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IN A FOR­MI­DA­BLE dis­play of the strength of the Aus­tralian clas­sic car mar­ket records tum­bled at the D’Al­berto Broth­ers pri­vate col­lec­tion auc­tion held in mid-April

Con­ducted by Burns & Co auc­tion­eers, it had buyers weigh­ing in with fist­fuls of dol­lars, keen to se­cure a piece of Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing his­tory.

A quar­tet of Group A Com­modores head­lined the auc­tion along with many other clas­sic and mod­ern Holdens, all in mint con­di­tion. While ex­pec­ta­tions were high, no­body en­vis­aged the fever­ish bid­ding and prices that would be achieved on the day.

Top­ping the sale price was a 1988 VL Com­modore Walkin­shaw Group A SS, build num­ber 333, that was owned by the D’Al­berto fam­ily since new. A to­tal of 66 bids got it to the record-set­ting fig­ure of $340,000. The never-reg­is­tered pris­tine Walkin­shaw had been the pride of the D’Al­berto fam­ily col­lec­tion, hav­ing only 1308km on the clock.

An­other HSV Group A SS, this one a 1994 VN model with 1867 km show­ing was keenly sought, due to its unique build num­ber – 333. Al­though only 302 were built; given that the D’Al­berto fam­ily al­ready owned three other Group As with the same build num­ber, and be­ing a prom­i­nent Holden dealer, a spe­cial-build plaque #333 was as­signed to this ve­hi­cle. It fetched $210,000

The zenith of Brock Group A SS Com­modores, an as-new 1985 VK HDT Blue Meanie owned by the D’Al­ber­tos since new, also fea­tur­ing build num­ber 333, had trav­elled just 2375 kilo­me­tres. It sold for $305,000.

The fourth Group A SS un­der the gavel was the fi­nal model built by Brock. The VL Group A SS, the first un­lead­ed­fuel ver­sion, was a shadow of its Blue Meanie pre­de­ces­sor per­for­mance-wise. How­ever this gem, in D’Al­berto hands from new, again with build num­ber 333, achieved $155,000 af­ter 33 bids.

A rare 2008 HSV W427 was highly sought and with just 114km show­ing, it sold for $220,000 on the 44th bid.

Early to late Monaros fea­tured promi­nently. The high­est bid go­ing to a 1970 Monaro GTS 186S coupe, its in­te­rior still wrapped in plas­tic and sit­ting on orig­i­nal tyres. There was no ser­vice his­tory, as it was yet to re­ceive its first ser­vice, hav­ing done a mere 504kms and spent most of its life in the first owner's garage. It was then ac­quired by the D'Al­berto fam­ily, be­fore spend­ing a short time in Lindsay Fox's col­lec­tion. It sold for $240,000 af­ter 68 bids. An HT 308 Monaro went for $170,000. The last gen­er­a­tion Monaros also fared well with a 2002 HSV GTS Coupe fetch­ing $132,500, book­ended by a 2005 VZ Monaro CV8Z that sold for $155,000.

One of the big­gest sur­prises of the auc­tion was the eye­wa­ter­ing $165,000 paid for a 1970 LC Holden To­rana GTR, a price not seen for an XU1, let alone its less-pow­er­ful sib­ling. An­other of­fer­ing that sur­prised the sizeable crowd was the $95,000 forked out for a 1966 Holden HR Pre­mier X2 Holden. And there was huge ap­plause when the car that started it all, Holden's first-ever 1948 48-215 FX, with build num­ber 46 and just 35,780km sold for $130,000.

But there were a few bar­gains to be had as well; a six-kilo­me­tre old 2017 VF SS-V Red­line Magnum ute, with build­plate 17 of 250 went for a mod­est $67,000 and a rare 1999 HSV XU8 with only 389km got the nod at $57,000. A 1980 Holden TE Gem­ini sedan with 52,000km achieved a solid $7000, while a Se­ries II 2000 VT Com­modore SS sedan, one of five built as a pi­lot car for the Syd­ney Olympics torch re­lay was snapped up for $35,000.

Com­ment­ing on the auc­tion Ashley Burns said, “Nat­u­rally we are de­lighted for the D'Al­berto fam­ily on the re­sults we achieved. It's rare to have such a col­lec­tion of su­perbly pre­served and well-loved cars to­gether like this. All have been garaged through­out their life, all are me­chan­i­cally per­fect, all have low kilo­me­tres and all are rare. That's why the bid­ding on the day and en­quiry lead­ing up to the auc­tion was so strong.

“There's no doubt bench­marks have been set, but these were 10 out of 10 cars and ev­ery fu­ture car to come up for auc­tion will be judged against them.”


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