Record sale for GTS
A 1968 HK “Bathurst” Monaro GTS 327 couple has sold for a record price at auction in Melbourne.
But Shannons will not reveal the sale price, except to say the trademark Warwick yellow car “easily outstripped its guiding range of $200,000-$230,000”.
A restored Silver Mink 1968 Monaro GTS sold for $92,000 while a tangerine 1973 HQ Monaro GTS 308 four-speed manual sedan made $60,500.
Other standouts in the three-and-a-half-hour auction included HDT/HSV muscle cars, Rolls-Royces and black and white numeric number plates, which helped deliver a $2.25 million result and saw a 84 per cent sale rate of all vehicle lots.
Strong results achieved by local ‘Bathurst-influenced’ Holdens included $81,000 paid for a 1988 HSV VL Walkinshaw, $70,000 for a 1988 HDT VL SS Group A sedan and $61,500 for a 1984 VK SS HDT Commodore.
The high-quality RollsRoyces on offer were all popular, with the highlight being $80,000 paid, after strong bidding, for a stunning, locallydelivered velvet green over Tudor Grey 1964 silver Cloud III Saloon.
A 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor’s Coupe with attractive Martin & King coachwork offered for sale for the first time in 40 years, sold on high estimate for $66,000.
Two ‘no reserve’ RollsRoyce V8 Saloons from the estate of a late Rolls-Royce Club member and benefactor also sold well, with the striking honey gold with cream leather 1975 Silver Shadow realising $22,000 and a Claret with cream leather 1981 Silver Spirit fetching $27,500.
Other notable vehicle sales included:
• A 1925 Morris ½ Ton Light Tray truck beautifully fullyrestored as a period winery truck sold above estimate for $52,000;
• A 1972 Ford Escort Twin Cam 1600 coupe presented in superb, faithfully restored condition made an unprecedented $70,000;
• A right-hand drive 1934 Ford 3-Window ‘Hot Rod’ coupe sold for $67,500;
• A 1978 Porsche 911 SC Coupe coming from long-term ownership sold strongly for $81,000, reflecting the increasing collectability of early Porsches;
• A 1969 Ford XW Falcon ‘XY GT Replica’ sedan sold for $55,000;
• A 1968 Triumph TR5 PI roadster went for $52,000.
In the meantime, a racing 1971 Holden HQ promotional racing car ‘Charity Lot’ sold with no reserve for $16,000, with proceeds going to the Royal Children’s’ Hospital Foundation.