VH Charger E38 R/T + 1972 Porshce 911S + Alfa Giulia Sprint - Auction Action 417

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Hot on the block recently: 1971 VH Charger, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint, '72 Porsche 911S and a '60 Cooper Climax T53

1971 Chrysler VH Charger E38 R/T big tank

Sold: $132,000
Shannons

There's no stopping spiralling prices for 70s hero cars like this rare E38 R/T Big Tank. It attracted many bidders eager to secure Aussie muscle royalty. Famous for its Bathurst exploits and catchy ‘Hey Charger’ ad, only 224 Big Tank examples were built, with a Bathurst win in mind. They were a ferociously quick road car – 0-100km/h time of 6.4 secs. It has been partially restored and a replacement engine fitted.

 

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint

Sold: $73,575
Bonhams

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One of the very first and few remaining 1st generation Alfa Romeo Giulia coupes, this example has been with the one family since 1974 and has travelled a mere 500 miles
since undergoing a $83,000 restoration between 2005 and 2010. Part of Alfa's small car big performance formula that started with the Giulietta in 1954, it’s finished in a proper Alfa colour, Rosso, topped off with a black interior.

 

1972 Porsche 911S 2.4 coupe

Sold: $296,255
Bonhams

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A perfect celebration of Porsche’s 70th birthday – buying an iconic 70s 911. This 2.4-litre S had a full resto costing $177,000 by a Porsche specialist in the UK. The 911S was the most powerful of the range and was campaigned successfully in racing and rallying around the world. It’s one of just 1430 911S Porsches produced with the 2.4 engine.

 

1960 Cooper Climax T53 low line

Sold: $120,000
Shannons

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This is the car that Jack drove. Sir Jack Brabham that is. Talk about bragging rights in a convo. It has been with the one owner for 40 years and was sold by Sir Jack to Lex Davison, grandad of V8 drivers Will and Alex, for the final round of the 1962 Tasman Series. After it was sold and split up, the current owner sourced the original 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine and all other parts and painstakingly rebuilt and restored it to winning glory.

 

1990 Nissan Skylne GT-R R32

Sold: $87,000
Shannons

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Only 100 of these rocketships were imported to Oz – to conquer touring car racing… which they did. Original R32 Godzillas are tightly held and usually change hands privately, making three at one auction unprecedented. Nissan Motorsport originally owned this original Jet Silver example with build #22. It's a rare and special car with unique pedigree and provenance. What a buy.

 

Hot on the block

Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1

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The pioneering hot hatch, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, debuted at the 1975 Frankfurt Motorshow.

It featured a 15mm lower ride height, black-plastic wheel arch extensions, 5.5Jx13 wheels, a larger front spoiler, a matte-black frame around the rear hatch window, a red grille frame surround and a tartan interior.

The production target was set at 5000 units but that figure blew out to 462,000 units.

Australian VW importers didn’t bring in the Mk1 GTI, but several were privately imported.

These rare Mk 1 pocket-rockets are still a hoot to drive and relatively affordable now. But that is changing with prices recently marching upwards so now is the time to buy.

 

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