Shannons Spring Auction Melbourne 2015

By: Scott Murray, Photography by: Shannons

We’ve picked our favourite lots from the recent Shannons Spring Auction on Monday 21st September and what another great classic auction it was!

1970-volkswagen -kombi -t 2-microbus (1)

The Kombi thing is still a thing right now. There’s no doubt they are the flavour at auction right now, be it a paddock-find or nut-bolt resto. Lot 18 sold for $36,000 in a vibrant red and white combo, with a freshened four-speed manual, 1600cc flat-four and some gorgeous chrome accents that sing the songs of a summertime roadtrip around Australia.

1966-volkswagen -21-window -samba -wagon -lhd (1)

However, the 1966 21-Window Samba (Lot 37) just took the entire cake.

1977-lancia -montecarlo -mki -coupe -rhd

The cloth-topped Lancia Montecarlo, rare in these parts, stood out in its garish aqua green/blue paint and hot BBS alloys. Enthusiasts will have no doubt had a look underneath with a well-trained eye, but with a bit spent on improvements (undecided on that very-70s brown leather) and perhaps a new lick of paint, someone’s bought a great mid-engined rally special, styled by Pininfarina.

1970-oldsmobile -toronado -coupe -lhd (1)

From handling to heft now, and for $5000, stuff fuel economy and responsiveness ­– the Oldsmobile Toronado in left-hook was banging on the door for a cheap summer cruiser. With its thumping 250 cubic-inch V8 engine, front-wheel drive and a boot that would swallow ten, these Yank tanks do manage to sell despite their acquired taste.

1978-holden -hz -gts -monaro -50-sedan (2)

Need some cheap Aussie muscle car action in your car-love life? Look no further than an HZ GTS Monaro. Lot 24 was a remarkably original example, with painted rocker covers (points for effort), a pop-up sunroof, that beloved lump of 308 cubic-inch Aussie V8 in the nose and the rock ‘n’ roll lip spoiler on the bum. For 20 grand it’s a bargain, and while the blue vinyl interior is quite faded, it is original. Hearing that signature 70s Holden door ‘thunk’ on a hot summers day, the seat belt buckle searing flesh as you buckle in to head home from the beach, right elbow on the window sill and a Golden Gaytime in your left hand, the new owner will be as happy as Larry.

1955-jaguar -xk 140-fhc (2)

At the other end of the spectrum was a stunning 1955 Fixed Head coupe Jaguar XK140 which went for $125,000. Lot 30, with its silky 3.4-litre straight-six, double H6 SU side-draught carburettors and an output of 140kW and 284Nm in right-hand drive (of which there weren’t even 850 built) makes this desirable and rare pussy cat. With a safe but luscious red leather and carpeted interior against the white body, with its super-sleek rear spats, makes you understand why it went for 125K. We knew this would sell.

1969-ford -falcon -xw -gt -sedan

Last but certainly not lonely with a grinning new owner was Lot 41, the immaculate 1969 XW GT Falcon in beautiful Vintage Burgundy and the mighty Cleveland 351 under the scooped bonnet, which went for a strong $77,000. Can’t afford an astronomically-priced XY? XWs are clearly holding their own in the marketplace now. Where they once looked poultry compared to the Phase III-wannabe XY GTs of the last few years, a really tidy example will not only offer something different enough to be different, but with very similar performance characteristics. Namely, a torquey, snorting thrust that’ll throw your head back and turn others’. The king is dead? Love live…

The next Shannons Classic Auction is in Sydney on November 9th at 7pm. Check out the upcoming lots online by visiting – we’ll bring you our preview and wrap-up right here at


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