Binalong Motor Museum to go under the hammer

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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New South Wales motor museum to close next month with entire collection up for grabs

Melbourne-based classic car auction house, Donington Auctions, have announced a massive sale on behalf of New South Wales’ Binalong Motor Museum, which is set to close next month after almost 30 years of operation. The sale will take place in Yass Valley, New South Wales on May 3.

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Binalong Motor Museum is described as Australia’s only purpose-built motor museum and restoration shop.

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The museum was founded by two passionate friends, Stuart Saunders and John Fitzpatrick, who built the facility over the length of a year in 1990; together they also formed the Binalong Early Motoring Club – which still exists to this day. Fitzpatrick moved to Melbourne several years later, with Saunders taking on full ownership, taking care of the collection whilst attracting visitors from all over Australia as well as overseas.

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Headlining the auction is a stunningly original 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC-4, valued at $500,000. The car was purchased by Saunders from Maranello Concessionaires in South London, sold on behalf of the original owner Gerald Thomas, the famous British film director.

Saunders states that he was originally looking to buy a Daytona, but the car’s low mileage and condition won him over.

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"I was told when I bought my car there were only 508 of this model built and of these only 41 were right hand drive".

"The colour is Grigio Argenta with original paint and interior leather; the latter in blue was ordered by the original buyer instead of the usual tartan".

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The ’72 Ferrari 365 took out second place in the Ferrari Concours d’Elegance at Eastern Creek several years ago; and is kept in good company by a near identical modern example, a low mileage Ferrari 550 Maranello (estimated to fetch between $280,000 and $320,000).

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As a UK-native, Saunders has also collected a number of British vehicles including: a 3.8lt 1961 Jaguar MkII sedan ($33,000-$39,000), a pre-war MG NA supercharged special and a 1990 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe previously owned by the Kirby family of Village Roadshow Corporation.

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Some more unusual automotive curiosities include the 1996 Julien and Boyer Matra-Honda Land Speed Record Car (current record holder listed in Guinnes Book of Records). The French Blue streamliner was purpose-built to out-perform the 500cc one-hour record of 189.5kp/h (average) previously set by Englishman John K. Brisse in 1953; and sits in the museum besides an exacting recreation of the Parnelli Jones 1963 Indy 500-winning Watson Roadster ($38,000-$42,000).

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Alongside the large collection of cars and bikes, there will also be an extensive array of automobilia up for grabs, including books, vintage parts, period signs and tins and much more.

You can view all lots at Doningtonauctions.com.au ahead of the May 3 auction.

Absentee, telephone and internet bidding for this auction is available free of charge.

Stay tuned at tradeuniquecars.com.au for more auction news and results!

 

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