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Shannons opens 2013 Auction Season in Style

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SYDNEY – Jan 31,2013: Shannons is kicking off the 2013 Classic Auction season in style in Sydney on Monday (February 4), with a huge line-up of classic cars, motorcycles and Heritage black and white numberplates, offering 29 of the 66 lots with no reserve.

A highlight for motorcycle enthusiasts and collectors will be one the largest collections of ‘no reserve’ classic Honda motorcycles ever offered at auction in Australia, amongst the 18 motorcycles from Japan, the UK and the US on offer.

The highlight of the collection is a stunning circa 1965 Honda Dream 305cc Twin Cylinder, which when introduced in 250cc form in 1959 was the first large capacity motorcycle that Honda exported.

For classic Alfa Romeo enthusiasts there is a quartet of four cylinder Alfas from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s from a private collection – all offered with no reserve.

Both Holden and Ford enthusiasts have something to get excited about, with three rare Australian Muscle Cars – including a sought-after 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327 ‘Bathurst’ coupe – jostling for pole position on the auction floor.

The Silver Mink metallic four-speed manual Monaro has already created great interest in collector circles as it is number 42 of the first 50 GTS 327 coupes to leave Sydney's Pagewood assembly plant in 1968 and is showing just 94,500 miles (believed genuine) on its odometer in the hands of its fourth owner.

For Ford enthusiasts there is rare 1974 Ford Falcon XB GS 'K Code' 351 V8 ‘Rally Pack’ four-door sedan that has been in the current ownership since 1980.

Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts have three locally-delivered SL sports models to choose from, ranging from a ‘no reserve’ 1964 Mercedes-Benz ‘Pagoda roof’ 230SL Convertible that has been in the same family for 34 years, to a stunning silver, original right hand drive 1993 model SL600 Convertible that is expected to sell for around 10 per cent of its original $360,000 purchase price.

Finally, Shannons is certain to have your lucky number in 2013, with the recently formed Roads and Maritime Services releasing a number of special numerical New South Wales plates at the auction.

Top bidding in the auction is expected to be for the numbers ‘206’, ‘207’, ‘210’, which are all expected to sell in the $90,000-$110,000 range.

However two very special plates – a blue ’45678’ and a pink ‘56789’ –will be auctioned with no reserve, with all proceeds going to help prostate and breast cancer research and breast care nursing through the McGrath Foundation.