Datsun 240Z + Cortina Mk1 + HSV VT Clubsport - Auction Action 430

By: Mark Higgins

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1971 Datsun 240Z

Sold: $30,500
Donnington Auctions

The late Daryl Duff, Brighton’s (Vic) fastest butcher, competed in Marque Sports/Sports Car races in this 24OZ. Its urge comes from a 3-litre six with triple Webers and a 5-speed gearbox, with disc brakes all round, fibreglass panels and perspex windows. It's featherlight and fast and is fitted with an aluminium roll cage and race seat. Fast and not furious.


1987 HDT Director Tribute

Passed in


The beaut thing with Tributes is they don’t have to laud the famous and in this case it’s more the infamous. Back In February 1987 Peter Brock launched the Director ignoring the General, resulting in a bitter divorce and the end of Brock’s HDT concern. Some 32 years later we have a tribute, that’s as near as dammit to a genuine HDT Director. It was built by an ex-HDT employee who possibly bolted all those glass panels on the original. Like 1987 it sure stands out. Highest bid $48,000.

| 2019 Market Review: HDT Commodore VC-VN


1965 Ford Cortina Mk1 440

Passed in


Mention the name Cortina and most think of the performance models, the Bathurst special GT500 and Lotus Cortina punted by stars including Jim Clark, Bob Jane and Allan Moffat. The reality was most were pedestrian models like the 440. Finished in light blue with a white roof this complete car was retrimmed in 2018. A CD player was added as were period speed shop steelies, a sports steering wheel and extra gauges.


1962 Ford Falcon XL utility

Sold: $19,000


The Falcon XL with its squared-off roofline and convex grille rendered the General’s FB Holden ancient looking by comparison, The Falcon was more powerful too with a 170ci-Pusuit six-cylinder, the same as in this one.

Popular back then they are a rare sight today. This is a buy and drive having undergone a full resto and mechanical rebuild so it’s probably better than new.


1998 HSV VT Clubsport

Sold: $15,000


The Clubsport badge here on a VT is HSV’s biggest seller. This was the last model powered by a home-grown V8 engine so it ticks most boxes for an enthusiast or collector. One-owner car, Holden dealer service history

and 157,000km and seems in excellent condition. Build number 1456 with an October 1998 compliance making it one of the last to be made.


Market watch:

Porsche 944


In the mid 1970s Porsche decided it was time to fling the 911 and replace it with modern front-engine/rear-drive models. Enter the utterly forgettable 924. Back to the drawing board and a more convincing 944 emerged

with more grunt, better handling and more than an ounce of entertainment behind the wheel. Front engine Porsches didn’t last but they are cheap and a 944 in good nick won’t break the bank to buy or run. Early ones

were powered by a 2.5-litre four and along the way an S, S2 and Turbo versions were added. So if you want your name on Porsche ownership papers entry to the non- turbo models is as little as ten grand.

| 2018 Market Review: Porsche 924/928/944/968


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