Auction watch: 440ci XY Falcon, survivor HQ GTS 350, and 900hp XA GT

There’s some top-notch metal going under the hammer over the next week


This Easter long weekend is shaping up to be a certified bonanza for car nuts. There’s the second-ever Rockynats, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, and now a brace of tough cars up for auction at Seven82 Motors. Here’s a few of our favourites!

This ripper 440ci Clevor-powered XY dominated the cover of our November ’19 issue, and now it’s up for grabs. The solid-cammed donk was built by TOCA Performance, and is good for 800hp in aspo form.

There’s RRS gear under the front, with rack and pinion steering and a McDonald Bros four-link rear.

It’s a certified weapon of a car, proven in an Elite Hall unveil at Street Machine Summernats 32.

Prefer some more American flavour? This stylish ‘61 Pontiac Bonneville is one to watch. The big pillarless hardtop runs its factory-optioned 389ci Pontiac V8 matched to an auto ‘box, and has been living south of the equator since 2013.

Bench seating for six plus power steering and brakes make for a cool left-hook cruiser. It’s described as having received new paintwork in the last 18 months, while the 389 copped a freshen-up around the same time.

This Silver Mink HK GTS is another street machiner’s dream, with a stonking twin-turbo 427ci LSX providing motivation. It also boasts Bilstein coil-overs all ’round, four-wheel AP Racing disc brakes, and a custom interior.

Out back are chunky 305-wide 17in Mickey Thompson radials. It’s a killer ride, mixing old-world looks with modern power.

The modified hotties just keep coming, including this 427-powered XY Falcon that’s been dressed as an XW.

Blueprint Engines screwed the stroker mill together using heaps of trick gear. Body mods abound too, with a shaved engine bay and boot panel, fuel filler delete, and custom centre-exit exhaust arrangement. RRS mods underneath mean it should point and shoot like a ripper.

Boxy ‘80s Falcons have become a proper hot-ticket item over the last few years, and they don’t come much better than this XE.

It packs a Mansweto-built 406 Clevo spitting out 672hp, with plenty of ESP-style gear to be found inside and out. Suss those period-look Recaros, too!

Here’s a two-owner 1973 HQ GTS 350 Monaro sedan in unrestored condition. It’s said to have lived undercover on the Gold Coast for almost 30 years, having last seen registration in 1993.

It’s finished in the Tangerine with Lone O’Ranger stripes, with a black and Herringbone interior – though the front seats have been changed at some point.

The citrus-flavoured Quey is ripe for restoration, but deep down we’d love to see it back on the road in survivor condition!

Going toe-to-toe with the HQ GTS in 1973 was the XA GT. This real-deal, JG33-tagged Wild Plum car hides a 454-cube small block stroker, pushing out a huge 900hp.

Oh, and did we mention it’s an upcoming SM feature car? Keep an eye out in our May issue, due to hit shelves in a couple of weeks.

It wouldn’t be a decent auction without a few killer parts-haulers, and Seven82 has them in spades. Check out this 1977 Chevy G10 van, with a 350 Chev, carpeted rear section, and even cruise control.

If you’d rather a tub, there’s a patina-clad, long-bed C10. Under the bonnet is a baby 283-cube Chev, which has reportedly done no more than a few thousand kilometres since a rebuild.

Ford fanatics haven’t been forgotten, either, thanks to this right-hand-drive 1973 F100. The running gear is all AU XR8, meaning there’s an injected Windsor and four-speed inside. Certified as an ICV (Individually Constructed Vehicle) in 2020, mod cons include power steering, power windows, a/c, and even ABS braking.

You’ll find these cars and a ton more on the Seven82 Motors website. Bidding wraps up on Tuesday night.