Citroen Pallas + 1959 Impala + Falcon XK panel van - Auction Action 427

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1971 Citroen DS21 Pallas

Sold: $40,000
Shannons

Futuristic, technically advanced and now legendary, the iconic Citroen DS was born in 1955. When new, this one caught the eye of singer Judith Durham of The Seekers. Durham and husband Ron collected it in Paris and toured Europe before shipping it to Australia. Extensively restored it’s arguably the most famous DS in the country.

 

1959 Chevrolet Impala 348 V8

Sold: $84,000
Shannons

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Big, bold and the King of Fins the ’59 Impala was a scarce commodity when new. Now few exist, barely any in right hand drive and most desirable of all is the ‘bubble top coupe’ you see here. Red and white exterior and interior, with original dash, wheel and radio add to its authenticity and its 348ci V8 gives it a serve of get up and go. This car underwent a body off resto and right-hand conversion totalling 200 grand. It is a superb piece of Americana from the chrome age and a true collector car.

 

1962 Ford Falcon XK panel van

Sold: $50,000
Shannons

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This rare and restomodded Henry sedan delivery (as they were known) got bidders fired up with its immaculate presentation. Period correct in cream with burgundy vinyl interior, it’s thoroughly modern underneath. A 302 V8 Windsor is bolted to a C4 Auto and Maverick diff. Fairlane coils and modded leaf springs lower its ride height and chrome wheel covers finish it superbly. What a beaut mobile billboard for a business.

 

1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

Sold: $35,000
Shannons

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The Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 was flagship of the W116 series fleet. Following the 280, 350 and 450 sedans the 450SEL 6.9 was introduced in the face of the 70s oil crisis of 1975 when performance was a big no-no. F1 champ James Hunt owned one, but most were bought by business heads and dignitaries. Not many came here and this clean and original example in blue with cream leather attracted several bidders.

 

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Falcon SVO

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While HSV bagged the rights to conjure up hot Holdens in 1987, not many recall a serious blue oval rival, albeit without factory support. The company was SVO headed by engine guru and Ford specialist Mick Webb. Based on the EA Falcon S the SVO Falcon was a rival for HSV's Berlina-based SV3800. It had a fettled 3.9-litre straight six mated to a three-speed auto or five-speed manual gearbox. SVO transformed the ride and handling from spongey to sporty as well as giving it a visual makeover inside and out. Top shelf components made it virtually bullet-proof. One day the SVO will be rediscovered.

 

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