Aston Martin DB5 shooting brake + Falcon XR GT + BMW E36 M3 - Auction Action 431

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1965 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake

Sold: $2,61M
RM Sothebys

Only a dozen of these Aston Martin DB5 shooting brakes were made and just four in left-hand drive. David Brown couldn’t fit his polo gear in the DB5 coupe. Also a keen hunter, he plonked his hunting dog on the board room table, and said to his engineers: "Build me something for him to sit in." But AM was going gangbusters and didn’t have time to build it. Enter Harold Radford and his new coachbuilding business – the result: grace and practicality with a top speed of 150 mph.

 

1967 Ford Falcon XR GT

Sold: $182,000
Shannons

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This is where the V8 Bathurst turf wars began, with the XR-GT winning Bathurst in 1967, followed by Monaro in 1968. Ford President Bill Bourke pushed for the family Falcon to become a Bathurst winner. This example, showing 34,524 miles, with its 289 reco-ed, is well known in club circles – it was Runner Up at the 2001 GT Nationals. The blurb claims it runs and drives exceptionally, no doubt contributing to the price achieved.

 

1997 BMW E36 M3 3.2 manual

Sold: $27,000
Shannons

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BMW E36 M3s have been high on the desirability radar for many years. This example has the potent 3.2-litre six with six-speed manual. It features a heap of options including Anthracite M-Cross cloth, Amaretta upholstery, electric sunroof and Harman Kardon sound system. With four owners it has travelled 177,000kms since new.

 

1967 Lincoln Continental

Sold: $244,000
Mecum

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When Elvis wasn’t busy recording, touring and singing in Las Vegas he used to luxuriate in this Presley Family Lincoln Continental. His name is on the original title application and it was given to him by his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Though thought lost, it had been part of a private collection. Although the Lehmann-Peterson coachwork has seen better days, a hunk of burning love could restore it to its original stature.

 

2005 Porsche Carrera GT

Sold: $1.76M
RM Sothebys

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One for lottery winners this Carrera GT with just 400 kilometres showing, comes with matching luggage set. Not for the faint hearted, with 605hp of V10 grunt, it has a carbon-fibre monocoque and subframe and even a beech-wood gear knob as a nostalgic nod to the Porsche 917 Le Mans racers. It has just had a major service costing $25,000 to sweeten the deal.

 

1968 Lotus Elan 2+2

Sold: $37,000
Shannons

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Arguably best known of all Lotus models is the Elan. This rare 2+2 model was delivered in 1968 by the famous Geoghegans, the local Lotus distributors. It is a ‘black badge’ car tributing Jim Clark’s passing that year. Extensively refurbished over the years, it features a new spaceframe chassis. Brakes have been reworked as has the Twin-cam engine's top end. The suspension is fresh and it sits on new Michelin rubber.

 

1986 Ferrari Testarossa

Sold: $152,000
Shannons

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How often does a Ferrari Testarossa cross the blocks with no reserve, especially a left-hooker? In Rosso Corsa with cream leather it left Maranello in July 1986 bound for the USA, finally lobbing here 11 years ago. The current Sydney owner bought it in 2014 and had it repainted at a cost of $15,000 plus an interior makeover totalling another $10,000. It is showing 53,181 miles on the clock and came with the books.

 

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Toyota Supra

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The third-generation 3-litre straight six Supra from 1988 in Australia, was a true GT car with a silky smooth engine in naturally aspirated and later turbocharged form. It came in coupe and Targa configurations. Not only was it capable at eating up miles with a decent dollop of sportiness and finesse, it was also comfortable and lavishly specced. They're mechanically robust and reliable, but check the auto for flaring and the turbo model for any issues.

A good one is a rewarding drive. Pricewise, Shannons is auctioning an original and unmolested silver Turbo Targa auto, with 60,356kms on the clock with an estimate of $15-$20,000.

 

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