Some rare old classics raise roof at auction
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