This beauty will fetch a pretty price

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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.

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