Five collector cars to buy at Shannons’ Melbourne Summer Auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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The next Shannons classic car auction returns to Melbourne, taking place on December 9 and offering an interesting mix of metal for all tastes.

There are collectible Aussie mainstays, a fleet of desirable Euros, and the odd mix of American and Japanese classics on offer. Overall, there are 48 cars looking for new homes; with 16 of them up for No Reserve!

You can browse all there is to offer at, but read on for five handpicked cars we’ll be keeping our eyes on!

*= No Reserve Lot

*Lot 22 – 1973 Chrysler VH Charger XL 245 Coupe – Guiding Range: $30,000-$40,000


Talk about a time-warp, this one-owner VH Charger looks like it’s come straight out of the 70s!

Finished in Hot Mustard over tan vinyl interior, the car is complimented by period accessories such as factory mudflaps, a towbar, sheepskins front and back, and period aftermarket alloy wheels.

The factory 245ci straight-six has been reconditioned and now runs on unleaded petrol. The factory Hot Mustard colour has also been resprayed, but the rest of the car is virtually untouched.

The paint shows some signs of patina from its regular use, but the original interior presents very well for its age.

The car comes with its original warranty card and a handful of receipts. There can’t be many genuine one-owner Chargers left out there, but this one looks like a peach!

Lot 30 – 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Coupe – Guiding Range: $60,000-$70,000


First-generation WRXs found favour through the new millennium with young modifiers and enthusiasts, as cheap performance weapons, no doubt contributing to a diabolical survival rate which now sees these modern classics extremely rare in good condition.

At the peak of Subaru’s dedication to the World Rally Championship, the STi coupe was the ultimate expression of its rally-inspired road racer. Global production was limited, with just 399 cars allocated to the Australian market in 1999.

This WRC Homologation special STi Coupe presents virtually as-new, with just 18,643kms on the odometer.

Unlike most WRXs of this vintage, this one’s as close to original condition as you’ll find, with the only departure from factory being the aftermarket window tint on the side and rear glass.

The car is supported by full and known history since new, with the current seller boasting ownership since December 2002, when they purchased the vehicle with just 7,003kms on the clock.

Lot 47 – 1984 Holden HDT Improved Brock VK SS Commodore – Guiding Range: $35,000-$45,000


The HDT VK first appears in August 1984, with just two models available originally: The SS and the Group Three.

The SS name was adopted by HDT as their base vehicle, as the nameplate was put on hiatus within the mainstream Commodore range at the time. They were available in just two colours; Alpine White and Asteroid Silver, and wore various exterior modifications with the cabin swathed in light blue upholstery.

Under the bonnet sat a tuned 5.0lt V8 quoted at 177kW and 419Nm of torque.

This particular example is specified with the four-speed manual, and has been with its current owner since 1997. It was used as a daily driver for 12 months but has since been retired to storage and only driven sparingly since.

The car shows some patina and evidence of a life-lived, but is original with recent fuel tank flush, new lines and fuel pump, and new tail shaft centre bearing.

It may not be concourse condition, but it’s a useable surviving Aussie collectible; ready to drive as is or prime for restoration.

Lot 61 – 1969 Morris Mini Saloon ‘Cooper S Replica’ – Guiding Range: $20,000-$25,000


The phrase ‘cult classic’ has perhaps never been more applicable, than to the humble Mini.

As a design icon, a fashion accessory to the stars, and an accomplished racer – the Mini’s cultural reach is hard to equal by any motor vehicle.

They’ve always been considered ‘collectible’, but the hotted up Cooper S has especially enjoyed sharp price rises in recent years, and is becoming increasingly difficult to attain for the everyday enthusiast.

For that reason, this 1969 Morris Mini Saloon might find itself very appealing as a Cooper S replica – with genuine Cooper S features such as the twin fuel tanks and mounts. There is also a 1275cc Cooper engine and ancillaries fitted, with the exterior finished off in dark blue with white roof, and Cooper stripes down the bonnet.

There is some minor bubbling to the left-hand side roof gutter, but is otherwise in pretty good condition. The interior is all black vinyl and mostly appears to be original, except for the period tacho and slightly different driver’s seat.

It comes with a large folder of receipts and paperwork, and represents a sweet-looking and affordable avenue into classic Mini motoring!

Lot 63 – 1988 BMW E30 M3 Evo II (RHD) – Guiding Range: $70,000-$90,000


It’s rare to see a genuine E30 M3 Evo II on the market here in Australia. Just 500 were produced for homologation purposes, and none of them were sold new to Australia.

This one arrived on our fair shores almost a decade ago, as a personal import. It was converted to right-hand drive and underwent a partial restoration in Queensland, before being relocated to Victoria where the rest of the refurbishment was carried out.

The engine has been rebuilt, the Misanorot Red paint is new, interior was repaired with a new headliner installed, and the optional mesh wheels were refurbished; culminating in an incredibly useable example of one of the most desirable M-sport models every produced.

This E30 M3 Evo II is number 264 of 500, and was factory optioned with an electric sunroof, on-board computer and electric windows.

It’s in great condition throughout, with just 70,572 miles on the odometer, and while the right-hand drive conversion may put off the most privvy of international collectors, that means the value is a little more affordable for those of us who just want to drive the damn thing!


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