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Auctions

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    Records Smashed at Shannons Sydney Sale
    Records Smashed at Shannons Sydney Sale
    Auction records were set in all shapes and sizes at Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction on May 22 as buyers invested in Heritage number plates, special interest cars, motorcycles and children’s toys.
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    Record $745,000 paid for NSW number plate '29'
    Record $745,000 paid for NSW number plate '29'
    The historic NSW black and white number plate ‘29’ out-performed a number of rare and sought-after classic vehicles to sell for an Australian auction record $745,000 at Shannons Autumn Classic Auction in Sydney last night.
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    Rare plates, Ritzy cars at Shannons Sydney sale
    Rare plates, Ritzy cars at Shannons Sydney sale
    The New South Wales number plate ‘29’ issued early last century and a stunning 1938 Cadillac V16 Series 38-90 Convertible Coupe are the standout lots of Shannons Sydney autumn auction on Monday (May 22).
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    Putting on the Ritz
    Putting on the Ritz
    Shannons is ‘putting on the Ritz’ at its May 22 Sydney Autumn Auction, with two stately classics from each side of the Atlantic going under the hammer.

Classic Garage

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    Rover P6: Last of the great British bulldogs?
    Rover P6: Last of the great British bulldogs?
    There is a case to be made that the Rover P6 of 1963 was the last truly great new car to emerge from the British automotive industry. (The Jaguar XJ6 came five years later, promising the world but built to a very low level of quality.)
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    Mazda Capella/ RX-2: Rotary power transforms an ordinary car
    Mazda Capella/ RX-2: Rotary power transforms an ordinary car
    It was early 1976. I had never given the Mazda Capella RE much thought, didn't even know it was called 'RX-2'. And then my best friend rocked up in a red coupe with a new engine. The timing was interesting because I had just bought myself a nice lemony yellow Fiat 125.
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    Alfasud: driver’s dream, owner’s nightmare
    Alfasud: driver’s dream, owner’s nightmare
    From day one the Alfasud was faster point to point than its rivals. Sadly, it didn’t take many years before the proof bubbled through that it also rusted faster. There were reports of brand new Alfasuds displaying corrosion before they had even left the showroom.
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    EF AND EL FALCON: XRs exhilarate but EL GT truly excites
    EF AND EL FALCON: XRs exhilarate but EL GT truly excites
    It's a measure of how rapid automotive development was in the years from 1988 to 1998 that the final expression of the theme inaugurated with the EA Falcon, the EL, seemed so dated by the end of this period.

Racing Garage

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    Rover P6 3500: The UK Factory Prototype That ‘Died’ Down Under
    Rover P6 3500: The UK Factory Prototype That ‘Died’ Down Under
    Original factory or ‘works’ race cars are always sought after by collectors, which is a good thing because to preserve their rarity and value they are virtually guaranteed to remain as originally designed and built. Sadly this rare Rover V8 prototype was robbed of such status, after it was modified beyond recognition for Australian sports sedan racing in the 1970s.
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    Mazda RX-2: Bathurst’s First Rotary Winner
    Mazda RX-2: Bathurst’s First Rotary Winner
    Mazda’s R100 was the first rotary-powered sedan to compete in the annual 500-mile (800km) endurance race for production cars at Bathurst in 1969, but the Japanese manufacturer had to wait another two years for its historic first class win with the RX-2 in 1971.
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    Alfasud: Spicy Italian Recipe – Just Add Racing Drivers and Stir!
    Alfasud: Spicy Italian Recipe – Just Add Racing Drivers and Stir!
    Alfa Romeo’s infamous Alfasud is perhaps best remembered for its propensity to rust before your eyes. However, there was a time in the 1980s when its admirable sporting qualities were showcased in a successful one-make series, which pitched amateur racers against top-shelf professionals including Dick Johnson, Colin Bond and Allan Grice.
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    EF and EL Falcons: Ford’s Mighty ATCC and Bathurst Champs
    EF and EL Falcons: Ford’s Mighty ATCC and Bathurst Champs
    The EF and EL were the definitive models of the fifth generation Aussie Falcon and they certainly sent it out in winning style with two Australian Touring Car Championships and a Bathurst 1000 victory added to Ford’s bulging trophy cabinet.

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Retro Road Tests

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    HSV VG Commodore V8 Ute - Trayed Marque
    HSV VG Commodore V8 Ute - Trayed Marque
    No-one at HSV has been willing to reveal much about the warmed over ute. No-one, that is, until we put the squeeze on them for an exclusive drive. John Carey got the job…
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    Thunder with Lightening
    Thunder with Lightening
    The prototype as light and hot, but the production version is even better. We brought you the exclusive on the proto last year. Now Wheels is first again, the only magazine outside America to drive the production car.
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    BMW’s Pinnacle?
    BMW’s Pinnacle?
    BMW's Australian-spec Alpina Cl 2.3 is $16,000 up on a new 323i but takes the Three Series cars to new heights.
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    Holden HSV GTS-R - R Rated
    Holden HSV GTS-R - R Rated
    Mike McCarthy drives the ultimate Holden, HSV's GTS-R

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