Grays auction round-up: HSV GTS-R, XB Falcon coupe project and more

Some of what’s hot at the current Grays Classic auction, ending Tuesday!


There’s seemingly no end to the cool metal moving through Grays’ auction lots across Australia, and this week is no exception.

Here’s 10 of our favourite rides up for grabs at Grays, ending on Tuesday, July 12. You’ll also find the full catalogue of cars here.

Possibilities abound for this Chevrolet C60. It could be transformed into a motorhome, bike transport, parts’ hauler, or whatever else you can dream up.

It’s currently powered by a 292 six-cylinder and five-speed manual combo, though it needs some TLC before hitting the road, including brake work and rust repairs.

Included with the truck is; unfitted air conditioning, a fridge, stovetop, roll-out bed and a basic (if not ratty) interior fitout. It’s yet to hit reserve, though a few interested parties have already made bids.

Here’s a great example of the everyman’s VL Commodore. The 1987-built Executive packs an aspirated RB30, with a respectable 247,518 kilometres on the odometer.

It’s a neat-looking survivor car inside and out, and with a current top bid of $8000 on the no-reserve listing it could be an astute buy.

The Falcon hardtop market doesn’t seem to be slowing, with decent interest in this fixer-upper Cleveland-powered XB.

Some street machiner has had a bit of fun with the car at some point in its 49-year life, as evidenced by the shaker scoop hole, bonnet pins, and always-cool jellybean wheels.

There is clearly a project ahead for someone, but it’s not hard to see how cool the coupe would look back on the road as a ratty muscle car. Or a full-blown rest if that’s your bag.

For a two-door Ford with a more international flavour, Grays also has a neat ‘65 Mustang fastback replete with factory 289 Windsor power and no reserve.

The left-hook car is described as being in good shape overall, ready for cruising with a set of plates. A whopping 283 bids have been made at time of writing, bringing the no-reserve car to $42,900.

We love a good auction oddball, like this Hillman Hunter Hustler. The little sedan never achieved the greatness of its Cortina and Torana opponents, but the locally assembled, Chrysler-marketed machine is cool nonetheless.

The example you see here wears its factory Hustler blackouts alongside some extra R/T badging reminiscent of its older siblings. The 1.5-litre donk and four-speed manual combo are reportedly in need of some mechanical attention, but as a consolation piece there are plenty of receipts and even a spare engine block in the boot.

With both racing decals and a full interior, it could be returned to street duties, transformed into a full-blown track weapon, or left at some happy Cars and Coffee-friendly medium.

It may not be as fast as its LS1-bearing descendants, but the Series 1 VT SS holds the honour of being the last-ever Holden-powered Commodore.

This Iron Lion-motivated sedan looks to be an honest rig, with under 240,000km on the clock. And come April 2023, it’ll be club permit eligible in multiple states.

It’s yet to pull any bids, with offers invited to start at $6000. For proper V8-powered Aussie motoring, that’s a bargain in our eyes.

For the JDM crowd with an entry-level budget, this five-cog 1985 Toyota Corona looks like a great first project, sleeper candidate, or drift weapon. There’s a bit of rust in the pillars, but it’s got a regassed a/c system and fresh injectors as handy head-starts.

We’d love to see it boosted and slammed over some cool wheels, perhaps as a future Young Street Machine of the Year candidate!

Remember when tow trucks were more than white, fleet-spec Hino flatbeds? Feast your eyes on this ‘81 Ford F350.

Under the shaker-clad bonnet is a 351, paired to a column auto. 20 bids have been put down at time of writing, hitting $15,000 with three days left.

It wouldn’t be a 2022 auction without a absurdly low-km late model HSV crossing the floor, this time in the form of a 2017 GTS-R with just 34km.

The LSA-powered Spitfire Green auto is at $150,000 at time of writing and is beginning to approach its reserve. Where it’ll be on Tuesday night is anybody’s guess.

Capping off this week’s auction is something equal parts cool and silly. Under all that Ferrari 355-style bodywork is a 1990 Toyota MR2.

A fairly impressive level of effort has gone into transforming the car, which features working pop-up headlights, Ferrari-replica wheels, Pininfarina badging, and even a gated shifter housing alongside creme leather.

It’s still running the factory turbo 3S-GTE motor behind the seats, but sadly the appropriate LMFAOO plates aren’t included in the sale. Bidding opens at just $9.