Torana A9X, Diablo SV and 1973 Aston Martin V8 to headline Pickles’ Gosford Classic Car auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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The Gosford Classic Car Museum and Pickles Auctions house are set to offer some of the country’s best cars

The Gosford Classic Car Museum boasts some of the country’s best-kept vehicles, both in rarity and condition.

Last year, they teamed up with Pickles Auction house in order to release 70 cars from their collection, including; a 1971 GTHO Phase III, a 1989 Porsche 959 Komfort, a 2016 Porsche 911R and a 1968 Lamborghini Miura.

Similarly, on the 26th of May, they are holding another auction featuring even more drool-worthy metal.

Gosford’s collection spans over 11,000 square metres and boasts around 450 cars; so the 48 lots are wildly varied in vintage, marque and origins.

We’ll be taking a closer look over this week- splitting the many notable lots their place of origin. But for now, let’s look at the three cars headlining next month’s auction.

1977 Holden Torana A9X – lot #33

Car #60 of 405 originally produced – this Torana A9X is one outstanding example.

Previously having undergone a full rotisserie rebuild where it was repainted red, and possessing full original interior, the car represents impeccable ownership and maintenance history.

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Earlier this year, Lloyds offered up the first production Torana A9X which saw the winning bid fall at an eye-watering $365,000, so we’ll be watching with a keen eye as to how this car fares once it crosses the block next month.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV – lot #30

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Representing just one of many rare Italians on offer, this "Super Fly Yellow" Diablo SV is an archetype of wild 90s style and performance.

The driver sits nestled amongst a fabulous blue interior, and is propelled from behind by a 394kW 5.7lt V12, mated to a gloriously gated 5-speed manual.

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1999 marked the facelift year for the Diablo, hallmarked by replacing the pop-up headlights for fixed composite lenses – from a Nissan 300zx.

Lot #30 will be sold with all original delivery material; Service book, Driver’s Handbook and owner’s manual all inside a leather Lamborghini stamped wallet.

With only 18,607 miles (29946 kilometres) on the odo, the car presents itself in fantastic condition.

1973 Aston Martin V8 – lot #29

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1972 saw the Aston Martin V8 as the British firm’s flagship model, standing over the six-cylinder Vantage of the time. In 1973, the Aston Martin V8 ditched its fuel-injection system for the discontinued DBS V8’s Weber carburettors, these cars referred to as the Series 3.

Between that however, from May 1972 and July 1973 – just 288 cars initially made it out of production. These first run cars were later referred to as Series 2 cars, and wielded the smallest production numbers until the model retired in 1989 with the Series 5 AM V8.

This car was formally owned by Harry Vanda, the lead guitarist and songwriter of the 60s Aussie rock band, The Easybeats.

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During its lifetime it underwent a bare-metal restoration, and was resprayed in electric blue and a grey leather interior fitted.

With 58,294 miles (93,815 kilometres) on the odo, the car is a unique piece amongst an already rare production pool.

The car comes in outstanding running order and includes the original bound owner’s manual, service receipts and restoration photos.

Keep an eye on for a further look at the lots on offer, or see all available lots here.

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