Aussie Muscle Gold at Lloyds

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Our top five picks from Lloyds May 13 Classic Car Auction

Wanna grab some 24-carrat Aussie muscle gold?

Then head to Lloydsonline.com.au and check out the mouth-watering selection of cars on offer.

Bidding for the Classic Car Auction has already started and ends this Saturday May 13.

There are some absolute pearlers on offer and an abundance of rare Aussie muscle that would send any keen collector into a clicking frenzy.

All the cars up for grabs are great; but here are some favourites that have caught our eye.

1974 XB Ford Falcon GT

1974 XB Ford Falcon GT

An absolute classic and one of the all-time greats, the XB GT coupe is a legend that has conquered both the silver screen and Aussie race tracks, as well as the hearts and minds of a generation of enthusiasts, including one Eric Bana.  

This particular example is finished in ‘Yellow Blaze’ and had a comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration in 2013 that included; a new 351ci Cleveland V8, new gearbox, new differential and new suspension. In addition, this GT was only refurbished with factory new or ‘new old stock’ refurbished parts and is fitted with a factory wind-back sunroof.

1984 Holden Commodore VK Group 3

1984 Holden Commodore VK Group 3

Another great of the Aussie muscle world, the HDT Group 3 was a properly quick car back in the day, thanks to a 5.0L V8 capable of thumping out 177kW. That was enough oomph to hurl the VK to 100km/h from rest in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 210km/h.

This specimen is in amazing original condition with a genuine 60,000 kilometres on the clock from new. Only 200 VK Group 3s were made and this is an excellent example.

1985 Holden Commodore VK Group A

1985 Holden Commodore VK Group A

The HDT SS Group A was a 500 build homologation special developed by Aussie racing legend Peter Brock. Just 502 were ever built and it was a weapon of a car. The 308 cubic inch (5044cc) V8 used in earlier VKs was replaced by a 304 cubic inch (4987cc) V8 with a shorter stroke to comply with Group A regulations. It was a proper race going version of the Commodore and is still revered by Holden enthusiasts, as one of the best. 

According to the seller, this particular model has been very well looked after, with the distinctive ‘Formula Blue’ paint job in excellent condition. The vehicle is said to be very original and the trim, body and mechanics are in near-perfect order.

1973 Ford XA GT

1973 Ford XA GT

Another great of the Aussie muscle world, the XA GT was a highly successful car on both the track and the sales floor. In 1973 and 1974, XA Falcons took out the top spot at the 1000, with Allan Moffat and Ian Geoghegan winning in ’73 and John Goss and Kevin Bartlett tasting victory in ’74.   

What makes this XA GT special is the mileage and spec.

It has only travelled 90,000 genuine miles, which for a 44-year-old car is mighty impressive. The specification of the vehicle is unique. No other GT is spec’d like this one. It features a gorgeous ‘Wild Violet’ paint job and is a genuine four owner car, with the XA spending a large portion of its life unregistered and in storage.

1970 Holden HG Monaro GTS

1970 Holden HG Monaro GTS

Last but by no means least, the Holden HG Monaro GTS was and still is a true icon. For starters, the HG Monaro was the third and final iteration of the original coupe design concept of the HK and HT era. The GTS package scored owners the option of a houndstooth check cloth interior, full instrumentation (including tacho) and a wide variety of new, distinctive colours.

This HG is finished in striking ‘Vivid Orange’ paint work with black side striping and a complimentary orange and black houndstooth interior. It has been beautifully spec’d with factory power steering and a ‘Bathurst’ fuel tank.

In addition, this Monaro has been treated to a full nut-and-bolt restoration and, according to the seller, is in immaculate condition. It also has the perfect enthusiast spec of 308Ci V8 and four speed manual transmission. This could be our pick of the bunch, what a car!

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