• Super-collectible early Porsche Pre-A 356 Speedster
  • Wonderful array of British sporting classics
  • Stunning XY Nulon 'Project XY' Falcon 'GT Replica' Sedan
  • 30 black and white NSW Heritage number plates

Internationally rare classics and spectacular Australian muscle cars and NSW Heritage number plates share the spotlight at Shannons Sydney Summer Auction on Monday (February 17).

The highlight for Porsche collectors worldwide is a super rare, triple-black and fastidiously-restored 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster.

One of just three factory right hand drive examples delivered in Australia, it comes to auction from a prominent Porsche collection fresh from a just-completed no-expense-spared, ground-up restoration .

Complete with a history file including early photographs, its sale has attracted world-wide interest with its sale conservatively expected in the $750,000-$950,000 range.

Also drawing international interest is a chain drive 1926 Frazer Nash Super Sports previously owned by several well-known Australian vehicle collectors that is expected to sell in the $130,000 - $150,000 range.

More affordable ($25,000 - $30,000) is an exceptional 1952 Riley RMB 2½ Litre Saloon that has been restored professionally at great expense and is now regarded as one of the finest RMBs in Australia.

Three other great British sporting classics are being sold at 'no reserve', headed by a 'barn find' carburettor-equipped, six cylinder 1968 Aston Martin DBS that has been off the radar of enthusiasts for decades.

Delivered by H R Owen in London with automatic transmission and coming from long-term ownership, it is expected to sell in the $35,000- $45,000 range.

A wonderful Jaguar SS 2½ Litre Saloon that was one of the stars of the 1936 Melbourne Motor Show, is another great British sporting classic to be offered in 'project' condition, with a guiding range of $15,000-$20,000, while a 1949 TC Roadster, complete and fresh from long-term storage is expected to sell for similar money when also offered with 'no reserve'.

Other sought after British vehicles in the auction are a matching numbers 1954 Land-Rover Series 1, 86 SWB Utility that is regarded as one of the finest examples to come on the market in Australia, after being meticulously restored at great expense over many years by its British-born owner.

Ideal for the serious Land-Rover collector at a time when early models are commanding record prices, it is conservatively expected to sell for $45,000 - $55,000.

Perhaps a less obvious collectible in Monday's auction is the 'ultimate Mini' – a 2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500 Saloon. One of just three of these numbered, limited-edition models, this stunning Mini is build number 338 and comes fully loaded with special equipment. It is expected to sell for $30,000 - $35,000.

Amongst the local 'Muscle Cars' on offer, the standout is the stunning 1970 Ford XY Falcon 'GT Replica' (Nulon 'Project XY') Sedan built by a local oil company in conjunction with Street Machine magazine as a 2018 prize giveaway.

Professionally rebuilt regardless of expense with a BK Race Engines motor, "Project XY" transformed a humble six-cylinder Falcon 500 into a fire-breathing replica of the hero Falcon XT GT model, the ultimate muscle car of the era. 

Priced well below build cost and showing just 246 miles on its odometer, it is expected to sell in the $90,000 - $110,000 range.

Equally desirable for Holden enthusiasts is a low kilometre 1985 Holden HDT VK Commodore 'Blue Meanie' Group 'A' SS Sedan (build number 279/500) optioned with a rear deck spoiler and fitted with side skirts.

Presented in very original condition, totally in keeping with the 57,776km showing on at the time of cataloguing, it is expected to command $90,000 - $110,000.

Meanwhile, for Mopar enthusiasts there is an extensively restored, very early build and two-owner 1971 Chrysler Valiant VH Charger XL 265 Coupe that is slated to sell for $40,000 - $50,000.

For enthusiasts of World War II-era American cars, there is a fabulous, superbly-restored left hand drive 1941 Packard Straight Eight 120 Club Coupe offered from a private collection that is expected to sell for $48,000 - $58,000.

Finally, Shannons are offering 30 NSW 'Heritage' black and white number plates in the auction – 18 three-digit plates beginning with '278'; eight, four-digit plates including many numerically-attractive combinations, such as '8855', '6688' and the birth year '1993' and four five-digit plates, including '68689', 98987' and 28289'.

To view all Shannons February 17 Sydney Summer Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au
For more auction information contact: Stuart Roberts (02) 8019 4179, or Damien Duigan (02) 8019 4180
All lots are available for viewing this weekend at Shannons Sydney showroom, from at 65 Reserve Road, St Leonards, from 9.00am-4.00pm Saturday and 10.00am-4.00pm Sunday.
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