Australian desert hoard

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An es­tate sale in Alice Springs, Aus­tralia has re­vealed a col­lec­tion of early Australian-made cars. Most no­table were 11 Holden FXS, nick­named ‘Hump­ies’ for their hunch­backed pro­file, and six ex­am­ples of Ley­land’s short-lived P76. There were also two World War Ii-era Jeeps, two early Six­ties Ford Fal­con coupés and two Fal­con XK sedans, an R-series Chrysler Valiant and an S-series ver­sion, plus no fewer than 2600 num­ber­plates.

Richard Mac­gowan wrote to tell us about it. ‘The cars were stored both out­side and in­side a num­ber of sheds on an over­grown town block in a sub­urb of Alice Springs called East­side,’ he said. ‘Their con­di­tion var­ied enor­mously be­tween “orig­i­nal” and “rust hold­ing it all to­gether”.’

Bids var­ied be­tween the re­spectable – just over AUS$30K (£17.5k) for a left-hand drive ’66 notch­back Mus­tang 289 V8 in clean con­di­tion – to near-bar­gain sta­tus, such as the AUS$6150 (£3.5k) fi­nal bid for a well­p­re­served P76 V8 sedan in eye-catch­ing orange. Mac­gowan pointed out the cost of trans­port, which at AUS$1 per km would have made a 2500km re­trieval to Aus­tralia’s East Coast some­what dis­cour­ag­ing to on­line bid­ders.

’Orig­i­nal’ to ‘rusty’ in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory

£17.5k Mus­tang most valu­able

One of six Ley­land P76 V8s of­fered

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