Bargain hunters were out in force at last night's Shannons classic car auction held in Melbourne, bringing in solid prices and a high clearance rate of the 79 lots on offer.
As we previewed last week, classic Aussie and American Muscle cars were well represented in the line up, mixed among an extensive range of euros, rag tops, motorcycles and memorabilia. Here's the results of some of the gems we were keeping a keen eye on, as well as a few other standouts from the night that are worth a mention.
Our top pick of the bunch was this 1968 Holden Monaro HK GTS 327 coupe with just 98,803 miles on the clock. Unfortunately a final bid of $164,000 wasn't enough to secure this beauty, just falling short of its $170,000-$220,000 estimate.
This Aquamarine metallic 1974 Holden HQ GTS 308 Monaro manual coupe sold for $94,000, well above its $65,000-$75,000 estimate.
We loved this 1972 VH 770 Charger fitted with the 318 Chrysler V8, which was bought for $77,000.
An enthusiastic bid of $10k in one hit secured this 1978 Holden HZ Premier 4.2 V8 sedan, bought for a dizzying $35,000.
One of our favourite picks of the Blue Oval classics was this Yellow Fire 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT sedan which sold for $66,000. We were also keeping an eye on a gold 1969 XT GT, which sold for a solid $62,000.
Another Aussie V8 classic up for grabs was this 1973 Leyland P76 Super Sedan fitted with a four-speed manual. Listed with a guiding range of $8000-$10,000 and no reserve, this piece of Aussie motoring history sold for $12,500.
This survivor 1956 Chevy Corvette roadster is definitely a standout, still in original condition and with just 34,597 miles on the clock. It went under the hammer for $89,000.
Some very desirable Euros were in the lineup including a Porsche 930 Turbo coupe (sold for $119,000) and this LHD BMW E30 M3 dressed in Salmon Silver Metallic which in contrast seems like a bargain, selling at $65,000.
One of the 11 soft-tops on offer was this fully restored LHD 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T with a whopping 440-cube (7.2L) V8 under the bonnet, which sold for $68,000.
Luxury on a budget with the bonus of a V8 - this 1984 Holden WB Statesman DeVille sold for $20,250.
This lovely 1971 Ford Fairlane ZD 308 V8 sedan passed in at $30,000.
How much fun would this 1988 Suzuki Mighty Boy be? The cheeky 3-cylinder 543cc utility changed hands for $5600.
Man cave paraphernalia ranged from vintage enamel signs, a Brocky print portrait, petrol & oil pumps and a even a Mini Cooper S-fronted BBQ. Plus this ex-Brisbane City Council Emmco mechanical parking meter, which was picked up for a bargain at $650.
Auction results summary:
1970 Hillman Hunter Royal $6000 sold
1988 Suzuki Mighty Boy $5600 sold
1985 Ford Falcon GL $6500 sold
1973 Leyland P76 V8 manual $12,500 sold
1984 Holden WB Statesman Deville $20,250 sold
1951 Holden 48-215 ‘royal edition’ $47,500 sold
2007 Ford BF Cobra GT sedan $48,000 sold
1968 Morris Mini Cooper S MkI replica $27,000 sold
1996 Subaru WRX Impreza sedan $30,000 sold
1969 Datsun Fairlady 240Z modified $45,000 sold
1964 Ford Galaxie 460 enhanced $35,000 sold
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air pillarless $67,000 sold
1970 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 convertible $68,000 sold
1956 Chevrolet Corvette roadster survivor $89,000 sold
1928 Ford Model A coupe $32,500 sold
1973 Chevrolet Corvette Targa $44,000 sold
1969 Ford Falcon XT GT manual $62,000 sold
1935 Auburn Phaeton convertible $92,000 sold
1987 BMW E30 M3 coupe $65,000 sold
1977 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe $119,000 sold
1978 Holden HZ Premier 4.2 auto $35,000 sold
1971 Ford Fairlane ZD V8 $30,000 p/i
1973 Ford Falcon XA GT sedan $66,000 sold
1972 Chrysler VH770 Charger auto $77,000 sold
1968 Holden HK GTS 327 manual coupe $165,000 p/i
1974 Holden HQ GTS 308 Monaro manual $94,000 sold