Five collector cars to buy at the Gosford Auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Gosford Museum auction ends this weekend!

February saw us reporting unexpected news, which saw the beloved Gosford Car Museum close down due to an "ongoing and unresolved dispute" with the Australian Taxation Office.

The museum’s inventory has turned into one of the country’s biggest car auctions – and it ends this weekend!

Here are five cars to buy.

Lot 40: 1957 Chevrolet Belair ‘Fuelie’

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High-end American iron is hard to move given Australia’s small market (by comparison) as well as our penchant for our own local heroes.

The upside is that there’s a stack of value to be had in rare American cars, with arguably more value in the global market.

Take this 1957 Chevrolet Belair, claimed to be in immaculate condition and ‘masterfully restored’.

It’s the ‘Fuelie’ version with the rare and desired Ram-Jet fuel injection, one of the most advanced engines in its era.

The fuel injected option set you back $500 dollars when new (a lot of money back then!) which rendered most buyers to opt for the simpler carburetted set up.

Today, the ‘Fuelie’ is incredibly rare and collectible with various US auctions fetching north of AU$200,000.

The current bid for this one is pegged at $67,600 at the time of writing.

Lot 160: 1972 Chrysler Charger R/T E49

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Chrysler’s Australian-made E49 Charger R/T is one of the most collectible 70s muscle cars around.

With just 149 produced, they’re also incredibly rare.

It famously won sister-mag Wheels’ Car of the Year award in 1971, and bears a race-bred 4.3lt straight-six with triple-Weber carburettors.

This car has been fully restored and presents as factory.

It comes with original Service Log Book, Owner’s Manual and sits with a current bid of $150,000 at the time of writing.

Lot 215: 1984 Holden Commodore VK SL

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This Absinth Yellow Holden VK is an ex-highway patrol car and is specified from factory with a 5.0lt 308 V8 and four-speed manual.

It looks neat with an indicated odometer reading of 264,896kms.

Ex-pursuit cars boast their own following and are frequently highly sought after for their collectability.

This one could be a solid value purchase, with its current bid standing at $23,000 at the time of writing.

Lot 237: 2017 Nissan R35 GT-R Nismo

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A bit of a departure as this is a brand new car, virtually so, with just 104kms on the odometer.

It’s the fastest production car Nissan has ever made, drawing 441kW from its 3.8lt twin-turbo V6 and sprints from 0-100km/h in just 2.7 seconds.

It’s an absolute spaceship with performance to match, and with a new pricetag of $299,000, this one looks like a steal with a current bid of $190,000 (at the time of writing).

Lot 425: 1997 Aussie Invader III Land Speed Record Jet

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No it’s not road legal, before you ask.

But it’s got a top speed of 1026km/h, and will peg four-digits on the speedo in just 16 seconds!

It was built and piloted by Aussie madman Roscoe McGlashan, who became the fastest Aussie ever when he clocked 1013.55km/h in the prededing Aussie Invader II.

This vehicle set the unofficial world speed record in 1996.

The current bid for all this speed? Just $36,150, at the time of writing.

 

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