Porsche 930 Turbo + Datsun 1600 + VW Thing + Chev Impala - Auction Action 444

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Live auctions might be on hold right now but the auction scene continues to bustle along with online auctions. Here are some of the highlights from last month

1976 Porsche 930 Turbo

Sold: $232,000

The aircooled Porsche craze seemingly hasn't waned an ounce, while the market for many other big-ticket cars has shrunk in this turbulent year. Two of the three biggest sales at Shannons' most recent online classic car auction were 70s Porsche 911s, but they weren't the only success stories. Over 60 toys found a home, with Australian family cars continuing to fetch strong money.


1970 Datsun 1600 project

Sold: $10,100


You just don't see these old Datsun 1600s anymore, despite the fact that many of you readers have turned a wheel in one (or three) at some point in time. This project looked like a great buy for one lucky punter: it runs and drives but needs finishing. It needs minor panel work before paint but it's already had work done, and comes with spares.


1973 Volkswagen Thing

Sold: $25,400


The 'Thing' - also known as a VW Type 181 - had its roots as a military vehicle developed in the 60s, based on Beetle mechanicals and a Karmann Ghia floorpan. The bright yellow paint will tell you that they since became a cult classic and are equally at home by the beach. This one sold at Mecum, and is about lineball with local prices.


1958 Chevrolet Impala

Sold: $111,000
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The original Impala launched in 1958 as GM was celebrating its 50th birthday. Produced for just one year only, this version sat atop the Bel Air Hardtop and convertible models, and offered stylish quad headlights and Cadillac-rivalling levels of chrome. This one bears the biggest 348ci V8 engine but missed out on the costly optionable Ram-Jet fuel injection. It's still a top-dollar car!


On the block:

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Coachwork by Pininfarina

Goodwood Speedweek
17 Oct 2020
Chichester, Goodwood
Estimate AU$2.2M - 2.7M


While Goodwood is opting to operate 'behind closed doors' this year due to the ongoing health crisis, Bonhams will still be holding its annual classic car auction in Chichester. One of the main attractions is this 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider, expected to fetch over $2 million dollars. We expect bidding to be hotly contested, as open-top versions of Ferrari's classic front-engined V12s were produced in significantly lower numbers than their fixed-head counterparts. Just 100 of these 330 GTS were produced, compared to 598 tintops. Model auction record is $4 million.


From Unique Cars #444, Sep 2020

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