V8s un­der hammer

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

EV­ERY en­thu­si­ast with a V8 heart should be beat­ing a path to Shan­nons Mel­bourne Win­ter Auc­tion on July 17 where a range of sought-af­ter bent-eight beau­ties from the US and Aus­tralia will be cross­ing the auc­tion block.

The stand­out ve­hi­cles – both yel­low – from the red and blue cor­ners are a brace of V8 mus­cle car coupes from the ‘60s and ‘70s: a stun­ning, very collectible 1969 Chevro­let Ca­maro Z/28 coupe and an ul­tra-de­sir­able and very well op­tioned 1976 Ford XB Fal­con GT Coupe.

The Day­tona Yel­low with con­trast­ing black stripes Ca­maro is one of only a hand­ful of Z28s in Aus­tralia. It was ro­tis­serie-re­stored to a very high stan­dard for its Aus­tralian owner by Ari­zona Mus­cle Cars in the US over a re­cent twoyear pe­riod and graced the front cover of Unique Cars mag­a­zine in 2014. Shan­nons ex­pects it to sell in the $100,000-$120,000 range.

Home-grown Holden V8 alternatives in­clude a freshly-painted 1969 Holden HT Monaro 186 Coupe up­graded me­chan­i­cally with a 350 V8 and auto trans­mis­sion ($50,000$60,000); a very orig­i­nal 1980 HDT VC Com­modore 5.0 V8 Sedan with books and a his­tory file ($40,000-$48,000); and a 1971 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 253V8 four-speed man­ual Coupe ‘restora­tion project’ of­fered with ‘no re­serve’ that is ex­pected to bring $25,000$30,000.

If size mat­ters, you can’t go past the stun­ning 1959 Cadil­lac Series 62 Con­vert­ible that was me­chan­i­cally and cos­met­i­cally re­stored to a high stan­dard at a re­ported cost of more than $150,000 for a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of Mel­bourne’s St. Kilda Foot­ball Club.

Fin­ished in white with twotone red and white up­hol­stery, the Cadil­lac is ex­pected to sell with ‘no re­serve’ in the $80,000-$95,000 range.

A very collectible 1976 Ford XB GT Coupe (be­low) fin­ished in Yel­low Blaze with black cloth and vinyl trim has a sig­na­ture 351 Cleve­land V8 and T-bar au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

It is an older restora­tion that is fully-op­tioned with a black vinyl roof, five-slot wheels, power steer­ing, power win­dows, air con­di­tion­ing (not con­nected) and rear window lou­vres.

The XB GT fea­tured in the spe­cial ‘Edi­tion 351’ Ford is­sue of Unique Cars mag­a­zine and is pre­sented in beau­ti­ful, orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

With Fal­con XA and XB GT Coupes cur­rently in high de­mand, this very de­sir­able ex­am­ple is ex­pected to sell in the $85,000-$100,000 range.

A 1973 Ford XA Fair­mont GS 351 Sedan is also at the auc­tion as well as other V8s.

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