Five collector cars to buy at Shannons’ Melbourne Winter Auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Here are five cars that caught our eye at the upcoming Shannons auction, July 15

Shannons' classic car auctions returns to Melbourne in a matter of weeks.

Taking place on July 15, their latest Winter Classic auction features the usual mixed bag of goodies: from Aussie classics to Euro hot-shots, with a sprinkling of American tanks and muscle cars.

With 39 cars on offer, 21 of them up for no reserve – there’s plenty of opportunity to take home a classic!

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Below are five cars that caught our eye amongst the wild bunch, but you can check out all available lots at

*= indicates No Reserve lot.

Lot 7 –  1965 Datsun L520 Utility – Guiding Range: $10,000-$14,000*


Produced from 1965 to 1968, Datsun’s 520 Utility was a rarity on Aussie roads when new; we imagine this is one of the few surviving today.

It featured a then-new 1.3lt 67hp four-cylinder with a four-speed column-shift manual.


The car presents well in a quintessentially quaint "Japanese commercial vehicle brown"; with some signs of repairs and restoration to the car’s body. The high-sided bed wears a modern coat of protective paint, though the interior is a total time-warp affair.

It’s a cheap, cheerful and useable classic with just 106,000kms (believed to be genuine) on it.

Lot 29 – 1998 HSV VT Clubsport – Guiding Range: $18,000-$22,000*


It’s hard to believe that the humble VT Holden is quickly approaching Club Plate eligibility – just a couple of years away for states like Victoria with a 25 year ruling.

Get ahead of the curb with this HSV Clubby. It ticks all the boxes as a manual, one-owner car with full Holden dealer service history.  Build number 1456 of 1505, it’s one of the last cars built of the series.


Finished in Bermuda Blue over Pewter leather trim, the car has covered 157,000kms from new and shows minimal wear and tear on the gear knob, and overall presents in great original condition.

The sale includes original factory books, and would make a capable daily, or weekender with plenty of upside in the future.

Lot 63 – 1983 Porsche 930 Turbo (RHD) – Guiding Range: $160,000-$180,000


While it does wear the highest predicted Guiding Range of the night, Porsche’s original supercar wears it well as an internationally-sought after blue-chip classic.

The 930 Turbo was a game changer in its time, and today is one of the most desirable models in an already surging air-cooled Porsche market.

This 1981 Porsche 930 Turbo was originally delivered to South Africa and was imported to Australia around 14 years ago. It’s a two-owner car in great condition for its age, with factory optioned sunroof and air-conditioning.


It’s been rebuilt by its original owner, and professionally maintained since living Down Under.

The exterior does bear some small stone-chips from use, but is an otherwise great example that’s hard to fault both inside and out.

The sale includes Porsche authentication, and a large folder of history, receipts, Original owner’s manual and brochure, import papers, and more.

Lot 69 – 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS (LHD) – Guiding Range: $35,000-$45,000*


This first year ’67 Camaro was imported to Australia back in 2013, and has been with its current owner for the past four years.

It remains in its native left-hook configuration, with both the black exterior and red interior in good presentable condition.

It’s not 100% original, with a period Sunpro tacho and B&M shifter inside the cabin, along with a few aftermarket goodies under the bonnet.


It’s still a genuine Z22 Rally sport optioned car, with the ever-desired hideaway headlights and RS wheels.

The sale comes with import papers, and would be a great example of a classic American Pony Car to have in the shed for the weekend!

Lot 74 – 1976 Holden LX Torana SL/R 3300 – Guiding Range: $35,000-$45,000*


The last lot of the night sees a serious rarity up for grabs for No Reserve.

While it’s the SL/R 5000 that steals the spotlight, the base SL/R 3300 came with a 3.3lt six-pot. Many of them fell victim to the L34 replica treatment over the years, which sees surving examples extremely thin on the ground - especially in this condition!

This car has been in the same family for 41 years, and has covered just 34,370kms (documented in original GM-H maintenance book).


It’s finished in Aquarius blue with a lime green stripe: repainted in 2007 presents fantastically today.

The chamois interior also remains in great condition and overall is a rare specification of a rare surviving model.

The car has clearly been loved and cared for, and will come with original owner’s manual, service books and history.


Check back following the auction on July 15, for a full list of results!


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