Lloyds Classic Auction September – VL Walkinshaw, Shelby GT500, Monaro GTS

Classic American and Aussie collectible muscle cars up for grabs at this month's Lloyds auction


THE guys at Lloyds Auctioneers & Valuers are having another classic and muscle car auction this Saturday 30 September, kicking off at 12pm Queensland time. You can bid online at www.lloydsonline.com.au or in person at the auction house in Carrara. As always, there’s some seriously hot metal on offer, whether you’re an Aussie muscle car fan or chasing rare and desirable American and European collectables.

 One of the cars expected to fetch big dollars is this genuine 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The car has been restored and has 94,000 miles on the clock. These have been sold for huge sums in America, where they’re one of the most sought-after Mustangs ever made; it’ll be interesting to see what this example rakes in locally. The current bid at the time of writing is $90,000.

 If classic European sports cars are your cup of tea, then this 1972 Ford Lotus Escort GT might be for you. This particular model is fitted with the flared rally-spec wheelarches and warmed-up twin-cam 1600cc Lotus engine. The car has been restored with fresh paint and interior trim, while the engine and gearbox have received a rebuild.

 Another car that got our attention was this LX Torana SL/R 5000 tribute, kitted out with a rebuilt 308, TH350 trans and nine-inch rear end. It looks very tidy inside and out; someone has obviously spent a lot of time and money on this thing.

 If you’re after a ridgey-didge Aussie muscle car hero, then it’s hard to go past this genuine VL Walkinshaw Group A, the first Commodore-based vehicle to come from Tom Walkinshaw Racing’s road-car division now known as HSV. This is a serious Aussie collector car with great historical significance having won Bathurst in 1990 and built in such limited numbers.

 There is also a bunch of open-wheel race cars for sale, including this 2002-built Reynard Indy Car. It is believed to have been driven by Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti from Team Green. The car is missing its 800hp turbocharged 2.65-litre Cosworth race engine, but it does come with gearbox, brakes, and all of its suspension componentry. If you didn’t want to drive it, it would make great shed art, or drop an LS in it and you’ve got a serious track-day weapon!

 You’ll find all of these plus loads more classic Holdens, Fords, Chevs and European cars up for grabs at this weekend’s Lloyds auction at Carrara. For more information visit www.lloydsonline.com.au.