Auction watch: LX Torana, Nissan 180SX, manual HSV wagon and more!

We take a look at some of the fine metal crossing the block with Grays this week


It’s a great time to be a buyer in the enthusiast car market, so with that in mind we’re taking a look at this week’s offerings at Grays classic car auction.

Kicking us off is this 1976 LX Torana SL/R 5000 tribute. With a 355 Holden stroker, manualised Turbo 700 and period Simmons V5 wheels, it’d make for a neat cruiser.

Another special Holden tribute is this VB HDT replica, but with a few choice upgrades. Outside, you get all the right HDT kit and Irmscher wheels, but under the bonnet we can spot a few go-fast goodies in the intake and exhaust areas.

It’s also paired with a manual ‘box, so it’d make for a lively streeter. At the time of writing bidding is up at $28,000 with the reserve already overcome, so if you’re keen on it then don’t sleep.

One car that is the real deal is this factory 308 GTS HQ Monaro. It’s undergone a cosmetic resto in the original Juniper Green paint and Chestnut trim, so there’s no extra work required. Simply stick some H plates on it and cruise!

80s Holdens don’t get much bigger than the VL Calais Turbo, and this one has just the right mix of parts for some added spice.

Outside is mostly standard with the Momo Star alloys, but under the bonnet is anything but. The RB30 boasts a full Nitto bottom end, Plazmaman intake and a turbo setup good for 407rwkW on E85. You’ll also get a sweet Haltech iC-7 digital dash, and a nine-inch diff.

A slight change of tack to this Datsun 1200 ute, which we reckon would make the perfect base for just about any project.

A favourite for both the Japanese and Street Machining crowd alike, you could go any way with this. Stab a stonking blown V8 in it, a sleeper SR20 turbo or even just fix up the edges and cruise it as is. Either way, with just $909 on it at the time of writing, it could be a bargain buy.

One of the rarer cars on our list is this 2011 HSV Clubsport R8 Tourer, mainly because of the joy of it being fitted with three pedals.

It’s not common to see manual wagons of this era, and by the time the VF rolled around they’d gone away entirely. It looks in good nick inside and out, with just over 140,000km. Who needs an SUV when you can fit the whole family and dog in a car with LS3 power and six-speed, manually-shifted joy?

To finish off we’ve got two picks from the land of the rising sun, the first this minter 1996 Nissan 180SX.

Don’t be fooled by the Type X bodykit, this girl is sadly non-turbo. However, with a body and interior in good nick, it’s probably the cheapest way into a clean S13 in this day and age. Throw a turbo kit on the SR or find a DET engine, and you’ll be revelling in 90s JDM goodness.

Our last cherry is a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, mainly because of how good of nick it’s in.

Like many Japanese tuner cars, most Evos have been modded to the nines. Still rocking standard wheels and height, all we can spot is a tasteful A’Pexi intake for modifications.

To see all these and the rest of the listing in Grays classic car auction, follow the link here.