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World to watch Shannons Sydney Auction on Monday

The world will be watching Shannons Late Autumn Auction in Sydney on Monday (May 18), where a number of lots of International collector interest go under the hammer.

The highlights are:

The (sporting) class of 1934

•A rare surviving right hand drive 1934 Fiat 508S Balilla Sport originally delivered new to Fiat of Batavia (now Jakarta) that arrived in Australia in the mid 1970s and was subsequently restored comprehensively in the 1980s.

The very collectible Fiat remains in first class condition according to Shannons and is very desirable with its eligibility for many major historic events, including the legendary Mille Miglia.

As one of a handful of genuine surviving 508 Ballila Sports, the Fiat is expected to attract International interest at its guiding range of $90,000-$110,000

•For enthusiasts looking for a well-made, affordable and potentially very quick historic racer, Shannons also have a 1934 Riley ‘Special’ Race Car that was built in Sydney in the early 1990s using a Wolseley frame adapted to four cylinder Riley specifications.

Offered with a current CAMS logbook, the Riley Special is eligible for many of Australia’s premier Historic events, making it an ideal vehicle for someone entering Historic Motor Sport at its guiding range of $30,000-$36,000.

Two superb XK Jaguars

•One of the most anticipated sales of the auction will be a beautifully presented 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster that is being offered for sale with ‘no reserve’.

The Imperial Maroon, former Californian Jaguar has been the subject of extensive restoration work by Jaguar specialists at a total cost of $69,000 since it arrived in Australia around 1991. It is expected to sell in the $70,000-$90,000 range.

• As an equally desirable alternative, Shannons also have a believed matching-numbers 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe that has been the subject of a recently completed ground up restoration. It is expected to bring $95,000-$125,000.

Two rare and collectible VW ‘Kombis’

• With VW Commercials selling currently for record prices around the world, there’s a lot of interest in the two fully-restored 1960s VW commercials – a rare, original factory right hand drive 1966 Volkswagen De Luxe ’21 Window’ Samba Microbus and a very desirable right hand drive split-screen 1962Volkswagen Kombi ‘Windowless’ Panel Van – facing the gavel on Monday.

The Microbus is particularly interesting to collectors as it an original right hand drive car fitted with two rare factory options: the steering/ignition lock (M056) and extremely rare sliding door (M164).

The Panel Van is equally interesting to collectors as it has been restored professionally and rebuilt with a high degree of authenticity.

Shannons expect the VWs to sell in the guiding ranges of $100,000-$130,000 and $60,000-$70,000 respectively.

Rods & Mods

•Street Rod lovers are faced with the choice between two stunning early 1930s Fords – a ‘no expense spared’ ’32 Ford Five-window Coupe and a well-executed ’34 Ford Coupe – both powered by well-worked 302-cid Ford V8s mated to C-4 automatic transmissions.

Both were built at no expense projects, costing their owners far more than their anticipated $35,000-$50,000 estimated selling range.

Eclectic range of sporting cars

•There’s also a diverse range of sporting cars in Monday’s auction including a matching numbers 1975 Porsche 911S Coupe ($32,000-$38,000), a very desirable 1986 Ford Sierra Cosworth Hatchback ($30,000-$40,000), a 1990 Holden VN Commodore Group A SS Sedan 5.0-litre V8 sedan (Number 124 of 302 built ($46,000-$52,000) and a stunning, fully-restored 1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 BN6 Roadster ($50,000-$60,000).

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