CLASSICS ATTRACT BIG BIDS
NOSTALGIA reigned at Shannons’ Melbourne showroom on December 5 as the hammer fell on an era.
It was 35 years after Robert Shannons pioneered classic vehicle auctions in Australia.
The company is moving from its historical Warrigal Road home to a new, larger facility in Heatherton, just 1.5km away.
While the top sale of the auction was $140,000 paid for a 1983 Ferrari 308 GTSi Targa coupe, it was a trio of classic Australian muscle cars – a bombproof Bentley, two rare circa-1933 Brough Superior motorcycles and a stylish 1936 Auburn 653 Phaeton – that garnered the most bidder interest.
The high ground for the local muscle machines was $127,000 paid for a 1971 Ford XY GT Falcon 351 V8 automatic, pursued by a restored 1973 Holden Torana LJ GTR XU-1 that had prolonged bidding before selling for $112,500.
Among the motorcycles, the standout was a circa-1933 Brough Superior SS80 1000cc solo in ‘project condition’, which sold for $115,000.
A unique bomb and bullet-proof 1995 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo originally built for the Ruler of Qatar was sold for $37,000.
The Falcon XY GT was the top Aussie muscle car at $127,000.