Auction watch: Blown XC coupe, VL Walkinshaw and more

Wrapping up what's good at the current Grays Classic Auction


Headlining this week’s roster is Jim Ayoubi’s stunning MEANXC Falcon hardtop, as featured in our November 2017 issue.

You’ll find our full story on the car here, but for a quick summary, the XC packs an 8/71 blown 408 Cleveland mill, paired to a T56 manual and bulletproof nine-inch rear.

If you can manage to look past the incredibly smooth panels, you’ll find a gorgeous custom baby-blue interior. At $80,500 as of Friday arvo, it’s still a fair way off reserve.

Put together by Chrysler Australia, we reckon this Commer 250 van is an awesome alternative to super-pricey Kombis or rusted-out Bedfords.

It looks like a super-tidy example, with a simple-but-charming period fitout. That said, Telfo points out it would probably need an LS swap to get out of its own way. It’s about halfway to reserve, with a top bid of $10,100 so far.

Next up, we’ve got a cult hero AU XR8 ute. With almost 290,000 kilometres on the clock it’s a bit rough around the edges, but a five-speed manual ‘box makes the most of the 185kW on offer from the fivel-litre Windsor.

Other good bits include proper Tickford wheels, touch-screen head unit and a Momo tiller in worn, but usable, shape. At time of writing, it has hit reserve with a top bid of $3509. Oh, and did we mention it’s P-plate legal?

Two early Commodores are tipped to fetch big results, starting with this all-matching VK Blue Meanie. The survivor car is number 60 of 500 built, and comes with plenty of documentation and bookwork. It’s nudging $105,000 at time of writing, with no reserve.

Meanwhile, this last-of-its-breed VL Walkinshaw is edging closer to its reserve, so far pulling a top bid of $195,251. It’s got 34,000km on the clock, equating to just 1000km a year since it rolled out of the HSV skunkworks.

Here’s a gorgeous 265-powered VH Charger with no reserve. Originally a Blonde Olive Charger 770, it’s been dolled up as an R/T and dipped in Hemi orange.

Aside from the typical stripe, light and trim package, the 770 has also copped a/c and power steering to make life that little bit more comfortable. At $38,100 with a few days of bidding left, it could be a bargain way into one of Australia’s most iconic coupes.

This corker EJ was screwed together by Mick at Glenlyon Motors, with a mod-plated 355 Holden under the bonnet.

The bench seat, column auto car sports a brace of extra gauges, an alarm system, and a neat set of 15-inch alloys.

Loving the GR Corolla, but don’t quite have the coin? This rare Corolla Sportivo might go a way to scratching the itch! Care of a boosted 1.8, these limited-run cars made 115kW at the flywheel in factory spec.

We’re told this car has received a fair bit of work, including a new VF20 turbo, Haltech 1500 engine management, and a cat-back exhaust – alongside some sympathetic maintenance. With a tune from Northmead Autocare, the pocket rocket hit a not-to-be-sneezed-at 110kW at the front tyres.

You’ll find heaps more cars on the Grays website, with most lots ending on Tuesday night.