Ford Capri + Triumph TR7 + Lotus Europa - Auction Action 447

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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...

1974 Ford Capri RS3100

Sold: $133,000
Shannons

In 1975 Allan Moffat replaced his Mustang with an RS3100 and won on debut at Sandown. Originally a GT car, the RS3100 was developed by Ford as a competition winner. This numbers-correct homologation special was lovingly restored in 2007 and arrived from Scotland in 2011. It comes with a good history file and, having been driven sparingly, achieved an outstanding result.

 

1978 Triumph TR7 V8 tarmac rally car

Sold: $22,000
Donnington Auctions

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Manufactured between 1974 to 1981, the Triumph TR7 was a radical departure from the TR6 with its wedge shape and pop-up headlights.

British Leyland ran a team of TR7s in International rallying from 1976 to 1980. Fitted with a Rover V8 engine, they proved successful. This one is painted in Leyland works colours and had a ground-up resto that was completed in 2016. Just the thing for a fling around Tassy in the Targa.

 

1973 Lotus Europa Special

Sold: $65,200
RM Sothebys

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In the mid 1960s Lotus rolled out the Europa that stood a mere 2.5-inches taller than the famed Ford GT40. The Europa was also Ford powered with 113-neddies produced by the twin-cam four that, in this instance, has a four-speed manual gearbox.

This was a limited-edition model in celebration of Lotus’s 1972 F1 World Championship.

 

1960 Mazda K360

Sold: $47,475
RM Sothebys

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Back in the day these little Mazda utes used to scurry at their top speed of 65 km/h up and down the Ginza with all manner of goods on board. Over a 10-year production run that commenced in 1959, Mazda sold 280,000 of the three -wheelers. This one has independent dual and mechanical brakes, and the biggest thing about this one was the price paid.

 

On the block:

1965 Carroll Shelby's 427 Cobra roadster

Mecum Kissimmee
January 2021

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CSX3178 has a special place in Cobra history being the personal 427 of its creator Carroll Shelby and because of that, is the holy grail of the brand. He owned it from the day it was assembled in March 1966 until his passing in May 2012. It is one of just five 427 Cobras finished in Charcoal Grey. In 2016, the car was purchased from Shelby’s estate by the vendor and underwent a concours restoration. Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra is the big brother of CSX2000 that recently sold for almost US$14 million.

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From Unique Cars #447, December 2020 

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