Shannons Sydney Winter Classic auction preview

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Plenty to buy, with 11 cars offered with no reserve!

Looking for your next toy at tonight’s Shannons Sydney Winter classic auction?

There’s plenty to buy; with a diverse blend of classic Aussie metal, various European cruisers and even a few left-of-field Japanese toys up for grabs.

With 11 car lots offered with no reserve, there’s plenty of opportunity on the auction block, and with some luck, you may even snag a bargain to park in the shed.

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Lot 7 was the first to catch our eye.  It’s a one owner HZ Kingswood SL, with a factory 4.2lt V8 and a T-bar automatic. Finished in metallic Sage Green with matching cloth/vinyl interior, the car features air-conditioning and an original push-button radio. The car has significant maintenance and ownership history.

The car is on offer with no reserve, at a pre-auction estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.

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Lot 9 also quickly jumped out at us, as a 1967 Holden HR Ute, similarly offered without reserve.

The estimate is set between $20,000 and $25,000, and was a one owner car until the early 1990s. With limited ownership and original books and service history, the car looks like a keen cruiser and a tidy turn-key package.

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Lot 18 sees yet another car up for grabs under no reserve. A 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300CE-24 Coupe, commanding an estimate of $14,000 to $18,000, looks like a stylish and handsome grand touring luxury coupe.

A sought-after Australian-delivered 24 valve model, its silky smooth six and thoroughly 1980s styling would make a great classic you could feasibly use every day.

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A fellow German rival is also up for grabs, in the form of the cult BMW E34 M5. Another luxury-laden sporting sedan from Germany, Lot 18 sees this 1991 M5 on offer with no reserve.

Sporting BMW’s iconic straight-six, in 3.5lt guise here, the E34 is steadily gaining collector attention, as what many deem one of the last true M-cars.

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For the classic Roadster-lovers, Lot 20’s 1968 Honda S800 Roadster is one of our picks for this auction.

Powered by a lithe 791cc inline-four mated to a four-speed manual, this Australian-delivered S800 boasts an ownership history just three people deep. The car has been repainted, retrimmed and undergone significant mechanical work.

With an estimate between $25,000 to $35,000, this little Honda will be an absolute hoot to drive should it find a new home tonight.

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At the top end of the estimates is a 1974 Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34 sedan (Lot 55) up for grabs.

The LH Torana debuted in 1974, and continued Holden’s assault in the Australian Touring Car Championship. Boasting the rare L34 and SL/R 5000 packages, this rare Bathurst Homologation special is one of just 263 L34 SL/Rs built.

By the tags, the car was originally painted chrome yellow with black vinyl upholstery. The car now boasts a 308 with numbers indicating it came from a NSW police car.

While not completely original, the guiding range is set at $95,000 to $125,000 – and given the steam Aussie classics are fetching, we’ll be watching with keen eyes to see if this sweet LH reaches those estimates.

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The final lot of the night is Lot 56, a 2002 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nur.

We’ve already reported that the days of $40,000 R34 GT-Rs are long gone, and being a rare V-spec II (a sports-honed variant) matched with the rare Nurburging package (offering even more of a performance focus), the pre-auction estimate of $140,000 to $170,000 is pretty lineball for the market.

Just 1,003 Nurs were produced, 718 built from V-spec II specification, and the remaining 285 receiving the more luxurious M-spec package.

Apart from Nismo’s Z-tune (20 built) and the V-spec II N1 (18 built), this is the most hardcore sports-focused GT-R you can buy.

 

You can check out all of the available lots at the Shannons website, and let us know, what do you have your eye on?

 

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