Lamborghini Miura + Ford Cortina GT500 + Chev Corvette - Auction Action 445

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Live auctions are mostly on hold now but the auction scene continues to bustle along with online versions. Here are some of the highlights

1971 Lamborghini Miura

Sold: $5.8M
Gooding, UK

Okay, it's theoretically the ultimate Miura, the grandly-titled P400 SV Speciale, which means it has (among other things) upgraded mechanicals and the exclusivity of a build number of just 150 units. However this restored example with good providence soared a long way past the already mind-blowing estimate, by a good 50 per cent. Clearly the big investors are still cashed-up.

 

1965 Ford Cortina GT500

Sold: $51,000
Shannons

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When you mention Aussie hero cars, the Ford Cortina may not be the first thing that springs to mind, despite winning Bathurst. However in its day this car was just as important as the later XY Falcons when it came to building up the local performance image. Only small numbers of these enhanced cars were built (under 250) and survival rate wasn't great. This looked like a good buy.

 

1982 Chevrolet Corvette

Sold: $14,000
Mecum, USA

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Here's proof that you can still find value in the USA market, despite the unfavourable exchange rate. This very solid-looking Corvette runs an injected 350 with 700R auto and claims good paperwork with only 71,000km on the odo. If you could live with having a post-chrome bumper car, we reckon that's a lot of bang for your buck, with an iconic nameplate attached.

 

1965 Alvis TE21 Saloon

Sold: $45,300
Bonhams, UK

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Big British two-doors of this era have a lot of style about them and we reckon this Alvis was really good buying. Described by the auction house as a 'business express' from the era, Mulliner Park Ward built these bodies and only 352 were made. Under the bonnet is a 3.0lt six with twin SUs. This one came across as a good solid runner – not concours, but a very usuable classic.


What's moving and shaking

Porsche 928

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With something like 60,000 built over an 18-year lifespan, this front-engined Porsche V8 series was a huge commercial success for the brand.

Which kind of left us all a little mystified as the car tended to languish in the classic market. That is, however, changing.

You can still get one for around $30k, but more like $70k-plus is being asked for prime examples.

Even at that level, they're a lot of car for the money and we reckon values will keep creeping up.

 

From Unique Cars #445, Oct 2020

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