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Aussie muscle under the hammer


Australian muscle car owners will be keeping a close eye on next Monday’s classic car auction in Melbourne to see whether the world economic downturn is affecting prices adversely

The November 24 Shannons auction includes several potent Australian sports sedans, topped by a beautifully-presented, matching numbers 1972 Chrysler VH Charger E49 R/T Bathurst coupe.

The Charger has been freshly repainted in its original Mercury Silver with black stripes. It’s one of 145 E49 models built and has a 300-horsepower six-cylinder engine and four-speed gearbox.

Chrysler built the E49 model for its 1972 Bathurst campaign. The two-door fastback coupe was the fastest accelerating Australian muscle car in its era, capable of reaching 100km/h in around seconds.

Shannons expects the E49 to sell for between is $Au140,000 and $Au165,000.

Holden muscle cars in the sale include an original white LH Torana L34 sedan ($Au100,000-$120,000) and a 1977 LX Torana hatchback, featuring a genuine GMP&A A9X replacement bodyshell fitted with all the Bathurst racing options ($Au130,000-$160,000).


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