Australia’s High Priced Classics.
The allure of a classic piece of automotive machinery is always tempting for those that hanker after the shiny, curvaceous , glistening shapes that would look great in a climate controlled room.
The allure of a classic piece of automotive machinery is always tempting for those that hanker after the shiny, curvaceous , glistening shapes that would look great in a climate controlled room. There’s the slinky lines of Jaguar’s E-Type, the hard edged brawn of a Ford Falcon XY GTHO, or the lithe sporty appeal of a Lamborghini Countach.
Classic car auctions happen around the world and sometimes the final knockdown price of a classic exceeds expectations by a wide margin. Aussie cars may not make much of an impact overseas but locally the dollar signs can have a few numbers behind them.
Built in 1971, Ford’s epic XY Falcon GTHO leads the pack. Noted for its boot mounted spoiler, deep chin, and bonnet “shaker” feeding air to the lumpy 351ci V8, an example of this true Aussie muscle classic saw figures of a million or so being touted. In mid 2018 this became a reality, with an example once owned by the fearsome Australian fast bowler, Jeff Thomson, seeing $1,030,000 in the ledger. This was a full quarter million more than another GTHO sold in 2007.
Over in the red corner, Holden’s A9X Torana continues to be as desirable as the next ten winning Lotto jackpot tickets . Based on the LX Torana shell, and in tow or four door versions, it was an ultra clean and ultra rare A9X hatchback that went to auction in August last year. Mooted price? A cool half million. Another example and an even more unique version, being the first four door version, sold for $365,000 just weeks before.
The third of the “Big Three”, Chrysler, has some serious mumbo cars and some six figures to match. The E38, famously developed from a Valiant ute that was chopped and filled with sandbags, has seen values of between $90,000 to $140,000. Go to the 1972 E49, and prices go higher again. One example nudged $200K before settling at $265,000.
Some non-Aussie cars have also bent the wallet at auction. One of those was the broad shouldered Dodge Viper SRT10. The low slung two door packed an 8.3L V10, stood knee high to a grasshopper, and one beautifully maintained example ticked the final box at a not indecent $120,000.
Sadly, some cars that come up for auction come from museums that close for various reasons. One shape that is instantly familiar to anyone that has watched a cult car film called “Mad Max”, the broad hipped XB Falcon Coupe, was auctioned off at $165,000. The GT two door had undergone a thorough restoration and looked better than factory fresh.
There are three letters that any Aussie car buff should instantly recognize. HDT. The tag line was “Body by Holden, Soul by Brock” and one untouched, as original as the come, VC HDT, in white and featuring the original Irmscher wheels, went to a new owner for $94,000.
The last car to feature here is a genuine one off. Handbuilt in Perth, and once owned by a pugnacious, nugget, takes no “no’s” for an answer when it comes to his dedication to his cause, Rosco McGlashan’s Aussie Invader 3, a contender for the world land speed record, also went to auction and was estimated to garner $350,000. The new owner signed off at $465,000.
There’s little doubt that these cars were looked after and polished up. Nu Finish’s polish range can bring the same high quality shine to the classic in your garage.
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