THE bargains were plentiful and the 150 potential bidders at the Mean Machines auction had to be quick to secure a vehicle or item of automobilia that went on sale at a rapid-fire sale.
There were 25 classic cars and 17 assorted bits of automobilia, ranging from a boxed set of six bottles of Rolls-Royce port and a set of 1970s Daimler hubcaps to a pack of 1950s Holden playing cards and a crate of Fiat X1-9 parts.
Top price on the day was $16,000 for a well-presented 1973 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, while a lovely South Africandelivered Karmann Ghia fetched $15,000.
A brace of Jaguar S-Types went to the same buyer at $4000 for both, and an attractive Baurbodied 1986 BMW cabrio made only $3000.
A 1990 Celica GT4 AWD turbo sold at $4500 and an immaculate Mazda RX-7 Series 1 was a bargain for $9000.
A 1967 Fiat 850 coupe, the last off the line, made $3000, and a rare Triumph 2500 Estate fittingly sold for $2500.
A pair of motor tricycles, one with VW power, the other a custom Harley, each made five figures at $13,000 and $10,000 respectively, and a 1995 Nissan Micra, described as a “cheerful runabout” was a snip at $300.
Only two cars were passed in: the 1972 Volvo ES (wagon) which was expected to sell for about $15,000 raised just half that amount, and a very nice yellow Sunbeam Alpine Series IV, said to have a minor kink in its chassis, was passed in at $4000, about a quarter of its real worth.
Clockwise from top left: A brace of S-Type Jags was snapped up for $4000; This Rolls-Royce sold for $16,000; The last-of-the-series Fiat 850 coupe fetched $3000;This bright Sunbeam Alpine failed to warm any buyer hearts.