Some rare old clas­sics raise roof at auc­tion

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ONCE-hum­ble clas­sics were in high de­mand at Shan­nons Mel­bourne Win­ter Clas­sic Auc­tion on Mon­day.

Former en­try-level cars and light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles brought top prices.

An ex­cep­tional, orig­i­nal, Vic­to­rian coun­try-de­liv­ered Mi­lano Ivory 1955 Holden FJ Ute, once the cheap­est new Holden you could buy, sold af­ter strong floor and phone bid­ding for $42,000.

The sin­gle-fam­ily-from­new owned ve­hi­cle nearly dou­bled its pre-sale es­ti­mate be­cause of its ex­cep­tional prove­nance and vir­tu­ally un­mod­i­fied con­di­tion.

Con­firm­ing the at­trac­tion of Aus­tralian com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, a be­lieved twoowner 1982 Ford F100 Util­ity with 141,000km from new and pre­sented in ful­lyre­stored con­di­tion, sold at the top of its pre­dicted range for $14,000.

Other Aus­tralian clas­sics to sell well in­cluded a nicely-pre­sented and orig­i­nal 1971 Ford ZD Fair­lane 302-ci V8 sedan that brought $23,500, while a 1971 Chrysler VH Charger 770 318-ci V8 Coupe re­quir­ing some TLC made $20,000.

A stun­ning, mul­ti­ple tro­phy-win­ning 1960 Austin-Healey Mk I ‘‘Bug Eye’’ Sprite road­ster that had cov­ered only 1920km since it was pro­fes­sion­ally re­stored in 2008 sold on its high es­ti­mate for $28,000 more than twice that paid for a very tidy 1964 MGB Mk I Road­ster that made $13,000.

By com­par­i­son, a late model, Aus­tralian-de­liv­ered and V8-en­gined 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL with both soft and hard tops made $32,000.

A rare 1969 Steyr Puch Haflinger 700-A.P. four­wheel drive pre­sented in very orig­i­nal go­ing order

A 1982 Ford F100 Util­ity with 141,000km from new and pre­sented in fully-re­stored con­di­tion, sold for $14,000

even­tu­ally sold for $15,000 af­ter fierce floor and phone bid­ding drove prices well above its pre-sale es­ti­mate.

A well-pre­sented and well-op­tioned 1965 four­cylin­der Porsche 912 coupe that was de­liv­ered new in the US and then lo­cally con­verted to RHD, sold above es­ti­mate for $36,000, re­flect­ing the in­creased mar­ket in­ter­est in early Porsche 911-style ve­hi­cles since the re­cent death of the model’s de­signer, F.A. ‘‘Butzi’’ Porsche. Sim­i­larly, a su­perbly-pre­sented 1973 Porsche 911 Car­rera RS 2.7 ‘‘back­date’’ based on a 1982 Aus­tralia-de­liv­ered 911SC sold strongly for $55,000.

Among the clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles of­fered, a rare 595cc 1932 BSA Sloper from a de­ceased es­tate in the UK and pre­sented in ex­cel­lent go­ing order sold for $16,000, while a col­lectible 1957 Ariel Square Four 4G Mk II 1,000cc that had come out of long-term stor­age and was of­fered par­tial­lyre­stored, but in­com­plete, brought $13,500.

A rare 1969 Steyr Puch Haflinger 700-A.P. four-wheel drive pre­sented in very orig­i­nal go­ing order even­tu­ally sold for $15,000

A re­stored ‘Bug Eye’ Sprite Mk I sold for $28,000

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