Shannons’ upcoming Autumn Classic auction in Sydney has plenty of metal to get lead-footed enthusiasts in a tizz, but four cars in particular could be of interest to those with an eye for the old-school.
1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
A gorgeous little Italian by the name of Dino is set to cross the block next week, with only 73,000 miles (117,457km) having worn down its 2.4-litre V6 over the course of its almost-50-year lifespan.
But that’s going to come at a cost. More than $620,000, Shannons reckons. That could even climb to around $680K if the bidding is aggressive enough.
We’d guess fact it’s been “extensively mechanically and cosmetically restored” at great cost would make it more valuable than if it were in ‘worn-down’ condition.
1977 Holden LX Torana A9X
The next most expensive car at the auction is expected to be this Holden hero, the legendary A9X Hatch.
This “very original” four-speed manual has been with one owner for almost three decades, and still only has five figures, 94,184km, showing on the odometer.
The last Torana to tackle the track during the pre-Commodore era of Aussie racing is only likely to get more valuable, but this one’s setting the bar with a guiding range between $200,000 and $250,000.
1982 Porsche 930 Turbo
If you prefer your cylinders flat, this 930 Turbo is likely to get your blood pumping.
“Locally delivered, unmolested, low mileage, good service history and kept in exceptional driving condition by its fastidious owner,” are all things you want to hear about a German classic, especially when you’re on the other side of the globe from Germany.
Porsche 911 '930' Turbo test bed with F1-engine
We’re not sure if we’d call 137,913km ‘low’, but we reckon a 35-year old car gets a pass.
It’s thought to be one of only 21 delivered to Australia in ’82, and should sell for around $160K to $185K.
If the budget says ‘stick to five figures’, but you’re still keen on a classic, this auction still has plenty for you.
But if you want something to wow, this bight ‘Tangerine’ HQ Monaro GTS 350 should do the trick.
It’s not as much of a sports car as the others on this list, but it’s got a V8, and that counts for something.
Shannons reckons it’s worth $42K to $50K, but with only 1729km on the clock since it was restored, all it takes is two punters to stay keen north of the 50-mark for its price to get out of hand.