Porsche 906 + Datsun Fairlady + Mercedes-Benz 560SL - Auction Action 437

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1966 Porsche 906

Sold: A$2.79M Artcurial Motorcars

In case Santa was kind to you over the festive season or you scooped the lottery jackpot, or that rich long-lost relative fell off their perch, another superb car to grace the stage was this original and well-preserved example of a Porsche 906, the Stuttgart brand’s Le Mans racer of the mid 1960s when sportscar racing was as big a deal as F1. This example has an impressive race history was sold in original condition, usually an indicator that it is intact and complete.

 

1965 Datsun Fairlady 1500 Roadster

Sold: $17,000
Shannons

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Datsun's first effort at building a sports car didn’t disappoint. Launched in 1963 the Fairlady was attractively styled with a decent amount of poke.

Early models came with a side-facing rear seat for a third passenger. A facelifted model arrived in 1965 and this is the last of the 1500cc SP310s built that year. It once lived in Japan and has been extensively upgraded and set up for track and tarmac events, hence the roll bar, race seats and harnesses.

Cheap thrills or the basis for a resto back to standard spec. Sold with no reserve, it went out the door for$17,000.

| Read next: Datsun 2000 Sports/Fairlady review

 

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SL

Sold: $85,000
Shannons

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Offered with no reserve was this Australian-delivered 560SL. Nicknamed the Panzerwagen due to its massive strength, the R107 emphasised safety, with a reinforced body shell. Up font is an alloy 5.5lt V8 (the largest fitted to the SL) mated to a four-speed auto. First registered in June 1986 the service book indicates the car moved to NSW from Victoria until the late 1990s. The odometer reading is a tad over 223,000km and it's in original condition right down to the Becker radio/cassette player.

| 2019 Market Review: Mercedes-Benz SL/SLK/CLK 1990-2006

 

 

1967 Ford Mustang GT 390 GR1

Sold: A$393,600
Artcurial Motorcars

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Selling more affordably was the Johnny Hallyday Ford Mustang from 1967 that's the last surviving race car, from the renowned Écurie Ford France racing outfit. Hallyday, widely known as the French Elvis Presley, finished 2nd in the Grand Prix de l’ACF at Montlhéry in 1967. For racing and entertainment buffs, it was a unique piece of history.

| 2019 Market Review: Ford Mustang V8/Fastback/GT390 1964-73 

 

2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500 Saloon

Sold: $40,000
Shannons

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The Cooper Sport 500 was a limited-edition model featuring 13-inch Sportspack wheels, puffed wheelarches, twin driving lights, a roof-mounted aerial, halogen headlamps plus, special badges, stripes and decals. Inside was black leather and a silver alloy dash. This is one of three in the country and with 12,200 miles on the clock. It came with original sales brochure, dealer sticker and leather bound owner’s pack.

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