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Sellers pass in Aussie muscle cars at Melbourne auction


Hoped for big prices didn't eventuate at Shannons classic car auction in Melbourne on Monday night.

Australian muscle cars, American sports cars and high-end European classics failed to sell at Shannons summer auction in Melbourne on Monday night.

Among the cars passed in were a Chrysler Charge E49 Bathurst special, Holden Torana GTR and XU-1, Holden Torana L34, Holden HQ SS and GTS, and a Holden Torana A9X that had been tipped to sell for more than $Au130,000 were all passed in.

So too were three classic Chevrolet Corvettes and two classic Ford Mustangs, and among European classics, a Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster, a Ferrari 330 GT, and a very rare French Facel Vega coupe.

However, a metallic blue Hummer H1 originally owned by tennis star Mark Philippoussis sold unreserved for $Au69,000 after a bidding duel among a dozen floor and telephone bidders.

A three-owner 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe sold for $Au23,000; a 1959 MGA 1600 Mark I Roadster in good condition went for a strong $Au21,500; a 1985 Porsche 928S Coupe and a 1966 Jaguar MkII 3.4 manual saloon each made $14,000. A black 1961 Holden EK Special Sedan made $11,500 and a 1985 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Coupe in need of some body work sold unreserved for $7500.

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