Shelby GT350R + Corvette C2 + HQ ute - Auction Action 457

By: Mark Higgins

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Live auctions are on hold but online auctions are pulling a mixed bag of results. Here are some of the highlights

1965 Shelby GT350R

Sold: A$1.7M

Here's the winningest Pony of all. A Wimbledon white 1965 GT350r K-code, one of 34 R models it’s powered by the faithful 289ci bolted to a T-10 manual four
slotter. It won the 1967 SCCA series and had 17 straight wins in 68-69. Then in 1971 it won 32 races from 54 starts.and clocked 184mph at Daytona, the highest
speed for any Shelby fettled 289.


1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Sold: A$503,000
Gooding & Company


Being year one of the gen-two Corvette, the ‘63 is a significant car with its split rear window, a one-year design feature. According to the blurb this is a show-quality example and had a frame off resto in 2005. Up front is a 327ci L76 V8 bolted to a four-speed M20 Muncie. And drum brakes! First sold February 1963 the Sebring Silver with red interior sold with a history dossier dating back to the purchase papers.

1972 Citroen Mehari

Sold: A$45,000
RM Sothebys


Taking its name from a Camel breed known for its speed and conceived by WWII French fighter pilot, the Méhari was launched in 1968 and over the next 20 years nearly 145,000 were made. The current owner undertook a body off resto and had the frame and suspension rebuilt, the body restored and repainted in Méhari colour Orange Kirghiz.


1974 HQ Holden ute Sandman tribute

No sale: $54,000


Best known as a panel van the Sandman ute also has a huge following. This one is a tribute, and it appears to be an excellent one. It has had a frame one resto and is finished in its original, Monterey Green with a Chestnut interior. Powering the Sandman is the original rebuilt 253 V8 coupled to an M20 4 speed and Salisbury 10 bolt diff. The Sandman now rides on lowered King springs giving it a new look to that of 1974.


From Unique Cars 457, Sep 2021

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