Top price for Monaro

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL | -

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.

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