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NISSAN Z32 300ZX

Weíve been plotting sales figures of 300ZXs over the past 36 months and theyíve been dropping off a cliff. These cars are vanishing.

The bad ones are being scrapped and the good ones are being hidden away. If history has taught us anything, itís that longer term at least, a good Zed is a valuable Zed.

Tidy, unmodified, low mileage twin turbo cars are the go. Just donít expect to get rich quick.

HKS GTS 327 BATHURST 1968

$302,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE

This Warwick Yellow Bathurst busted through the top of its high estimate and kept on trucking. Hereís proof, if ever it were needed, that thereís still strong demand for the right Aussie muscle car. The Monaroís prominence at last yearís Motorclassica, albeit a successor HT 350 version, has helped buoy interest in prime condition Sixties models and these 327s actually have a sweeter motor than the later 350ci lumps. Does this stack up as a longer term investment? That one we could debate all day.

1983 PORSCHE 911 SC CABRIO

$45,000 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE

If you thought you needed at least seventy grand before you even started thinking about air-cooled and vaguely roadworthy Porsche 911s, hereís a breath of fresh air. Just $45k would have landed you an entirely presentable 911SC. Okay, so itís a cabrio, which isnít as sought-after as a fixed-head coupe, and the hood had seen better days, but with Guards Red paint, Fuchs alloys and a manual box, this one has a lot of potential. Bargain of the night at Shannons for certain.

ASTON MARTIN 1981 LAGONDA

$28,000 SILVERSTONE, UK

What could possibly go wrong with a $25k Aston Martin Lagonda? The first production car in the world to use computer management, a digital instrument panel and second series cathode ray tubes for the instrumentation, the Lagonda is an acquired taste, and this particular Laguna Beige example is in decent mechanical condition but requires extensive restoration, the previous resto having stalled. Now thereís a surprise.

1987 ALPINA B12

$105,000 SILVERSTONE, UK

The Alpina B12 got the BMW 850iís 5.0-litre V12 tuned to a punchy 350 horses which drove it through 100km/h in under seven seconds. It doesnít sound that quick today, but for a 1980s GT that was some serious pedal. Only 5 RHD cars were built of a total production run of 97. This oneís covered 39,000 miles from new and could well be an auction record for the model.

1965 DINO BERLINETTA SPECIALE

$6.1M ARTCURIAL, PARIS

Hereís the car that sparked a new design direction for Maranello. Badged as a Dino, this was the first Ferrari-built non-racer with an engine behind the driver. First shown at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, the Pininfarina-styled Dino 206 Berlinetta Speciale is the predecessor to the muchloved 246 Dino. It sold without a working engine, this prototype having sat for 20 years in the ACOís Le Mans museum.

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1957 RMA Villa Erba, Ė27th May TBA

BMW 507 SERIES 1

THE 507 has always been well valued, and the last six cars to pass through an auction sold for an average of almost $2m, with a high price of $2.83m, the latter secured by this very car at Monterey in August last year. Will it reach over three million in Italy? Itís not inconceivable, given the way the marketís been trending. With an original engine and in wonderful survivor condition, itís easy to see why this Mk1 model Ė of which only 34 examples were built during 1956 and early 1957 Ė looks set to attract a lot of interest. If it's good enough for Elvis it's good enough for us.

1964AUSTIN HEALEY 100M ĎLE MANSí

$278,000 RM SOTHEBYíS, PARIS

So, whatís so special about this Le Mans version of the Austin Healey 100M? Well, only 640 were ever made, which makes it a big deal. Itís had a full restoration in the UK totalling over $100k and this Black over Reno Red example is a genuine matching numbers OCD special, sold complete with new Everflex hood, tonneau cover, copper and Thor hammer, and woodeneared spanner, grease gun, original ownerís manuals, service manuals and sales brochures.

1972 PONTIAC GTO

$52,800 MECUM, LOS ANGELES

This really doesnít seem a lot of money for a factory tri-power car thatís had a frameoff restoration and which presents in such stunning condition. The Yorktown Blue paintwork makes a change from the sea of black GTOs and the interior looks just as good.

Ubiquity somewhat hurts GTO values in the US, but the definitive muscle car is attainable for those without a bottomless budget.

1985 HDT VK GROUP A

$121,000 LLOYDS, CARRARA, QLD

Build number 482 of 502 in Formula Blue was always going to be a big draw for Lloyds and so it proved, and this matching numbers car with a full certificate of authenticity sailed well into six figures. This Blue Meanie featured a four-speed LM0M21 manual box and was sold with a massive documentation file including a complete build sheet and all log books.

1984 HDT VK SS

$61,500 SHANNONS, MELBOURNE

A slice of Pure Eighties, this HDT VK SS will twang the heart strings of a fair few of you, and bidding was strong for this Alpine White example. Although Group A and Group 3 cars will attract the big money, the SS can be a Brocky bargain. This car has the 4-speed manual rather than the desirable 5-speed Borg Warner T5 option, and the hammer fall wasnít far short of opening book on a Group 3 at Shannonsí palatial new auction house.