Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am + AMC Javelin + Aston Martin DB5 - Auction Action 416

By: Mark Higgins

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1995 Ford Roush Mustang Cobra Trans Am

Sold: $975,000
RM Sotheby's

Current force India F1 boss Otmar Szafnauer was in charge of Henry's motorsport division in the mid 90s and gave the go ahead for the Mustang racing program. Ford engaged Roush to build a number of these Cobra TransAms and this one is believed to have been driven by three-time champ Tommy Kendall, who also drove for Dick Johnson at Bathurst one year. This example was raced by privateer Michael Dingman in 1992 and 1993 and has been garaged since 1999.


1970 AMC Javelin SST

Sold: $14,300


While Aussie iron is going through the roof setting record prices, American muscle cars, like this rare AMC Javelin can be picked up for a pittance. With a 360ci bolted to an auto trans under its long bonnet, I couldn’t imagine it’d be a slouch, but if it is the orange paintwork makes it look fast. This one has been freshened up with a new interior, exhaust and brakes and sports Mark Donohue spoilers and stripes that pay homage to the AMC’s successful duties in TransAm in the 70s.


1961 Lincoln Continental

Sold: $140,000
RM Sothebys


Little known fact is the 1961 Lincoln started out as a Thunderbird concept. Ford styling vice-president George Walker had chief stylist Elwood Engel round up a team and told his stylists, "I want a clean car – no garbage."A clean car is what he got, created around a Thunderbird cowl. Robert McNamara, then Ford president, suggested it become a four-door Lincoln Continental. It went into production in November 1960. This superb example has covered 1400kms since it underwent a full resto.


1932 Ford Highboy Roadster

Sold: $92,690
RM Sothebys


"Blue Boy" was built for collector Jack Boxstrom, its prized feature being the Ardun V-8 engine with lakes-pipe headers. Another collector bought it and removed the engine before on-selling it with a flathead V8. Boxstrom bought it again... then sold it again. Then another previous owner bought it back and like in a fairytale he reunited the chassis with the Ardun engine.


1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

Sold: $1.9M


Not even James Bond got his mits on a convertible Aston… ever. American F5000 racer Mike Goth, a Tasman Series regular here, bought this beauty in the early 70s. After fanging about New York State in it he sold is to its second and only other owner in December 1971. It’s one of the 123 made of which 39 were left-hand drive The DB5 was a quantum leap for Aston Martin with a 282hp four-litre six-cylinder engine.


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