Auc­tion up­date

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

A two-owner 1970 Fal­con XY GT sold at Shan­nons’ Mel­bourne Spring Auc­tion for $176,000 – a price not seen at auc­tion for this model for nearly a decade. The Yel­low Ochre GT with its long range fuel tank and wind-back sun­roof was pur­sued re­lent­lessly by en­thu­si­asts un­til it sold at a pre-GFC price.

Bid­ding started at its con­ser­va­tive pre-auc­tion es­ti­mate of $80,000 and quickly rose in $5,000 in­cre­ments to $130,000. Five phone, three floor and sev­eral on­line bid­ders then drove its price for­ward in $2000, then $1000 lots be­fore the ham­mer fell to a Vic­to­rian floor bid­der.

Mean­time, a 1970 Holden HG Monaro GTS 186S con­tin­ued the trend for strong six-cylin­der Monaro re­sults when it sold for $64,000.

The Mel­bourne Spring Auc­tion also saw a rare ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial change hands for se­ri­ous money. This was a rare, one owner from new 1995 Mazda RX-7 SP, one of 25 built to qual­ify the model for Aus­tralian GT Pro­duc­tion Car rac­ing. A sim­i­lar ex­am­ple won the 12 Hour in 1995 at Eastern Creek in the hands of Dick John­son and John Bowe. It sold with ’no re­serve’ for $88,000 to a NSW on­line bid­der.

Look­ing ahead, Shan­nons is promis­ing to ‘make Amer­ica great again’ at its Syd­ney Spring Clas­sic Auc­tion on Novem­ber 7 – the day be­fore the US Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion – with a highly prized 1968 Shelby GT500KR (short for King of the Road) go­ing un­der the ham­mer. The Shelby, with its date code-cor­rect 428 Co­bra Jet V8 and four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, is a true ‘sur­vivor’ of the golden Amer­i­can mus­cle car era, with just 61,000 miles (be­lieved gen­uine) on its odome­ter. This car is thought to be one of only 300 or so man­ual KR fast­backs built, mak­ing it both col­lectible and a lively driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared with the much-softer au­to­matic-equipped ver­sions. Be­cause of its rar­ity, un­mo­lested con­di­tion and low mileage, it is ex­pected to sell some­where in the $160,000$180,000 range.

Other Amer­i­cans in the Novem­ber 7 auc­tion are two stylish four-speed Chevro­let Corvette road­sters.

Where you find the US of A you’ll no doubt see Aus­tralia fol­low­ing suit and such is the case at the Spring auc­tion with some ‘Bathurst spe­cials’ up for grabs. The head­lin­ing act is a 1969 Holden HT GTS 350 in Ver­doro Green owned by the one fam­ily since new. It comes with ex­ten­sive pa­per­work, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal sales re­ceipt, prov­ing the car’s ex­cep­tional prove­nance. It’s been kept in the dry cli­mate of the NSW Rive­rina re­gion since new and is listed with a guid­ing range of $130,000$150,000.

Also on of­fer is an ex­am­ple of the GTS 350’s suc­ces­sor at Bathurst, an LC To­rana GTR XU-1, in Cyan Blue. It is ex­pected to sell in the $65,000-$75,000 range.

Oh, then there’s the ul­ti­mate Group A era ma­chine, an Aus­tralian-spec 1991 Nis­san Sky­line R32 GT-R – the 55th ex­am­ple built of 100 cars sold new in Aus­tralia to cel­e­brate Nis­san’s first Bathurst vic­tory. This two-owner car has all its orig­i­nal pa­per­work, in­clud­ing its sales re­ceipt for $110,000 and a thick folder of dealer ser­vice re­ceipts, mak­ing it a very rare find to­day. More info at www.shan­nons.com.au/ auc­tions.

1966 AGP

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