Shannons Sydney 2009 Spring Sale

. October 5, 2009

There’s an eclectic collection of classic cars and motorcycles going under the hammer at Shannons Sydney Spring Auction on Monday October 12, ranging from a restored 1957 VW Kombi Panelvan to a stunning 1991 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail and an award-winning Aston Martin DB6.

VW Kombi lovers will be drawn to the blue and white Panelvan, which was discovered in Ballarat, Victoria by the current owner and has just emerged from a full restoration. Shannons expect it to sell in the $28,000-$36,000 range, emphasising the collectability of these iconic early VW commercial vehicles.

Holden fans will be keen to snap up an immaculate matching-numbers Papaya Orange 1976 Holden LX Torana SS 5.0 Hatchback that has covered just 200km since a comprehensive restoration. It is expected to sell in the $48,000-$58,000 range.

Corvette enthusiasts have two very different opportunities to put a classic American sports car in their garage.

The pick of the ‘Vettes is a stunning Riverside Red 1966 model Stingray Coupe – one of eight vehicles from a private collection being sold at the auction – that has been professionally converted to right hand drive by Corvette Conversions of Taren Point.

Powered by a locally rebuilt, balanced and blueprinted 400-cid V8 engine mated to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission and featuring upgraded suspension, the car presents superbly and is expected to sell for $56,000-$64,000.

A much cheaper alternative and the ultimate ‘garage stopper’ is a full-size 1958 Corvette body featuring original panels that has been used as a theatre prop. It is being sold unreserved, with bids expected in the $4,000-$8,000 range.

Also unreserved and one of the most interesting of the seven convertible models in the auction is a rare left-hand-drive 1962 Pontiac Tempest.

Designed by John Z. DeLorean and awarded Car of the Year for 1961 by Motor Trend magazine, the Pontiac Tempest was an innovative compact with a front-mounted engine connected to a rear differential and transaxle, enabling near perfect weight distribution and greater passenger room.

The Tempest offered by Shannons presents well and will be sold registered in New South Wales. It is expected to be snapped up for $12,000-$18,000 because of its condition and rarity in Australia.

Amongst the four motorcycles in the auction, the 2001 Ducati MH900 Evoluzione (one of just 28 delivered in Australia – $22,000-$28,000) and the 8861km-from-new 1991 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage Softail ($12,000-$18,000) are expected to garner the most attention.

However when it comes to sporting elegance, nothing in the auction can touch the 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MkI 5-speed manual coupe, finished in metallic blue with contrasting Oxblood hide interior that placed second in a recent Aston Martin concours in New South Wales.

Shannons are quoting a guiding range of $200,000-$225,000 for this fully restored and documented beauty.

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