Hemi R/T Challenger + Charger E38 + Mercedes-Benz 220SE - Auction Action 426

By: Mark Higgins

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1970 Dodge R/T Hemi Challenger

Sold: $2 Million

That's right, this wild looking Hemi Challenger R/T convertible would have set you back $2 million Aussie pesos had you been the lucky buyer. It is one of five made in 1970 with a four-speed manual and 410 Super Track Pack. The colour, Plum Crazy Purple proves the selection and naming of car colours back then was far more imaginative than it is today This rare beast has been fully restored with no expense spared and travelled 115 miles since then. This stunner has a 426 ci V8 under its bonnet vents.


1971 Valiant Charger E38

Sold: $137,000


This iconic Valiant Charger R/T E38 has the A84 Track Pack with the big fuel tank. It is believed to be one of 21 big tanks made. Hugely popular today, this one has 60,669 presumably miles showing on the odometer and has matching numbers. According to the auction house it is one of 12 produced with identical build option specifications and the 215th produced of this model type.


1966 Mercedes-Benz 220SE W111

Sold: $50,309


Bringing very solid money at auction was this Australian delivered 1966 220SE coupe. With a 2.2-litre straight six behind its chrome and three pointed star grille, this majestic coupe has floor-mounted gearlever for the manual transmission which makes it quite rare. It's a bit of a novelty to see a Benz with three pedals.


What's moving and shaking:

Renault Clio Sport


The French have a knack for building hot hatches. Crowded cities dictate they have to drive something small and practical, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Peugeot’s 205 GTI is out of reach for many so a good alternative, and bang for less bucks, is a Renault Clio Sport. These feisty pocket rockets already have a staunch following and there's little doubt, like the Pug, prices will gain momentum and move north. Examples from the early 2000s will set you back as little as five grand and you’ll certainly get a gem for under ten for one built before 2010.


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