• Two great Thunderbirds
• Two spectacular Cadillacs
• Three vast convertibles – all open for summer
Big American cars from the ‘Happy Days’ of the `60s and ‘70s will be soaking up the limelight at Shannons Melbourne Late Spring Auction on November 26.
Eight imposing Detroit classics are going under the hammer on the evening – six with ‘no reserve’ and three convertibles – at affordable guiding ranges spanning $20,000-$36,000, offering buyers mega ‘bulk for buck’ value.
They include a roll call of famous American name-plates: Cadillac, Mercury, Mustang, Oldsmobile and Thunderbird.
Two early 1960s Ford Thunderbird coupes are amongst them – a rare left-hand-drive 1963 ‘Bullet Bird’ with a restored interior and a 1964 right hand drive ‘Gigabird’ modified with a 444-cid V8 in great useable condition – both offered ‘no reserve’ and expected to bring $20,000-$25,000.
In the ‘red’ corner, there are two vast and spectacular Cadillacs – a rare-in-Australia, right hand drive 1978 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz ‘Personal Coupe with ‘electric everything’ that was the ultimate Cadillac of its time (‘no reserve’ - $20,000-$25,000) and an imposing factory triple-black left hand drive 1965 Cadillac Deville Convertible with a power top and leather trim ($30,000-$36,000).
The two other great American convertibles in the auction are a stunning, black with black and white trim left-hand-drive 1965 Ford Mercury Monterey Convertible that was imported into Australia four years go and has had extensive mechanical refurbishment. It is being offered with ‘no reserve’ and is expected to sell in the $25,000-$30,000 range.
Also left hand drive and offered with ‘no reserve’ is a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Convertible with new paint and roof, but still room for refurbishment ($20,000-$25,000).
A 2000 Series II model Viper RT10 Roadster converted to right-hand-drive is also going under the hammer and is expected sell in the $100,000-$110,000 range.
There are also two very different pick-ups in the auction separated by 44 years – a mighty 2006 RAM SR10 dual cab with huge on-road presence powered by a similar 8.3 litre Viper V10 engine and a lovely, customised 1962 Ford F100 Pick-up with a 450HP, 351 Ford V8 under its hood ($30,000-$40,000).
For more information on the auction contact Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.