Auc­tion Up­date

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is­sue hits news­stands amid a very busy pe­riod for auc­tion houses. A well pre­sented ‘Yel­low Dolly’ 1973 Holden LJ To­rana GTR XU-1 sold at Shan­non’s Mel­bourne Au­tumn Clas­sic Auc­tion in early May for $47,000, while a re­stored Starlight Blue metal­lic 1970 Ford XW Fair­mont V8 sedan brought $31,000.

In­ter­est­ingly, the first GT-HO Phase III that’s gone up for auc­tion in quite some time was passed in at $480,000 just mo­ments after the open­ing bid of $450,000. How­ever, this stun­ner sold soon after the auc­tion for a fig­ure around the half-mil­lion dol­lar mark.

This very car was used by FPV in ad­ver­tis­ing for the new-age GT back in 2004. In fact, AMC at­tended the shoot up at Mount Panorama for a story pub­lished in is­sue #14.

The ven­dor had owned this match­ing num­bers car for the past 25 years, hav­ing re­stored it in 1998. It was de­liv­ered new by Mur­ray Ford of Ip­swich, Queens­land in June, 1971.

Shan­non’s Syd­ney Au­tumn Auc­tion was sched­uled for Mon­day, May 30 with the two Holden show­stop­pers be­ing a car that Peter Brock drove and one that he wanted to build. The former is the Holden VK Com­modore ‘SS’ Group 3 Sedan that was the nine-time Bathurst win­ner’s per­sonal car for a pe­riod while he ran HDT Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles. It’s be­ing of­fered for sale by its sec­ond owner, who pur­chased it di­rectly from Brock, ac­com­pa­nied by the let­ter con­firm­ing its prove­nance.

The lat­ter is the 1984 Opel Monza Coupe PB de­vel­oped as the pro­to­type of a fu­ture HDT Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle.

For blue-bloods there’s a XC Fal­con Co­bra Coupe (build #77), which is still equipped with its orig­i­nal 351 V8 and four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Mopar ma­ni­acs are also catered for with a spec­tac­u­lar yel­low 1973 Chrysler VJ Valiant Charger E48 coupe that is en­tic­ingly be­ing of­fered with ‘no re­serve’.

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