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Shan­nons Au­tumn Clas­sic Sale, 5 May, Mel­bourne


high­lights of this sale were two rare one­owner HQ Hold­ens. That’s right, one-owner cars. The first was a very orig­i­nal 1971 LS Monaro 253 V8 Coupe. This Monaro had lived in North­ern Vic­to­ria all its life with no no­table mod­i­fi­ca­tions other than a con­ver­sion to LP Gas car­ried out in 1982. Even the orig­i­nal hub­caps and vinyl roof re­mained.

Shan­nons were ex­pect­ing strong bid­ding in the $20,000 to $25,000 range. It sold for an im­pres­sive $25,000.

The other one-owner HQ was a Pre­mier Sta­tion Wagon fit­ted with the 308 V8. It was es­ti­mated at $10,000 to $14,000. This ma­chine went for $14,000.

A 1974 Holden LH To­rana SL/R 5000 (not an L34) sedan pre­sented in Sun­burst Gold Metal­lic with Black vinyl in­te­rior was of­fered. It was pre­vi­ously owned by a West Aus­tralian col­lec­tor and has been used spar­ingly in re­cent years. Apart from a few bolt-on per­for­mance parts the To­rana re­mains largely un­mod­i­fied. It was to be sold with a ver­i­fi­ca­tion let­ter from Holden. Shan­nons es­ti­mates were in the $46,000 to $54,000 range, too much as it turned out and the car was passed in.

A trio of the very de­sir­able lo­cally-built Ford Fair­lanes were also of­fered at tempt­ing es­ti­mates. These were a 1964 model 289 V8 Com­pact (sold for $13,500), a 1968 289 V8en­gined ZA sedan (passed in) and a 1976 ZH 500 302 V8 (sold for $9000).

Shan­nons’ next Syd­ney auc­tion was set for 26 May, af­ter we closed for press.

Theodore Bruce Clas­sic Car Auc­tion, Syd­ney


auc­tion in­cluded a num­ber of clas­sic cars but auc­tion­eer James Ni­cholls says the big sell­ers on the day were sev­eral lots of au­to­mo­bilia, in­clud­ing the collection of the late Gra­ham Howard. Gra­ham was a long-time writer for mag­a­zines like Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car, Wheels and Rac­ing Car News.

Old rac­ing pro­grammes were the big­gest sell­ers, pro­duc­ing fren­zied bid­ding. We’ve men­tioned some of the mega prices be­ing paid for pro­grammes be­fore, but these look like record re­sults.

A collection of Aus­tralian F1 and Bathurst pro­grammes, sold for $400.

A collection of Oran Park pro­grammes, sold for $380.

The 1963 and 1965 Arm­strong 500 pro­grammes and the 1966 and 1967 Gal­lagher 500 (Bathurst) pro­grammes, sold for $900.

Var­i­ous mo­tor rac­ing pro­grammes from the 1950s, sold for $550.

A collection of Bathurst pro­grammes, sold for $550.

Var­i­ous 1960s Aus­tralian race pro­grammes, sold for $525.

A collection of early pro­grammes from the 1950s, sold for $900.

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