Honda Z600 + BMW E39 540-M5 hybrid + Ferrari Testarossa - Auction Action 446

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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...

1972 Honda Z600

Sold: $36,000
RM Sotheby's, Indiana

Do you remember these brightly-coloured little gems scuttling about the streets in the seventies? If you did see them, they were unforgettable. But who knew they could become so valuable? Featuring a twin-cylinder 600cc engine, this four-speed manual presented in exceptional condition, which might go some way towards explaining the stiff price.

 

1999 BMW E39 540-M5 hybrid

Sold: $63,000
Bring A Trailer, USA

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What was once a comparitively humble 540 Sport wagon has been comprehensively upgraded by an owner with arguably more money than self-control. We like the thinking, though: it runs the M5 powertrain including the S62 4.9lt V8, six-speed manual and has a number of M5 fittings inside as well. So, a wagon with serious attitude which we suspect would not have been a cheap build.

 

1991 Ferrari Testarossa

Sold: $209,000
Mecum, USA

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Maybe it's the white paint that held it back, but this seemed like decent value for a high-end Ferrari. The V12 was hugely successful for the company, with some 10,000 being produced. This example showed just 16,000km on the odo and had evidence of being serviced by the book. It's a December 1990 build and just the thing to own if you were planning to have if you happened to be a big Miami Vice fan!

 

On the block:

1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 2

Donnington Qld - Lot 17
22 November 2020
Estimate: $85,000-90,000

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One of the all-time great shapes and a consistent performer in the classic market. This 4.2 is part of an interesting collection of cars and motorcycles out of Queensland, to be auctioned online from November 22. E-type prices took a huge jump a couple of years back and have been relatively stable since then. A solid example at this level can represent good buying.

 

Auction watch: What's moving and shaking:

Ford Customline

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More often than not we'll nominate a late-ish model car for this section. However one of our resident classic car buffs, David Berthon, has pointed out there's a strong resurgence in fifties cars at the moment. If he's right, one of the bargains out there is the Ford Customline series of the mid fifties, many of which were assembled in Australia. You can get a respectable example for under $30k at the moment, which is good buying.

 

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