Five collector cars to buy at Shannons’ Winter online auction

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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65 cars with 20 for No Reserve, there's something for everyone!

After a strong showing at Shannons’ first ever combined Melbourne-Sydney online auction back in May; the auction house is back again with another online sale set to commence on August 19 as the country still grapples with Covid-19.

There are 65 cars up for grabs, with 20 of them up for No Reserve sale. With a strong fleet of entry and mid-level collectibles with very reasonable pre-auction price guides, there’s plenty of opportunity for some real value to be had.

Of course, there are many more lots comprising of collectible motorcycles, garage décor and licence plates to peruse; but regardless of your interests and budget, you’re bound to find something you like.

You can view all available lots at, or read on for a few cars that we reckon are deserving of your attention.

*=No Reserve Lot

*Lot 85 – 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Saloon – Guiding Range: $6,000-$8,000

Location: Melbourne


Even amongst a tumultuous 2020, the entry-level sector of our classic/collectible car community is seemingly as active as ever. First-time classics always attract attention for their value, and there is a lot of truly great models available for less money than you’d think.

The W126 S-class is a great example, and one that we are big fans of as a future classic to watch.

This one is a two-owner Australian-delivered car in great condition throughout. It’s a highly-equipped limousine, this one specified with the 3.0lt inline six.

Hugely expensive when new, these second-gen S-class’ offer an amazing amount of classic credentials for your dollar.

Lot 94 – 1979 Holden HZ Statesman DeVille Sedan – Guiding Range: $18,000-$24,000

Location: Melbourne


If you like your automotive flavours a little more native – there’s an array of Aussie-made on offer; from an LX Torana A9X sedan (Lot 138), to a very-70s XB coupe on jelly bean wheels (Lot 136), to earlier fabulous classic like an FB station wagon (Lot 98) and EJ Panel Van (Lot 97).

But it’s this Holden HZ Statesman that caught our eye, partially in thanks to its very reasonable pre-auction guiding range.

It’s remained in the same family ownership since it was barely a year old, and always been kept garaged and well-cared for.

The Radial-tuned Statesman has recently undergone a $17,000 refurbishment which saw it gain a respray, an engine rebuild, transmission and differential service, braking system recondition, and more. If you’re after a locally-made luxury cruiser, this Statsman might well be worth a look!

Lot 119 – 1990 BMW M5 E34 Saloon – Guiding Range: $44,000-$52,000

Location: Melbourne


While this modern classic M-car may be joined in auction by its more esteemed elders, an 1988 E30 M3 (Lot 121) and 1985 BMW E24 M635CSi (Lot 143); we think the hand-built E34 M5 is a true sleeper that’s yet to land on the collector radar.

Not to mention that the Guiding Range for the 250km/h high-performance executive is tens of thousands of dollars under that of its stablemates.  

This BMW E34 M5 is an Australian-delivered car and is highly original with a low 130,454kms indicated. Just 11,000 M5s were built out of the generation’s total 1.3 million production run. Their collectability is shoring up overseas, and we would expect to see the same on local shores as BMW’s older models continue to gain interest.

Lot 124 – 1991 Honda NSX ‘Manual’ – Guiding Range: $100,000-$125,000

Location: Melbourne


Honda’s NSX shocked the world in 1989, as a technical, lightweight, hand-assembled world-contending supercar which could safely rev to near 8,000rpm.

It put an Italian supercar industry, which had arguably been resting on its laurels, firmly on notice – especially in regards to interior ergonomics.  

This 1991 model is an Australian-delivered model and a highly sought-after manual example from factory.

Two-owners from new, it shows low kilometres and in very good condition throughout with only minor marks observed by Shannons in paint and interior.

90s Japanese metal is one of today’s hottest properties, and the NSX is one of the truly iconic models of the era which has enjoyed steep price rises virtually across the board over the past few years.

Lot 146 – 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 Coupe – Guiding Range: $120,000-$140,000

Location: Sydney


If you’re fortunate enough to be shopping at the top end of town, there’s no shortage of blue-chip classics on offer.

But amongst an early E-type, and a few air-cooled 911s, this early 70s Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 caught our eye the most.

A traditionally unloved model, it’s a meagre price to pay for a manual front-engined V12 Ferrari and may offer more headroom for growth than another ubiquitous 911.

Early history shows that it was owned by the famed Australian collector Bill Leach throughout the 1990s. The Ferrari 365 comes with tens of thousands of dollars of receipts for recent works, which includes an extensive interior reupholstery, suspension replacement units, and a full engine rebuild.

The car also comes with a full suite of original and period-correct books, Ferrari leather wallet, handbooks and original jack and tools.


Bidding for Shannons’ Winter online auction commences on August 19, and closes on August 26. View all available lots at


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