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WHAT'S MOVING AND SHAKING AKING

PORSCHE 944 TURBO S

After the dud 924, Porsche regrouped and gave us the 944 which was better in every way.

Built from 1982 to ’91 the 944-lineup included a coupe, a cabriolet, turbo and an S2 and prior to the arrival of the Boxster, was the brand's biggest ever seller.

Of them all the 944 Turbo S is the pick.

With 186kW/350Nm, it would shoot to 100km/h in 5.5 sec and a 261km/h top speed.

The suspension could be ordered with adjustable Koni shocks and adjustable front ride height. It rode on 16-inch rims and had 928 S4 front brakes and Brembo calipers.

From 1989 the ‘S’ was dropped, but the Turbo continued with the ‘S’ spec.

YENKO CAMARO 1968

$520,000 MECUM, PORTLAND

HERE'S PROOF that the right model can make all the difference in the world.

Camaro prices remain a little 'soft' compared to some other American collectibles, but this Yenk dealer special ticks a lot of boxes – great condition, a performance-oriented rarity and it has the right equipment under the bonnet.

Mechanical spec includes an L72 427 V8 with a claimed 425 horses, mated to an M21 four-speed transmission and Positraction rear end. Very nice.

We're told the resto on this was topnotch, enough to score it a gold award at the Camaro Nationals.

1978 FORD COBRA HARDTOP

$121,000 LLOYDS AUCTIONS

GOTTA LOVE a good flamboyant 1970s car, and they don't come a whole lot more so than a Ford Falcon Cobra Coupe.

This XC had a lot of the options boxes ticked when it was ordered from the dealer, so it has air-conditioning, power steering and power windows.

Under the bonnet there's a 302 with auto. All up, that sounds like a nice cruiser.

These may not have been a pinnacle hero car like a Phase III, but the steady rise of other Aussie icons has dragged these along in their wake.

VALIANT VC 1966BASH CAR

$7100 LLOYDS AUCTIONS

HERE'S PROOF you don't have to be a millionaire to have fun at an auction.

This Valiant is typical of what you find in a good bash car: big reliable engine, jacked-up suspension, and lots of bars.

Plus a silly paint job.

We love it and the fact is, if it all went wheels-up, you'd have some bits you could salvage, such as the very desirable 318 V8 in the nose.

We reckon you'd struggle to build one for anywhere near this money and we're envious of whoever bought the thing.

Yep, a bargain.

1970 SUPERBIRD TRIBUTE

$92,000 MECUM, PORTLAND

IT MIGHT not be the real thing, but it's living proof that tribute cars have an appreciative market – if they're done well.

This example started life as a Roadrunner, now with a 426 in the snout, and you could argue it should have been left that way, given a decent example is a joy to behold.

Nevertheless, it's hard to walk past the wild wing on this thing.

1993 BUGATTI EB110

$799,000 BONHAMS, GREENWICH

DESPITE THE eye-watering price, this probably doesn't rate as a fantastic investment since new – that may change over time.

The EB110 is a very special bit of kit, effectively the car that revived a marque that these days seems to be swimming along pretty well. The 3.5lt V12 produced 552hp, which doesn't seem all the extreme nowadays...

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SHANNONS Melbourne Winter Classic Auction July 17 - 2017 Estimate: $100-120,000

CHEV CAMARO Z28

IT GRACED the cover of Unique Cars issue 368 and now it can grace your driveway. This painstakingly fully restored 1969 Chev Camaro Z/28 is the epitome of Chev muscle of the late ‘60s as well as a response to Ford’s pony car. Finished in stunning Daytona Yellow with contrasting black trim, this example, still in lefthand drive, features the highly-sought combo of a 302 ci V8 (derived from a de-stroked 327) Muncie four-speed with a Hurst shifter, a 12-bolt rear end and four-wheel discs.

1978 STUDEBAKER AVANTI

$10,500 MECUM, PORTLAND

DEFINITELY A conversation-starter at any show, the Studebaker Avanti has a small but very dedicated international following.

The fibreglass body was punted along by a 289, which you could order with a supercharger – more than enough to give it very respectable performance.

This car appears to have been repowered at some stage, listing a 350 – presumably a Chev crate motor. A lot of car for the money.

1975 VW KOMBI 23 WINDOW REPLICA

$705,0OO MOSSGREEN, MELBOURNE

THIS FULLY restored ’75 Kombi 8-seater was originally a 15-window model. A professional roof upgrade transformed it into a 23 window Kombi. It came with a Californian title and NSW historic plates. Powered by a 1500cc motor with Beetle manual gearbox it has a 12v conversion to suit todays accessories.

Retrimmed interior includes new headlining. A stunning price result for all concerned.

1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD

$24,348 MECUM, INDY

THIS STUNNING ’59 T-Bird convertible looks better than new thanks to a full resto (including new top and back window).

Complementing the white exterior are the almost delicate Kelsey Hayes wire wheels, and white-wall tyres.

With 352ci V8 and auto trans, this 46.000 miles-from-new, weekend cruiser was snapped up for less than twenty five grand..

1973 FORD FALCON XA GS FAIRMONT

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ANOTHER Unique Cars featured car (May 2013) is this Wild Violet Ford Falcon XA GS four-door Fairmont. Offered with no reserve, bidding will be as strong as the 351 engine.

Featuring a white interior, it had a resto some time back and now sports a GT grille, bonnet pins and GT exhaust tips. Given the strength of the Aussie muscle car market, Shannon’s Christophe Boribon wouldn’t be surprised if the price ended north of its $35-$45,000 estimate,.

SHANNONS AUCTIONS Melbourne Winter Classic Auction July 17 – 2017 Estimate: $35-45,000