1934 Bentley Drop Head Coupe headlines Shannons Motorclassica Auction

A much coveted 1934 ‘Derby’ Bentley 3.5 litre Drop Head Coupe (pictured)and an as-new current model Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon, are highlights among the vehicles assembled for Shannons Collectors’ Auction at the Motorclassica event in Melbourne.

The Bentley comes from the dawn of Rolls-Royce’s ownership of the Bentley brand has recently emerged from a careful and detailed restoration. It is expected to attract astute investors in the $180,000-$210,000 AUS range.

At the other end of the Rolls-Royce/Bentley timeline is a current-model Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon presented in ‘as-new’ condition that has covered just 17,000km since it was delivered new to a prominent Melbourne businessman in 2007.

Powered by a 6.7 litre V12 engine producing 338kW and a stupendous 720Nm of torque, this superb and opulent vehicle is being offered with a guiding range of $600,000-$650,000 AUS, potentially representing a substantial saving on the current new price of more than $1 million.

Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts have two very special convertible vehicles to choose from – a near-concourse standard 1957 model 190SL, that Shannons regard as one of the best in Australia, and an equally desirable 1959 220S ‘Pontoon Cabriolet’ – a rare find in Australia in such outstanding condition.

Mustang fanciers have three great ‘Pony cars’ to consider – a genuine low mileage early Shelby GT350, one of only 2,377 1966 models delivered in the classic Shelby racing colours of white with blue Le Mans stripes, a right hand drive 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback and a very original 1970 Boss 302 Fastback with impeccable provenance.

But the vehicle from the rival General Motors camp that will have everyone gaping is a multi-award winning 1956 FJ Holden Special that Shannons rate as the best and most comprehensive restoration of this model they have seen.

Starting life as a particularly original Special Sedan with no evidence of rust or repairs, the matching-numbers FJ has been painstakingly restored to its factory-correct condition in every detail, including its six-volt electrical system and original Mist Grey and Gander Grey two-tone paintwork with Canyon Beige and ¨Fall Red upholstery.

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Shannons holding Melbourne Classic Auction this month

The 2010 Shannons Melbourne Classic Auction is to take place on the 31st May 2010. A fairly extensive range of classic cars are up for grabs and no doubt bargain hunters, astute collectors and investors will be watching the bidding closely.

So, if you’re in the market for something classic, collectable or just something to park in the garage and admire then how about a Holden FX Sedan or possibly something British like an MGB GT Coupe or even something a little older like a Nash La Fayette Sedan.

If you’re pockets are a bit deeper, then there’s the Ferrari Testarossa and a Ford XYGT-HO Phase 3 Sedan with an expected price indication of AU$260-320,000 ready for new owners.

To find out more and to see a full catalogue click here to visit the Shannons website.

Historic racing at Australia’s Lakeside Circuit

Mark Skaife Skyline Supercars

If you find yourself over in Brisbane next weekend be sure to catch the inaugural Shannons Lakeside Circuit Classic Speedfest.

The halcyon days of the Lakeside circuit, when Dick Johnson ruled and the circuit was the scene of some of the greatest touring car battles ever staged, will be re-lived on September 19-20.

The highlights of the full historic programme at Lakeside Park will be the return of spectacular Group C and Group A racers, pitting some of the best-known touring cars of the 1970s and 1980s against each other on the picturesque, undulating circuit 30km north of Brisbane.

A highlight for Ford fans will be the sight and sound of Dick Johnson’s famous ‘Greens Tuff’ XE Falcon, which will return to the circuit a quarter of a century after its racing heyday.

Johnson’s famous No.17, 650HP Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 Group A touring car will also be doing demonstration laps at the meeting alongside the ex-Bob Morris A9X Group C Channel 7 Torana, while 1965 Bathurst winner Barry ‘Bo’ Seton will wheel out his Group C Capri.

Another interesting Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 at the meeting will be the car raced by F1 World Champion-to-be, Damon Hill, in a British Touring Car Championship round at Donnington, UK, in the late 1980s. Now owned by Sydney enthusiast George Nittis, the car is better known in Australia as the Eggenberger Texaco car that provisionally won the 1987 Bathurst 1000 race and was then disqualified, giving Peter Brock his ninth and last victory at Mt.Panorama.

Other confirmed entries in the Shannons Lakeside Classic are two of the most potent Nissans ever to compete in the Australian Touring Car Championship – the turbocharged six-cylinder HR31 Nissan Skyline campaigned in 1989 by Mark Skaife and the famous Winfield-sponsored Skyline R32 GT-R that Skaife and Jim Richards co-drove to victory at Bathurst in 1991 and 1992.

Other circuit events at the Lakeside Classic Speedfest, which is scheduled to become an annual event, include races for Group N Historic Touring and Sports Cars, Trans Am Tribute Cars and Open Wheelers.

The meeting will also include a big Shannons Show & Shine, the appearance of the Shannons Super Rig and numerous trade stalls, while enthusiasts will be able to travel to the meeting as part of a Sunday Cruise.

Dick Johnson’s Jim Beam merchandise truck will also be present, offering fans the opportunity to get DJR tee shirts, caps and other V8 Supercar memorabilia.

The Shannons Goggomobil Dart will also make history when Shannons Queensland Business Development Manager Phil Ross swaps from his 420 hp 1966 Trans-Am tribute Mustang to the 1959, 10hp Dart to establish a novel Lakeside Lap Record. The main question is not the Goggo’s speed, but whether it will make the grade up the circuits two hills!

Now resurfaced, with a new tunnel under the track, Lakeside Park is just 30km north of Brisbane and is only 10 minutes’ walk from Dakabin Railway Station

Entry to the Shannons Lakeside Classic Speedfest costs $20 AUD on both Saturday and Sunday, with a weekend pass $30 AUD. Children 12 and under are free, with students 13-16 and pensioners $10 AUD each day.

Rare cars come out for charity in Brisbane

Speed+Style+Beauty Buick

The dust covers will be lifted in public for the first time off many of Australia’s most exotic cars in the interest of charity as part of the inaugural Speed+Style+Beauty exhibition being staged at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds from September 10-13.

The exhibition, which is being sponsored by Shannons Auctions is set to become an annual event, will tap into the estimated 450 rare and exotic cars currently held in Australian private collections, bringing rare Bugattis, Porsches and Ferraris out of their garages and into public gaze.

This first exhibition of its kind in Australia will depict cars of the 20th Century as modern artforms, focusing as much on style and beauty as functionality.

Some of the treasure trove of British and European sporting classics to be seen at Speed+Style+Beauty include a 1929 Blower Bentley, a 1935 Bugatti 57C Fastback, a 1938 SS100 Jaguar, a 1955 D-Type Jaguar, a 1957 Ferrari 750 Monza, two Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gull Wings and a 1960 300SL Roadster and a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT.

From the United States the spectacular cars include a ’49 Buick Sedanette fastback, a ’57 Corvette and a ’68 Shelby Mustang fastback, while an HT ‘Bathurst’ Monaro GTS 350 heads the Australian muscle cars on show.

A number of dealers will be showing their 2009 model equivalents of the displayed classics, including the latest Ferrari and Porsche models. The exhibition will also include historically significant race cars from 1920 onwards.

An elegant cocktail party at ‘The Avenues’. RNA Showgrounds from 7.00pm on Wednesday September 9 will formally open the four-day exhibition.

Shannons will conduct a charity auction as a highlight of the cocktail function, with celebrity auctioneer Bill Wellwood knocking down a range of donated items. Proceeds will benefit Speed+Style+Beauty two official charities:  SmartCare, an organisation that assists young people with a disability to live independently and Backstop House, which is a Queensland respite facility for permanently disabled wheelchair users.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday September 10-11 from 12 noon-8.00pm and Saturday and Sunday September 12-13 from 10.00am-6.00pm.

Adult admission costs $15 AUS. Concession $12 with children $5.

To find out more about the Speed+Style+Beauty exhibition, click here to visit the website.

Muscles flex at first Shannons MotorEx auction

Shannons first auction at Meguiar’s MotorEx in Sydney last Sunday resulted in high public interest and strong sales, with nearly 70 per cent of all vehicle and memorabilia lots selling on the hammer for total sales of around $725,000.

Some of the best results at the Sydney Showground sale came from the wide selection of Australian and American Muscle Cars in the sale.

The top-selling vehicle lot was a rare left hand drive factory big-block 1970 Chevrolet Corvette 454-cid Convertible in restored condition with four-speed manual transmission that sold on estimate for $80,000 AUS.

A Poppy Red left hand drive 1965 Mustang Fastback restored to show standards made $60,000 AUS; a 1990 Holden VN Group A SS Sedan (number 182 of 302 built) that had travelled just 47,000km since new sold for $54,000 AUS and a Chateaux Mauve three-owner 1972 Torana XU-1 in top condition brought in $55,000 AUS.

Other good American Muscle Car sales were a left hand drive 1969 Mustang Grande Convertible that went for $40,000 AUS and a right hand drive 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible that sold for $32,000 AUS.

However the biggest applause from the crowd of nearly 600 at the auction went to the purchaser of a much more humble 1952 Glacier Green ‘FX’ Holden Coupe Utility laden with period accessories that brought the hammer down at $30,000 AUS.

Standout results amongst the other vehicle lots were the $45,000 AUS paid for a well maintained 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL ‘Pagoda Roof’ Coupe Roadster; $35,000 AUS for a 1994 Mercedes-Benz SL600 Convertible — one of only around 20 to come to Australia; $28,000 AUS for a former left hand drive 1969 Porsche 911 Targa fitted with a later 2.7 litre engine and $8,750 AUS for a very original 1977 Holden HZ Premier 5.0 litre sedan offered with no reserve price.

Armoured vehicle auction in Sydney

Ferret Scout fq

Tired of not getting the respect you deserve in your neighbourhood? Then go and take some with a Ferret armoured vehicle.

Shannons Auctions have just what you need for your own personal war against everything coming up at its Sydney Autumn Classic Auction this weekend – a Ferret Scout Car Mark 2 complete with Rolls-Royce engine, armoured observation and gun turret and go just-about-anywhere capability.

Based on the Daimler Dingo used by the German Army in World War II, the Ferret was developed by the British Army in the late 1940s and first came into production in the 1950s.

The Ferret first saw service in the British Army in 1952, and a little later, in Australia, where the Army used them as scout cars until the 1960s, after which they were disposed of by public auction in the early 1970s. Intended for light reconnaissance work, the Ferret was very mobile and well suited to that role.

Power came from a Rolls-Royce B60 engine that drove the four wheel drive Ferret to a top speed of 93km/h very respectable for a vehicle weighing around 4.3 tonnes in combat guise and good enough to keep up with day-to-day traffic.

And at just 3.8 metres long, 1.9 metres wide and 1.9 metres tall, it is compact enough to squueze into most city car parks, while with a ground clearance of 33cm you can dominate curbs or traffic lane dividers.

Probably the only really difficult feature potential Ferret drivers is its ‘inverted’ steering wheel that runs at a 45-degree angle away from the driver, which will take some adjusting to by your average suburban warrior. The other trick the budding Ferret driver must master is the fluid drive preselector gearbox which involves firstly placing the selector into the desired driving gear and then engaging the clutch.

There are five gears to select from, although ‘first’ is only intended for very low range work, like crawling over slow moving traffic at peak times. But there’s a trick feature that allows the gearbox to run in reverse, giving you five ratios to back out of trouble. But if it all gets too much, the gearbox allows the Ferret to be driven off from a standing position in any gear.

The early and most desirable Ferret Scout Car being auctioned by Shannons is the more desirable Mark 2 model with the heavy armoured plating on its turret and is believed to have served in South Australia.

It will be sold unregistered with Shannons suggesting a selling range of $12,000-$18,000 AUS.

Shannons Melbourne Auction makes sales of $2m

Wolseley Siddeley fq

The recent Shannons 14th Melbourne Motor Show Auction went well to plan with 65 per cent of all vehicles sold on the hammer and world prices achieved by the Veteran and Vintage lots on offer. Further proof that the market for quality classics remains buoyant for the right vehicles despite the current economic downturn.

The two special Veterans that achieved strong international prices were a 1909 Wolseley Siddeley ‘Roi de Belge’ Tourer and a circa-1917 Rauch & Lang Electric Brougham.

The fully-restored, award-winning Wolseley, which was one of a number of vehicles from the former Marysville Museum Collection being auctioned, sold for $75,000 ($93,600 NZ) – a figure regarded as ‘on the money’.

The Rauch & Lang Electric Brougham, which was in excellent operable order after a comprehensive mechanical restoration, also sold above its pre-auction high estimate, with its $76,000 ($94,800 NZ) sale price underlining both its condition and its increasing collectible value as one of America’s early electric cars.

There was also considerable local interest in a 1927 Packard 426 Roadster from the Marysville Museum Collection that was originally housed in one of the township’s few buildings left standing after the recent Victorian bushfires.

It sold for $36,000 ($44,900) unreserved after strong bidding, with the Collection’s owner – a Melbourne motoring enthusiast – immediately pledging $20,000 of the proceeds to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

Other vehicles from the former Museum Collection to sell strongly at the auction included a 1934 British Chevrolet Tray Truck that exceded pre-auction estimates when it sold for $26,500 ($33,100 NZ),  a 1949 MG TC Special Roadster that went for $18,500 ($23,100 NZ), a 1949 Holden 48-215 sedan that sold unreserved for $7,000 ($8,700 NZ) and a 1915 Ford Model T ‘Board Runner that brought $4,500 ($5,600 NZ).

The top-selling vehicle in the auction was a documented 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback that sold after a long and enthusiastic duel amongst four floor bidders for $142,000 ($177,000 NZ).

Also fiercely fought for was a 1969 Ford XW Fairmont sedan that was rebuilt into a stunning ‘GT Replica’ that attracted bids from around 15 floor and telephone bidders before finally selling for $36,000 ($44,900 NZ).

The auction resulted in total sales of nearly $1.6 million ($2m NZ)

Classic cars at Shannons’ summer auction

Mercedes fq

A selection of 38 high quality classic vehicles has been assembled for Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on November 24, with vendors responding to the current economic climate with some realistic prices.

Lovers of European sporting classics have plenty to get excited about, with a very rare factory right hand drive, 1959 Facel Vega HK500 and a beautiful 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 coupe providing the opportunity to enter the world market.

Shannons expect the French-built, Chrysler V8-engined Facel Vega to sell for $100-$125,000 ($117,000 – $147,000 NZ) and the restored and very desirable V12 Ferrari with its four-speed manual gearbox to bring $150-$180,000 – ($176,000 – $211,000 NZ) keen value on the International stage.

Equally-desirable for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts is the fully-restored, Australian delivered, factory right hand drive 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, finished in unblemished red paintwork with black interior and period accessories.

An interesting vehicle expected to sell for around a quarter of its new price is the little-used Hummer H1 that was originally purchased at the Melbourne Motor Show new by flamboyant Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis.

With just 29,700km showing on its odometer, the now-collectible Hummer with its 6.5 litre turbocharged V8 GM diesel engine is in excellent overall condition, but is being sold as a ‘project vehicle’ with no reserve price as some easily-replaceable exterior hardware and interior trim have been removed.

A great range of Australian muscle cars on offer is topped by a beautifully-presented, matching numbers 1972 Chrysler VH Charger E49 R/T ‘Bathurst’ coupe freshly repainted in its original Mercury Silver with black stripes.

This ultimate Charger – one of just 145 E49 models built – features an upgraded 300HP six-cylinder engine and a new four-speed gearbox for Chrysler’s 1972 Bathurst campaign. It was the fastest accelerating Australian Muscle Car in its era, sprinting from 0-100km/h in just on 6.0 seconds.

Shannons guiding range for the E49 Charger is $140-$165,000 ($165,000 – $194,000 NZ) – great value for one of Australia’s top three collectible muscle cars.

Equally desirable for Holden muscle car enthusiasts is a superbly maintained and original white LH Torana L34 sedan, while for collectors, there is a 1977 LX Torana hatchback, featuring a genuine ‘ GMP&A’ A9X replacement body shell and fitted with all the wanted Bathurst racing options.