shannons Melbourne Winter classic auction, Monday, July 21.
With European and American classics providing the majority of the top sales, highlight of the Australian-made section was a gold 1971 Ford ZD Fairlane Sedan fitted with the ultra desirable 351 ‘K Code’ engine, which sold after a bidding battle for $36,000.
Who would have thought that luxury muscle would take off in these times of extreme petrol prices? Good quality examples of the Z series Fairlanes have been steadily rising in value at auctions over the past decade.
This one was chased by five phone and four floor bidders.
Worth noting that a Ford Falcon XT GT, also in gold and fitted with the four-speed manual, was also listed with pre-sale estimates of $40K to $48K. It was passed in.
Another Z series Ford Fairlane, a 1968 ZB, sold for $8500.
A rarer beast was the 1966 Dodge Phoenix Sedan built at Tonsley Park by Chrysler Australia. This was Chrysler’s contender in the 1960s luxury stakes and relatively few seem to have survived. It sold for $10,000.
Among a wide selection of Americana, a 1961 Dodge Polara hardtop sold for $46,000, a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback sold for $39,500 and a 1966 Plymouth Sport Fury Coupe for $8,000. All were left-hand-drive models which seem to be the preferred option these days.
Shannons next auction is the Sydney Winter Classic on August 25, as AMC closed for press. Australian muscle is scarce but there should be a bit of interest in Lot 21, a Holden VK Commodore SS Group A with pre-sale estimates of $84,000 to $92,000. Optimistic? We’ll see.