Tucker 48 + Falcon XA GS + Shelby GT 350 - Auction Action 424

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1948 Tucker 48

Sold: $2.25M
RM Sotheby's, Arizona

Tucker – famous for its short spectacular life and resurrection on the silver screen. Only 51 Tucker’s were ever built. This one, numbered 1040, was sold at the factory bankruptcy auction in October 1950. It was one of 25 cars sold, of which just eight, including 1040, had been completed. In 1985 it was given a complete resto by Tucker guru Russ Brownell.

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1972 Ford Falcon XA GS Sedan

Sold: $40,100


It pays to shop online, especially when you come across a bargain like this, claimed to be an original and genuine K-code Yellow Fire Falcon XA GS sedan with just 48,131 miles on the clock. Built in March 1972 with a 351 V8-auto transmission combo, it can be enjoyed now as you do a rolling resto or take it off the road and get stuck in.


1965 Shelby GT 350

Sold: $504,467
RM Sotheby's


This award winning, highly desirable Shelby GT350 is finished in correct Wimbledon white with Guardsman blue stripes. Over 1300 hours was spent restoring it to its former glory by noted Shelby expert Paul’s Engineering of Ohio. After its resto it went on to win several awards. Beneath the fibreglass Shelby bonnet body the 289 shifts through a T-10 four-speed manual, with the engine, underpinnings, brakes and suspension rebuilt.


1971 Lamborghini Miura SV

Passed in: $2.4M
Bonhams Scottsdale


Famous for its role in the The Italian Job, gliding through the alps to Matt Munro’s "On Days Like These", this one-owner since 1973 SV has travelled 18,300 miles and is one of just 13 made with a split sump. It's just one of the SV 142 production run. Factory records show its test drive on the Tangenziale motorway in Northern Sant’Agata was in very foggy weather on February 28, 1972. It passed in at auction and its sale price is an eye-watering $2.4-$3 million.


What's moving & shaking:

Ford Torino


Look at the Ford Torino and it's easy to see it was the inspiration for the XA-XB Falcon hardtop, especially from the rear. The Torino badge extends to wagons and sedans across 14 models, but forget all bar the two door, in GT or Cobra guises.

The GT was offered with a five-litre 302ci V8, the Cobra getting a 351 and a four-speed manual with Hurst shifter, sports suspension and blacked out grille. Morley covers the Torino in this issue – it's an American '70s muscle car with loads of cred for a fraction of the price of its Aussie cousin.


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