Price records for classic muscle continue to topple in the wake of Shannons Sydney Winter Auction on July 23.

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A 1969 Ford XW GT HO ‘Phase 1` sedan has sold well above its estimate for $230,000 – an Australian record auction price for a ‘Phase 1’ Falcon. The GT HO Falcon was an exceptionally original, rust-free country NSW car with 45,840 miles on its odometer – just 900 of them covered in the past three years.

Built in September 1969, the car came from the factory fitted with rear seat belts, a deleted black bonnet and an 8-track tape deck and was originally sold by Peter Warren Ford to a Bathurst enthusiast. After he died, the car sat in his garage for over 10 years before successively passing into the hands of owners in Tumut and Cootamundra.

A fastidiously restored left-hand drive Shelby Mustang GT500KR Fastback Coupe also made history when it went to a telephone bidder for $282,000 – a top Australian auction price for a Shelby. Another notable sale was for a a very low mileage 1978 Ford XC Cobra 351 Hardtop that had spent a number of years in storage which sold for $86,000 – also above pre-auction expectations.

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Another Muscle Cars to fare well in the auction was a stunning black and gold left hand drive 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback 'Eleanor' Replica, which sold on estimate for $75,000.

Not in the same league, but punching well above its weight was a 1973 Holden HQ Monaro LS Coupe fitted with a 202-cid engine with three-speed automatic transmission, which brought $23,500 – a top price for a six-cylinder HQ.

In other sales, a 1962 MGA 1600 MkII Roadster made $24,000, a 1968 VW Beetle ‘Karmann’ Cabriolet sold for $18,000 and a 1973 Triumph TR6 brought $17,000. Meanwhile further up the food chain, a 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible and a left hand drive 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible each made $40,000 and a wide-body 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 sold for $42,000.

But worth even more than any these desirable classics was the right to display the NSW white on black enamel numberplate ‘1901’, which sold for a near-record $57,000.