Shannons' Autumn auction round-up

By: Mark Higgins, Unique Cars magazine

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Sharing the front row of the grid are three examples of famous Aussies that carved their legendary status at Bathurst

Hey, Charger

1971 ‘Bathurst’ coupe R/T38 VH Charger

This 1971 ‘Bathurst’ coupe R/T38 VH Charger is one of only 224 Big Tank E38s made and this paticularly stunning example has been in the hands of the one owner for the past 30 years.

Finished in Hemi Orange with contrasting black trim, it underwent a complete resto in 1988, with the both the engine and gearbox being replaced. Under the bonnet is the hotter E38 six Pack motor with the three-speed manual replaced by a four-speed unit. It has only travelled a mere 30,000 miles since.

Importantly, both the original block and close ratio gearbox have been preserved and are included in the sale.

The Charger is being reluctantly offered to make way for a new project and estimates are around $160-$180,000.

What a Phase 

1970 Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II

Made famous by Allan Moffat for his first win and the first ever solo win at the Bathurst 500, this is very rare and genuine 1970 Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Phase II. It’s one of only 13 made in Diamond White with dark saddle vinyl interior.

It was originally to Tony Paul of Brisbane, who intended on racing it but he campaigned a Valiant instead.

Rod Pacey bought it in 1972 and had it rebuilt by Bryan Byrt Ford’s racing division. It was sold to a Kiwi in 1976 who took it to Alice springs before being bought by its present owner in 2002. Since that it has had the paint freshened and the interior redone. It’s a well-known car in GT circles and offered unregistered with estimates between $180-$220,000.

King of the Mountain  

1969 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327 'Bathurst' Coupe

A couple of years before Moffat captured the Bathurst limelight, Holden scored its first Bathurst crown with the mighty 327GTS HK Monaro, driven by Bruce McPhee.

This is another very rare example of an Aussie icon, having been in the one family since new.

Finished in Silver Mink with black interior and sporting air con and an Air Chief radio, this original example was delivered by Lock Motors in South Australia and comes with the purchase receipts and a comprehensive history file.

Being offered for the first time in nearly 50 years with 72,102 miles under its wheels, this highly-collectable Aussie classic is estimated to go for $180-$220,000.    

Rental cars ain’t what they used to be

1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H 'Hertz' Fastback

Here’s a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H ‘Hertz’ Fastback in the famous Black and gold.

It’s one of only 999 ever built and is documented with the Shelby American World Registry.

It started life March 30 1966 as a renter at the Hertz branch in New York. After completing its rental duties, it passed through a number of owners in the States and saw some track time in the mid-1990’s.

The Shelby underwent cosmetic improvements in 2015 in the hands of its current owner and is offered for sale with an owners-manual, verification and a receipt file with previous US owners. Estimates $180-$210,000.

Three RX-7s sure to please 

RX-7 Trio

It’s a not often you get a chance to secure an immaculate Series One, Two or Three Mazda RX-7, but one collector is putting all three under the hammer tonight.

Presented in silver with maroon trim, the 1980 Series One RX-7 has travelled a mere 22,670 kilometres, has known history from new and spent nine years of its life in storage. While the service books were lost, it does have the original handbook and is being sold unreserved with price estimates $22-$26,000.

The next in the RX-7 trilogy is a one owner beaut blue Series Two with grey cloth upholstery. It has resided most of its life in Kinglake in the Yarra Valley and shows a smidge under 94,000kms on the clock. It comes complete with the original books and goes under the hammer unreserved with estimated price of $14-$18,000

The final Mazda RX-7 is an impeccable yellow Series Three manual owned by an Adelaide-based female doctor for most of its life. It was then bought by an aircraft trimmer in Queensland six years ago before being acquired by its current owner, a keen rotary Mazda owner and collector. Like the other two RX-7s it is being offered unreserved with estimates of $14-$18,000.

Want to stand out at the next race meeting?

1976 Volkswagen Kombi Modified Race Transporter

Take a look at this amazing 1976 Volkswagen Kombi that started life as a single cab utility, but has been transformed into a unique, flatbed race car transporter.

The transformation cost the current owner, a keen car collector and historic racer in excess of $55,000.

To ensure his precious racers get a smooth ride, air suspension has been fitted, which can also be lowered to make loading and unloading easier.

Powered by a 2.0-litre engine and finished in period-style triple white, silver and green paintwork with cream and black interior trim, this unique Kombi is up for grabs with estimates of $46-$54,000. 

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