Shannons Spring Sale, Melbourne, September 29
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
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
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.