Auc­tion up­date

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Charg­ers con­tinue to com­mand im­pres­sive prices at auc­tion – and not just RT ver­sions built for Bathurst. A Vin­tage Red 1972 Charger E55 coupe fetched an im­pres­sive $80,000 at a re­cent Shan­non’s auc­tion, show­ing that V8 Chryslers are be­com­ing much sought-af­ter.

The Holden high­light of the same Syd­ney auc­tion was an LJ To­rana GTR XU-1 in the rare pe­riod colour of March 17 Green that went for $140,000.

Yet it was the Fords that com­manded top dol­lar. The high­est was the $215,000 paid for a well-doc­u­mented and cos­met­i­cally-re­fur­bished white 1970 XW GT-HO Phase II sedan af­ter a pro­tracted duel be­tween two floor bid­ders. Its fi­nal price was al­most matched by a very well­p­re­sented late-1970 de­liv­ered Fal­con XY GT Sedan fin­ished in Ver­mil­lion Fire, which trig­gered an­other bid­ding frenzy be­fore sell­ing with ‘no re­serve’ for $210,000 to a tele­phone bid­der. A well-pre­sented 1967 Ford XR GT sedan sold for $140,000 – also above ex­pec­ta­tion.

The hero car in Shan­non’s Mel­bourne Spring Sale in late Septem­ber was a 1974 Holden LH To­rana SL/R 5000 L34 sedan that went for $100,000. The sur­prise packet was a lowk­ilo­me­tre 1968 Holden HK Premier Sedan that made an im­pres­sive $50,000.

Com­ing up are Shan­nons’ Syd­ney Spring Clas­sic (Novem­ber 13) and Mel­bourne Sum­mer Clas­sic (Novem­ber 27) auc­tions. The for­mer will see a HK Monaro GTS327 go un­der the ham­mer, while the lat­ter of­fers ve­hi­cles from the Ian Cum­mins col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing a 1967 Shelby Mus­tang GT500.

AMC #73’s ‘Wild Horses’ cover car was sched­uled for auc­tion in the days af­ter this is­sue went to press. This was the Bald­win Ford GT-HO Phase III driven at Bathurst ’71 by Da­mon Beck and Garry Rush, which was lucky to make the start af­ter be­ing all but de­stroyed when it hit an er­rant horse a few weeks be­fore the big race. We’ll re­port on what it fetched next is­sue.

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