1966 Batmobile + XD Falcon + XA Superbird + LH Torana - Auction action 418

By: Mark Higgins

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We check out what's been happening in the auction world recently...

1966 Batmobile

Sold: $302,000

Long after being flung on the bat-heap, up pops a genuine Batmobile. Its one of five known promotional Batmobiles created by the Barris Group.

It had a frame off resto in 1996 and in its day was driven by Adam West, (aka Batman) in promos. It was a star of the 50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair and Ford’s 100th anniversary and appeared on the History Channel’s Top 10 Movie Cars.


1981 Ford Falcon XD 5.8 Police car


Sold: $44,000

Built in Broadmeadows and bound for Hong Kong. It’ll be hard to stretch the GL's 351ci legs and use its four-speed manual box or slippery diff on the streets of Kowloon, but it will turn heads.Nicknamed "The Ghost", the unmarked highway patrol car roamed the Hume Highway between Benalla and Broadford driven by a Superintendent Jack.


1974 Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 L34


Sold: $90,000

Replacing the GTR XU-1 as its official Bathurst racer the 308ci V8 L34 Torana was a homologation special based on the SL-R5000. Only 263 L34s were made, this one at the GM Dandenong plant and sold for $6609. Originally painted Chrome Yellow, the engine isn’t original and it sports many period mods. Repainted white, it is still a solid example of a rare Aussie muscle car.


1973 Ford XA Falcon Superbird


Sold: $86,000

We had to wait 13 years for this homegrown XA Falcon that was a massive design departure from the previous boxy XR-XYs. Offered for sale by its original owner and one of 59 finished in lime glaze with black interior. Its original 302ci V8 was stroked to 351ci during a 1990s resto, along with a colour and appearance change and to a GT. It retains its four speed manual gearbox and factory louvres. With no reserve and 90,380 miles showing, bidding was strong.


What's moving and shaking...

Jaguar XJ-S

jaguar-xjs.jpgThis big cat roamed the world from 1975 to 1996. A grand tourer, over 115,413 were produced in its 21-year life.

The XJ-S arrived in 1976 with some manuals, but the majority were autos. The XJ-S featured air-con, leather and timber trim and some say electrical gremlins were also standard.

Under the long bonnet was a 220kW V-12 engine and in 1983 a Cabriolet arrived. Driven by John Goss the XJ-S won Bathurst 1985. Unleaded fuel blunted it with 0-100km/h taking an agonising 8.5 seconds.

The XJ-S slipped as low as $2000, but prices are on the up with a 1989 convertible recently fetching $44,000. The best advice is contact your local Jag car club or specialist.


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