Three Collector Cars to buy at Shannons’ February Sydney auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Shannons first auction of the year focuses on rare number plates, but there’s still plenty of fetching cars to take home

The first Shannons auction of 2020 is set to take place in Sydney, on February 17, ofucsing on rare New South Wales number plates, as well as the usual mixed-bag of tempting four-wheeled metal.

The collectible number plate focus sees a smaller field of cars, but there’s still an appealing mix of classics of all origins and eras, up for grabs.

There are 26 cars looking to find new homes, 15 of them up for No Reserve.

Read on for our three picks that we’d be keeping our eye on, and see the full list of available cars at the bottom! You can see all available lots in full at

*=No Reserve Lot

Lot 35 – 1986 BMW 635CSi - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000


This very well-presented E24 coupe looks very attractively presented, with an equally attractive pre-auction guiding range below what we’d believe to be market value for these increasingly desired models.

The car’s original owner in the log book is BMW Australia ltd, followed by two doctors thereafter.

The svelte six-series ‘sharknose’ coupe is in solid condition throughout with a great exterior and very clean engine bay. The interior is free of rips and tears, but the Nutria Buffalo interior shows its fair share of patina – consummating its near-240,000km odometer reading.


Despite the high-Ks, the car is in fantastically original condition for the most part, but boasts coilover suspension, a short shifter upgrade, and a non-factory exhaust.

The original Becker radio is in place, but – along with the air conditioning – is currently non-functional.

It’s a cheap price of entry for this increasingly collectible Bavarian grand tourer – especially in its current five-speed manual guise – with only minor things to fix.

Lot 60 – 1971 Chrysler Valiant VH Charger XL 265 – Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000


Here we have a very early-build VH Charger XL (build number 00010), specified with a two-barrel 265ci "Hemi" six-cylinder motor and TorqueFlite transmission; and finished in very-70s Hot Mustard over tan vinyl trim.

It’s believed to be a two owner car – originally purchased by Donald Wheeler who kept the car until his passing in 1984. The Wheeler family kept the car registered into the 90s during which they occasionally drove the car to the shops and back. After which they retired the car to storage under the house where it sat for the next 20 years.

The current owner purchased the car in 2013, in sound but tired condition – and fully restored the vehicle from the bare metal up.


During the rebuild, the steering was upgraded to rack-and-pinion, as well as a suspension and brake overhaul.

The engine was replaced by the original owner so a correct and freshly rebuilt 265ci was sourced and upgraded with a four-barrel Holley carburettor and extractors.

Complimented by an interior reupholstery and new hoses and lines throughout – there is nothing left to do to the handsome Charger, nothing except to drive it!

Lot 62 – 1985 Holden HDT VK Commodore Group A SS – Guiding Range: $90,000-$110,000


This collectible piece of HDT history represents the 279th example built out of a total of 500 HDT VK Group A SS’ produced.

The Formula Blue beaut’ looks to be in extremely well-kept condition throughout with only minor stone chipping and some wear on the steering wheel blemishing an otherwise hard-to-fault vehicle.


Unfortunately Shannons has yet to provide any written history on the car, however there are photos of HDT confirmation and documentation from 2006 accompanying the car.


See below for a full list of available cars and Shannons’ Guiding Ranges

Lot 33 – 1983 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Coupe - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 34 – 1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC Coupe - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 35 – 1986 BMW E24 635CSi Coupe - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 36 – 1973 Leyland P76 Executive V8 Sedan - *Guiding Range: $18,000-$24,000

Lot 37 – 1965 Datsun Fairlady 1500 Roadster - *Guiding Range: $25,000-$30,000

Lot 41 – 1963 Ford Consul Classic 315 Sedan - *Guiding Range: $16,000-$20,000

Lot 42 – 1964 Jaguar MkII 2.4 ‘Manual’ Saloon - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 43 – 1994 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit III Saloon - *Guiding Range: $30,000-$40,000

Lot 44 – 2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500 – Guiding Range: $30,000-$35,000

Lot 45 – 1954 Land Rover Series 1 SWB 86 Inch Utility – Guiding Range: $45,000-$55,000

Lot 49 – 1936 Jaguar SS 2½ Litre Saloon (Project) - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 50 – 1949 MG TC Roadster (Project) - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 51 – 1952 Riley RMB 2½ Litre Saloon – Guiding Range: $25,000-$30,000

Lot 52 – 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Mulliner Saloon - *Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000

Lot 53 – 1926 Frazer Nash Super Sports 2-Seater – Guiding Range: $130,000-$150,000

Lot 57 – 1953 Studebaker V8 Land Cruiser 4 Door Sedan (RHD) - *Guiding Range: $15,000-$20,000

Lot 58 – 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne Sedan (RHD) - *Guiding Range: $20,000-$30,000

Lot 59 – 1941 Packard 120 Club Coupe (LHD) – Guiding Range: $48,000-$58,000

Lot 60 – 1971 Chrysler Valiant VH Charger 265 XL Coupe – Guiding Range: $40,000-$50,000

Lot 61 – 1970 Ford XY Falcon ‘GT Replica’ (Nulon ‘Project XY’) – Guiding Range: $90,000-$110,000

Lot 62 – 1985 Holden HDT VK Group A SS Sedan – Guiding Range: $90,000-$110,000

Lot 66 – 1968 Aston Martin DBS Coupe (Project) - *Guiding Range: $35,000-$45,000

Lot 67 – 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible - *Guiding Range: $50,000-$60,000

Lot 68 – 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 MkII Convertible – Guiding Range: $70,000-$80,000

Lot 69 – 1981 Maserati Kyalami 4.9 Coupe (RHD) - $75,000-$90,000

Lot 70 – 1955 Porsche 356 ‘Pre-A’ Speedster – Guiding Range: $750,000-$950,000

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