Aussie classics attract hot auction prices

Aussie classics attract hot auction prices


The classic car market remains buoyant in Australia with a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 convertible selling under the hammer in Sydney recently for AUD $101,000.

A former trophy-winning 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Convertible was the top-selling vehicle at Shannons late autumn auction in Sydney at $101,000.
Watched by a record number of online viewers, the Corvette’s sale at Shannons premises in Sydney capped off a result that saw 80% of all vehicles sell – 11 to online bidders.

Sporting cars were in demand, with a low-mileage 1988 Ferrari Testarossa bringing in AUD $96,000 after a bidding duel, while a matching numbers, substantially-original and believed three-owner 1969 HT Monaro GTS 253 made AUD $61,000.

Other classic Holdens on offer were a restored 1958 FC Special Sedan fitted with numerous NASCO extras that also attracted floor, phone, and internet bids before selling for AUD $31,500, while a 1963 Holden EH 179 Sedan made AUD $15,000.

Other results included the AUD $55,000 achieved by a Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet, while a 1963 Mercedes-Benz ‘Pagoda series’ 230SL – both from private collections – sold for AUD $50,000.

Meanwhile, a rare and refurbished right hand drive ‘straight six’ 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint sold with ‘No Reserve’ for AUD$30,000, while a fully-restored 1958 MGA Mk I Roadster brought in AUD $25,500.

‘Replicas’ of collectable classics did well in the auction, with a replica of a 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby’ Fastback attracting a lot of interest before selling for AUD $52,000, a replica of a 1965 Ford Cortina Mk I GT 500 sedan bringing in AUD $22,000 and a replica of a 1970 Mini Cooper S Mk II making AUD $15,000.

Classic motorcycles spanning 70 years from three separate private collections were also sought after, selling for a combined total of AUD $219,000.
The six early Harley-Davidsons attracted the most interest from buyers, with a circa 1913 9B 575cc single cylinder model and a 1918 18S 500cc motorcycle with rare wickerwork sidecar the joint top-sellers at AUD $25,000.

Not far behind was a 1958 BSA DB32 Gold Star 350cc Tourer that sold for AUD $20,000, while a rare circa 1938 WLDR 750cc twin originally offered to enthusiasts for production racing sold for AUD $19,000.

Amongst the memorabilia lots, a NSW black and white Heritage number plate ‘165’, sold after strong bidding for AUD $121,500.

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