• Rare Holden HQ GTS 350 V8 manual sedan
• Fabulous lady-owner 1969 Holden HK Monaro Coupe
• Rare 1962 Ford Falcon XL V8-engined Utility
• Three sought-after Chrysler Valiant models
• Superb Australian-built 997cc Mini-Cooper
Some very special locally-built classics are going under the hammer at Shannons Sydney Auction on Monday (March 12).
Holden enthusiasts have a great range of classic models to choose from, topped by an ultra-rare Holden HQ GTS 350 V8 sedan optioned with the four-speed Muncie manual gearbox.
Understood to be one of the last Melbourne-built examples, the Monaro has been freshly restored inside and out in its original factory colours of Tangerine/Black and is now fitted with a replacement ‘crate’ 350 V8 engine.
Offered with a with a GM-H Letter of Authenticity, it is slated to bring $42,000-$50,000, but given its rarity, Shannons believe it could easily sell for more.
Equally-desirable for GM collectors is a fabulous first-generation and two-owner 1969 Holden HK Monaro Coupe that has survived largely as it left the factory.
Delivered with a 186-cid six-cylinder and Powerglide transmission, the Monaro was purchased by its current long-term lady owner when it was just two years old and has been her cherished, garaged and very well-maintained possession since.
Presented in lovely condition following a respray in its original Ermine White approximately 25 years ago, it is expected to have special appeal to collectors and sell in the $35,000-$45,000 range.
The auction also sees two now-rare early 1960s Holden’s cross the block – both offered with ‘no reserve’.
A 1962 Holden EJ Premier Sedan that has benefitted from a lot of mechanical work, but still retains its original Hydramatic transmission, is expected to sell in the $24,000-$28,000 range, while a now rare and collectible 1964 Holden EH Premier Sedan that has been in one family from new, but needs some body refurbishment, is expected to bring $14,000-$18,000
Ford enthusiasts have a standout black, 1962 Ford Falcon XL Utility that is believed to have been first owned by a funeral home in Caboolture, Queensland and consequently avoided the usual wear and tear dished out to many commercial vehicles.
This now rarely-seen Falcon commercial model has been converted to V8 power using a 302-cid Windsor motor and C4 automatic transmission. It is being auctioned with ‘no reserve’ and is expected to sell in the $18,000-$24,000 range.
Mopar enthusiasts have the rare treat of three classic Valiant models to choose from – two offered with ‘no reserve’ – and all expected to sell in the $24,000-$36,000 range.
Perhaps the most desirable of the three is an extensively-restored 1969 Chrysler Valiant VF Pacer Sedan.
This very clean Pacer has been the beneficiary of a comprehensive restoration back in 2009 that included a repaint in its original ‘Wild Red’, while its 225-cid six-cylinder engine was bored out, fitted with triple Weber carburettors and its three-speed gearbox was replaced by a later four-speed transmission. This increasingly rare and very desirable Valiant is expected to sell in the $30,000-$36,000 range.
Equally desirable for Charger lovers is a bodily-unrestored 1972 Chrysler Valiant XL Charger 265 that left Chrysler’s Tonsley Park factory as a 245 model with a column-shift automatic transmission.
Now mechanically-updated with a larger 265-cid six-cylinder engine and converted to three-speed manual transmission, it is being offered with ‘no reserve’ and is expected to bring $28,000-$32,000.
Also offered with ‘no reserve’ on Monday evening is a 1967 Chrysler Valiant VC factory-fitted with the desirable 273-cid V8 engine option.
This original survivor with great patina is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ for $24,000-$30,000.
Finally, in a treat for Mini enthusiasts there is a very desirable, Australian-built 997cc Mini-Cooper. Cherished by its current Sydney ex-BMC mechanic owner of more than 30 years, who embarked on a no-expense-spared ground-up restoration of the Mini in 1989, this very collectible Mini is expected to sell in the $32,000-$40,000 range, given the rapidly rising value of early Cooper and Cooper S models in recent years.
All items in the March 12 Sydney Auction can be viewed at Shannons showroom, 65 Reserve Road, St. Leonards, over this weekend from 9am-4pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Monday’s auction commences at 7pm with heritage numerical number plates followed by vehicles and memorabilia.
For more information on the auction contact Stuart Roberts (02) 8019 4179 or Damien Duigan (02) 8019 4180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.