V8s under hammer
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.