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shelf Amer­i­can mus­cle de­liv­ered im­pres­sive re­sults at Shan­nons Syd­ney Au­tumn Clas­sic auc­tion in March, with two Fords each bring­ing six-fig­ure re­sults.

A 1969 Ford Torino Tal­ladega 428ci coupe in left-hand-drive was the show-stop­per, sell­ing for $112,000.

Based on the Torino, just 754 of the roadle­gal Tal­ladega were built at Ford’s At­lanta plant in Jan­uary 1969 to ho­molo­gate the car for that

wyear’s NASCAR sea­son. The model fea­tured an ex­tended nose with a flush grille for bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics on ovals, such the Alabama su­per speedway it was named af­ter, adding six inches in length. These were fab­ri­cated by the Hol­man Moody shop in Char­lotte then trucked down to At­lanta and fit­ted on the assem­bly lines over the week­ends. It was sold in just three colours – Wim­ble­don White, Royal Ma­roon and Pres­i­den­tial Blue – all with a matte black bon­net.

The Pres­i­den­tial Blue ex­am­ple auc­tioned by Shan­nons fea­tured the Tal­ladega’s trade­mark stripped-out in­te­rior, three-speed auto and a 335bhp 428 Co­bra Jet en­gine.

Match­ing the Tal­ladega’s ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sult was an­other 1969 model from Ford’s To­tal Per­for­mance range – a Ford Mus­tang 428ci ‘Su­per Co­bra Jet’ Mach 1 Fast­back. This Aca­pulco Blue, four-speed man­ual LHD ’Stang was also snapped up for $112,000.

No­table re­sults for Aussie clas­sics in­cluded a 1971 Chrysler Valiant VG Re­gal hard­top which sold for $20,500, pip­ping a 1978 Holden HZ Premier 4.2-litre V8 sedan by $500. An XC Fal­con Ute brought $12,500. Mean­time, a 302-pow­ered Bol­well Na­gari sold for an im­pres­sive $60,500. Passed in was a rare 1965 Cortina GT 500. The auc­tion ac­tion switches now to Vic­to­ria, with Shan­nons Mel­bourne Au­tumn Clas­sic Auc­tion sched­uled for May 2. Four weeks later, on May 30, the Syd­ney Win­ter Clas­sic Auc­tion will see the Brock pro­to­type Monza up for grabs (see last is­sue).

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