• Modern and Classic Porsches
• Rare Jensen and Volvo ES classics
• Two fine Post War MGs
Shannons have an exceptional Smörgåsbord of British and European sporting vehicles crossing the block at its Autumn Classic Auction in Sydney on May 22.
Porsche enthusiasts have the quandary of choosing between a freshly-restored 1964-model 356C coupe upgraded to more powerful SC specs and a very rare in Australia 1988 model wide-body 930 Turbo Cabriolet.
The Californian-delivered, but now right hand drive 356C that has travelled little distance since its painstaking rebuild, is expected to sell in the $110,000-$135,000 range.
The similarly right-hand-drive-converted Turbo Cabriolet is in equally-stunning condition with fantastic service history by marque specialists and is slated to sell in the $110,000-$120,000 range. As 911 Turbo models were never officially imported into Australia in the late 1980s because of emission compliance issues, only a handful of these powerful drop-top Porsches are in the country and only rarely come to market.
A German sporting alternative is a superb 1982 Australian-delivered, believed low-kilometre Mercedes-Benz 380SL Convertible complete with both hard and soft tops that has been in the hands of the same fastidious owner for the past 23 years.
With its odometer showing just 54,980km (believed genuine) at the time of cataloguing, the Mercedes is faithful to its original factory specification and, according to Shannons, drives like a new car.
Offered very enticingly with ‘no reserve’, it is expected to attract strong interest in the $48,000-$54,000 range.
Two interesting dual-purpose sports ‘hatches’ from the late 1960s and 1970s – a 1968 Jensen Interceptor Mk1 Coupe and a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES Sports Wagon – are also expected to attract enthusiasts.
The early-model Jensen Interceptor is a well-documented example of this increasingly sought-after Grand Tourer, which was one of a series of hand-built British cars to embrace the advantages of American V8 power in the 1960s.
The current owner has refurbished various parts of the Interceptor mechanically to improve its reliability and it is expected it to sell in the $38,000-$42,000 range.
The nicely-presented 1973 Volvo P1800 ES in the auction dates from the final year of the model’s production and has been upgraded and improved during its current ownership.
While previously overlooked by collectors, recent ES sales indicate the market has discovered the charms of these ultra-stylish and remarkably reliable Swedish classics. As good examples rarely come on the open market, Shannons are predicting that this ES will sell in the $28,000-$34,000 range.
Finally, for Post War MG enthusiasts, Shannons have two excellent, fully-restored examples crossing the Sydney auction block on May 22.
An opportunity not to be missed is a 1962 MGA Roadster fully restored to MkII specification.
Purchased by the current Sydney owner from Melbourne restoration specialists The Healey Factory, the MGA has benefitted from a further $25,000 spent on numerous improvements including a new wiring loom, rebuilt SU carburettors, a brake booster and chromed wire wheels.
It has travelled less than 1,000km since these were completed and is offered with ‘no reserve’, with interest expected in the $36,000-$40,000 range.
For enthusiasts of earlier ‘square-rigger’ MGs, Shannons have a 1949-model MG TD coming to auction from long-term ownership.
The TD has been a multiple trophy winner since the completion of a four-year body-off restoration in the mid-1990s. It was judged the Best Restoration of the Year at the 1996 MGCC Annual Concours and has been a regular class winner at various MGCC events since - testimony to the quality of the work carried out.
The MG today is presented in loving condition, with Shannons expecting if to sell in $22,000-$30,000 range.