Auction turns back clock with classics
SHANNONS is bringing back the style and elegance of a bygone era to Sydney with a great selection of pre-World War I British and American vehicles at its autumn auction.
The standout vintage vehicle is a 1913 Sunbeam 25/30hp Tourer — one of only two surviving examples out of 50 vehicles built between 1911 and 1914.
The Sunbeam 25/30, powered by a 6.1-litre six-cylinder featuring two plugs per cylinder, was one of the fastest production cars of its day, setting a record average speed of 92.45mph (148.78km/h) over 160km in 1912.
Chassis number 153812 was imported into Australia in 1913 by Brisbane agents McGees, where it was fitted with touring coachwork by Peel Ltd for its original doctor owner.
However, in the early 1960s its body was removed by a later owner to re-clothe the chassis of a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost he owned.
The ‘‘naked’’ Sunbeam then remained in storage until 2000, when it was reinstated to its former glory with a painstaking eight-year restoration by the present owner.
Now ready to participate in a variety of vintage carevents, the Sunbeam is expected to attract bids in the $170,000-$210,000 range.
Equally desirable for pre-War American car enthusiasts is a rare and original 1933 Chrysler C.T. Royal Eight Coupe.
The vehicle, fitted with a straight eight-cylinder engine and three - speed manual gearbox, was bought in 1985 by the secretary of the Chrysler Restorers Club, who restored it to its present magnificent condition.
Since the restoration was completed in 1990, the C.T. Coupe has won numerous trophies and Shannons said that it fully justified its anticipated estimated selling price of $105,000-$115,000.
Also stunning and from the United States is a 1940 Packard 160 Super 8 Coupe — one of only five examples known to exist.
The Shannons autumn auction is on Monday, May 3.
FLIER: The Sunbeam 25/30 was one of the fastest production cars of its day