Aussie hero cars headline Shannon's Sydney Spring auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Cars on offer include an XY Phase III, and a black-over-red VC Brock

Aussie hero cars headline Shannon's Sydney Spring auction
Aussie hero cars headline Shannon's Sydney Spring auction

Shannon’s seasonal classic car auctions continue with the next event set to take place in Sydney on November 5.

There’s a diverse mix of cars up for grabs, albeit seemingly a smaller number on offer this time around.

That need not be a case for concern as they all look like quality cars.

Headlining the auction is yet another XY GT-HO Phase III (Gee! They’re getting common, hey?).

Lot 56; this early build Phase III (Build number 005/300), represents just seven cars finished in Monza Green over black vinyl trim. It was comprehensively restored around 25 years ago by Cobra Craft in NSW. Pre-auction guiding range has been set at $690,000-$790,000.


Arguably its collectible rival from Holden, a 1980 HDT VC Brock, is available in Lot 55.

Finished in black over red vinyl trim, the VC Brock is fitted with the less-desirable automatic transmission. The car shows 149,514kms at the time of Shannon’s cataloguing and will be sold on full NSW registration, along with an extensive history file, original books and a spare set of keys. Guiding range is set at $70,000-$80,000.


Lot 52 sees another very desirable Holden on offer. A 1974 HQ Monaro GTS 308, is on offer with no reserve by its current (and second) long-term owner of 40 years. Finished in Glacier White over black vinyl trim, the car is fitted with a 308 V8 and a Tri-Matic auto. The odometer reads 63,500kms and the pre-auction guiding range has been set at $45,000-$55,000.

For those with a Porsche proclivity, there’s two very desirable and different Porsches up for grabs.


Lot 31, sees a well-executed Porsche 964 911 backdate. The 964 was Porsche’s radical redesign of the traditional 911. With all-wheel drive and coil sprung suspension replacing the old torsion bar rear end, the 964 is highly desired for its versatility; a blend of classic ethos and slightly more modern technology.

This one however, has been ‘backdated’, which is Porsche-speak for making a newer car look old. In this case, the car has been transformed into a visage of the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 by ZAG Automotive. The visual transformation comes with an invoice totalling $46,000, as real RS 2.7s commonly change hands for north of seven-figures. The pre-auction guiding range on this 964 backdate has been set at $120,000-$140,000.


If you’re after a Porsche with a little more originality – take a look at Lot 33, a 1953 Porsche 356 ‘Pre-A’ coupe. The car has recently undergone a complete refresh utilising both original and new old stock parts. The 356 was sold to its current owner at Shannon’s Melbourne Summer auction in 2012. It’s reportedly one of the oldest Porsches in the country, and presents in outstanding condition. Guiding range is set between $200,000-$220,000.


On the other end of the spectrum, Lot 22, represents the Japanese modern classic sector. This 2002 Mazda FD3S RX7 ‘Spirit R’ Type A coupe, represents one of just 1500 built globally. The ‘Spirit R’ is a hugely collectible piece, one of the final curtain calls of the FD-generation RX7.

Available in three versions, ‘Type A’ represents the lightweight stripped-back ethos; with a five-speed manual transmission, and lightweight Recaro seats. It also gained forged 17" BBS alloy wheels, Bilstein suspension, torsion LSD and ventilated brake rotors. The car presents well in almost completely original condition. With 69,400kms on the odo, the sole modification on the car is an aftermarket ECU, though the sale will include the original unit too. Guiding range is pegged between $60,000-$70,000.

View the auction at Shannons here! Or read on for a full list of available lots:

*Indicates No Reserve Lot

*Lot 7 – 1963 Fiat 2300 Ghia Coupe – Guiding Range: $12,000-$16,000

*Lot 8 – 1980 Holden WB Statesman DeVille Sedan – Guiding Range: $14,000-$18,000

*Lot 9 – 1980 Toyota BJ40 Landcruiser SWB (Diesel) – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

*Lot 10 – 1963 Holden EH Premier Sedan – Guiding Range: $24,000-$28,000

Lot 11 – 1970 Fiat 500F ‘Improved’ Sedan – Guiding Range: $30,000-$40,000

Lot 18 – 1964 Jaguar S-Type 3.8 Saloon – Guiding Range: $45,000-$55,000

Lot 19 – 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SL Convertible – Guiding Range: $45,000-$55,000

Lot 20 – 1969 Lombardi Grand Prix 1300 Coupe – Guiding Range: $50,000-$60,000

Lot 21 – 1993 Jaguar XJS 6.0 Convertible – Guiding Range: $55,000-$65,000

Lot 22 – 2002 Mazda FD3S RX7 ‘Spirit R’ Type A – Guiding Range: $60,000-$70,000

*Lot 29 – 1969 MGB MkII Roadster – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

Lot 30 – 1963 Jaguar MkII 3.8 Saloon – Guiding Range: $50,000-$60,000

Lot 31 – 1969 Porsche 964 911 C4 (73 RS Backdate) – Guiding Range: $120,000-$140,000

Lot 32 – 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster – Guiding Range: $160,000-$180,000

Lot 33 – 1953 Porsche 356 ‘Pre A’ Coupe – Guiding Range: $200,000-$220,000

Lot 40 – 1932 Wolseley Hornet Special Sports Tourer (Project) – Guiding Range: $30,000-$40,000

Lot 41 – 1952 Bristol 401 Series 3 2-door Saloon Barn Find – Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000

Lot 42 – 1939 Bentley 4.25lt James Young Fixed Coupe – Guiding Range: $195,000-$245,000

Lot 43 – 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Park Ward Sports Saloon – Guiding Range: $280,000-$320,000

Lot 44 - 1925 Bentley 3-4.35lt Open Tourer – Guiding Range: $295,000-$345,000

*Lot 51 – 2007 Ford BF Cobra GT Sedan (No 236/400) – Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000

*Lot 52 – 1974 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 308 Sedan – Guiding Range: $45,000-$55,000

Lot 53 – 1972 Ford Escort GT1600 Twin Cam 2-door sedan – Guiding Range: $50,000-$60,000

Lot 54 – 1976 Holden LX Torana SS V8 ‘Improved’ Hatchback – Guiding Range: $60,000-$70,000

Lot 55 – 1980 Holden HDT VC Brock Commodore Sedan (No 431) – Guiding Range: $70,000-$80,000

Lot 56 – 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III Sedan – Guiding Range: $690,000-$790,000

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