Auc­tion up­date

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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this auc­tion the ma­jor­ity of lots, in­clud­ing 21 cars, were of­fered with ‘no re­serve’. This is now the trend for clas­sic car sales around the world, and in this case ap­pears to have in­spired some of the best re­sults in re­cent times.

For mus­cle car en­thu­si­asts the star at­trac­tion was the ‘no re­serve’ Sil­ver Fox 1969 XW GT, win­ner of ‘Best Un­re­stored XW GT’ at three GT Na­tion­als. This was one of 41 XW GTs built in June 1969, de­liv­ered through South­ern Mo­tors of Ho­bart to its first owner, one of only four own­ers from new. The GT came with owner’s man­ual, ser­vice books, and only 72,120 miles on the odome­ter.

Shan­nons was ex­pect­ing this Fal­con to sell in the $80,000 to $100,000 range of es­ti­mates, but spir­ited bid­ding pushed the sale price up to $135,000, which would have been the high­est price on the night if not for the in­cred­i­ble $202,000 paid for, you guessed it, a Volk­swa­gen Kombi.

Th­ese have sky­rock­eted in value over the past five years and this re­sult, for a su­per rare, fully re­stored 1960 Samba Bus ver­sion, could be a world record for any Kombi at auc­tion.

To put it in per­spec­tive, that was just over dou­ble the price paid for the head­line Holden, a 1968 Holden HK GTS 327 ‘Bathurst’ coupe in Pi­cardy Red with white up­hol­stery and a rare dealer-fit­ted parch­ment vinyl roof. It sold for a solid $96,000.

This car re­tains its orig­i­nal run­ning gear, in­clud­ing four-speed Sag­i­naw gear­box, Sal­is­bury 10-bolt limited slip diff, fac­tory tramp rods, Bathurst fuel tank and con­sole-mounted tacho.

The body num­ber in­di­cates it is the 216th ex­am­ple made in Syd­ney.

Also listed was a 1972 four-speed man­ual Holden HQ SS 253 V8 sedan, in the 1970s colour scheme of ‘Let­tuce Alone’, which was sold for $38,000. This car is thought to have been a Mel­bourneb­uilt press test car.

Other high­lights were a pair of Mel­bourne Show­grounds.

The Fes­ti­val is a joint ini­tia­tive by the RACV and VACC. It’s aimed at a fam­ily au­di­ence, with a cou­ple of test tracks on site so that pa­trons can see the ex­hibits in ac­tion.

Vet­eran, Vin­tage, Clas­sic and His­toric ve­hi­cles will be on dis­play­dur­ing the Fes­ti­val, as well as new cars and bikes.

Two of the cars listed for the Sun­day auc­tion are a 1966 Shelby Mus­tang GT350H [ED: this has be­come the Hertz is­sue!] and a 1986 SS Group 3 VK Com­modore. 1962 EK Hold­ens, a ute and a Spe­cial sedan, both from a Perth col­lec­tion. Th­ese were also of­fered with­out re­serves.

The EK ute had been found sit­ting in a garage since 1971 with only 47,482 miles, be­lieved gen­uine, on the clock.

The Spe­cial Sedan had a doc­u­mented 9264 miles, sold com­plete with orig­i­nal trim, in­clud­ing floor mats, head lining and seats. It was or­dered new from the fac­tory in a sin­gle colour – Cameo Beige – rather than the tra­di­tional two-tone duco.

The ute sold for $30,500, the sedan $32,000, both ex­cel­lent re­sults. Th­ese time-warp cars are now the big movers in the clas­sic car scene.

Shan­nons Na­tional Auc­tion Manager, Christophe Bori­bon, said the re­sults set a pos­i­tive tone for 2015. He achieved a ve­hi­cle clear­ance rate of more than 84 per cent, plus an over­all sale re­sult in ex­cess of $1.35 mil­lion. It’s been a while since that hap­pened.

The Mus­tang is one of the fa­mous Hertz renta-racer spe­cials later re­fur­bished by Ford and sold to the public as the GT350H.

It was con­verted to a 4-speed man­ual by a pre­vi­ous owner dur­ing a pe­riod of SCCA rac­ing prior to 1979, and has been fit­ted with a Pax­ton Su­per­charger by Walkin­shaw Per­for­mance in Mel­bourne. Pre-sale es­ti­mates were $180,000 to $200,000.

Es­ti­mates for the ‘Blue Meanie’ Brock Com­modore were $110,000 to $115,000.

Auc­tion re­sults in our next is­sue.

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