Auc­tion up­date

shan­nons Mel­bourne Win­ter clas­sic auc­tion, Mon­day, July 21.

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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.

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