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By Shannons - 18 June 2019
  • Beautiful 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30 HP Saloon with original Park Ward body
  • ‘No reserve’ 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
  • Rare original RHD Mercedes-Benz 300D 'Adenauer' Saloon 

You can look a million dollars for a lot less at Shannons Melbourne Winter Auction, with some blue blood vehicles spanning more than 80 years crossing the block on July 15.

The top off of the auction is a beautiful 1937 Rolls Royce 25/30 HP Saloon that arrived in Australia from the UK late last year, still wearing its original 'Park Ward' coachwork specified by its British celebrity first owner.

Believed to be the only example of its type in Australia and little used over the past two years, the Rolls-Royce is stunning in its duo tone metallic blue paintwork, thanks to the integrity of its previous professional restoration. 

Inside, the typically sumptuous leather-swathed burgundy and wood interior is also in great condition, aside from some minor water-staining around the sunroof.

For enthusiasts of pre-war cars of the Rolls Royce marque, Shannons say this 25/30 is as nice an example as they have seen,  with seemingly nothing to spend – just enjoy. While looking a million dollars, it is expected to sell in the $70,000 - $80,000 range.

1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Saloon
1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Saloon

As an even more affordable Rolls-Royce alternative, Shannons have a 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Saloon being offered at ‘no reserve’ and expected to sell in the $20,000 - $25,000 range.

Stylishly finished in Deep Ocean blue metallic with cream leather upholstery, the Silver Spirit was delivered new through Melbourne Rolls-Royce dealer Kellow – Falkiner Motors and has spent the last three years being lightly used as an owner/chauffeur-driven hire car for special occasions in County Victoria.

Maintained by a Rolls-Royce specialist and showing an indicated 153,807km at the time of cataloguing the vehicle is in excellent condition overall. It is being offered at ‘no reserve’ and is expected to sell in the $20,000 - $25,000 range.

Crossing the Channel, there are two great Mercedes-Benz blue chip alternatives in the July 15 auction.

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D 'Adenauer' Saloon
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D 'Adenauer' Saloon

The elder statesman is a very nice original right hand drive 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D 'Adenauer' Saloon that is believed to be the 36th example built of these most desirable of these elegant 300D models. 

Bought out of Darwin three years ago, this 300D has undergone major servicing work at the cost of $10,000 with marque specialist Reinhard Klavers. 

Finished in classic black paintwork in good condition, with its plentiful chrome work wearing a light patina, as does its classy wood and red leather, the 300D could be put to work as a classy wedding or special occasion hire car, or would make a fabulous club car or weekender for fun family outings.

Offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell for $60,000 - $75,000.

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D 'Adenauer' Saloon
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe

A more modern alternative for Mercedes Benz enthusiasts is a stylish Australian-delivered 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe.

Finished in a rare combination of white with a sea green roof and dark green leather, the 280SE is believed to have had only three owners from new and has always been garaged by its enthusiastic custodians and maintained by a local Mercedes specialist.

Always an attention grabber and exclusive in any company, it is expected to sell on July 15 in the $70,000 - $80,000 guiding range.

View all Shannons July 15 Melbourne Winter Classic Auction Lots

For more information on the auction contact Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5) or email

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