With a collective value of over $5.8million dollars, Noelle Faulkner highlights why this Sydney car auction is not to be missed.  

In the market for a new whip? Got a cool hundred thousand (or million) to spare? In a couple of weeks, auction house Mossgreen will be holding it's first Sydney-based classic car auction, and whether you're a buyer, dreamer or automotive enthusiast, it's worth checking out.

The auction will see a huge range of classics go under the hammer, from Edwardian whips to sporty, '80s icons. There's a beauty of a 1913 Model T Ford, which was fully restored by the President of the Model T Ford Club of Australia (so you can imagine the details here); a cool 1966 Triumph Bonneville T230TT Special motorbike (famously ridden by Steve McQueen and Kevel Knievel); a gorgeous, rare 1959 Porsche 356a which has had only three owners; and a lust-worthy 1964 Aston Martin DB5 and a 1970 Aston Martin DB6 MK 2 Vantage, the cars most famously driven by James Bond 007, in silver birch, of course (valued at a whopping $1.5million and $750,000-850,000 respectively). 

There's also a beat-up 1959 Alvis-Healy Sports Convertible, a rare and iconic precursor to Austin-Healy's success; a cool 1940 Packard One-Ten Drop Head Coupe, which are quite rare in Australia; a chic 1983 Porsche 911 3.3L Turbo (which are currently sky rocketing in price) and sexy little 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster, which just oozes class. 

If Euro exotics are more your speed, there's a sexy 1986 Ferrari Testarossa on the block, but you're also going to want to take note of the neck-snapping 1959 Maserati Tipo 61 'Birdcage' Recreation. Now, since there were just 16 Tipo 61s produced, this one here is a reproduction - but before you turn your nose up at that, hear this. Built as an exact replica to one he already owned, this Birdcage was commissioned by American racing champ Don Orosco in the late '80s and built by Crosthwaite & Gardiner, the UK's most famous company for historic racing manufacturing and parts (aka. a big deal, when it comes to a build). Aside from the finish, the technique used to build this was closely supervised by Orosco and involved many minute details only used by the Italians. A kit car this is not.  

Finally, and the jewel in the crown for this particular auction, simply for its collectability and historic value, is a 1977 Holden Torana. Not just any backyard Torana, this A9X hatchback won a place in history when it, driven by Bob Morris under the Ron Hodgson in 1979, took out the Australian Touring Car Championship, beating Peter Brock and every other factory team in the race. "This is a classic tale of grit and dogged determination winning out, as the first time in Australian Touring Car history a private team beat the factory specialists," James Nicholls, Mossgreen Collectors' Cars Specialist notes. "Still in running order, this rare Torana is highly original, and still showcases the livery it wore in 1979. An exceptional rally car, it holds a special affection with Australian motorsports enthusiasts, and is of particular significance to the Holden brand and its list of Australian automotive sporting achievements."  Unlike most of the cars on the blocks here, this one has been shown in museums for the last decade or so, and deserves to be.

For those interested in making a bid (or having a sticky beak), the cars are available for view May 27-28, 10am- 5pm or May 28, 10am-3pm, with the auction taking place at 4pm, Carriageworks. See the all the cars from the auction above and read more about them in the Mossgreen catalogue.


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