Ford XL wagon + Galaxie 500 + HQ GTS Monaro + Mazda RX-7 - Auction Action 428

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1962 Ford XL Falcon Squire wagon

Sold: $23,000
Shannons

The XL was basically an Aussie adapted American Falcon. Setting the Squire wagon apart was the distinctive faux-wood panelling on its flanks. This one has had just two owners and was presented in original and unrestored condition. Needing only regular servicing to keep it in good running condition, it is great buying of a treasured classic. 

 

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Convertible

Sold: $2.87M
Mecum

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More American muscle in the shape of this stunning Plymouth Hemi Cuda convertible, one of 14 produced in 1970 and one of nine with an auto tranny. This Cuda underwent a rotisserie resto where production markings and tags were present and correct in the engine bay and underside. Talk about exclusive, desirable muscle with a lemon twist.

 

1965 Ford Galaxie 500 hardtop

Sold: $162,000
Bonhams Greenwich

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Back in the sixties car makers used motorsport to sell metal. Ford did well in the 1964 NASCAR season, claiming the Manufacturers cup, and then for 1965 wanted to fit the 427 'Cammer' engine. NASCAR refused, saying it was too powerful. A horsepower-laden 7-litre 'Cammer' V8 was fitted to this equally rare 1965 Galaxie 500 M-code 2-door hardtop. It recently went under the hammer, with no reserve. Unsurprisingly a bidding war erupted for this superbly restored concours winner.

 

1972 Holden HQ GTS Monaro 308

Sold: $91,000
Shannons

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The HQ, introduced in July 1971 was a revelation for Holden, with all new styling, unitary construction, redesigned suspension, better brakes and a modern interior. The Monaro was available as a sedan and coupe. This Lime Green example has an auto trans, aircon and power steering, all options. It has had a $120,000 ground up resto, with a complete file, by its current owner who bought it in 2000. Good buying.

 

1982 Mazda RX-7 Series II

Sold: $18,409
Graysonline

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The Mazda RX-7 was a poster car in the late 1970s and is now a modern classic. This smart looking Series II RX-7 is about to celebrate its 37th birthday, being built in July 1982 and has travelled just 103,574kms. Its rotary engine is bolted to an auto transmission and it all looks to be in original condition and well kept. An excellent pick up at the price, given the huge numbers being paid for self-shifting versions.

 

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Volkswagen Golf R32

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All wheel drive and a meaty V6 shoehorned into a practical 3-door hatch, the Golf R32 was one powerful projectile. It debuted in the MkIV Golf in 2004 boasting 177kw/320Nm. In 2006 the second-gen R32 came out with a bit more grunt 188kW/320Nm, 0-100km/h 6.2 seconds and a lot more spunk thanks to its Mk V bodyshell. The R32 stayed with us until 2009 and today it is still revered and sought after. Expect to pay at least $10,000 for a Mk IV and more for a Mk V, they are a highlight of VW’s rich hot hatch heritage.

 

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