WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH
The growth in 4x4 prices in the US classic car market in recent years has been stunning.
While the pioneering SWB Land Rovers have justifiably had collector cachet for a while, it seems to be open season now.
As long as they're nice examples, old G60 Patrols and early three-speed FJ40 'Cruisers are bringing top dollar. Even very ordinary achievers like International Scouts ( remember them?) are doing the business.
LLOYDS OUT of Queensland was right on the money holding its first auction at the Shepparton Motor Museum, Vic.
A big crowd turned up – it was literally standing room only – that got to witness this Phase III hit a very solid $500k.
This helps to cement its reputation as Australia’s most desirable muscle car and rates as the highest public bid for the model since the GFC. Pre-GFC prices allegedly hit $900,000, though they did sink to around a third of that number, when the economy was looking dire. This result is part of a larger trend for climbing values on local muscle.
HERE'S THE stand-out lot for the end- April auction at Mossgreen. Original D-Types were built from 1954 to 1957, employing monocoque construction with clear aviation aerodynamic influences. Jaguar won Le Mans with them in 1955, 1956 and 1957. This example's body is an NZ-built Tempero, with much finishing work done in Australia. Its 3.8lt Mk 10 engine with triple Weber carburettors is mated to a four-speed Moss transmission. A real one will set you back several mil, so $141k for a nice replica is a good deal.
THE RELENTLESS pace of Lloyds auctions clearly hasn't exhausted the market given the record result for this XW GT. If you were after one, it was a fine example to splash out on. It's a bit special, claiming one-owner status and running a 351 with a top-loader, the preferred package. Tidied up over the years, it was originally sold by Anderson Ford in Adelaide. XWs typically aren’t expected to pull as high numbers as the equivalent XY, though any sane person would be happy with either. What does this mean for XY prices?
WITH PAGODA roof Benz coupes now virtually unaffordable people are looking harder at the big SEs. Their ‘old world’ feel and comfort levels are appealing to many.
By the time this upgrade model was built the W111-era was close to over. The inline six W129 engine claimed 150hp. This car seemed like a very well kept unit and, when you consider the cost of a restoration, looked like good value.
CHECK THIS out, Uncle Phil – he’s owned one and would love to get another.
For many the Group 3 is the ultimate Brockmobile and only 322 VH examples were made. Most chose the 246hp 5.0lt motor over the optional 4.2lt. It scored Brock heads, limited slip diff and 4-wheel discs. There seems to be a fairly wellrecorded history with this one and we suspect the $48-54k estimate will prove to be a fair way below the likely result.
WE COULDN'T go past this one, a stunning Cadillac convertible coupe from 1938, with some of the best art deco styling ever seen. Most impressive is the 431ci (7.1lt) V16 powerplant, tied to a three-speed transmission with synchro. That engine was rated at 185hp – an incredible figure for the time – at 3600rpm. For its day, this represented cutting-edge motoring technology, something that was reflected in a price that was more than many houses and which would have bought you a lifetime supply of Chevrolets. In relative terms, it’s actually got cheaper over the years, given the estimate of $215-240k. Just 315 V16s of all body types were made in 1938 and the numbers dwindled further as a recession hit sales.
WONDERING WHAT to do with all the spare cash stashed under your bed? Here's an idea. C2 Corvettes are the generation to have and values have been growing steadily. The ‘right’ engine makes this one special – the 435hp version of the 427, with Tripower carburetion and mated to a fourspeed manual. Plenty of options boxes are ticked: Positraction rear end, power discs and side pipes. No estimate is offered, but recent sales of upper-echelon 427 C2s have averaged close to US$120k or AU$160,000.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see this one head well north of those numbers.
ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS, old chap.
A lovely Bentley, worth $300,000 new, brought used-Commodore money in the savage UK car market. The 6.8lt Rolls- Royce V8-powered luxo saloon, with no condition report but with a documented history and current MOT, lucked out by sharing an auction with a couple of Arnage which brought new Commodore money.
THIS CAME out of the blue. Until now growth in E24 6-series BMW values hasn't been enough to excite anyone, with usable examples available for $10k. However M6s, with the powerful 24-valve motor have become quite scarce. This result might bring some out of hiding. A very low mileage car (25,000km from new), it doubled its estimate at the recent Classic Car Auctions sale.
WHILE KIT cars generally inspire as much confidence as a wire mesh submarine, this one was built by a guy who has built his own aircraft. So maybe this thing would be alright.
Essentially it’s a UK-sourced kit, with a massive steel space frame and fibreglass cladding. Its performance potential grabs your attention. It runs an LS7 7.0lt powerplant with a measured 712 horsepower. That’s for a package weighing around 1000kg. Can you say ‘slingshot’?