Shannons auction showcases legendary cars and motorcycles

shannons auction 2011At Shannons summer auction for 2011 legendary Australian cars, classic motorcylces and Victorian heritage number plates were among the standout performers.

Well-presented Torana A9X in sought-after Flamenco Red top-sells with no reserve for $123,000
Ex show-winning 1956 FJ Ute makes $38,000
Restored 1923 F Model Harley-Davidson tops motorcycle sales at $28,000
Four-digit Victorian Heritage number plate makes $31,000 after fierce bidding duel

Legendary Australian cars and classic Harley-Davidson motorcycles were the standout performers of Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction, which grossed over $1 million in sales while clearing 72 per cent of all vehicle lots.

The hero and top-selling vehicle of the auction was a 1977 LX Torana SS A9X Hatchback offered with no reserve that was pursued by various floor and telephone bidders before finally selling above its pre-sale high estimate for $123,000.

Another Aussie Muscle Car to sell well was a well-presented Candy Apple Red 1970 Falcon XW GT with four-speed manual gearbox, described by Shannons as a ‘good driver, which made $68,000.

Other strong home-grown performers included a beautifully-restored and trophy-winning 1956 Holden FJ Utility that sold for $38,000, a 1976 Holden HX Monaro LE Coupe that made $34,250, a no-reserve and very original 1962 Holden EJ Special Sedan with Hydra-matic transmission that sold for $15,000 after a fierce bidding battle and a well-optioned 1976 Chrysler VK Regal 5.9-litre V8 saloon that had covered just 57,400km from new, which brought $11,000.

Other notable performers amongst the 47 vehicles on offer were a stunning, red and black 1929 Ford Model A Hot-Rod Roadster Utility ($31,000), a nicely-presented British Racing Green 1949 MG TC Roadster ($29,500) and a cheeky red, restored 1969 Fiat 500F sedan ($15,000).

However the 11 rare motorcycles and 12 Victorian heritage number plates almost upstaged the cars in the auction.

The top-seller of the five classic Harleys on offer was a superb 1923 F Model 1000cc solo that sold well above its high estimate for $28,0000, while a 1928 Model J 1000cc with period sidecar in fair original condition also exceeded expectations at $20,000.

Other Harleys to perform well were a 2002 Harley-Davidson FLSTCI Heritage softail Classic that had travelled just 3,580km from new ($18,250), a 1929 JD Model 1200cc solo ($17,500), while a 1917 1000cc solo in ‘project’ condition made $8,000.

Another motorcycle to sell well was a 1988 factory-verified Ducati 851 Kit ‘Tricolour’, which made $30,000.

Heritage black and white Victorian numeric number plates continued to be in demand, with the top three-digit sale being $62,000 for ‘317’, while ‘6.868’ was clearly the top four-digit performer, eventually selling for an excellent $31,000 after a vigorous floor duel between two bidders. The top-selling five-digit plate was ’98.889’, which sold for $13,000.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.