Auction Guide

  1. History
  2. Why Shannons
  3. Our Website
  4. Auction eNews
  5. Our Auctions Work
  6. Comprehensive Advertising & Promotion
  7. Shannons Showrooms
  8. How to Register as a Seller or Buyer
  9. Online Bidding
  10. Privacy
  11. Shannons Park & Sell
  12. Call Us


Since 1981 Shannons has been Australia's leading auction house for veteran, vintage, classic, sports and modified vehicles, as well as classic motorcycles and automotive memorabilia.

Shannons Auctions have re-shaped the classic vehicle market, setting the reference point for Australian values and becoming the first choice for both private individuals and Government departments, including numerical and special number plate sales.

Why Shannons

Shannons cater for the enthusiast and collector market and conduct up to 10 auctions each year in Melbourne and Sydney, including significant auctions at Australia's International Motor Shows and other high profile motoring events. In addition to these regular auction events, Shannons conduct special one-off number plate auctions for the RTA and Vic Roads and the sale of private collections across Australia.

Our Website

With over 70,000 visitors per month, Shannons has one of Australia's most popular automotive websites. Our dynamic website provides a detailed view of all auction lots and allows Shannons to attract buyers and sellers from around the world. An increasing number of vehicles are also sold to collectors and enthusiasts Australia wide and overseas. Our site is very easy to navigate and provides enthusiasts with comprehensive information.

Auction eNews

Access the latest information about Shannons Auctions across Australia with Shannons eNews delivered straight into your inbox.

Shannons Auction eNews will keep you up to speed with:

  • Upcoming Auctions
  • Feature vehicles
  • Latest news and media releases
  • Auction reminders and viewing times
  • Auction results

Great news for buyers and sellers. Click here to sign up now.

Our Auctions Work

Importantly, Shannons not only know all about the vehicles we sell and what they are worth, we know where the buyers are.

Shannons is Australia's foremost auctioneer of veteran, vintage, classic, sporting and modified vehicles, as well as classic motorcycles, motoring memorabilia and numerical number plates. Shannons takes the hassle and frustration out of the selling process, and offers enthusiasts the convenience of purpose built showrooms in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Nationally, we insure more vintage, veteran, classic vehicles and road bikes than anyone else. Shannons know the market because we talk to thousands of enthusiasts every day about their vehicles and their motoring passion.

Shannons Auctions are promoted widely and always well attended by genuine buyers, so it's not surprising more than 80 percent of lots sell on the day of the auction.

Comprehensive Advertising & Promotion

Shannons advertise auction vehicles prominently in major daily newspapers, motoring magazines and on the Shannons website, that attracts over 70,000 unique visitors a month.

This dynamic website includes a selection of detailed pictures of each vehicle, vehicle history and description, as well as independent pre-purchase reports. This allows buyers to fully research lots prior to purchase.

Shannons also distribute 20,000 colour brochures for each auction to clients across Australia and around the world.

Regular media releases are also distributed for each auction, resulting in extensive coverage in newspapers, magazines and on websites around the world.

In addition, our auctions are promoted during the 600 plus motoring events around Australia that Shannons support and sponsor each year.

Shannons Showrooms

Shannons is open to the public for viewing and vehicle valuations 6 days a week Monday through Saturday and holds special preview weekends (Saturday & Sunday) prior to each scheduled Auction.

Our showrooms have become the destination point for motoring enthusiasts, with over 500 people visiting our Melbourne and Sydney showrooms each week.

Shannons Auction advisors are on hand to assist both buyers and sellers.

Shannons Auction Showrooms:

New South Wales

Unit B, 12 Frederick Street,
St Leonards 2065

(Enter via 65 Reserve Road)


321 Warrigal Road,
Cheltenham 3192

How to register as a seller or buyer

To register a vehicle for sale at a Shannons Auction, simply call us on 13 46 46 (opt. 5) click here to complete the online registration form.

Auction Fees and Commission (Seller).

Shannons has no 'hidden costs' or small print. We charge a fixed fee for vehicles with Reserve prices and a lesser fee for vehicles submitted with No Reserve. Upon sale a commission is charged (No Reserve vehicles incur a lesser commission). If your vehicle does not sell at auction, or in the days immediately following, you have the option to transfer it to our Park & Sell facility (which operates in our showroom) for up to one month at no extra cost.


To bid at a Shannons Auction either in person, by phone or as an absentee, you must first register your details with Shannons. This can be done prior to or on the day of the auction, by completing a bidder registration form. Simply call Shannons on 13 46 46 (opt. 5). Unlike some auctions, Shannons does not charge a percentage buyer's premium.

Online Bidding


Since 1981 Shannons Auctions has been Australia's leading auction house for veteran, vintage and collectible vehicles, as well as classic motorcycles and automotive memorabilia. Now with the introduction of online bidding, there is a new option for those not able to join the hundreds of regular attendees at the auctions. Shannons Online Bidding allows people to watch a live stream of the auction and place bids online, in real time on all auction lots. Absentee and telephone bidding will continue to be available, however the online bidding feature allows enthusiasts to bid from anywhere in Australia or overseas.

How does Shannons Online Bidding work?

To participate in online bidding you must first register here []. Once approved, you will be able to login and view a live stream of the auction and place bids. Please note: Registration for online bidding closes 24 hours prior to the auction.

What do you need to access Shannons Online Bidding?

As a minimum you will require an ADSL2 Broadband connection and Flash enabled browsing on your computer. If you don't have a Flash Player installed you can download a free copy at

What are the features of the Shannons Online Bidding website?

  • A list of all auction lots
  • Live streaming video and audio of the auction
  • Featured lot of the item being auctioned
  • Prominent bid button/asking bid with live bid history

How do I bid online?

Once the auction has started, the auctioneer will call for bids. All bids are based on the auctioneer's direction. All onsite, telephone and online bids will appear in the bidding history in real time. The bid increments are determined by the auctioneer and appear on the asking bid section. To bid at the asking bid value, click the bid button. The item will be SOLD when the auctioneer confirms SOLD at the conclusion of bidding on the lot.

Is there a delay with online bidding?

Delays are kept to absolute minimum. The service has an average delay of a third of a second, so bid promptly to avoid disappointment.

What do I do if my internet connection goes down?

Simply log back into the Shannons Online Bidding website and re-enter your email address and password. Technical support is available here


Your privacy is protected under the Shannons Auctions Privacy Statement. To download a PDF of the Shannons Auctions Privacy Statement click here.

Shannons Park & Sell

Shannons Park & Sell is an alternative to our auction programme.

  • You can display your vehicle/memorabilia in our Auction Showroom, which is open 6 days a week for viewing.
  • Interstate owners can also arrange to display their vehicles at our Auction Showroom (Shannons can co-ordinate transport at vendor's cost). .
  • Shannons place signage on your vehicle with your contact number and your asking price. Potential buyers can either call you direct - which is usually what happens - or speak to a member of our auction team, who will assist with information on the lot. The more information supplied, the better equipped our team will be to work on your behalf.
  • Prospective buyers have the opportunity to test-drive the vehicle with one of our team members (subject to the vendor's permission).
  • Vehicles are usually displayed in Park & Sell for 4-6 weeks.
  • Your vehicle is featured on the Shannons website and may also be advertised in relevant publications.
  • We charge a fee of $330 (incl. GST) to display and market your vehicle, plus a parking fee upon its sale.

Call Us

You can speak directly to a Shannons Auction advisor in either Melbourne or Sydney on 13 46 46 (opt. 5).

Shannons Auction Showrooms:

New South Wales

Unit B, 12 Frederick Street,
St Leonards 2065

(Enter via 65 Reserve Road)


321 Warrigal Road,
Cheltenham 3192

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