Auction watch: HJ GTS Monaro, VK Blue Meanie, VH Charger E37

With offerings from Holden, Ford and even Chrysler, there’s a hero car for everyone at this week’s Grays classic car auction


Even though we’re on the cusp of a much-needed long weekend, Grays has no intention of slowing down for the holiday period with their latest bunch of hero cars coming across the block in this week’s classic car auction.

Bidding on all these machines opens tofday at 4.00pm AEST, closing a week later at 8.00pm on Tuesday, September 27, and you can check them out at this link here.

The first of the heavy hitters is a genuine Blue Meanie 1985 HDT VK Group A, this one with a pretty unique history. It’s build number 19 of 500, and the paperwork included in the sale points to the car having been the original press car.

Once car the car had done its duties as the promo machine, Holden sold it off and records indicate it’s only had two owners since then, with only 79,000km on the clock.

Another hero car from the Lion pride up for grabs is this genuine VL Group A Walkinshaw SS V, build number 442 and just 57,000km.

We all know the deal about how rare and special it is to find a genuine Walky on the market, so expect a number well into the six figures when this one finds a new home.

If you prefer your classic Holden with chrome bumpers, this 1974 HJ Monaro GTS is a very nice example of a rare two door iron lion.

She’s a factory 253 car, showing 67,000km and an interior and exterior that look to be in really good nick. Under the bonnet needs a bit of love, so give it a basic engine bay renovation and you’ll have yourself one sweet Sunday cruiser.

We’ve got two favourites for the blue oval crowd in this week’s auction, starting with this 1971 XY Falcon GT replica.

The going rate for genuine GTs these days has significantly lifted the value of well-done replicas, and in our opinion you’re more likely to actually get out and use a replica so it’s a win-win.

This one has all the right bits: shaker bonnet scoop, 351 Clevo, C10 trans, nine-inch diff and all the GT spoilers and badges.

Our second pick from the Ford stable is definitely a unique one, largely due to the location of the steering wheel and its country of origin.

What you’re looking at isn’t an Aussie XR Falcon, but actually a 1967 Ford Falcon Futura from the United States, originally assembled in Canada! Not only is it a US-delivered Falcon, but it’s in impeccable condition, effectively unrestored with just over 88,000 miles showing.

Trying to put a value next to oddball cars like this can be difficult, so rather than guess we’ll just keenly watch the auction and see what the market decides.

If you love the XR/XT body style and V8s but left hook isn’t your jam, this locally bred 1968 XT Falcon should tickle your pickle.

She’s obviously far from standard, but to us that just gives you a license to actually have some fun with it. For power there’s a 302-cube Windsor with a mild cam, Holley carb and custom exhaust.

It’s rolling on a set of 19-inch Yeah Buds, but the interior has been fully redone. We reckon with a few personal touches it could be turned into someone’s ideal vision of a tough Ford streeter, and the lack of originality means bidding should stay reasonable.

Our final pick is one for the Chrysler fans, but we’d argue anyone would have to have a heart of stone to say no to this 1971 VH Charger E37 R/T.

A fully restored gem, this Charger is said to be just one of four white R/T Six-Pack Hemi cars and is indicating 56,000 miles.

With another E37 R/T Charger in orange selling at auction earlier this year for $200,500 before premiums, we’re expecting some really solid bidding on this Charger to see it break reserve.

As we mentioned, all lots are live now and close on Tuesday September 27, so head to Grays to check these cars and more and get bidding!