Auc­tion up­date

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

5000 sedan in ‘barn find’ con­di­tion. This car was un­reg­is­tered with mo­tor not run­ning, as kept in stor­age since 1997. It came with the de­sir­able drop tank, front and rear spoil­ers (front spoiler not fit­ted) and mag wheels. It sold for $33,000, well above es­ti­mates of $20K to $28K, but three thou­sand less than the Over­lan­der.

A sec­ond To­rana, a 1977 LX SL Hatch­back fit­ted with 4.2 litre V8, sold for $25,500.

JR’s suit


Richards prob­a­bly has more race suits than the rest of us have socks and undies so he was happy to do­nate a cou­ple of his spares to the Shan­nons Mem­o­ra­bilia Auc­tion at the in­au­gu­ral Gold Coast ‘Fes­ti­val of El­e­gance’ at the Links Hope Is­land Golf Club.

The eight-time Targa Tas­ma­nia, seven-time Bathurst 1000, four- time Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pion and twice Tour­ing Car Masters se­ries-win­ner of­fered two suits at the auc­tion.

The first was the blue Ford suit he wore when he and Ford Tick­ford Rac­ing team­mate Dean Canto drove their AU Fal­con into fourth place in the 2001 V8 Su­per­car 1000.

The sec­ond was the one Richards used in the 2011-2012 Tour­ing Car Master se­ries while rac­ing his Shan­nons Ford Fal­con Sprint. They sold for $1500 each. The Fes­ti­val of El­e­gance is the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the Gold Coast’s first Con­cours d’El­e­gance staged in 1969 by the late Keith Wil­liams at the Chevron Ho­tel as part of Surfers Speed Week.

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