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.