Auc­tion up­date

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Hard­tops are hard to top as hot auc­tion items right now. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, two Group C-era rac­ing coupes from the Har­ris col­lec­tion went un­der the ham­mer at Lloyds Auc­tions on the Gold Coast in late July and found a new home.

For­mer V8 pri­va­teer Neil Schem­bri picked up the pair for his grow­ing Syd­ney col­lec­tion. Schem­bri, head of Bet­ter­grow fer­tilis­ers, was the win­ning bid­der of the ex-Bryan Byrt Ford Rac­ing #32 hard­top cam­paigned by War­wick Brown and John French at Bathurst ’78. This car, for­merly Jim Richards’ white Melford XB, was bought for $430,000 plus buyer’s pre­mium. Schem­bri also pur­chased the or­ange ex-Bill O’Brien Ever­last coupe, orig­i­nally built by Al­lan Mof­fat’s team, for $400,000. The Mof­fat con­nec­tion proved the lure for Schem­bri. “As a kid [Mof­fat] was my idol – and still is,” Schem­bri told us. “It was a one-off chance to se­cure this fan­tas­tic car.”

While the cars will be dis­played and demon­strated at the Mus­cle Car Mas­ters over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 28-29, Schem­bri would not be drawn on whether he will even­tu­ally race one or both in the Her­itage Tour­ing Cars class.

“[I’m] work­ing on a project that will in­clude about eight cars, but, sorry, at this stage I can’t di­vulge any de­tails, but will be able to later this year or early next year.”

One car that is set to re­turn to rac­ing, in HTC, is the ex-Bob Mor­ris/Bill O’Brien Bre­ville Fal­con XD from Bathurst 1980. It sold for $205,000 to for­mer TCM com­peti­tor Don Dim­i­tri­adis, while the King Ge­orge Tav­ern XE Fal­con raced by Joe Moore sold for $190,000. Mean­time, the driver’s door of the fa­mous #17 Greens-Tuf Fal­con XE that Dick John­son crashed into the trees dur­ing the 1983 Hardies He­roes shootout went for an in­cred­i­ble $25,500. Yes, $25K for a door! Weeks ear­lier the #17 XC sold for $340K. An­other Group C Fal­con hard­top is back onto the mar­ket, the XB John Goss first raced at Bathurst in 1975, through Ecurie Bow­den.

It’s not just Fal­con hard­top race­cars that are set­ting daz­zling prices. A 1976 Yel­low Blaze XB GT coupe with a vinyl roof sold at Shan­non’s Mel­bourne Win­ter Clas­sic Auc­tion for an im­pres­sive $134,000.

Mean­time, Lloyds Mel­bourne auc­tioned the first HDT Monaro on Au­gust 19, the Kevin Bartlett/Spencer Martin HT GTS 350 that ex­pe­ri­enced brake fail­ure on de­but at Sandown in 1969 and suf­fered a fiery crash. The fully re­stored HT sold for $500,000.

Moss­green sold up a storm in SA, with Clem Smith’s Charger Sports Sedan sell­ing for $65,800, while his E38 road­ies went for $141,000.

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