Jaguar E-Type + HSV GTS-R + Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R - Auction Action 409

By: Mark Higgins

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Part two of this month's highlights from recent auto actions around the country

1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1

Sold: $85,000
Shannons, Melbourne

With a blend of style and speed unseen when launched in 1961, this 150mph pommy missile features wire-spoke wheels, a long bonnet and twin exhausts. Inside are leather seats and walnut cladding. The 1966 coupe got a synchromesh gearbox, better seats and larger servo-assisted brakes to rein in the more powerful 4.2-litre straight six from the 1964 model update. Finished in Old English white, only 1957 were made in right-hand drive.


1996 HSV Holden Commodore GTS-R

Sold: $85,000
Shannons, Melbourne

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You can always count on some Iron Lion muscle to pull a crowd, especially one as rare as an HSV GTS-R. Looking like a Melbourne cab on steroids, with pale yellow duco, table-top rear wing and 215 kW in its snout from the stroked V8, this original GTS-R is build number 7 of 85 made. Bought new in NSW in 1996, this two-owner example was offered unreserved as an ideal addition to a collection or a perfect starting point.


1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

Passed in: Range $40-50K
Mossgreen, Melbourne

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"You're a pack of arseholes," shouted Jim Richards from the Bathurst podium to the booing crowd after he and Mark Skaife won back-to-back 1000s in a Nissan GT-R in the rain-shortened 1992 race.

Built to tackle Porsche and known as Godzilla, it featured a twin-turbo 2.6lt straight six engine, all-wheel drive and all-wheel steer. Only 100 were imported by Nissan Australia and this example is build number 14.


1979 Mini Moke Californian 4WD prototype

Passed in: Range $33-39K
Mossgreen, Melbourne

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It's not often a prototype hits the auction ring. So interest was high when this 1979 Leyland Australia designed and built prototype 4WD Mini Moke went under the hammer. Believed to be the only survivor of three, the Moke Californian features a 1275cc engine.Despite its 4WD set-up, it proved no better off road than the standard front-drive Moke. With just 280 kilometres it seemed like a bargain, but didn't get up.


What's moving and shaking...

Mercedes-Benz SL

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If top down prestige motoring is your thing check out the convertible Mercedes-Benz R129 SL range. Available with a straight-six, V8 or rare V12 tucked behind the three-point star grille, this SL range sold here from 1990 to 2002.

It was a revelation for its time with the sheer amount of tech packed into its two-door body. Standard kit included electric powered everything, plus dual zone air con, airbags, anti-lock brakes and the world’s first pop-up roll bar. Add to that the usual Benz cachet, style and luxury.

When launched the SL 500 commanded $300k. Now they are incredibly affordable with prices as low as $25k and even today these Stuttgart stormers still look the part.

History shows Merc convertibles rise in value as they get older and with summer on our doorstep now might be the time to invest and indulge.


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