Quirky collector cars at Shannons

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Oddballs on wheels

Shannons’ Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction, which takes place on Monday, the 19 of February, has a great array of rare and classic automobiles up for grabs.

We’ve already talked about some of the uber-exotic metal at this auction, and we’ll be choosing our favourite Aussie muscle cars a little bit closer to the auction date, but for now, here are our favourite eccentric cars:

1988 Suzuki Mighty Boy

1988 Suzuki Mighty Boy

Well, they don’t get much more quirky than this! The Suzuki Mighty Boy truly is a car like no other. This two-seater, two-door hatchback/coupe/ute really is something else, and thanks to a transversely mounted, 543cc, inline three-cylinder motor powering the front wheels via a two-speed automatic transmission, it drives like nothing else as well.

1962 Renault Floride S

1962 Renault Floride S

Also known as the Renault Caravelle, the Floride is most certainly a quirky automobile, mostly thanks to its rather unique rear-engined, rear-drive layout. Built by Renault to directly compete against the likes of Volkswagen’s Beetle, the Floride was specifically designed for the North American market. Unfortunately, the Renault never took off like its German counterpart, and as a result, there aren’t that many still knocking around these days.

1970 Hillman Hunter Royal

1970 Hillman Hunter Royal

There’s no denying that the Hillman Hunter is an exceedingly strange car, maybe not by appearance or mechanical standards, as they are mostly conventional, but there are other ways a car can be odd. The Hunter achieves its oddness by suffering from an apparent case of multiple-personality disorder, as it’s also known as the Rootes Arrow, Chrysler Hunter, Chrysler Vogue, Dodge Husky, Hillman Arrow, Hillman Break de Chasse, Hillman Estate Car, Hillman GT, Hillman Hustler, Hillman Minx, Hillman Vogue, Humber Sceptre, Paykan, Singer Gazelle, Singer Vogue, Sunbeam Alpine, Sunbeam Rapier and Sunbeam Arrow, to name just a few. 

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