Auction watch: Ratty HG Monaro, XY 4×4 ute, R32 GT-R and more!

Grays’ final classic car auction of the year is a ripper, so here’s some of our picks


With Christmas right around the corner, now is the perfect time to grab yourself one last present to stuff under the tree – or in the garage.

Grays is running its final classic car auction of the year, with all lots live now. We’ve gone through the offerings and picked a few of our favourites, and you can view the full range up for auction by clicking here.

This cool HG Monaro gives us some Roadkill vibes. It’s a runner with a six-pot and four-on-the-floor, so you can either restore it, throw a V8 in it or cruise it as-is!

The Monaro is from a deceased estate, and the tags have been removed and subsequently lost, but it’s a solid car worth a second look – especially given it’s being auctioned with no reserve. Check it out here.

If you’d prefer a Monaro that’s in showroom nick and ready to rock, this one-owner 1973 HQ Monaro GTS should do just fine. Being a one-owner car, she’s a matching-numbers deal, with all the original documentation and GTS goodies. Take a look here.

Prefer your 70s Aussie classics from the blue side? Then check out this 1968 XT Falcon GT, freshly painted and ready to cruise.

The matching-numbers 302 has been mildly cammed, while both the outside and engine bay have been treated to a fresh lick of the original Polar White hue. See more here.

Every time one of these 4×4 XY utes pops up for sale, it creates a stir, and this example is one of the best presented we’ve seen in a while.

Just 432 of these factory-built 4×4 utes were produced, originally tendered for the Australian Army. Rocking the correct six-pot power and American-sourced 4×4 driveline, it’s a real head-turner in the sea of XY GT replicas out there these days. Check it out here.

One for the Mopar crowd is this 1970 VG Valiant hardtop, one of the more iconic shapes to come out of Chrysler’s Australian wing.

A factory disc-brake car, it looks to be in need of a full resto. The good news is that everything is there, so you won’t have to spend years of your life sourcing all the fiddly bits. Take a look here.

A gem for the JDM lovers is this sweet 1994 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R V-Spec II, the last of the R32 generation.

We can spot a number of rare goodies, including the Nismo 320km/h instrument cluster and old-logo steering wheel. There’s some rust in the engine bay that does need attending to, but with the current value of these things well into the six figures, it’s worth a look.

Wrapping up our picks is this 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo, which caught the eye of SM editor-in-chief Simon Telford.

A cool slice of wedgy 80s supercar goodness, it’s being offered with no reserve – so the door is wide open to grab yourself a bargain! Check out the listing here.

You can view all the lots in Grays’ weekly auction by clicking here.