A 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Coupe sold for an undisclosed amount, but within the $620,000-$680,000 guiding range.
A 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Coupe sold for an undisclosed amount, but within the $620,000-$680,000 guiding range.

Latest plate sells for $226k, Ferrari reaches $600k

LOW digit number plates are become the ultimate status symbol down south, with the latest auction bringing $226,000 for "251”.

The New South Wales number plate was one of 30 sold at Monday's Shannon's Autumn Classic Auction, which collectively raised more than $4.2 million.

Setting a new record for a five-digit plate was "88688” which went under the hammer for $85,000. Another top seller was "1.777” at $133,000.

This restored 1983 Toyota BJ42 LX SWB Landcruiser Diesel 4WD brought an excellent $45,000 at Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction on March 12.
This restored 1983 Toyota BJ42 LX SWB Landcruiser Diesel 4WD brought an excellent $45,000 at Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction on March 12.

Star of the auction was an extensively refurbished right-hand drive 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Coupe. Coming from long-term ownership, it was passed in and later sold within its $620,000-$680,000 guiding range for an undisclosed amount.

An Australian-built car proved another highlight, with $275,000 paid for a yellow 1977 Holden LX Torana A9X Hatchback that had been hidden in a Sydney northern suburbs storage cage for 27 years before going to auction.

It had only 94,184km showing on its odometer. The Torana had period Simmons alloy wheels, with its original steel spare still in the boot, while its interior retained its original upholstery and trim.

RECORD-BREAKER: This yellow 1977 Holden LX Torana A9X Hatchback achieved $275,000 at auction this week.
RECORD-BREAKER: This yellow 1977 Holden LX Torana A9X Hatchback achieved $275,000 at auction this week.

Modern classics also performed strongly, with a record $112,000 paid for a 1995 Mazda RX-7 SP Coupe - one of just 25 homologation models built for racing in Australia.

Meanwhile, a well-kept 2005 BMW M3 manual Competition Coupe with a rare manual gearbox sold for $77,000.

Another big sale was $187,000 paid for a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible with white and red leather interior and matching hardtop, while $181,000 was achieved by a low kilometre Australian-delivered 1982 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe.

The Australian-delivered, low kilometre 1982 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe sold for $181,000.
The Australian-delivered, low kilometre 1982 Porsche 930 Turbo Coupe sold for $181,000.

One buyer paid $86,000 for a first-generation 1969 Holden HK Monaro 186 Automatic Coupe that had been in the hands of its long-term lady owner for 47 years, and $72,000 was paid for a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine that had been laid-up on axle stands in a Sydney eastern suburbs garage since the early 1980s.

Shannons said other highlights were $69,000 paid for a restored and ultra-rare Holden HQ GTS 350 V8 with a four-speed manual, $45,000 for a restored Australian-built 997cc Mini Cooper, as well as a restored 1983 Toyota BJ42 LX SWB LandCruiser diesel 4WD that brought $45,000 and a 1962 Ford Falcon XL Utility upgraded to 302-cid V8 power selling for $37,000.

This restored 1983 Toyota BJ42 LX SWB LandCruiser diesel 4WD brought $45,000.
This restored 1983 Toyota BJ42 LX SWB LandCruiser diesel 4WD brought $45,000.


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