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Atrea­sure trove of Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing his­tory goes un­der the ham­mer on Sun­day, Au­gust 20 at Mal­lala Motorsport Park in the form of the late Clem Smith’s eclec­tic car col­lec­tion. The cir­cuit’s res­cuer and long-time owner passed away in Fe­bru­ary, aged 90, the Smith fam­ily sell­ing the fa­cil­ity to Pere­grine Cor­po­ra­tion, de­vel­op­ers of the Tailem Bend cir­cuit cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion. Now 36 of Clem’s favourite ma­chines will be auc­tion by moss­green at the South Aus­tralian track where they were housed, in most cases, for decades.

Top­ping the list of lo­cally-built cars is Smith’s fa­mous Charger Sports Sedan, his road­go­ing Charger E38 in Mer­cury Sil­ver and a replica of the E38 raced by Norm Beechey/Jim McKeown at Bathurst ’71. Then there’s an Ade­laide­assem­bled 1962 Dodge Phoenix and sev­eral Ram­blers as­sem­bled in Vic­to­ria by AMI, each high­light­ing Smith’s fond­ness for the lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in all its forms. The list of Ram­blers in­cludes a 1970 Javelin Coupe, a near com­plete 1975 Mata­dor X Coupe, a 1964 Clas­sic Amer­i­can sedan and Cross Coun­try wagon.

Be­yond the Chryslers and Amer­i­can Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion ma­chines are a 1953 Holden 48/215, a 1964½ Ford Mus­tang, 1950 Jaguar XK 120, 1968 Cooper S and many fine pre-war cars in­clud­ing a 1938 Hud­son Ter­ra­plane.

“This doyen of South Aus­tralian motorsport cre­ated a sim­ply fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion, from Aus­tralian-built Chryslers, Ram­blers, Dodge, Holden and his highly styled and revered Hud­sons. From veter­ans to mod­erns, Clem Smith’s un­der­stand­ing of the car man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try is ex­hib­ited in this qual­ity col­lec­tion clearly demon­strat­ing the threads and links in mo­tor­ing in­no­va­tion through the decades,” moss­green’s pub­lic­ity ma­te­rial out­lined.

Check them out at Mal­lala on Au­gust 20 or via www.the­clem­smith­col­lec­tion.com.au

moss­green was also the auc­tion house be­hind the sale of one of the two To­rana A9Xs Bob Mor­ris used to win the 1979 ATCC, when he beat Brock and the HDT. This was also the ill-fated Ron Hodg­son Rac­ing en­try at Bathurst in ’77 for Amer­i­cans Johnny Ruther­ford and Janet Guthrie. The lime green, white and blue A9X sold in late May for $600,000 plus buy­ers’ pre­mium.

Nei­ther Mor­ris nor Di­eter Quester were suc­cess­ful bid­ders, de­spite their ges­tur­ing in the pic be­low (ED: tongue firmly planted in cheek).

By way of com­par­i­son, ear­lier this year a road­go­ing A9X sold for $260,000, be­lieved to be an auc­tion record for an A9X, although ex­am­ples have changed hands pri­vately for sig­nif­i­cantly more than this.

On the Gold Coast, the Ford XC Fal­con hard­top driven by Dick John­son at Bathurst in 1978 (fifth) and 1979 (DNF) sold for $340,000 at Lloyds Auctions. It’s sis­ter car and three other Group C rac­ing Fords from the Har­ris col­lec­tion are cur­rently be­ing auc­tioned on­line by Lloyds.

This is­sue hits news­stands soon af­ter Shan­nons Mel­bourne Win­ter Clas­sic Auc­tion of July 17, with the Syd­ney equiv­a­lent sched­uled for Au­gust 28.

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