Classics go under the hammer in Sydney

Classics go under the hammer in Sydney

Chrysler-AirflowThe Shannons Sydney winter auction will see a 1930’s and a 1950’s classic car – go up for auction next Monday, August 25.

From the United States comes a 1934 Chrysler Airflow CU ‘Eight’ four-door sedan, regarded as being the first mass-produced streamlined car.

Meanwhile from the UK, a 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster that was launched at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show with a speed of 190km/h in an era when most sporting cars could barely reach 160km/h will also be coming down under.

Both cars are right hand drive and Australian-delivered.

The Airflow was a milestone car both for its aerodynamic design steel tube frame construction. Its shape was the result of extensive studies carried out in the wind tunnel by the company’s engineers under the direction of Carl Breer, who was charged with developing new ideas by Walter P Chrysler.

Originally sold through Lane’s Motors of Melbourne to a dentist in Wangaratta, Victoria, it has been in the current family ownership for two generations, having been purchased by Eric Hoy from the first owner when the car was just a couple of years old.

The Sultana Sand Airflow is well known in classic car circles for its starring role in the 1953 Redex Round Australia Trial as the first car to leave the Sydney start, proudly wearing Number 1. Shannons are quoting a guiding range of AUD $28,000-$42,000.

Meanwhile, the Jaguar XK120 arrived like a thunderbolt from the gloom of Post World War II Britain. It lived up to its performance promise, setting speed records in Belgium while winning the Le Mans 24-Hour race twice.

The factory right-hand-drive Jaguar XK120 was originally delivered through Jaguar’s Victorian agent Bryson Industries in 1951. This Jaguar was refurbished in 2005 with new Ivory white paint and contrasting red leather interior, with Shannons believing a surge in XK120 values in recent years should see it sell in the AUD $100,000-$125,000 range.

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