Record sale for GTS

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

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.

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