Auction watch: Blown XC coupe, HK GTS Monaro, XY GT and more!

Seven82Motors is cooking up one hell of a storm for its August classic car auction


The crew down at Seven82Motors always dish up some seriously quality metal with every auction they run, and the crop for their August 2022 sale is no different. We’ve gone through them and picked our favourites, with all lots going live on Monday 8 August and closing a week later on 15 August from 6pm AEST. To view the full range of hotties up for grabs and to register to bid, just follow the link here.

Our first pick is really a no-brainer: Steve Grew’s blown EVILL XC Falcon coupe, which was a feature car in the December ’21 issue of Street Machine.

The ’77 XC GS is a complete animal from front to back, thanks largely to the 572ci SVO mill topped by a 14/71 blower.

While it’s a real show-stopper, it was still built to be used. “It’s cool as hell to drive – you can drive it up the street without issue, or stick it on the track and blow the tyres off for 300 metres,” Steve told us in our feature story, which you can read here.

But the most important bit you need to know is that this thing is being offered by Seven82 with no reserve. That’ll mean hot bidding action, but even if it goes deep into six-figure territory, whoever buys it will still be going home with a bargain in our books.

The big, bad Falcon hardtops continue with this genuine 1974 XB GT coupe in Yellow Blaze with a matching-numbers 351.

It claims to be an ex-Ford executive car in a one-of-one specification, but what really matters is that someone else has already done the hard yards of fully restoring the big bird.

We promise we’ll get to the Holdens in a minute, but before we do, we simply had to make mention of this genuine XY GT sedan.

It’s apparently only one of six XY GTs originally finished in the Surfer Orange colour, still rocking its original 351 Clevo paired with the four-speed Top Loader for the three-pedal lovers out there.

The big XY underwent a full resto in the 90s and has stayed in top shape since. We’ve seen XY GTs of this condition sell at well over AU$200K with Seven82 before, so expect big money getting thrown up for this genuine beast.

There’s plenty of big hitters from the Lion pride crossing the block this auction, so we’re starting at the top with this genuine 1969 HK GTS 327 Bathurst Monaro.

Like many cars on this list, it’s also been treated to the full rotisserie ground-up rebuild, and collectors can rejoice that it retains the 327-cube Chevy that made these things legendary, paired with the original four-cog manual.

Another 327 HK GTS sold around 12 months ago for AU$301,000 before fees at auction, so we expect similar money to be tabled for this example – but it will have to compete against a genuine HG GTS 350 Monaro that’s also in this auction.

There’s a sweet pair of Toranas in the field as well, including this 1971 LC GTR.

The original spicy six-pot that Holden shoved into these things is still there, with all the numbers matching up, and of course you’ll be rowing through an M20 four-speed when you spin it up.

The Salamanca Red paint has had a blow-over in its life, and the black GTR interior presents really well, so all you’d have to do is chuck some rego on it and enjoy it. The record for XU-1 Toranas sailed north of AU$300K last year, so don’t be surprised if this ‘normal’ GTR comes in around half that figure.

Those who love the boxier Torrys will probably go a bit loopy at this Tuxedo Black 1976 SL/R 5000, which has undergone a high-quality resto to better than original.

The original L31-spec 308 is backed up by a manual ’box and banjo LSD diff, and the Chamois interior has been fully redone to perfectly offset the black, just as Holden intended in the 70s.

It isn’t all chrome bumpers filling the hall down at Seven82, with this genuine 1985 VK HDT Group 3 also up for grabs. Unlike most of the cars on this list, it hasn’t been restored, and shows around 114,000km on the odometer. It still has the HDT-fettled 5.0-litre V8 and manual ’box, and, like any good HDT, it has plenty of documentation from new – which is critical given it’s one of only 200 built.

Normally we’d say this thing will steal the show for the early-Commodore lovers lining up to bid, but there’s also a genuine VK Blue Meanie in the same auction that it’ll have to compete with.

Mopar fans will love this 1977 CL Valiant, which is a true ex-NSW Highway Patrol car. That means it was originally fitted with a 318 small-block V8, backed up by a Torqueflite 904 transmission. The 318 is the original, but it now wears a four-barrel manifold and Holley carb for a bit more stonk, and, as anyone can see, it’s been converted back to 70s-spec police trim.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t appreciate a ’57 Chev, especially when it’s a two-door pillarless in red with a freakin’ blower hanging out of the bonnet.

This ’57 has been given the full pro street treatment, with a 502-cube big-block up front topped with a Weiand 8/71 blower, along with massive 31×18 Mickey T tyres in the rear.

Other good bits include the Turbo 400 ’box, nine-inch rear with ladder bars, FiTech fuel injection and Wilwood discs all ‘round.

Another Yank tank we couldn’t pass up is this 1979 F100 shortbed, another former feature car of ours that’s slammed on the ground with AccuAir airbags and rocking a supercharged 5.0-litre Miami V8 between the front chassis rails.

Built by Down Town Kustoms in Taree, this Effie began life as a 351/four-speed farm truck. The front end is now independent, the rear clip is a triangulated four-link nine-incher, and behind the Miami is a ZF six-speed auto that’s perfect for cruising.

We’re really not sure how much it’ll go for, but we’re betting it’ll still be a hell of a lot cheaper than trying to replicate it yourself.

To view all these and the rest of the listings in Seven82’s August auction, click here.