This beauty will fetch a pretty price
EXOTIC sports cars from Italy, Britain and Germany will turn Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction into a European retro motor show on Monday.
The star of the show is a highly desirable, original right-hand drive Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, presented in stunning condition in trademark Rosso Corsa (red) with tan leather interior.
Originally delivered new to a British enthusiast in 1973, the Dino eventually made its way to Japan in 1990 where it is understood to have covered just 160 miles in a private collection for the next 18 years.
The current owner bought the car from the collection in 2008 after a worldwide search for the best-available Dino 246 GTS.
Adding to its attraction, the Dino is fitted with power windows, headlamp covers and its removable Targa roof has new seals.
Because of its condition and the proven investment value of Dino 246 models, Shannons expect it to attract international interest in the $290,000-$330,000 range.
Much rarer and equally desirable to British sporting car collectors is a spectacular 1960 AC Aceca-Bristol Coupe that has been restored to a very high standard.
Only 171 of these beautifully styled Acecas were made with the optional 2.0 litre in-line Bristol six-cylinder engine and just 86 of these, like the example being auctioned, were sold in right-hand drive.
Although originally fitted ex-factory with the 2.0-litre Bristol engine and painted red, the Aceca was carefully restored at great expense in Sydney in the 1990s following its arrival in Australia.
In the process it was fitted with a slightly larger 2.2-litre Type 110 engine from a later-model Bristol 406 and has also been repainted stylish Silver Blue.
Stunning and collectable, Shannons expect it to also interest international buyers at its projected $160,000-$175,000 range.
Also for British sporting car enthusiasts is a well-maintained and nicely original 1984 Morgan Plus 8 Roadster, offered in ready-to-enjoy condition.
Hand-built in small numbers — just over 4000 were completed from its introduction in 1968 until production ceased in 1996— the 3.5-litre Rover V8-powered Plus 8 is a British icon that has proved an excellent vehicle for production sports car racing and classic rallies and is today soughtafter by enthusiasts and collectors as a unique and charismatic road car.
The Metallic Green example offered by Shannons was one of the last Plus Eights built with Stromberg carburettors and benefited from 15-inch rims.
It arrived in Australia in 2002 and while it is not in concours condition cosmetically, the current owner has kept the car in first class mechanical condition.
To view all of the auction lots, go to shannons.com.au.