BEING THE more expensive luxo offering from the General the Premier wasn’t a mass-market seller. Rarer still are Prem wagons with 253ci V8s in their snout. This one has a mere 44,432 miles showing. It looks the part in this hard to find combo of gold duco and white roof and gold interior trim. What a lovely thing as a weekend cruiser or to head off to the drive-in, old school style.
SHANNONS, LOT 46
WHILE IT was a facelift of the FB, the EK looks completely different and was the first Holden available with an auto transmission. Under the new skin with fins and wraparound windscreen the EK was more or less a mechanical carryover from the FB. This one is pretty much complete according to the blurb and ripe for refurbishment. With two-tone paint with dual accent interior the whitewalls and hubcaps it's a true 60s picture.