2020 Shannons Sydney Summer auction

I went to preview the 2020 Shannons Sydney Summer Auction today. If you had a budget of about $20-$35,000 AUD, there are a lot of interesting cars to choose from. Shannons do a pretty good job of finding a good variety of cars for each of their auctions – both in price range and types of car. They are a bit more picky than other firms such as Lloyds or Grays Online.

This auction also had a large number of the numeric numbers plates at massive prices. I’ve never seen the appeal of these.

Any fans of big German coupes, […]

Shannons Sydney Autumn 2019 Auction preview

The second Shannons auction of 2019 for Sydney is just around the corner. As usual, I stopped by on my lunch break to view the lots.

There were a few cars that caught my eye:

Gold Medal: Lot 59: 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead

This was the standout for me at the Auction. The XK120 was one of Sir William Lyons best creations and the combination of black paint and red interior really shows it off. The Drophead is the most desirable model and this car looked in excellent condition. Guiding range is $120-$150k and I expect the car to do […]

Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic 2019 Preview

The Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction for 2019 happens Monday next week. I work close to the display centre, so I went down to check out the collection during my lunch break. As usual, they had a nice range of interesting cars on offer. Also as usual, there were offerings to suit most budgets.

The lots that I will be keeping an eye on during the auction are:

Lot 34: Jaguar S-Type 3.8

The S-Type is the somewhat overlooked compact jaguar. In 3.8 spec, in some ways it is the ideal compact Jaguar for touring, rather than the MK2 which […]

2018 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Preview

I stopped by the upcoming 2018 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic auction today to check out the cars on offer. A big part of this auction is numeric plates. These have proven to be a good investment for many of the last few years. Personally I regard them a bit like Bitcoin, the latest fad without fundamentals. It’s not like you can enjoy driving your #37 number plate even if it loses value. Lots of people have made money though! Looking at the cars, some of the more interesting lots were:

Lot 62: 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 OTS

This is a […]

The Flynn Collection Auction

Friday and Saturday the Flynn collection was Auctioned off. There were over 130 running cars for sale on the friday night and then the Saturday morning consisted of the parts and some non-runners. Nearly all of them were Rovers.

There was a fair amount of interest right around Australia and the Auctioneers did a good job of generating excitement. Therefore the earlier and better lots sold for good prices and in my view probably above market. The later lots that were in poor condition or basically parts cars sold for next to nothing. Most of the cars were registered previously […]

First drive of the Rover P5 MKII Coupe

This morning I got to drive my new Rover P5 for the first time. Initially it wasn’t promising as the car would not start. But it turns out that it was just out of fuel.

The auction people put in a few litres and it started right up. It seemed to settle down into a smooth idle and it wasn’t smoking when given a few revs. The mechanic who had worked for the old Dr said that the car was previously registered and the engine and gearbox seemed in good health, although the car was not driven a whole […]

The $230 Rover P5 MKII Coupe

The Flynn collection was auctioned off today and I ended up with a car. It is a 1965 Rover P5 MKII Coupe. That sounds great as Rover P5 Coupes are lovely cars. As it is a 1965 model, it is a a MKIIC, which many regard as the most desirable of the 6’s.

This car is equipped with the 3 liter six. Most collectors prefer the 8, but the six has its fans due to its refinement. It is much smoother, and some would regard more in character with the car. The sixes were also built when Rover was an […]

The Flynn Collection

On the 18th and 19th of November the entire collection of the late Dr Flynn will be auctioned in Canberra. There are around 160 cars for sale, most of them rover P4, P5 or P6 models. These cars represent the Rover marque at its very best and provide examples of most of the models offered during that period. Sadly, it would appear that the cars were not well kept and even the best of them is only in fair condition and many of them are basically parts cars. As well as the Rovers, the auction catalogue also includes a couple […]

2016 Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Classic Auction

The 2016 Shannons Sydney Late Autumn auction is to be held on Monday so I went to the viewing day to see the cars offered for sale.

Even though nothing really grabbed my at this auction it is always well worth going and taking a look around. Much of the stock were muscle cars, some Aussie some American.

The cars that did interest me the most were:

1934 Hudson Straight 8

I know little about these cars but it has loads of character and looks like it is in nice condition. They expect $40-$50,000.

1950 Armstrong Siddeley Whitley Sports […]

Insanity reigns at the Shannons Melbourne Auction

The world has officially gone mad, with prices for Kombi vans (aka the VW Bus) reaching the stratosphere. This to me is a clear bubble market and anyone who has a split window Kombi should sell it now while you can. You’ll probably be able to buy it back for a third of the money in 5 years.

Offered for auction was an 11 window bus, which reached a hammer price of $158,000 after furious bidding.

Coming back to reality, somebody got a nice deal on a black Mercedes 220a Roundie for $7,500 and under the estimate of around $10-12k. […]