Vauxhall 30-98 leads the way at Australian auction


A 1921 Vauxhall 30-98 E-type sold for $220,000 to an overseas collector at Shannons’ 21 July sale in Sydney.

Chassis number E319/E447 was built over a 20-year period from 1971 using original components and a re-created Velox-style body.

The latter OE-type was the first British production car that was guaranteed to achieve 100mph. This year marks the centenary of the 30-98s first appearance – a record-breaking debut at Shelsley Walsh in the hands of Joseph Higginson.

The sale almost cleared the $1-million mark, with British cars leading the way including a 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupé – the 85th right-hand-drive example of the 663 built – which sold for $100,000, plus a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer that scooped $60,000.

The saleroom’s appetite for UK cars meant a restored 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster sold for more than $50,000, while a 1955 Morris Minor 1000 made $15,000.

Other classics included a 1976 Holden LX Torana SL/R 5000 ($41,000), a beautiful 1959 Borgward Isabella Coupé ($26,000) and a large private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles.

See the full results on the auction house’s website.

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