The value of Aussie and Japanese sporting classics is continuing to grow. Strong bidding for these cars have sent Shannons Timed Winter Online Auction off to a flying start.
Aussie muscle cars have proved exceptionally popular, with 43 bids so far for a ‘no reserve, barn-find’ one owner and unmodified 1972 Holden HQ SS 253 V8 sedan, with has received a top offer so far of $60,500.
A 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT sedan offered with ‘no reserve’, has to date attracted 51 bids topped by $125,500 – more than the $100,000 so far offered for a 1969 Falcon XW GT-HO Phase I sedan, the $92,000 offered for a 2006 HSV VZ GTO LE Coupe, and $66,000 for a 1971 Holden LC Torana GT-R XU-1.
Iconic Japanese performance cars continue to grow in value, as evident by a bid of $135,000 for a rare 1995 Mazda RX-7 SP Coupe (one of 25) that has already met its reserve price.
Nearly as popular is an ultra-low kilometre 1994 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Coupe offered with ‘no reserve’ that has attracted 20 bids, led by $105,000.
Surprisingly-high interest has also been shown to date in a ‘Lotus Cortina-inspired tribute’ based on Ford’s distinctive 1964, 105E Ford Anglia, complete with Cosworth engine, with a top bid so far of $28,500.
In other strong numbers so far, a ‘works prepared’ ex-Total Racing Team 1964 Lotus Cortina MK I raced by Ian and Leo Geoghegan, has achieved an opening bid of $180,000, while $260,000 has been offered for a superbly restored and presented 1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series I Roadster.
However the top bid of the online auction so far is the $500,000 offered for a fastidiously-restored and very collectible Australian-delivered 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe, with Shannons expecting up to $150,000 more to come by the time bidding closed this week.