Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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.

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