Buoyant night at Shannons Melbourne classic & muscle car auction

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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1972 chrysler vh 770 charger 318 v8 coupe This VH 770 Charger scored $77,000. 1972 chrysler vh 770 charger 318 v8 coupe
1974 holden hq gts 308 monaro coupe This HQ Monaro fetched $94,000. 1974 holden hq gts 308 monaro coupe
1973 ford falcon xa gt sedan The top bid on the Ford XA GT was $66,000. 1973 ford falcon xa gt sedan

Mid-level local muscle cars score well

Tonight's Shannons auction in Melbourne proved the classic and muscle car market has plenty of cash floating around, with solid prices gained and an impressive sell-through rate.

The majority of the lots were listed at no reserve and still gained respectable numbers, while only a couple of cars were passed in.

Notable were stong results for mid-range cars, such as a VH 770 Charger (lot 77) attracting a top bid of $77,000 (plus buyer premium). The final lot, and HQ GTS Monaro (lot 79), scored a protracted bidding battle and pulled a very respectable $94,000. Meanwhile a Ford XA GT (lot 76) was bought for $66,000.

You also had to respect the determination of one bidder on a Holden HZ Premier (lot 74) who bumped the bidding contest at least $10k in one hit to ensure they got the car at $35,000.

Also worth noting was the strong result for a tidy first-gen Suzbaru WRX Impreza (lot 35) - $30,000 - which suggests collectors are keeping an eye out for desirable later Japanese machinery.

Numberplates continued to defy gravity, with one three-digit lot (number 124) fetching $268,000.

The next Shannons auction is in Sydney on March 12.

Full car results:

6. 1970 Hillman Hunter Royal $6000 sold

7. 1988 Suzuki Mighty Boy $5600 sold

8. 1962 Renault Floride S convertible 1200 $16,250 sold

9. 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow $20,500 sold 

14. 1985 Ford Falcon GL $6500 sold

15. 1973 Leyland P76 V8 manual $12,500 sold

16. 1984 Holden WB Statesman Deville $20,250 sold

18. 1951 Holden 48-215 ‘royal edition’ $47,500 sold 

19. 2007 Ford BF Cobra GT sedan $48,000 sold

24. 1977 Triumph Stag convertible $19,000 sold

25. 1960 Austin-Healey big-eye Sprite $15,250 sold

26. 1953 Citroen Big 15 $22,000 sold

27. 1962 Jaguar MkIi 3.8 manual $32,500 sold

28. 1951 MG TD roadster wire wheel $28,000 sold

29. 1968 Morris Mini Cooper S MkI replica $27,000 sold

34. 1992 Toyota MR2 coupe $23,500 sold

35. 1996 Subaru WRX Impreza sedan $30,000 sold

36. 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible $30,500 sold

37. 1969 Datsun Fairlady 240Z modified $45,000 sold

38. 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25 saloon $84,000 sold

43. 1959 Buick Invicta 4-door flat top $38,000 sold

44. 1963 Chevrolet Impala convertible $56,000 sold

45. 1964 Ford Galaxie 460 enhanced $35,000 sold

46. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air pillarless $67,000 sold

47. 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 convertible $68,000 sold

48. 1956 Chevrolet Corvette roadster survivor $89,000 sold

53. 1938 Graham sedan $17,000 sold 

54. 1928 Ford Model A coupe $32,500 sold

55. 1973 Chevrolet Corvette Targa $44,000 sold

56. 1969 Ford Falcon XT GT manual $62,000 sold

57. 1935 Auburn Phaeton convertible $92,000 sold

58. 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 $95,000 sold

59. 1968 Jaguar E-type 4.2 series 2 $174,000 sold

64. 1988 Daimler XJ40 manual $11,500 sold

65. 2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG $22,000 sold

66. 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible $28,500 sold

67. 1992 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 cabriolet $84,000 p/i

68. 1987 BMW E30 M3 coupe $65,000 sold

69. 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe $119,000 sold

74. 1978 Holden HZ Premier 4.2 auto $35,000 sold

75. 1971 Ford Fairlane ZD V8 $30,000 p/i

76. 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT sedan $66,000 sold

77. 1972 Chrysler VH770 Charger auto $77,000 sold

78. 1968 Holden HK GTS 327 manual coupe $165,000 p/i

79. 1974 Holden HQ GTS 308 Monaro manual $94,000 sold

 

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