If you’ve got some spare cash lying around and you’re into classic cars, then you best bookmark this page and head down to Sotheby’s in Melbourne on April 18, when some rare beauties go under the hammer.
On the cover of the catalogue is one of the most graceful cars I have ever laid eyes on. It’s a c1966 Bentley Continental S3 ‘Flying Spur’ saloon by Rolls Royce coachbuilder Park Ward Mulliner.
The Continental was already a large car but the ‘Flying Spur’ body offered the convenience of four doors, a more spacious interior and bigger boot.
Is it rare? Yes. Records show that this is one of only 86 S3 models completed in this four-door style and just 68 of these were built as right hand drive.
To give you an idea just how expensive this edition was in its day, the coachwork alone cost 3,425 Pounds compared with 1,420 Pounds for the standard car, itself a huge amount of money.
There are just nine of these exceptional looking Bentleys thought to be in Australia and as such, this example is expected to fetch between $160,000-$180,000 when the hammer falls.
If you like classic English soft tops, then you’re going to want to take a look at this beautiful ex-Paddy Hopkirk 1963 Works Austin Healy 3000 Mk II Sebring 12-hours racer. This car actually won the 1964 Canadian Sundown Grand Prix.
For those with a passion for Ford Muscle cars in Australia, it doesn’t get any better than this highly desirable 1975 Ford XB Falcon Group C racer.
Although owned and raced by Bathurst 1000 winner John Goss, the car was also raced by Sir Jack Brabham and his son Geoff, as well as Alan Moffatt and Jim Richards.
Rolls Royce have always held the title of the world’s most luxurious motor cars and the Silver Shadow 2 door Saloon by H.J Mulliner, Park Ward, was the pinnacle of the marque in 1966.
But this particular car is extra special. The original Pink Panther, Peter Sellers himself was the proud owner of this Rolls Royce Motor Car.
It is one of only 500 made and has been meticulously maintained by its current Melbourne owner and has covered just 40,000 miles in the last 25 years. It is also a concourse winner.
The car was ordered H.A. Fox & Co of London in metallic red with beige leather and is presented in that colour today.
And finally, one of my all time favourites, a 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT owned by Steve Georgiadis who expects the car to sell for between $100,000-$120,000, but he’s not taking a single cent of the proceeds.
Steve is donating the entire proceeds from the sale of this car to the charity Soul4GIVE, a non-profit, indigenous advocacy. Good on him.