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Euro style in fashion at Shannons


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SYDNEY – April 10, 2013: As the old Hugo Boss adage goes, ‘True style is never out of fashion’, and that applies in spades to several classic European coupes that are going under the hammer at Shannons Melbourne Autumn Auction on April 29.

The leader of the style council is unquestionably a gorgeous white over black leather 1963 Lancia Flaminia GTL 3C 2.8L Coupe – one of only 297 fitted with the high-spec, three-carburettor 2.8-litre V6 engine – that is being offered with no reserve price.

Far more impressive in your driveway than most new cars anywhere near its anticipated $45,000-$60,000 selling price, the Touring of Milan-bodied 2+2 Coupe has long been regarded by enthusiasts as an Italian masterpiece – both in aesthetic terms and for the artistry of the engineering.

The Flaminia being auctioned is believed to have been sold new in Italy. The vendor purchased it in Switzerland in 2010 and drove it through the Tuscan countryside in Italy before shipping it to Australia.

Brimming with charisma, it remains in original left-hand drive configuration and is offered in lovely condition, with its fitting Victorian Plates 'GTL.001' Included in the sale.

Also from Italy and also being offered with no reserve is a 1970 Fiat 124 Sports Coupe that is believed to be a two private-owner car from new.

The stylish coupe with its 1.4-litre engine and five-speed manual gearbox was repainted in its original white livery before being acquired by the vendor approximately eight years ago and according to Shannons presents in good, solid condition.

It comes with a long service history dating back to the 1970s and sits on rare and beautiful Cromodora alloy wheels.

This stylish Italian is expected to sell in the $5,000-$8,000 range.

Finally from Germany there is a striking 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Automatic Coupe finished in white with a Deep Red roof and matching red leather interior.

Owned by a doctor for the last 10 years, the 220 SE is fitted with the popular Americana headlights and front fog lights. It has been maintained throughout his ownership by a marque specialist, garaged when not in use and has an alarm, power aerial and CD player to make it enjoyable for daily or weekend motoring.

As the style of these Mercedes-Benz coupes never goes out of fashion, Shannons expect the 220 SE to sell in the $20,000-$25,000 range.