Clas­sic cars snapped up

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THE weather was stink­ing hot and so was the bid­ding at Shan­nons Late Sum­mer Clas­sic Auc­tion in Mel­bourne on Mon­day, with a strong 80 per cent clear­ance rate on the 66 ve­hi­cle and mem­o­ra­bilia lots of­fered.

Open top cars were in spe­cial de­mand as Mel­bourne’s siz­zling sum­mer con­tin­ued.

A 1958 Chevro­let Corvette C1 Con­vert­ible fin­ished in clas­sic red with white coves sold for $102,000 af­ter a slug­ging match among floor and tele­phone bid­ders, com­fort­ably above its preauc­tion guid­ing range of $60,000-$68,000.

An equally out­stand­ing re­sult was the $70,500 paid af­ter fre­netic bid­ding for a well-ex­e­cuted replica of a late 1920s Bent­ley 4.5 Litre Tourer, based on 1949 Bent­leyMkVI run­ning gear.

One of the night’s fea­ture cars, a left-hand-drive, ful­lyre­stored 1967 Mus­tang ‘S-Code’ 390 GT Con­vert­ible fac­tory fit­ted with a four­speed man­ual gear­box, sold just above its high es­ti­mate for $62,000; a two-owner 1998 Jaguar XK8 Con­vert­ible show­ing just 83,000km from new went for an ex­cel­lent $44,500 and a ‘ no re­serve’ 1964 left-hand drive Ford Thun­der­bird Con­vert­ible made a pre­dicted $28,000.

An­other stand­out re­sult for an open sport­ing car af­ter a strong bid­ding duel, was the $19,600 paid against a guid­ing range of $9000-$12,000 for a ‘‘no re­serve’’ 1961 MGA Mk I that had been me­chan­i­cally up­graded with an 1800cc MGB en­gine as a ‘‘run­ning restora­tion project’’.

Clas­sic Aus­tralian Holden and Ford sedans and coupes were also in strong de­mand at the auc­tion, with a 1968 HK Brougham 307-cid V8 sedan be­lieved to have cov­ered just 73,300 miles from new and a one-owner ‘‘poverty pack’’ 1974 HQ Monaro Coupe fit­ted with the 202-cid six-cylin­der en­gine and three-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion both sell­ing for $22,000.

A very orig­i­nal 1975 HJ Monaro 253-cid V8 sedan from a de­ceased es­tate brought $22,500, a ful­lyre­stored, three-owner 1978 Ford XC Fair­mont GXL 351-cid sedan retro-fit­ted with a Tre­mec five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion re­alised $25,000 and a one­owner 1984 Holden WB States­man DeVille 308-cid V8 au­to­matic sedan show­ing just 51,300 in­di­cated kilo­me­tres of­fered with ‘‘no re­serve’’ made $15,500.

Bri­tish and Euro­pean lux­ury sa­loons also pro­duced good re­sults, with a ful­lyre­stored, very early-build, right-hand drive Jaguar Mk II 3.4-litre with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and over­drive sell­ing for $30,000, a Syd­ney­de­liv­ered 1951 Bent­ley Mk VI Saloon with an ex­ten­sive his­tory file bring­ing $23,000 and a 1968 Daim­ler 250 V8 Saloon with 82,099 in­di­cated miles mak­ing $13,600 $100 more than a 1969 V8-en­gined Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 litre Saloon.

Her­itage nu­mer­i­cal num­ber­plates were again con­sis­tently in de­mand, with the Vic­to­rian black and white ‘‘711’’ pro­duc­ing the best re­sult of the six three-digit plates on of­fer at $68,000, ‘‘ 1.550’’ and ‘‘7.878’’ tied for the top four-digit re­sult at $14,000, while the in­trigu­ing con­sec­u­tive run­ning num­bers plate ‘‘56.789’’ was the stand­out five-digit auc­tion re­sult at $18,750.

For more auc­tion in­for­ma­tion con­tact: Christophe Bori­bon on (03) 8588 0809, or 134 646 (Op­tion 5).

To view auc­tion re­sults, visit shan­

This 1920s Bentley 4.5-litre Tourer sold for $70,500

This stylish 1958 Chevro­let Corvette C1 con­vert­ible fetched $102,000

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