• Stunning Ferrari 308 GTSi Qv 'Targa'
• ‘Superb no reserve’ 1959 Alvis TD 21
• Three Corvette convertibles – two with ‘no reserve’
A wonderful collection of sought-after European, British and American classic sporting cars from the 1950s to 1980s will give bidders plenty of choice at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on Monday (December 5).
Headlining the high-performance line-up is a very desirable and well maintained 1983 model Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole 'Targa' Coupe offered with an extensive document file.
First delivered to a UK enthusiast, this stunning Ferrari 308 GTS is an early Qv model with the desirable four-valve engine and is understood to have had just five owners from new.
It was imported to Australia five years ago by the current custodian, who undertook considerable refurbishment, including a bare metal respray in 2014/15.
Because of its excellent overall condition and the appreciating value of these mid-engined Ferrari models, Shannons expect the 308 GTS to sell in the $140,000-$155,000 range on Monday.
Equally desirable for European sporting car enthusiasts who like open high-performance driving is a four-owner, Australian delivered black on black 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 'Wide Body' Convertible.
Originally ordered through Hamilton’s in Melbourne, the Porsche features the rare optional factory wide ‘Turbo look’ body (Option M491) and is one of very few sold here in this configuration.
Other desirable factory options include sports seats while the 911 also has the updated Getrag G50 five-speed gearbox and improved hydraulic clutch system found exclusively on post-1986 Carrera 3.2 models.
With a comprehensive, documented service history from new – the most recent in June this year at just over 118,234km – this rare 911 model is an appreciating and totally usable day-to-day classic and is expected to sell in the $120,000 - $140,000 range.
British sporting car enthusiasts are also well catered for with a beautiful, recently refurbished 1959 Alvis TD 21 Saloon that is being offered with ‘no reserve’ and is expected to sell affordably in the $40,000 - $55,000 range.
This charming sports saloon is believed to be one of approximately 20 similar cars in Australia and is one of the earliest made, with body number 18025.
Fitted with a period Webasto sliding sunroof, front disc brakes, a set of new chrome wire wheels and a reconditioned gearbox, the Alvis drives exceptionally well according to Shannons, who believe it would be ideal for club events at its expected selling price of $40,000 - $55,000.
Another very British sporting classic in Monday’s auction is a very well presented 1978 Morgan Plus 8 Roadster that has benefited from many recent improvements.
One of the best examples to come to auction in recent years, this highly desirable and collectible V8 Morgan is expected to bring $75,000-$85,000.
American sporting car enthusiasts are unlikely to leave Monday’s auction empty-handed either, with three left hand drive Corvette convertibles – two offered with ‘no reserve’ – and a glorious Auburn Phaeton crossing the block.
The Corvettes include two highly desirable left hand drive 1960s C2 models – a superbly presented 1963 roadster ($80,000-$95,000), while a ‘no reserve’ 1966 model is expected to sell in the $55,000-$65,000 range. For those who miss these classic ‘Vettes, there is a potentially more affordable 1989 C4 Corvette that is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $14,000-$18,000 range.
Finally, for American car devotees, there is a fabulous right hand drive 1936 Auburn 653 Phaeton. This desirable dual ratio model is still in fine condition following an older restoration and is expected to sell in the $90,000 - $110,000 range.
All lots in Monday’s Melbourne auction can be viewed over the weekend at Shannons showroom, 321 Warrigal Road, Cheltenham from 9.00am - 4.00pm Saturday and 10.00am - 4.00pm Sunday, with Monday’s auction commencing at 7.00pm.