Supercars Line Up for Shannons Sydney Sale


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SYDNEY – Oct 3, 2013: Three of the world’s most sought after supercars from the pre-recession days of the late 1980s to early 1990s will go under the hammer at Shannons Sydney Spring Classic Auction on October 21.

The all-red trio – a stunning, factory right hand drive 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, a 1991 Australian-delivered Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R and a right hand drive six-speed manual 1990 Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1, were the dream cars of an extravagant era.

The 290kW flat 12 cylinder Testarossa was the evolution of the 512BB and with its top speed of 290km/h was Ferrari's flagship for most of the 1980s.

This factory right-hand drive 1986 model finished in Corsa Rosso was delivered new through Maranello Concessionaires in the UK to a ‘Mr Alan Jones’ – understood to be the former Australian 1980 Formula 1 World Champion who was based in the London at the time.

The Ferrari is believed to have had just two Australian owners since arriving here shortly after leaving the Maranello factory and the 39,600km showing on its odometer is considered genuine.

Because of its low kilometres, excellent condition and provenance, Shannons expect the Testarossa to sell in the $95,000 - $110,000 range.

From Japan there is a 1991 model twin-turbo all-wheel-drive Nissan Skyline GT-R – one of the 100 ‘Godzilla’ coupes factory-delivered in Australia to celebrate Nissan’s back-to-back Bathurst victories in 1991 and 1992 and one of just 37 finished in the model’s signature Red Pearl Metallic.

This lovely example was delivered new in Warren, New South Wales to the first of its two owners in 1991 and is showing just 31,236km on its odometer.

The current owner, who acquired the GT-R in 2006, has maintained it in top condition, covering just 4,000km in the past seven years.

Importantly, the car has never been modified in any way and is completely original right down to the date-coded rims, NSW plates and stock tag on the windscreen.

Shannons expect it to sell in the $48,000 - $56,000 range.

From the United States there is a red 1990 Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1, featuring the model’s most desirable power train package of the quad-camshaft LT5 aluminium block 350-cid V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The C4 ZR-1 was the ultimate American sports car of its era and the fastest Chevrolet ever offers to the public at that stage, with a top speed in excess of 300km/h and acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 4.4 seconds.

The well-presented, professionally-converted to right hand drive and very original ZR-1 Corvette being offered by Shannons is expected to sell in the $40,000 - $50,000 range

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