AUCTION ACTION

WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

MARK HIGGINS

WHAT'S HOT ON THE BLOCK THIS MONTH

WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING

MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 R129

Two door SL Benzs have always been sought after and like a good wine, the older they get the more valuable they become.

Gullwings are unobtainium and a good Pagoda model will set you back plenty.

But a 500SL from the early nineties is well within reach..

The SL500 was powered by a DOHC 5.0-litre V8 with 326 horsepower, good for a top speed of 155mph.

An original example in pale blue with cream leather sold at Shannons Melbourne recently for $9,500.

FORD FALCON XY GT 1970 $180,000 SHANNONS, NSW

PURVEYORS OF Aussie muscle metal, clambered to secure this rare 1970 Ford Falcon XY GT at the packed Shannons NSW autumn auction.

If you wanted one, this superb example was a beauty: only six were produced in this engine and transmission colour, trim combo (351 Manual in Yellow Ochre with black vinyl), and the price reinforces the desirability that non-HO Falcon GTs are achieving, with a similar model going out the door last year for $176,000.

1991 $91,000 SHANNONS, NSW NISSAN SKYLINE R32 GT-R

IT SMASHED Australian race tracks records and led Jimmy Richards to declare Bathurst race goers "A pack of arseholes" from the podium in 1992 after winning back-to-back Bathurst’s in the all-conquering R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, nicknamed Godzilla.

Only 100 came to Oz through Nissan in 1990 and two became the fire-breathing 650 horsepower race cars with trick allwheel drive layout. Road going versions had a $105,000 pricetag and they quickly sold out. This original model was highly sought at auction, realising a new record price.

MAZDA SERIES I, II, III $55K, $37K, $27K SHANNONS, VICTORIA RX7

ANOTHER Japanese brand setting records on the auction catwalk was the Mazda RX-7. Light, sporty, affordable and hugely powerful when fed with huge revs. This trio of unspoiled examples, one from each series came from the one collection. One buyer snapped up two before being pipped at the post on the third. 1980’s wall-poster cars are emerging as stars of the future attracting a whole new breed of buyers, who grew up in that time and are now cashed up and ready to buy.

1982 $67,000 SHANNONS, NSW MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL

WITH global production of just 9470 and a handful lobbing on our shores, finding Australian-delivered example of this chic convertible isn’t easy. The 380SL had a fuel-injected 3.8 litre V8 mated to a four speed-speed auto. This low kilometre original example sold with no reserve and could prove to be a canny purchase in years to come.

1996 $127,000 LLOYDS, QUEENSLAND HSV GTS-R

RESEMBLING a Melbourne cab on steroids thanks to its ‘yellah’ paintwork, wild wings and wheels. The 1996 VS GTS-R is a rare beast from fast Commodore fettlers, HSV. Only 85 examples were built and this example, with 42,700 kms on the clock is number #11 of 75. Bidders could also negotiate for the personalised plates 11GTSR.

1990 AUCTIONS AMERICA

Santa Monica – June 24, 2017 Estimate: $900-1.1M USD

FERRARI F40

TO BUILD the best supercar Ferrari turned to its F1 team. The F40 was created to comemorate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary of car making and was also the last Ferrari made under Enzo’s supervision. A tube frame draped in kevlar and carbon fibre and 478 horsepower from its 2.9-litre twin turbo V8 pushed the featherweight F40 to over 200mph, the first production car to do so.

It was basically a race car for the road so making it light was a priiority. As little as two-litres of paint was used on each car, so the carbon weave can be seen through the paint. This example, in Rossa Corsa with red cloth trim is chassis number 93065 and has less than 16,000 miles showing on the Veglia instruments. Definitely one after a lotto win.

1977 $340,000 LLOYDS, QUEENSLAND DICK JOHNSON FALCON XC HARDTOP

LONG BEFORE he became famous for hitting a Mt Panorama rock and in-car camera quips Dick Johnson was a talented tin-top racer.

His Falcon XC hardtop saw two Bathurst campaigns.

In 1978 the XC finished 5th, but only lasted 24 laps in 1979.

The #17 XC hardtop was sold with a CAMS logbook in original race trim as well as Dick's race suit and helmet.

1977 $705,0OO MOSSGREEN, MELBOURNE HOLDEN TORANA A9X

ANOTHER TASTY morsel of motorsport history was the ex-Bob Morris Holden Torana A9X hatchback that won the 1979 Australian Touring Car championship, the only privateer Holden team to beat the factory to a the title.

Built from one of only 10 special bodyshells supplied by Holden for motor racing, the A9X was campaigned for three years including Bathurst cmapgins.

1993 $3.M SOUTHEBY VILLA ERBA AUCTION PORSCHE CARRERA RSR

A NEVER-DRIVEN Type 964 Carrera RSR of which only 51 were built, that we featured it in issue 401 has been sold at auction for the eyewatering price of AUD$3 million. After taking delivery the owner never slipped behind the wheel to go for a fang and with just 10 delivery kilometres on the clock, this rare Porsche was brought out of hiding after 24 years and thrown on the auction catwalk.

1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE COUPÉ

1962

THIS ‘BARN FIND’ 1962 Jaguar E-Type car has matching chassis and engine numbers and just 63,000 miles on the clock.

One of just 1,799 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupes made in right-hand drive, this particular example – chassis 860826 – was completed on 23rd August 1962.

It was retired from active duty in the mid 1980s and parked in the first of two North Devon barns that have housed it ever since.

H&H AUCTIONEERS Epson – Surrey June 6, 2017 Estimate: $100K