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Sydney Classic Auction

 

Benz tops bill at auction

A Mercedes-Benz 190SL sports car fetched the highest price ($Au165,000) at Monday night’s Shannons Summer Classic Auction in Sydney, Australia.

There was a good range of collector cars on offer, ranging from the moderately-priced to the expensive. Among the Australian muscle cars, a Holden Torana A9X sold for $118,000, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, a four-speed manual Pepper Red Ford Falcon XA GT sedan that has been mildly customised fetched $42,000.

The Flamenco Red A9X four-door sedan was described as “unrestored and unmolested”.

Fitted with the rare 2.60:1 differential, the Torana has covered an indicated 118,000km since new and is complete and correct in all important details, making it highly desirable for serious collectors.

A desirable restored Bright Blue Metallic 1968 HK Monaro GTS 307 Coupe attracted a winning bid of $70,000. A similar car with two-speed automatic transmission also sold for $70,000 at Shannons Melbourne Spring auction last year.

Among the American muscle cars, a very original and well-presented white 1969 right-hand drive Stingray Targa Coupe sold for $33,000 against an estimated $32,000 to $36,000.

A 1969 Mustang Grande Convertible in similar condition and with the 302-cid V8 and three-speed automatic transmission failed to reach reserve and was passed in, as was a Holden HJ Sandman panel van. A Honda NSX supercar with targa top sold for $122,000, and an example of the last-of-the-classic British Triumph TR sports cars, a TR6, went for $24,000.

The TR6 ran a six-cylinder 2.5-litre motor – as found in the Triumph 2.5 Pi sedan – developing 112kW and 222Nm, driving the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox.

It had a top speed of 190kph and could hit 100kph in just under nine seconds – performance that stretched the ability of the chassis, and a TR6 could be a tricky car on or near the limit.

It had a separate chassis, wishbone front, and trailing arm independent rear suspension. The TR6 gave way to the more modern, but notoriously unreliable TR7 which was sold in coupe and convertible forms.

One of the expected stars of the show failed to attract a buyer willing to pay the reserve and was passed in. The highly-collectible and well-presented Silver Blue left-hand drive 1963 Corvette L76 Convertible, fitted with a 327-cubic inch V8 engine and four-speed manual gearbox had been expected to attract bids in the $90,000 to $120,000 range.

Also passed in was a very tidy and original 1968 Falcon XR GT four-speed manual which had been expected to sell for between $60,000 and $70,000.

A similar Gold Falcon XR GT sold after the previous weekend’s Shannons Brisbane Motor Show Auction for $81,000.

All prices quoted are in Australian dollars.


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