Aussie iron pulls big numbers at the D’Alberto Family Auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Headlined by a $340,000 VL Walky, and a $305,000 Blue Meanie; Burns & Co brings the hammer down on a number of big-ticket items

A number of vehicles from the prized D’Alberto family collection crossed the block at Burns & Co Deniliquin and Moama locations over the weekend.

This weekend’s results show the steam that Australian classics are carrying with today’s collectors isn’t slowing down any time soon.

From a 1921 Model T sedan (sold for $32,500) to a 2017 VF SS-V Redline Magnum ute with 6kms on the odo (sold for $67,000), the D’Alberto family auctions represented a wildly varied yet carefully curated collection, with many lots in some of the country’s best condition.

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Most notably so in lot #34; a 1988 VL Commodore Walkinshaw Group A SS in ubiquitous Panorama Silver. Build number 333 with only 1308kms showing, and registered never; you’d be hard pressed to find another one in the country in such condition. It’s been with the D’Alberto family since it was purchased new.  66 bids took place before eventually landing the hammer at a staggering $340,000.

The very next lot, #35, was a 1985 VK HDT Group A Brock Edition SS. Also build number 333 and owned by the family since new, the car had just 2375kms showing and sold for an equally eye-watering $305,0000.

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A third Group A car was presented in lot #32. A non-Walkinshaw VL Brock Group A sedan also owned by the family since new and similarly held a build plate of 333 (out of 500 produced) fetched $155,000 after 33 bids.

Lot #33 saw a 94 VN Walkinshaw Group A SS, one of 302 built, crossing the block with a selling bid of $210,000. Given the D’Alberto family’s previous purchases of three Group A models, this car was assigned a special build number of 333 and has been in the D’Alberto family since new and only shows 1867kms on the odo.

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Other big winners included lot #29, a 1970 Monaro GTS 186S coupe, interior still wrapped in plastic and sitting on original tyres. Service history is non-existent, as it’s yet to actually receive its first service. With 504kms on the odo, and having spent most of its life in its first owner’s shed - then previously to D’Alberto family ownership, a sojourn in Lindsay Fox’s collection – the GTS fetched a winning bid of $240,000 after 68 bids.

A modern muscle saloon in the form of lot #31, a VE W427 fetched $220,000.

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Contrasted with the previous lot, #30, a 1948 48-215 FX sedan with only 35789kms and the 46th car built, this historical vehicle fetched $130,000.

Not all lots were hundred thousand dollar highlights however. A 95 Mercedes-Benz C220 for example, sold for $3250, and a 2000 WH Statesman with 277988kms sold for $7000.

To view the full auction results, follow through to the Birds & Co website here. And let us know what you would have put a bid in for!

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