CLAS­SICS AT­TRACT BIG BIDS

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

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.

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