Top price for Monaro
SIX figure prices paid for two special interest classic Holden models headed a strong result at an auction in Sydney.
The highlight of the Shannons auction was $225,000 paid for a one family owned 1969 Holden HT GTS 350 Monaro (above) sold in unrestored ‘survivor’ condition.
Driven by determined floor, phone and internet bidding from throughout Australia, the Verdoro Green ‘Bathurst’ Monaro was in demand with enthusiasts quickly driving its price well north of its preauction $150,000 high estimate.
Just one lot earlier, a 1985 Holden VK Commodore SS Group A, traded heavily on its association with the late Peter Brock who died 10 years ago in 2006, to sell with ‘no reserve’ for $106,000, also well above its pre-sale high estimate.
Known as the ‘Blue Meanie’ due to its signature ‘Formula Blue’ paint and highperformance 4.9-litre V8, the Commodore represented the peak of Brock’s road carbuilding HDT empire, with the VK Commodore SS Group A being the first local car built to the new international Group A touring car regulations.
Two other classics with strong ‘Bathurst’ connections to perform above expectations in the auction were a LJ GTR XU-1 Torana — the model in which Brock took the first of his nine wins at Mount Panorama — that sold for $86,000 and an Australian-spec 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R built as the road version of the 4WD Nissans that dominated ‘the great race’ in 1991 and 1992, which brought $69,000.
Another standout result was the $155,000 paid for a desirable late-series Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 Coupe, while a rare 1974 Maserati Khamsin coupe went for $128,000 and a 1959 right hand drive Chevrolet Corvette convertible sold for $105,000.
Among other classics, a rare 1960 Fiat 600 Multipla wagon sold for $62,000, a 1960 Volkswagen Kombi ‘Split window’ Microbus sold for $47,000, a 1958 Austin-Healey ‘Bug Eye’ Sprite roadster in restored condition sold for $38,500 and a 1960 FB Holden in beautiful, unrestored condition made $26,500.