Porsche 356 and Pagoda Roof Benz headline Shannon’s Spring Melbourne auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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European classics lead the diverse mix of collectibles at the upcoming Shannons sale.

Porsche 356 and Pagoda Roof Benz headline Shannon’s Spring Melbourne auction
Porsche 356 and Pagoda Roof Benz headline Shannons Spring Melbourne auction

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Shannon’s cornerstone classic car auction returns to rainy Melbourne at the end of this month, taking place on November 26.

There’s a diverse mix of metal, from Aussie classic mainstays, blue-chip Europeans, big-body American cruisers, and even a couple of modern classic Japanese cars. With 44 cars in total up for grabs, and 19 of them on offer with no reserve – there’s something for everyone, and possibly some value to be had.

It’s the Europeans that seem to headline the lot, with the penultimate lot (82) crossing the block in the form of a LHD 1959 Porsche 356A convertible.

Just 1331 were produced, less than half of which survive today. It’s been with the same enthusiast owner since 1992 and has recently undergone a full restoration bare-metal restoration along with mechanical and interior overhaul. Pre-auction guiding range is pegged between $300,000 to $350,000.

The preceding Lot 81, is a highly collectible ‘pagoda-roof’1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL.

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It’s a fully-restored concours winner, in rare manual specification that has been used sparingly since its three-year nut and bolt rebuild which occurred in the early 90s. A consummate blue-chip collectible, the 230SL bears a guiding range of $140,000 to $160,000.

At the affordable end of the euros, and on offer with no reserve, is Lot 78 – a tidy 1977 BMW E24 633CSi. With BMW’s silky 3.2lt inline six mated to a four-speed auto, the ‘JPS Black’ could represent great value with a guiding range of $15,000-$20,000.

Curiously, big-dollar Aussie hero cars are somewhat absent from this round of auctions. There’s not one GT-HO or Brock-badged car in sight. Instead, they make way for a number of desirable – if slightly more modern – and increasingly-desirable machinery.

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Lot 67 brings a very tidy 1985 VK Calais with a 5.0lt V8 mated to a three-speed auto. On offer for no reserve, the guiding range sits between $18,000 and $22,000. Lots 70 and 71, play host to a 2001 HSV VX GTS (Build number 1) and a 2005 HSV Coupe 4 (Build number 48). Guiding ranges for the cars are $40,000-$50,000 and $75,000-$85,000 respectively.

If you’re after something a bit more classically flavoured, Lot 72 sees a 1975 LH Torana SL/R 5000 sedan up for grabs. It’s a genuine 1975 LH Torana SL/R 5000, though appears to be painted in resemblance to an LX Torrie. Reportedly a ‘survivor’ car, it hasn’t been driven since the mid-90s. Pre-auction guiding range has been set between $75,000 and $85,000.

On to the Japanese machinery on offer, there’s two very different Nissans both uniquely linked to Australian Motorsport history.

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Lot 48 is a 1982 Nissan Bluebird Series 1 TRX Turbo, and one we’ve featured on UniqueCars here.

It was formerly one of six Bluebirds built by Nissan’s race team for use as promotional cars. With lowered suspension, a turbo kit mixing Garrett internals and HKS components, this car – number five of the six – has been signed by Fred Gibson and was lent to the Kelly Racing team as their ‘road trip’ car in 2014. Guiding range is between $14,000 and $20,000.

Lot 50 sees another Australian-delivered 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R. Just 100 cars were brought to Australia in order to homologate the car for Bathurst competition. A number of these cars have passed through Shannons this year, fetching varied results. This car, number 77 of 100, presents largely original and has travelled 169,000kms. Guiding Range is set at $70,000 to $85,000 which is the top end of the few examples that have sold recently.

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You can view all available lots online at Shannons.com.au or read on for a full list of available car lots and pre-auction Guiding Ranges:

*No Reserve Auction Lot

*Lot 6 – 1999 Honda Integra VTi-R – Guiding Range: $8,000-$12,000

*Lot 7 – 1975 Volkswagen Beetle 1600 – Guiding Range: $8,000-$12,000

*Lot 8 – 1979 MGB Roadster – Guiding Range: $10,000-$14,000

Lot 9 – 1981 Toyota HJ47 Landcruiser Trayback – Guiding Range: $18,000-$22,000

*Lot 14 – Olsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible (LHD) – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

*Lot 15 – 1963 Ford Thunderbird Coupe (LHD) – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

*Lot 16 – 1965 Ford Mercury Monterey Convertible (LHD) – Guiding Range: $25,000-$30,000

Lot 17 – 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe (LHD) – Guiding Range: $30,000-$36,000

Lot 18 – 1962 Ford F100 Pick-up – Guiding Range: $30,000-$40,000

Lot 19 – 2006 Dodge Ram SRT10 Utility – Guiding Range: $55,000-$65,000

*Lot 25 – 1953 Morris Minor Series 2 Saloon – Guiding Range: $6,000-$8,000

*Lot 27 – c1970 MGB ‘Overdrive’ Roadster – Guiding Range: $15,000-$25,000

Lot 28 – 1948 Morgan 4/4 Series 1 Roadster – Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000

Lot 29 – 1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche Coupe – Guiding Range: $75,000-$85,000

Lot 30 – 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Coupe – Guiding Range: $85,000-$95,000

*Lot 35 – 1978 Ford Fairlane Marquis Sedan – Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

*Lot 36 – 1977 Ford Lincoln Continental Mk5 Coupe (RHD) – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

Lot 37 – 1959 Holden FC Special Sedan – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

*Lot 38 – 1964 Ford Thunderbird Coupe (RHD) – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

Lot 39 – 1972 Holden HQ Kingswood 308 V8 Sedan (Modified) – Guiding Range: $25,000-$30,000

Lot 40 – 1964 Holden EH Premier Sedan (Modified) – Guiding Range: $50,000-$60,000

Lot 48 – 1982 Nissan Bluebird TRX ‘Turbo’ – Guiding Range: $14,000-$20,000

Lot 49 – 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV – Guiding Range: $38,000-$46,000

*Lot 50 – 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R (ADM) – Guiding Range: $70,000-$85,000

*Lot 51 – 1982 Porsche 930 Turbo – Guiding Range: $160,000-$190,000

*Lot 57 – 1954 Holden FJ-2106 Utility – Guiding Range: $25,000-$30,000

*Lot 58 – 1966 Jaguar Mk10 4.2 Saloon – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

Lot 59 – 1936 Hudson Terraplane Business Coupe (LHD) – Guiding Range: $30,000-$38,000

Lot 60 – 1924 Buick 24-55 Master Tourer – Guiding Range: $30,000-$40,000

Lot 61 – 1923 Vauxhall 23/60 Tourer – Guiding Range: $65,000-$80,000

Lot 62 – 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE ‘Ponton’ Cabriolet – Guiding Range: $220,000-$260,000

*Lot 67 – 1985 Holden VK Calas 5.0 V8 Sedan – Guiding Range: $18,000-$22,000

*Lot 68 – 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Coupe (RHD) – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000

Lot 69 – 1965 Cadillace DeVille Convertible (LHD) – Guiding Range: $30,000-$36,000

Lot 70 – 2001 HSV VX GTS (Build No. 001) – Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000

Lot 71 – 2005 Holden HSV Coupe 4 (Build No. 148) – Guiding Range: $75,000-$85,000

Lot 72 – 1975 Holden LH Torana SL/R 5000 Sedan – Guiding Range: $75,000-$85,000

Lot 73 – 2000 Dodge Viper RT10 Roadster – Guiding Range: $100,000-$110,000

*Lot 78 – 1977 BMW E24 633CSi Coupe – Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

*Lot 79 – 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible – Guiding Range: $32,000-$40,000

Lot 80 – 2015 Morgan 3-Wheeler – Guiding Range: $85,000-$95,000

Lot 81 – 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible – Guiding Range: $140,000-$160,000

Lot 82 - 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D (LHD) – Guiding Range: $300,000-$350,000

Lot 83 – 1957 Volkswagen Kombi 11-Window Van – Guiding Range: $55,000-$65,000

 

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