Pontiac Trans Am + '69 Camaro SS + Porsche 918 - Auction Action 420

By: Mark Higgins

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We take a look at some of the highlights from recent car auctions around the world

1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Sold: $49,500
Barrett Jackson

Best known for his role in Smokey and the Bandit, the late Burt Reynolds owned this car and used it to promote his USFL Tampa Bay Bandits gridiron team. It was part of Reynolds’ collection and has been autographed by Burt and his great mate, the late Jerry Reed, who drove the truck in the 80s hit movie. It was recently brought back to driving condition and has just 65,967 original miles on it. Given its celebrity owner, I expected it to sell for way more and I reckon it will in years to come.

 

2015 Porsche 918

Sold: $2.54M
Barrett Jackson

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This one owner jaw-dropping and desirable 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder was owned by a Porsche dealer. It beats me why anyone would buy such a car then only drive it 309 miles before flogging it. Its 4.6-litre V8 engine is ready to frighten its new owner witless and even has a warranty until September 2019. Let’s hope its buyer throws more miles under its wide low-profile tyres.

 

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Sold: $52,700
Mecum, Dallas

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Aussie muscle cars are looking expensive when you consider what's available in the states, like this 1969 Camaro SS. With a big-block 396ci V8 and Tremec five-speeder there is plenty of muscle to flex and its exterior colour is nearly identical to Bob Jane's Camaro touring car. It has been upgraded mechanically with a high performance clutch, aluminium radiator, new driveshafts and new suspension. So it’s ready to roll…. fast.

 

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

Sold: $30,280
Mecum, Dallas

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More bargain US muscle here, the Chev El Camino ute. This good-looking rig was given a mechanical makeover 100 miles before it went to auction. With a brawny 396 big-block under its bonnet bolted to a four-speed self-shifter, it's a guaranteed tyre shredder. It has discs all round and aircon to keep you cool. The freshen up included a fast ratio steering box, rebuilt suspension and a 3.90 Positraction rear end.

 

Future classic: 

Honda Integra Type R

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With a fair degree of trepidation Honda Australia introduced the hipo Integra Type R DC-2 here in 2000. Honda needn’t have worried, it was an instant hit and a huge image booster for the brand. Under the bonnet was a fettled 1.8-litre DOHC VTEC engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels, through a limited-slip diff. It was the first Honda to have double wishbone suspension and also sported bigger wheels, brakes, a sporty interior and body kit. The tacho went to 10,000rpm with an 8400rpm redline. Approximately 250 were imported. The following model had a 2-litre engine and while called a Type R it was really a Japanese-spec Type S. The DC-2 is sought after with one selling for $90,000 in the USA. Prices here will skyrocket too.

 

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