The Ultimate Used Car Yard

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With the Shannons Melbourne Winter Auction only a little over a week away, we decided to take a closer look at some of the priceless classic beauties up for grabs.

The Shannons Headquarters in Cheltenham is really the Ultimate Used Car Yard. But there are no annoying sales people here. Just awesome and inspiring cars. The walls of this place are literally plastered with all kids of motoring memorabilia and Bric-a-brac.

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Over the years, Shannons have become the experts at Classic vehicle valuations and auctions. The best thing is if you can’t afford to buy, it costs nothing to have a gawk. The American cars really impressed with their restoration quality and finish.

This was the first car you notice when you walk into Shannons. This Left Hand Drive 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390Hp Coupe was seriously impressive. The price estimate of this machine is north of $100K.

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This particular car has only been in the country a short time, being imported directly from Ohio.

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This 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is a more affordable proposition at around $15,000. For that you would get a lot of car for the money; 429 cu V8, electric seats, air-conditioning, power steering and windows, radio and pearl steering wheel. I’d much rather this than some brand new cheap Korean hatch back.

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This 1960 Chevrolet El Camino Utility with Left Hand Drive, has got to be the coolest Ute around.

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The Chev is fitted with a 350cid, V8. That amazing body and styling is worth a bid for sure.

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An immaculate 1965 Ford Mustang ‘A Code’ Coupe, estimated at above $26,000.

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Can you guess what this belongs to? This 302 belongs to a 1969 Ford Mustang Convertible, estimated around the $30 mark.

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This 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390Hp ‘Targa’ Coupe was one of my personal favorites.

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Finished in the unique ‘Safari Yellow’ this car would definately draw attention whereever it went. Chevrolet built 14,680 of the targa-topped Corvettes. These cars pull some very respectable numbers, doing 0-100  in roughly 7 seconds and the quarter-mile in a little over 15 seconds.

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This 1964 Ford Futura Convertible was beautifully presented.

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There is some thing about the T-Bird that makes you think about cruising along the Californian beaches. This 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible is powered by the 198bhp, 292-cid V8 that came with the factory fitted two-speed automatic transmission.

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With much money being recently spent on this car, it was in impeccable order and condition. Its price guide was set from $34-$40,000.

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Naturally, the interior was all-class and equally as impressive. Note the “T-Bird” motif on the floor carpet.

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This 1968 Bristol 410 2 Door Saloon has got to be one of the most attractive Grand Tourers ever. Only 79 examples were built making this a very rare car today. Powered by a 318 Chrysler V8 engine, the 410 remained a stylish and powerful British saloon throughout its two-year production period.

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There is no reserve on this 1977 BMW 633 CSi Coupe. These Coupes are such an awesome shape. The 633 carried the larger 3.2-litre version of the straight-six, this particular car was a three-speed automatic

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Another with no reserve, was this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Coupe. Someone could snap up a Bavarian bargain here!

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The full range of MG’s were there. Among the highlights a TA, TD and TF.

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Built between 1936 and 1939, the TA was built in small numbers compared with the post war T-Series, and the near identical TC model.

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A 1969 Sunbeam Rapier Fastback Coupe is something that you don’t see everyday. Interestingly, this particular car was owned by a Sea Captain who brought the car to Australia to tour the country.

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This 2.0-litre twin carb four-cylinder, five-speed manual 914 had been converted to Right Hand Drive. Price estimates were between $12,000 and $16,000.

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While its no 911, the 914 is a great-entry level Porsche with sublime handling. The 914 was successful in Motorsports in its hey day. A particular highlight was sixth overall in the 1970 Le Mans 24-Hour race.

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This low mileage 1988 Porsche 928 S4 Coupe, looked to be in outstanding condition with a price estimate above $16,000. Of all the 928 models the S4 has got to be the pick of the bunch. Complete with 5-litre V8, developing 320 bhp. Back in the day, this was the fastest Porsche production car.

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A TWR body-kit has been fitted to this 1989 Jaguar XJS Coupe. These remain an under-rated and affordable cruiser.

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This Mini Cooper S Replica had been fitted with genuine 1275cc ‘S’ series engine. It looked the part and was estimated from $12,000.

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So, motor-heads. What car’s interior is this?

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The answer; A 1948 Ford Deluxe Convertible. Powered by a 239 Ford V8, this immaculate soft-top is one of 12,061 produced for 1948. Guiding range is between $45,000 – $55,000.

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This graceful Rolls Royce was oozing in period charm and character.

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Its the stories that old cars have that a trully fascinating. This 1973 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia Convertible is believed to be the VW seen during the Freeway Chase scene on the movie ‘Rush Hour’, starring Jackie Chan.

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The estimate of this 1969 Ford Capri 1600 Coupe is between $8-$5K.

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And if none of the cars floats you boat…you could put an offer on this boat! A circa-1937 Shepherd 18ft Wooden Runabout ‘Princess’ with a single axle Trailer. Yep…its up under the hammer too!

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Be sure to check the Shannons website for the Auction results after July 1st.

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