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Shan­nons Spring Sale, Mel­bourne, Septem­ber 29

The

1975 ‘John Goss Spe­cial’ Ford XB Coupe is a rel­a­tively rare beast at auc­tion, es­pe­cially ones in largely un­mo­lested con­di­tion. With re­al­is­tic es­ti­mates of $45,000 to $55,000 there was a lot of in­ter­est in the re­sult.

Th­ese cars were re­leased in rel­a­tively small quan­ti­ties – as few as 260, although no­body knows the ex­act num­ber – to cel­e­brate JG’s vic­tory in the Hardie-Ferodo 1000 the pre­vi­ous year. They were fit­ted with the GS Rally Pack op­tion and pow­ered by the Cleve­land 302 V8.

This one has the three-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and a Ford disc brake 9-inch rear end. It cur­rently sits on a set of slightly wider 15inch, 12-slot colour-coded rims. Built in July 1975, it has been re­stored in the cor­rect fac­tory colours of Emer­ald Fire Green over Po­lar White by the cur­rent owner. And it sold well, fetch­ing $48,000 on the night.

By co-in­ci­dence that was the same price paid for the next car listed, a 1972 Holden HQ Monaro GTS fin­ished in Chateau Mauve Metal­lic. Pow­ered by the 308 V8, this two-owner Monaro was ac­quired in 2007 from the es­tate of the orig­i­nal owner who lived in Mount Gam­bier in South Aus­tralia. Some restora­tion work had been car­ried out on the car as early as 1980.

With es­ti­mates of $48,000 to $55,000, it sold right on the lower fig­ure.

One of the best re­sults of the auc­tion was the $74,000 paid for, be­lieve it or not, a 1967 VW Kombi camper­van im­ported from the US a few years ago. At Good­ing’s Scotts­dale auc­tion held ear­lier this year in Amer­ica a 1962 Type 2 Kombi Mi­cro Bus sold for a stag­ger­ing US$140,250.

Th­ese cars are go­ing through the roof at the mo­ment. Ten years ago peo­ple would have thought you were crazy if you told them a Kombi would be worth more than a Monaro GTS or XB Fal­con Coupe.

Shan­nons Win­ter Clas­sic Auc­tion, Syd­ney, Au­gust 25

Amongst

the 26 clas­sic ve­hi­cles, the main mus­cle was pro­vided by a 1985 Holden VK Com­modore Group A SS sedan – the fa­mous Blue Meanie – with less than 32,000km on the clock. Re­garded by many as the most de­sir­able Brock Com­modore, it sold for $92,000, right on the higher es­ti­mate.

This was No. 485 of the 500 Group As built by Peter Brock’s op­er­a­tion to qual­ify a hot­ter VK for in­ter­na­tional tour­ing car reg­u­la­tions in place at the time. The en­gine was later re­built by Peter Brock’s en­gine builder Neill Burns. Prices for th­ese cars are steadily ris­ing. At the other end of the power scale, a 1951 Holden FX Util­ity in near orig­i­nal con­di­tion sold for $35,500, while a 1955 Holden FJ Stan­dard Sedan, of­fered for sale with ‘no re­serve’, went for $10,500. The FJ had been in the same own­er­ship for the past 35 years.

Shan­nons had some strong re­sults on the night, topped by a 1964 Porsche 356 SC Coupe (sold for $180,000) and a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL ($137,000).

wThe Fletch Col­lec­tion, Moss­green Auc­tions, Mel­bourne

The

first au­to­mo­bile auc­tion to be held by Moss­green in Mel­bourne was a suc­cess for the seller, Neil Fletcher.

Fletch, as he was bet­ter known, was the founder of Fletcher Fo­to­graph­ics, with 54 stores around Aus­tralia. When he sold up and re­tired, he bred al­pacas, bought a 1965 EH Holden for use in Va­ri­ety Club bashes, and started a col­lec­tion of clas­sic Corvettes.

Eight of th­ese, dat­ing from 1959 to 1998, were sold at the Moss­green auc­tion for a to­tal of $453,474, in­clud­ing buy­ers’ pre­mi­ums.

High­est price paid was $106,750 for a 1960 Chevro­let Corvette C1 (RHD), well above pre-sale es­ti­mates of $65,000 to $85,000. A 1959 model Corvette C1, also RHD, sold for $82,960.

Of spe­cial in­ter­est was the metal­lic blue 1966 Corvette Stingray C2, a Spe­cial High Per­for­mance model fit­ted with the 427ci big block V8, putting out a claimed 560 bhp (412kW). It sold for $85,400, sec­ond best re­sult of the night.

The en­tire auc­tion, which in­cluded some Corvette mem­o­ra­bilia, model cars, a Tex­aco petrol bowser and Fletch’s cam­era col­lec­tion, made a grand to­tal of just over $510,319.

Paul Sum­ner, Moss­green MD said, “We are de­lighted with the re­sult of this, our first car auc­tion at Moss­green, which once again proved the power of the sin­gle owner col­lec­tion auc­tion model.”

Good on ya, F-F-Fletch.

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