Shannons Melbourne Spring Classic Auction preview

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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There’s something for everyone, with some tempting metal at the affordable end too

Shannon's Classic auctions returns to Melbourne in a few weeks for the annual Spring time auction.

Set for Monday September 17, there’s an incredibly diverse offering of automobiles, and should see something for everyone up for grabs.

13 Lots on offer with no reserve should attract some fierce bidding as punters look to add a classic to the stable, with some choice cars up for grabs – and estimates that shouldn’t break the bank.

Lot 5, a tidy 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Saloon is one such classic on offer with a modest guiding range of just $5,000-$8,000, no reserve. A silky 3.2lt inline-six and in great condition, it’s an affordable sedan you could even use every day.


The very next lot sees a gorgeous one-owner series 3 Mazda RX7 coupe cross the block with a pre-auction guiding range of $15,000-$20,000. Japanese classics are well and truly on the upswing and these early rotary coupes are one of the frontrunners.

A 1960 Holden FB Special offers the chance to nab a bit of Aussie history, set with a guiding range of $22,000-$28,000; it features the 186ci six-cylinder and has undergone a bare-metal respray in original and rare Desert Glow pink.


Lot 23 offers some value for anyone after a classic US muscle coupe, with a 1972 ‘Mach 1’ 351 V8 fastback on offer with a guiding range of $35,000-$45,000. As 60s Mustangs increasingly are priced out of reach, these later-generation Mustangs offer a more affordable entry to Blue Oval V8 thrills.

Further along, we expect Lot 37 to attract some fierce competition for a 21-window 1964 ‘Samba’ Kombi. With a guiding range pegged at $90,000-$100,000; there should be no shortage of demand as genuine examples such as these are highly sought after, especially in such well-restored condition.


Lot 53 sees one of the most desirable classic BMW’s up for grabs: a 1985 BMW E24 M6 coupe. Finished in dark green and bearing one of Bavaria’s most desirable silhouettes, the E24 M6 is incredible rare and highly collectible. With a guiding range of $55,000-$65,000, this would be one of our personal picks of the sale – and while big bucks are traditionally thrown towards classic Aussie metal at Shannons, we’ve noticed classic Euros have recently been undervalued by bidders. We’d keep an eye on this!

A number of Aussie hero cars will go under the hammer towards the end of the night, and should see the fiercest competition as that sector continues to soar.


Lot 71 will see highly-collectible VC Brock up for grabs. Number 39 of 500, the guiding range looks a little under-the-market at $48,000-$58,000. Featuring a three-speed auto, and white-over-red palette, it’s a pretty safe bet this old girl will find a loving new home on the night.

Two big-dollar Torries are also available with no reserve. An LH SL/R 50000 Sedan is pegged at $95,000-$110,000 – originally sold to Paul Beranger, and just two owners from new, the car looks immaculate and should fetch big bucks on the night.


Lot 75, the penultimate lot is a rare LC Torana GTR XU-1 two door. It shares the second-highest guiding range of the night with the previous lot – an XY GT – both estimated to fetch between $130,000 and $140,000. THE LC XU-1 is reportedly one of the first 12 cars off the production line and in full surviving condition.

Check back on for a list of full results after the auction takes place on Monday September 17.


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