'Conversation Classics' at Shannons Feb 18 Melbourne Auction
• Three collectible ‘commercial’ vehicles
• Four great Mercedes-Benz convertibles
• 29 ‘no reserve’ classic vehicles
Classic vehicles can be attention grabbers and great conversation starters and Shannons’ upcoming February 18 Melbourne Summer Auction is full of them!
Restored working vehicles are becoming more valuable with relatively few survived their working life.
Land-Rover enthusiasts have the opportunity to purchase a rare 86-inch Series 1 short wheelbase seven-seater wagon that comes to auction in very good condition for its age.
Adding to its appeal, this 1954 model is fitted with the rare Tropical Roof option and has extra skylight windows, with its entire roof and sides removable, if desired.
Bought in Adelaide 10 years ago and used minimally around Melbourne since, this 1954 'Landie' is packed with desirable period features, including a radio, heater, a governor control, free-wheel hubs, a clock and both oil pressure and temperature gauges.
Offered with ‘no reserve’ and ready to enjoy, it is expected to sell for $14,000 - $18,000, making if a perfect club car or the Classic companion for a late model Range-Rover.
VW Kombis of all descriptions are hot property right now, with these Type 2 big window vans from the 1970s now seen as the foundation of a surf cruiser or camper van.
The Tasmanian-delivered 1974 VW Kombi Transporter in the auction has worked hauling furniture for a living for a Melbourne business since 2012 and is now ready for a more leisurely life.
Fresh from a recent exterior repaint and offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell for $15,000-$20,000.
A lot smaller, but a big conversation starter, is the bright yellow Fiat 500 Giardinera Wagon.
This eye-catching, restored 1963 Giardiniera is well-presented inside and out and is fitted with a full-length sunroof for summer fun.
Now a global icon and ready to stand out in any Classic crowd, the Giardiniera is conservatively expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ for $18,000-$24,000.
Winding the clock back a lot further, a 1922 Ford Model-T Truck with a separate, Sundial 4hp stationary engine mounted on its timber tray in addition to its period engine, is also crossing the auction block.
This right-hand-drive Canadian-made vehicle is in great condition throughout and would make an Ideal promotional vehicle or club rally car at its expected sale estimate of $18,000-$24,000.
An instant standout in its bright red paintwork and chromed wire wheels is a 1957 Jaguar MK1 3.4 Litre 'Manual' Saloon that reportedly had $70,000 spent on its restoration for a wedding in the early 2000s.
This nicely-presented, very useable and now rarely-seen Jaguar Mk1 manual saloon is expected to sell in the $32,000 - $38,000 range.
Another great conversation starter is a now rarely-seen 1964 Chrysler Valiant AP5 Safari Wagon fitted with many period accessories that has had just two owners since new – the first for 53 years! Offered with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to sell for $8,000-$12,000.
Of course, you can spend even less to be noticed. Instead of a modern Lithium battery-powered scooter, consider the restored circa-1930s Vintage Cyclops (push) scooter in the auction, where it is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ for $300 - $400.
Finally, instead of a classic car, just purchase a pair of early-issue black and white number plates from the 17 in the auction, perhaps the Victorian number ‘173’ that is expected to bring $180,000 - $220,000.
Other significant Heritage plates on offer include many ‘lucky’ number combinations, such as ‘6889’, ‘18.881’ and ‘88.008’ that are expected to be popular at the start of the Chinese New Year, while ‘9.110’ will be in demand with Porsche owners and other plates like ’69.696’ offer interesting numerical combinations.
For more information on the auction contact Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5) or email email@example.com.