Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 + XC Coupe + Datsun 240Z - Auction Action 452

By: Mark Higgins

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The world auction scene has proved incredibly resiliant in the last year. Here are some of the highlights...

1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000

Sold: A$57,000
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This delightful looking GTV 2000 was first sold by the Griswold Company in California, but there was no mention of Clark being the salesman. While in the hands of its first owner, until 2018, it was given a resto including a repaint in original blue, along with a makeover of the interior. It runs a two-litre injected four paired to a five-speed manual. When new it cost A$10,195.


1977 Ford Fairmont XC Coupe

Sold: $122,000


If you were buying a car based on grunt this German juggernaut is up there. The brawny 6.0-litre twin-turbo 445kW V12 engine could power a small country and its interior is opulence personified. Since new, its Michelins have carried the big two door 100,000kms and it sold for a quarter of its new price. As you’d expect of this large Stuttgart coupe it’s loaded to the gunwales with tech plus a 360km/h speedo!


2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS Edition 1

Sold: A$108,000
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No, that Isn’t a misprint, just bloody cheap whichever way you look at it. What’s more its 380kW twin-turbo 4.0-litre has travelled a mere 20,000kms since new. It features the AMG Aero pack and lots of carbon bits and bobs both inside and out. Nineteen and 20-inch wheels hide the massive calipers and drilled discs. The speedo runs to 355 km/h and the tacho has a 7000 rpm redline. Not advised if you want to be inconspicuous.


1972 Datsun 240Z

Sold: A$55,300
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The 240Z was a huge success globally and continued the good work started by the Fairlady and P510 in the USA making the Datto brand a desirable one. This green metallic example has contrasting two-tone vinyl trim and the 2.4-litre six has a four-speed manual bolted to it. Over its life it has been restored, so it should be good for another half century.


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Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe


The Brera 2+2 coupe was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign, based on a GM/Fiat platform shared with the Alfa 159 and built between 2005-2010. The Brera is one of the prettiest Alfas of recent times. A total of 21,700 coupes were made and powered by either a either a 2.2lt four or a 3.2lt V6.The fours were front-wheel drive and the V6 a Torsen four-wheel drive.

In 2008 the V6 also became a front driver and in ‘09 a turbo engine was added. Prices currently range from four grand to around fifteen for a gem, but given the limited numbers here, are sure to rise. Before falling for its charms seek an inspection.


From Unique Cars #452, April 2021

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