• Superb and rare Mulliner Park Ward-bodied Flying Spur Cloud III
  •  Rare Brabham racing racers
  •  Restored factory-built racing Lotus Cortina
  •  Spectacular Series 1 E-Type Roadster

There is a wide range of 'Great Brits' in Shannons June Timed Online Winter auction from June 8-15.

The flagship is a rare and magnificent Mulliner Park Ward-bodied 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur Saloon – and one of just 35 cars built in right hand drive out of a believed 53 built in total.

This beautiful and glamorous saloon that mechanically was almost identical to the Bentley Flying Spur of the same era, with its 6.2 litres litre V8 engine, four speed automatic gearbox, power steering and power-assisted drum brakes, was for more than 35 years part of the collection of well-known Australian Rolls-Royce collector, Bruce Terry.

Presented in superb condition, the Cloud III has now covered just 42,000 miles (at the time of cataloguing) and was shown with distinction at Melbourne's Motorclassica in 2017.

Previously on Tasmanian historic registration, this Silver Cloud III Flying Spur is a wonderful example of highly desirable collector car that is expected to sell in the $450,000 - $500,000 range, together with copies of its original Rolls-Royce build sheets.

For historic motor racing enthusiasts and collectors, there are also two significant British-built Brabham racing cars and a factory-built Series 1 Lotus Cortina in the auction.

The beautifully-styled open two-seater 1963 Brabham BT5 Sports Racing car 'SC-2-63' 'in the auction is historically significant as the second of only two Brabham BT5s made.

Initially campaigned with an 1100 motor by Australian Paul Hawkins for the quasi-works Ian Walker Racing team, the BT5 finished second in the Under 1150cc class at the Aintree 200 meeting that year, before being purchased by Ed Zeller and competing in the Swiss Hillclimb Championship fitted with a larger 1500 Cosworth Twin Cam engine.

Dedicated Brabham enthusiast and collector Brian Wilson bought 'SC-2-63' in 1994 and  carried out a comprehensive restoration over a three-year period, fitting it with a longer BT8-style tail. 

The Brabham was subsequently invited to race at the Goodwood Revival, appearing in 2006 and 2008, along with various local events and proved competitive against historic Lotus 23s. 

The current Sydney owner purchased the Brabham in 2010 and returned the car to its original 1963 bodywork and its livery as raced by Ian Walker Racing. 

Now powered by a rebuilt 1600cc Cosworth Twin Cam engine mated to a Hewland Mk5 five-speed gearbox, the car hasn't been raced in its current ownership .

Presented in stunning, race-ready condition and eligible for numerous historic racing and concours events around Australia, the BT5 would also be welcome at the Goodwood Revival where its sister car SC-1-63 has competes regularly.

Given its restored condition, rarity and significance in Brabham racing history, Shannons expected the BT5 to attract International interest and sell in the $200,00-$250,000 range.

The other Brabham in the auction is a single-seater 1967 Brabham BT23B Intercontinental – one of only three BT23B Brabhams ever made.

It was originally delivered to regular Brabham customer, wealthy Swiss racing driver Charles Vogele, who raced the BT23B regularly in local circuit races and hillclimbs, fitted with a Coventry Climax 2.5-litre engine.

The current Sydney owner, a collector with a strong engineering background, added the BT23B to his stable in 2009 and treated it to a comprehensive recommissioning.  The engine was rebuilt by Lou Russo in Melbourne in 2012-2013, with four-times Australian champion John Bowe successfully campaigning the Brabham for a number of years. 

'BT23B-2' competed at 10 meetings at Sydney Motorsports Park between November 2010 to November 2017, mostly qualified on the front row of the grid and had just one DNF.

Presented for sale as last raced in November 2017, the Brabham is eligible for virtually every major race meeting on the planet and comes with an expired FIA Certificate and a current CAMS Certificate of Description. 

With international interest, it is expected to sell in the $175,000-$200,000 range.

Another very desirable Historic racing car in the auction is a genuine 'works prepared' 1964 Lotus Cortina Mk 1 that was built by Ford's Competition Department in England for the Sydney-based Total Racing Team.

One of just three genuine factory-built Mk 1 Lotus Cortinas sent to Australia and identical to the one raced in Britain by the late Jim Clark, the Total car in its distinctive black team livery was campaigned by Australians 'Pete' Geoghegan and his brother Leo for just one season – 1964 – competing at Warwick Farm, Lakeside, Sandown and Mount Panorama, before rolling at Catalina Park.

It then ended up in Queensland, where it was repaired, registered and used as a road car, before being restored by Ballina-based Lotus Cortina expert Graham Mein over a 20-year period, retaining all its special period racing special features.

Because of its rarity, eligibility for Historic racing and the quality of its restoration, it is expected to sell for $200,000-$250,000.

Another great high-performance Ford in the auction is a wonderful 'tribute' to a Ford Competition Department-built 1973 Ford Escort 'RS1600' two-door sedan, created to Group 4 specification using all the best competition bits.

Replicating the famous Ford rally cars of the period in great detail, including its signature, bulbous 'Mexico' mudguards and 1599cc  BDA engine, the Escort is now eligible for historic rallying events all over the world and accordingly is expected to sell in the $90,000-$120,000 range.

One of the most spectacular British vehicles in the auction is an outstanding factory right hand drive 1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 Roadster in its original cream with red leather colours that has been completely restored from the ground up. 

The three-owner car was professionally and completely refurbished to exacting detail over a two year period, with many new parts fitted and presents like new in every detail, fully justifying its expected selling price of $280,000-$340,000.

It is one of three 4.2 litre Jaguar E-types in the auctions, with the other two being a 1971 V12 Series 3 'Manual' Coupe in lovely condition ($140,000-$165,000) and a 1969 E-Type 4.2 Series 2 2+2 Coupe ($75,000-$100,000).

There are also three Lotuses on offer – a 1973 Elan +2 Coupe that has had a recent body-off refurbishment ($50,000-$60,000); a 1985 Esprit Turbo Coupe in great condition ('no reserve', $45,000-$55.000) and a 1969 Lotus Europa S2 Coupe  ($25,000 - $30,000).

Also in the online suction is an Australian-delivered aluminium-bodied 1950 Bristol 400 Saloon in superb condition ($80,000 - $100,000), a 1975 Morgan Plus 8 Roadster ($60,000 - $70,000; a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII BN7 Roadster ($75,000 - $90,000); three Classic MGs topped by a 1960 MGA 1600 Mark 1 Roadster ($50,000 - $60,000) and a 1986 Range Rover 'Quadramotive Schuler' Station Wagon ($40,000 - $60,000).

To view all auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

To talk to a Shannons Auction Team member, call the 13 46 46, Option 6 (Auctions), or email auctions@shannons.com.au


1986 Range Rover 'Quadramotive Schuler' Station Wagon
$40,000 - $60,000

1987 Bentley Eight Saloon
Guiding Range: $35,000 - $50,000

1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3.5Ltr Saloon

'no reserve' $35,000 - $45,000


1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible

Guiding Range: $50,000 - $60,000


165 Austin-Healey Sprite MkIII Roadster

'no reserve' $10,000 - $15,000


1954 MG TF 1250 Roadster (Project)

'no reserve': $15,000 - $20,000


1949 MG TC Roadster

'no reserve': $25,000 - $35,000


1960 MGA 1600 Mark 1 Roadster

Guiding Range: $50,000 - $60,000


1975 Morgan Plus 8 Roadster

$60,000 - $70,000


1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII BN7 Roadster

Guiding Range: $75,000 - $90,000


1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 Roadster 

Guiding Range: $280,000 - $340,000


1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 2+2 Coupe

Guiding Range: $75,000 - $100,000


1971 Jaguar E - Type V12 Series 3 'Manual' Coupe 

Guiding Range: $140,000 - $165,000


1969 Lotus Europa S2 Coupe 

Guiding Range: $25,000 - $30,000


1973 Lotus Elan +2 Coupe

$50,000 - $60,000


1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible

$45,000 - $55,000


1991 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Coupe

Guiding Range: $42,000 - $48,000


1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo Coupe

Guiding Range: $45,000 - $55,000


1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur (Mulliner Park Ward) Saloon

$450,000 - $500,000


1949 Bristol 400 Saloon 

$80,000 - $100,000


1967 Brabham BT23B Intercontinental Single Seater Racing Car

Guiding Range: $175,000 - $200,000


1963 Brabham BT5 Sports Racing Car

Guiding Range: $200,000 - $250,000