Auction watch: XW Fairmont GT, VP Maloo, FPV BA GT

A South African XW headlines this week’s Grays classic auction


The weekly Grays classic car auctions always feature some awesome collectible machines crossing the block, and this round is no different.

All the lots we’ve highlighted are live now, with bidding wrapping up from 7pm AEDT on 1 March.

First up is this neat South African-spec 1970 XW Fairmont GT, which has been imported back to the motherland.

Ford fanatics will spot all the nuances that set this Fairmont apart from our local examples, but what we can see is a fairly tidy 351-powered XW with 67,000km showing and a claim to have never had a full resto.

The car’s South African heritage and trim are points of difference among the crowd of XW GT replicas, so it’ll be intriguing to see how high the bidding gets. As we write, it’s only at AU$37,000, with a reserve still in play.

The chrome-bumper goodness continues with this ’71 HQ Kingswood ute, rocking a 308 V8 and M21 four-cog manual.

Good points include the Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley 650 carb, Pacemaker headers and the GTS lookalike wheels.

We’d advise a thorough inspection of the panel work, with rust appearing in the cowl for starters.

Bidding is currently at AU$9200.

VP Maloos are rare enough as it is, so this 1993 5th Anniversary Edition of HSV’s tickled tradie machine should fetch a decent dollar by auction’s end.

The 5th Anniversary changes are purely cosmetic, including the unique two-tone colour scheme, numbered dash badge and embroidered door trims.

The odo indicates 156,000km, with the car presenting in tidy and original condition. At the time of writing, bidding was at AU$12,500, but with the ute being such a rare bird, we expect that to well and truly double.

Another 90s HSV up for auction is this immaculate 1997 VS Senator, which is one of the real gems from this week’s crop of classics.

Being a Senator of this era, it sports the full ClubSport bodykit but with a more luxurious interior, which in this car is in impeccable condition.

As for shove, the original 185kW version of HSV’s tickled 5.0-litre V8 has been stroked out to 355 cubes, with a meatier exhaust and aftermarket drop tank to keep the big beast well fed with juice.

The recently completed closed-door respray means the outside is in top condition, with silver HSV accents and Senator-exclusive wheels.

With no reserve to overcome, we fully expect the bidding floodgates to open on this car later in the auction, so the current bid of AU$10,200 should be smashed by Tuesday night.

If you’re after a 90s V8 Aussie cruiser but your budget doesn’t stretch far enough for the HSVs, then we’d suggest bookmarking this 1992 EB II Fairmont Ghia.

EB XR8 values have shot up dramatically in recent years, so sleepy cars like this Fairmont offer a much cheaper way into a bent-eight Ford of this era – with the added bonus of extra Fairmont luxuries.

While this example shows 315,000km, it still presents in solid condition inside and out, and has a well-documented service history. The best bit is that bidding is only at AU$2400 with no reserve, so you could score yourself a neat bargain.

We can already see all the ‘barn dust tax’ comments flooding in about this next car, a 2004 FPV GT.

We’re not sure what the exact back-story is, but what we can tell you is that it did manage to clock up 110,000km before being parked up long enough to acquire its deep layer of dust.

FPV’s 290kW version of Ford’s 5.4-litre DOHC V8 is under the bonnet, backed by a four-speed auto ’box.

The main reason we decided to throw this GT in (aside from the badge) is because it’s currently at AU$19,600 with no reserve. Private sales for BA GTs are listed at anywhere between AU$45K-$95K, so it could prove to be a bargain. We just hope the next owner actually gives it the love it needs and uses it – starting off with a proper wash!

It wouldn’t be a Grays auction round-up without a quick look at some Japanese hero cars, and we’ve got some a real pearler for you this week.

The GTI-R version of Nissan’s N14 Pulsar was by far the most outlandish version of Nissan’s hot hatch, and has often been labelled as a mini-Godzilla.

The transverse 2.0-litre SR20DET turbo four-pot sends its drive to all four wheels, as the GTI-R was built as a homologation racer for Nissan to take rallying.

Motorsport success for the GTI-R didn’t quite eventuate, but the combination of the light weight and demonic driveline gave the GTI-R a big reputation in the aftermarket tuning scene.

The gunmetal grey paint and gold wheels make this one look the part, and the bigger top-mount intercooler and pod filter appear to the only major modifications to the little Gojira.

Five years ago, the current top bid of AU$10,100 would’ve been decent money for a GTI-R, but times have changed. Now they’re pretty thin on the ground, so it’d definitely be worth keeping an eye on this little gem.

To view all the classic car listings up for grabs at Grays this week, follow the link here.