A1970 Holden HG Monaro GTS 253 was the star GM attraction at Shannon’s August 29 auction in Sydney selling for $70,000.
Incredibly, this Kashmir White (with black stripes and black/white Houndstooth upholstery) came to auction as a one-owner car with its original delivery documentation. A Canberra car, the Monaro was always carefully garaged and well maintained, with a genuine 243,000km showing on the clock. It was fitted with period under-dash air conditioning and was described by Shannons as being in “time-warp’ condition throughout”, with substantially original paint.
But the Monaro wasn’t the most valuable seller at the auction. That honour went to a rare 1969 Shelby GT500 with an interesting history which sold for $115,000. As documented in the Shelby American Registry, 9F02480533 was part of a batch of six Shelby GT500s with consecutive build numbers destined for Japan in 1969, shipped from J R Willever in San Francisco to Marubeni Motors KK of Yokohama on February 18 that year and spent a large slab of its life in a Japanese museum. It came to Australia in 2004.
Meantime in Melbourne, a 1973 LJ Torana GTR XU-1 sold for $70,000 in July. The Sunburst Yellow with black vinyl XU-1, with 65,400 miles on its odometer, was the high water mark for Aussie muscle at the auction.
However, the favourite among the large floor crowd at Shannons Melbourne showroom was a ‘barnfind’ Track Red 1970 model Ford Falcon XY V8 sedan that was the subject of frantic bidding before finally selling to cheers in the auction room for $52,000.
Overseas now and the Jaguar D-type that won the 1956 Le Mans 24 Hours classic has smashed the record for the highest price ever achieved for a British automobile at auction – US$21,780,000 (AUD $28.52 million). This sole surviving C- or D-Type Le Mans winner, campaigned by the famed Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, was the subject of a 15-minute bidding war at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction.