Early bids target numberplates and big brands in Shannons Winter Auction
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Early bids target numberplates and big brands in Shannons Winter Auction

By Shannons - 21 August 2023

Strong bids have already been placed on classics number plates and prestige cars from major automotive brands like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari and Porsche in Shannons current Timed Online Winter Auction that closes from 6pm tomorrow (August 22).

While three-digit New South Wales number plates were the big movers over the weekend, given their proven appreciation, the largest ‘plate’ bid so far is $385,000 for the early Victorian plate ‘347’, but with a projected selling range of $400,000-$500,00, more is expected in the auction’s remaining hours.

NSW Heritage Plate '262'

The next best bids to date are $361,000 for well-balanced three-digit NSW number plate ‘262’, followed by $351,000 on NSW ‘929’.

1969 Ford XW GT '351ci Cleveland' Sedan

The top vehicle bid at this stage is $145,000 placed on a restored 1969 Ford XW Falcon GT Automatic finished in the racing hero colour of ‘ Brambles Red’, while $90,000 has been offered for a restored 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1( M-Code) coupe that is ultimately expected to sell for up to $110,000.

1968 Dodge Charger Coupe (LHD)

A good bid for another American Muscle Car, is the $70,000 offered for a mildly modified 1968 Dodge Charger Coupe, while $50,000 has been placed on an increasing rare to find 1966 Chrysler Valiant VC V8 sedan.

1972 Holden HQ GTS Coupe
1968 Holden HK Monaro 186 Coupe

The best Holden Monaro bid is currently $52,000 for a 1972 HQ GTS ‘project’ coupe fitted with a 253-cid V8 engine and a three-speed Trimatic automatic transmission that requires finishing off, while for Monaro collectors after originality a 1968, two-owner, Ermine White 186-cid six cylinder and two-speed automatic-equipped base model coupe is in demand and has so far drawn a top bid of $50,000.

1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 Coupe (Project)
1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster (Project)
1969 Morris Mini Cooper S MK2 (Project)

Amongst the other ‘projects’ in the auction, a 1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 in need of a restoration, has scored a top bid to date of $38,500, while $18,000 has been offered for a rakish 1955 MG TF 1500 ($22,000-$30,000) and $12,500 laid on a 1969 Mini Cooper S ($20,000-$30,000).

Other stand-out vehicle bids to date include:

  • $111,000 for a 1986 Commodore VL Group A SS Sedan;
  • $71,000 for a rare, restored 1958 Messerschmitt KR201 Roadster with a custom trailer;
  • $72,000 for VK SS Group A Tribute;
  • $63,000 for a Mustang ‘A-Code’ Fastback;
  • $60,000 for a 1973 Morgan Plus 8;
  • $54,000 for a 1966 Mustang convertible;
  • $47,500 for a stylish ‘no reserve’, 1959 Borgward Isabella coupe;
  • $30,000 for a 1967 Saab 96 V4.
1929 Indian Scout 101 750cc Motorcycle
1948 Vincent Rapide B Series 1000cc Motorcycle

Amongst the 52 two and three wheelers, the bidding is currently led by the $50,000 placed on a 1929 Indian 750cc and $46,000 for a 1948 Vincent Rapide Series B 1000cc.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Motorcycle

The top bid so far of the 10 Ducatis offered by a Queensland collector is the $42,000 for a restored 1974 750 Sport.

Shannons Winter Online Auction closes progressively from 6pm tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22.