BMW M635 + Jaguar D-Type Tribute + Benz 250 SE Coupe - Auction Action 401

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1985 BMW M635

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Sold: $171,000
Classic Car Auctions, UK

This came out of the blue. Until now growth in E24 6-series BMW values hasn't been enough to excite anyone, with usable examples available for $10k. However M6s, with the powerful 24-valve motor have become quite scarce. This result might bring some out of hiding. A very low mileage car (25,000km from new), it doubled its estimate at the recent Classic Car Auctions sale.


1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupe

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Sold: $32,000
Mossgreen, Vic

With pagoda roof Benz coupes now virtually unaffordable people are looking harder at the big SEs. Their ‘old world’ feel and comfort levels are appealing to many. By the time this upgrade model was built the W111-era was close to over. The inline six W129 engine claimed 150hp. This car seemed like a very well kept unit and, when you consider the cost of a restoration, looked like good value.


1956 Jaguar D-Type Tribute

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Sold: $141,000
Mossgreen, Vic

Here's the stand-out lot for the end-April auction at Mossgreen. Original D-Types were built from 1954 to 1957, employing monocoque construction with clear aviation aerodynamic influences. Jaguar won Le Mans with them in 1955, 1956 and 1957. This example's body is an NZ-built Tempero, with much finishing work done in Australia. Its 3.8lt Mk 10 engine with triple Weber carburettors is mated to a four-speed Moss transmission. A real one will set you back several mil, so $141k for a nice replica is a good deal.


2014 Ultima GTR

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Sold: $134,000
Bring a Trailer, USA

While kit cars generally inspire as much confidence as a wire mesh submarine, this one was built by a guy who has built his own aircraft. So maybe this thing would be alright. Essentially it’s a UK-sourced kit, with a massive steel space frame and fibreglass cladding. Its performance potential grabs your attention. It runs an LS7 7.0lt powerplant with a measured 712 horsepower. That’s for a package weighing around 1000kg. Can you say ‘slingshot’?


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1982 Commodore VH SS Group 3

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Estimate: $48-54,000
Shannons, NSW - May 22, 2017

Check this out, Uncle Phil – he’s owned one and would love to get another. For many the Group 3 is the ultimate Brockmobile and only 322 VH examples were made. Most chose the 246hp 5.0lt motor over the optional 4.2lt. It scored Brock heads, limited slip diff and 4-wheel discs. There seems to be a fairly well-recorded history with this one and we suspect the $48-54k estimate will prove to be a fair way below the likely result.


1967 Corvette C2 427

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Estimate: not given
Mecum, Portland USA - June 16, 2017

Wondering what to do with all the spare cash stashed under your bed? Here's an idea. C2 Corvettes are the generation to have and values have been growing steadily. The ‘right’ engine makes this one special – the 435hp version of the 427, with Tripower carburetion and mated to a four-speed manual. Plenty of options boxes are ticked: Positraction rear end, power discs and side pipes. No estimate is offered, but recent sales of upper-echelon 427 C2s have averaged close to US$120k or AU$160,000. We wouldn’t be surprised to see this one head well north of those numbers.


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