• Lovely Australian-delivered E-Type Coupe
• Two striking Porsche 911 variants
• Uber-rare BMW E30 M3
A wide range of sporting vehicles, open and closed, will be crossing the auction block at Shannons upcoming February 19 Melbourne Late Summer Auction.
According to its Heritage Certificate the lovely, factory right hand drive Brysons-delivered E-type was just the 38th Series 2 coupes built.
The sought-after Jaguar has been in the hands of its current, fastidious owner for the past 15 years and has been treated with new paintwork and a range of major mechanical refurbishments.
Displaying just 65,500 miles on its odometer at time of cataloguing, it is expected to sell in the $100,000-$120,000 range.
Just as desirable for Porsche enthusiasts is a 1977 930 Turbo coupe – the 3.3 litre second-generation of the marque’s first true Supercar – that with its large single turbocharger and new intercooler offered lunar rocket-level performance in its day.
This very well presented Guards Red with Black leather interior 930 Turbo with four-speed manual transmission was imported from the USA in 2004, after which it was restored professionally, with the work including an engine and gearbox rebuild and its conversion to right hand drive.
The 930 Turbo’s status as the world’s first turbocharged production sports car, has seen prices soar in recent years, with this fine example expected to bring $110,000- $130,000.
A very attractive Porsche alternative is a Hamiltons-delivered 1992 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet, painted in the striking one-off special-order colour of Maritime Blue.
Showing just over 133,000km on its odometer and fitted with a new electric folding soft top, this rare 964-model C2 Cabriolet is expected to sell for $85,000-$100,000.
A much rarer and very collectible German sporting car in the auction is the left-hand-drive 1987 BMW M3 Coupe.
The E30 M3 has a unique place in BMW history as the homologation model for BMW’s racing successes in the 1980s, including the 1987 Australian Touring Car Championship, won by Jim Richards in a Team JPS M3.
With International values rising in appreciation of its historic significance, the M3 is expected to sell for $65,000-$75,000.
Another high performance German car in the auction that remains relatively under-appreciated is a 2002 model Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG sedan.
Powered by a supercharged, twin ignition V6 engine producing 264kW that delivers Porsche-like 0-100km/h acceleration in just over 5.0 seconds and a top speed of more than 250km/h, the C32 offers potentially the best ‘bang for buck’ in the auction. It is offered at ‘no reserve’, with a guiding range of $15,000-$20,000.
An alternative Mercedes-Benz sporting option in the auction is a 5.0-litre V8-engined 1997 SL500 convertible ($28,000-$34,000).
For similar money and also very sporting, but from a much earlier era, is a lovely British Racing Green with Red leather and chrome wire wheels 1962 Jaguar MkII that has been upgraded to 3.8-litre Manual/Overdrive specs ($22,000-$28,000).
For more information on the auction contact the Melbourne Auction Team on (03) 8588 0809 or email email@example.com.