Burns & Co Bayswater classic car auction preview

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Online auction sees a vast and varied classic car fleet up for sale

Local auctioneers, Burns & Co, are holding a sizeable classic car auction out of their Bayswater location, taking place on Sunday September 22 and commencing at 1:00pm.

There’s a vast and varied fleet up for grabs, with a big mix of Aussie and US classics, headlined by: an LJ Torana GTR, HZ V8 Sandman Panel Van, ’67 Chevrolet Impala SS; as well as a few exotic offerings.

It appears bidding has already opened online, and you can view all available lots in the Burns & Co catalogue here.

Read on for a closer look at a few cars that would top our list of cars to watch!

Lot 13 – 1980 Datsun 280ZX ‘Fairlady’ Turbo


Datsun 280ZXs have always fallen in the shadow of their more esteemed 240z predecessors, but in the wake of steep rises of the original Z-car, prices of 280s have firmly shored up over past years, with plenty more headroom to be seen in the future.

This one here comes from a deceased estate, and looks like a solid project in the making, with unoriginal candy apple red paint and a very good and original looking interior and engine bay.

Specified with Datsun’s L-series inline-six (not stipulated whether it’s the 2.0lt or 2.6lt) turbo, and five-speed manual; the car runs and drives and has recently had its hoses, master cylinder, tyres and exhaust replaced. The air-conditioning has also been reconditioned and the car has recently passed an ACT roadworthy.

With 102,602kms showing on the odometer, the current bid at the time of writing is: $5,750

Lot 22 – 1962 Valiant S-Series


Judging from the ‘SV1’ notation in the VIN code; this ’62 Valiant AP5 S Series looks to be an Australian-assembled example (only assembled locally for little over a year).

These US-designed, finely-finned Valiants have enjoyed a very enthusiastic following over the years, and offer a sweet local slice of collectible motoring.

This one appears to be in very presentable condition both outside and in, with hard-to-fault white paint and a very neat red seat interior. It’s reported to have 92,464 miles showing and has its slant-six sending power to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic – assumed to be Chryler’s factory push-button auto which was a highly regarded bit of technology at the time.

Current bid at the time of writing sits at $11,000.

Lot 31 – 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS


Here’s one for the fans of US large barge muscle car cruisers!
A ’67 Impala hardtop with the 396ci V8 with a four-speed manual, it presents very well throughout and remains in its native left-hand drive configuration.

Exterior paint and trim is near faultless, and the interior looks near-new. The car has certainly been loved and is said to run and dive well.

It would make a fantastic cruiser with a boatload of street presence, on visual inspection it appears there’s not much (if anything) left to do!

Current bid at the time of writing is: $52,500.

Lot 35 – 1970 Holden HT Premier Station Wagon


Here’s our personal pick, a sweet HT Premier wagon with the 253 V8 and column-shift auto.

It presents fantastically with white roof over gold paint, and tan interior.

We’d wager to say it’s had a pretty extensive exterior and interior restoration, with the engine bay looking slightly more original.

Aussie 70s family cars have really come into their own on the collector market, especially station wagons. This one should prove keen buying with 44,432 miles showing and in sound driving condition.

Current bid is currently pegged at $21,000

Lot 41 – 1979 Holden HZ Sandman Panel Van


Another piece of hot property is this manual HZ Sandman ‘pano’ with a 308 V8.

In running condition, the car looks the goods! Finished in brown metallic paint over brown interior (with black vinyl seats), the car looks to have been treated to new paint in its life; with the engine bay and interior looking to be in very presentable condition.

Details are scant, but Sandman Panel Vans are very much in demand, and this one with its high odo indication of 411,628kms may see the price not get too outrageous for the layman collector.

It’s currently sitting at $24,000, but with a few days left in the auction – all of the above cars may still climb higher once successive bids roll in.

The auction closes on Sunday – so have a look at all offerings by clicking here. You’re bound to find something you like!


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