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Eurostars in Shannons May 5 Melbourne Autumn Auction

Some of Britain’s and Europe’s most sought-after classics are crossing the auction block in Shannons Melbourne Autumn sale on Monday, May 5.

And with the auction marking the launch of Shannons Online Bidding at the auction, enthusiasts’ eyes around the world will be on them.

The star of the auction is a stunning 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Coupe finished in black with a cream leather interior.

Supported by a strong service history, which includes major mechanical upgrades to the car’s 5340cc V8 engine, three-speed automatic transmission and De Dion rear suspension carried out from 2009-2012, Shannons say the DBS is one of the finest they have seen come to auction.

It is expected to sell in the $78,000-$88,000 range making it an excellent opportunity for the serious collector or enthusiast to buy into the Aston Martin family given the soaring prices of earlier ‘DB’ Astons.

Other world market European cars in the auction include a fully-restored 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Roadster, a rare-to-find-today 1969 BMW 2000C Coupe, a nicely restored 1949 MG TC Roadster and a well-maintained 1976 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 Coupe.

BN1 Austin-Healeys in their factory three-speed manual gearbox spec are hard to find these days, as most have been mechanically upgraded to BN2 four-speeds and this early model is one of the finest to come to auction in Australia for some time.

Purchased by the current owner in 2000, the Healey was painstakingly restored over the next five years and is beautifully presented in the classic colour combination of British Racing Green over Cream, with contrasting black trim and cream piping.

Melbourne’s Healey Factory rebuilt the car’s four-cylinder engine in 2008 and the owner reports that the car now runs very well, making it a perfect entry into Big Healey ownership as well as being an appreciating asset.

With relatively few early four cylinder Austin-Healeys on the market in this condition, Shannons expect the car to be in demand at its guiding range of $48,000-$52,000.

Also expected to attract International interest is a rare, right hand drive, white 1969 BMW 2000C coupe.

Thought to be one of only 14 factory right-hand drive examples built, this very clean coupe was acquired by the current owner around three years ago after being in a small private collection.

The BMW has been retrofitted with a five-speed transmission – a common modification on these early coupes – and sits on desirable Alpina alloy wheels, with a fifth included as a spare.

With most buyer focus on the later BMW 3.0CS coupes, the 2000C has become an increasingly desirable and collectable model world-wide due to its rarity, with Shannons expecting this very elegant and well-presented coupe to sell in the $28,000-$34,000 range.

From Britain comes a cream with green leather interior 1949 MG TC that has travelled approximately 1,000 miles since its recent restoration. The owner actually ended up buying a second TC as a project and used this as a guide to complete the auction car’s restoration, which included replacing all its timber including the doors, which were framed and re-hung.

Because of its worldwide desirability and excellent, restored condition, Shannons expect it to sell in the $35,000-$40,000 range.

Another ‘Euroclassic’ expected to sell at an affordable price on Monday is a well maintained and presented five-speed manual 1976 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 coupe finished in the classic Ferrari colours of Italian Racing Red with black leather trim.

Showing 85,048km on its odometer, the Ferrari has spent the past five or so years in storage after receiving a new clutch in 2003, new paintwork in 2006 and a major service of its 2926cc mid-mounted V8 engine – including new timing belts – in 2009.

Shannons expect it to sell in the $32,000-$38,000 range making the Dino a very attractive entry in the world of Ferrari ownership.

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