Massive Holden auction for October

Car nuts from all over Australia are expected to attend one of the most significant car auctions this country has ever seen when more than 60 cars owned by Charlie McCarron go under the hammer on the October long weekend.

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Charlie was the Holden dealer in the small NSW Western Plains town of Canowindra, three-and-a-half hours west of Sydney. Over the years, Charlie retained some trade-ins from his dealership and bartered and bought others. Since officially closing his dealer doors, Charlie has offered inspections of his motoring museum to car clubs by appointment.

But his advancing age – he’s 84 – and with no desire to leave the task of selling the cars as a burden to his family, he’s commissioned auction house Burns & Co to sell his collection.

As you would imagine of a former Holden dealer, most of the cars are lion legends. The majority are in the tidy ‘straight-off-the-street’ unrestored condition that Charlie acquired them over the past 40-plus years. Jewels include an LJ Torana XU-1, an HK Holden Monaro GTS 186S and a 22,000-mile FX (48-215) Holden sedan which is not only the 46th Holden ever made, but the last car that Holden racing legend Peter Brock drove around Mount Panorama before his untimely death a decade ago.

There are a few standout vehicles of other marques – including a tidy time-warp 4.1-litre XD Ford Falcon GL - and a few accident-damaged and engine-less cars on offer. There’s also a stash of NOS (new/old stock) parts, engines and driveline components plus signs, workshop manuals and other equipment from Charlie’s dealership days.

However, with interest in early Commodores rising among Australian car enthusiasts, it is Charlie’s VB, VC and VH Commodores, including several rare 5.0-litre manual SL/Es, that are expected to draw the most attention.

The auction will be held in Canowindra Sept 30-Oct 2. Interested? The catalogue and other details can be found at

(Ed: see GT's video walk-around at Street Machine mag.)

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