Muscle car madness at Australian sale


A trio of highly collectable muscle cars is set to star at Shannons Melbourne Summer Auction on 8 December. The leading lots include a Holden Monaro LS, a Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase 2 and a Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback, with a further 39 classic cars and motorcycles expected to cross the block. 

Top of the pile is a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback, estimated at $130-150,000. The American classic is unusual due to its right-hand-drive configuration, but its value is comparable to left-hand-drive examples sold in the States. It is fitted with a 302cu in V8 engine, which is mated to a three-speed manual transmission. 

A 1970 Ford Falcon XW GT-HO Phase 2 is the second highest estimated lot and is expected to sell for $100-120,000. The car has been with the same owner – a former London-Sydney Marathon winner – since 1985, and is one of just 15 examples to be finished in Silver Fox metallic – so named in recognition of Ford's race and rally car builder, Harry Firth. 

Another home-grown hero is the 1972 Holden HW Monaro LS with 253cu in V8, which is finished in the desirable combination of Amethyst with Antique Saddle trim. The two-owner car is presented in good condition, and has been tipped to fetch $52-58,000. 

It will be joined by another Holden, this time a 1975 LH Torana SL/R 5000. The car has been fitted with a number of upgrades to bring it up to L34 specification, including the L34's trademark bolt-on wheelarches, as well as an over-bored 308cu in V8. It could achieve as much as $34,000.

A 1971 Fairlane ZD is expected to sell for slightly less – $25-30,000. The attractive orange example boasts an unmarked tan interior and 302cu in V8 engine.


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