American Spangle Stars at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Auction

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

MELBOURNE – Feb 19, 2014: Classic and customised American cars were in the spotlight at Shannons Melbourne Late Summer Classic Auction on Monday, February 17, with vehicles from the early 1930s to the late 1970s selling near the top or beyond their high estimates.

The spangled star of the show was an outrageous eight-wheel 1977 left hand drive 1977 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Coupe fitted with a central spa bath and a slide-out under-bonnet gas BBQ.

Driven by enthusiastic floor and telephone bidding, the former Texas-delivered, but Australian-customised Caddy now has a French connection, after selling to an overseas phone bidder for $39,000 – comfortably above its predicted $24,000-$32,000 selling range.

An early customised American also performed well, with a beautifully executed right hand drive 1934 Ford ‘Hot Rod’ Sedan fitted with Holden V8 running gear selling for $44,000.

Just as impressive was the $177,500 paid for stunning matching numbers and multiple trophy winning Shelby Mustang GT 350 Convertible – one of only 404 made for the 1968 model year.

Meanwhile a left hand drive 1966 Mustang ‘Shelby Hertz Replica’ brought $41,500, just $500 more than a nicely restored ‘SS Tribute’ 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 396ci Convertible.

Among the original American classics, a 1950 Studebaker Champion ‘Bullet Nose’ sedan believed to be a three-owner car sold for $19,000, a restored 1946 Chevrolet Utility with an interesting Australian history from new made an excellent $25,000, and a rare and nicely-restored 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 327 four-speed fitted with many desirable period options brought $31,500.

The standout result of the Australian cars on offer was the $84,000 paid for a Daytona Bronze a 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS ‘Bathurst Special’ believed to have had an early 1970s racing history.

Home | Buyers Guides For Every Auto Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | 2016-1993 Car Reviews Truck Reviews
1996-2016 Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2016 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: