Auction watch: Mad Max replica, HK GTS 327 Monaro, A9X Torana, XY Falcon

With over 40 mouthwatering classics to choose from, Seven82Motors is going big for their first auction of 2022


If you’re in the hunt for some pristine Australian or American muscle, then the crop currently up for grabs in the Seven82Motors February auction is well worth a look. Bidding has already open and starts wrapping up from 7pm [AEST] on Monday 21 February.

The first hottie on the block is this genuine, matching-numbers 1969 HK GTS Bathurst Monaro. The Munro has been rotisserie restored with a bunch of Holden NOS parts, and the best bit is that the original 327ci V8 is still there, along with the four-cog manual ’box.

Another 327 GTS HK Monaro sold for a smidge over AU$300,000 at auction last year, so we expect this Bathurst version to surpass that with bidding already at AU$240,000 with a reserve still to be broken.

If you’re after a Blue Oval alternative to the HK, then this genuine 1973 XB GT coupe is a proper minter. The car was allegedly owned by a Ford Executive, which means it’s filled with all the good fruit. Accompanying the 4V 351 Clevo V8 and Top Loader ’box is air-conditioning, power steer and a wind-back sunroof!

As we type bidding sits at AU$230,000 with the reserve still looming.

While it would seem hard to beat a genuine GT for a Ford hardtop, this Mad Max replica goes close. Built in 2017, the owner apparently took great pains to ensure his “Interceptor” mirrored the original movie cars as much as possible.

Power comes from a 351 Clevo that rows through a four-speed manual to the nine-inch diff, and the blower is cosmetic, just like the movie cars (operated by a switch with an electric motor).

You’ve seen it! You’ve heard it! And you’re still asking questions such as what will it sell for? Well as we write bidding is already at AU$101,000, so it could well be the most expensive Interceptor that isn’t the real deal.

If you’re over the crowd of XY GT and GT-HOs, then this ‘K’ code XY GS is a little different. The K code for this 1971 GS means it came factory kitted with its 351 Clevo, C4 auto and power steer. The owner undertook a complete restoration to original day one spec, meaning the car presents as it would’ve when delivered all the way back in ’71.

There is also a genuine XY GT in this auction that could steal some thunder away from the GS, and bidding is at AU$43,500 as we write.

This genuine 1977 A9X Torana sedan is said to be the first A9X built for public orders, which makes it one very rare specimen. The Mandarin Orange machine has all the historical documents needed to back the claim, and is still equipped with the original L34-spec 308 V8 and four-speed manual.

A similar A9X sedan sold at auction late last year for just shy of AU$300,000, with bidding on this one at AU$122,500 midway through the auction.

The heavy hitting Torana’s continue, this time with the crème de la crème of the six-bangers.

This genuine ’72 LJ GTR XU-1 has been restored to original specification, repainted in the original white and still sporting Holden’s hotted-up 202 and four-speed three peddler.

XU-1 prices went through the roof last year, with the record for a road going example currently sitting at AU$348,000. With bidding on this one at AU$130,000 as we write and only nine bids, we’ll be watching closely to see what it fetches.

Sandman vans saw a solid run at the auctions last year, and that trend should continue with examples like this genuine HJ panel van hitting the block. The windowless shaggin’ wagon is a factory 253, four-speed manual deal with power steer, and Mandarin Red paint with black interior.

Another orange ’76 HJ Sandman sold at one of Seven82’s auctions last year for AU$104,000 before premiums, and with bidding on this one at AU$70,000 midway through the auction we could see a similar result.

Staying with classic Holden vans, this HK Kingswood sedan delivery, which was a feature car of ours back in our April 2008 issue. You can read that full feature here to get all the juicy details, but here’s the cliff notes: a HK ute was combined with sections of panel van and wagon roof to create a one-off phantom sedan delivery.

It looks like the drivetrain has undergone a significant change since we featured it over 10 years ago, including the new hat and carbies hanging out of the bonnet. Bidding currently sits at AU$20,000.

There’s plenty of Yank metal on offer as well, one of the juiciest of the lot being this two-door ’55 Chevy. The big boat underwent a ground-up rebuild in 2015 and is now rocking a right-hook conversion.

That’s not the big ticket item, though, because that mantle belongs to the 1000hp, 632ci Merlin big-block nestled between the chassis rails. That, combined with the Turbo 400 ’box, four-linked nine-inch diff and 15×10 rear wheels, means you’ll have one seriously gnarly street bruiser underneath you. All this reflects in the bidding, which already sits at AU$100,000 with a reserve still to be met.

The Chev goodness continues with this ’59 Apache pick-up, which is set up ready for some summer cruising. Underneath the semi-patina skin is a full air bag system, LS donk and 4L60E transmission. Other neat gear includes Wilwood brakes with 22-inch GM transit wheels to slam down on. The current bid is AU$51,000 with the reserve already broken.

Classic Mach 1 Mustangs have seen a resurgence in value since the release of the current S550 version, so it’ll be interesting to see what this 1970 model goes for.

Punch comes from an injected 351 Cleveland mated to a five-speed Tremec manual gearbox, and it’s still left-hand drive for those wanting the fully authentic American experience. Bidding is already at AU$81,000 as we write.

The ’68 Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic muscle car shapes of all time, and this example has been built into a seriously tough street machine.

Poking out of the bonnet is a 6/71 Newby supercharger, sitting atop a 440-big-block Mopar that’s been punched out to a whopping 500 cubes. Fuel comes from a pair of twin 750 carbs, with shift from a 727 Torqueflite that heads down to a nine-inch rear with mammoth 20×13-inch Boyd Coddington billet wheels.

The metallic green exterior combined with white R/T stripes set it apart from the swathe of black Fast-N-Furious-clone Chargers that tend to come through the auctions, which is reflected in the AU$150,000 top bid it currently has midway through the auction.

As we mentioned at the top of the article, the auction comes to a climax on Monday night, so make sure you follow the link here to see all 40 cars and register to bid.