Auc­tion up­date

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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.

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