Auc­tion turns back clock with clas­sics

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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

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