Ultimate Charger for Brisbane Motor Show auction

One of the rarest and fastest Australian muscle cars ever built will headline Shannons first Brisbane Motor Show auction on Sunday February 10.

Like its E38 predecessor, the 1972 Chrysler VH Charger E49 R/T ‘Bathurst’ coupe was built as a homologation special to win at Bathurst and it came even better equipped to climb this mountain.

A new four-speed transmission, an even stronger 302HP (225kW) version of Chrysler’s 265-cid ‘six pack’ engine fed by triple twin-choke Weber carburetors and a special 3.50:1 final drive ratio gave it even more street cred than the three-speed manual, 280HP E38.

It was credited with being the fastest accelerating Australian muscle car of its era, covering the standing quarter mile in 14.4 seconds and clocking 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds – no mean feat for a six cylinder vehicle 36 years ago.

Sadly, neither the E38 nor the E49 Charger won Bathurst, with the best result being Doug Chivas’s third place behind Peter Brock’s Torana XU-1 and John French’s GT-HO in 1972.

However what makes the E49 Charger one of the most collectable of all Aussie muscle cars is that just 145 examples were built, making it considerably rarer than an XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III, an HK Monaro GTS 327 or even a Torana A9X L34.

The stunning, fully documented E49 R/T coupe being auctioned by Shannons in Brisbane was originally delivered in Queensland in 1972 and has had only two registered owners since new.

It was taken off the road in 1981 and was stored in sound, rust-free condition for 25 years before its recent comprehensive and sympathetic restoration. It retains its original interior, five dated and correct wheel rims and full undercarriage detailing.

The E49’s first owner is still alive and remains in touch with the present owner.

Painted in sought after Mercury Silver – one of just 29 E49s finished in this popular colour – this E49 was fitted new with the (A87) small Track Pack fuel tank, the (A95) interior dress-up pack and (G60) front door vent windows.

Shannons National Auction Manager Christophe Boribon says the Charger one of the best restored E49s in existence and has considerable value to collectors because of its condition, originality and significance as one of the select breed of genuine Bathurst ‘Muscle Cars’.

“Unquestionably this is the best Chargers ever offered publicly at auction,” he said.

He predicts it will sell in the range from $220,000 – $260,000.

The Charger is one of several Muscle Cars being auctioned in Brisbane. The others include an unmolested metallic blue with white interior 1970 Dodge Charger R/T with the desirable 440-cid Magnum V8 and ‘pistol grip’ 4-speed manual combination and a rare and immaculate triple-black 1973 Plymouth ‘Cuda’ with its original 340 V8 and very rare 4-speed factory manual.

A number of Mustangs will also be going under the hammer, including a fully restored and stunning right hand drive 1965 Convertible finished in rare Congo Green and a concours-standard and well-documented 1968 Shelby GT500 in Candy Apple Red

Held on Sunday February 10, the final day of the Show, the auction will feature up to 30 specially selected cars plus a number of items of memorabilia and significant heritage number plates. Shannons also expect to auction some desirable ‘Q-plates’ in the auction.