Euro classics thrill bidders

Old Mercs bring in the big money at Sydney auction.

This 1966 Mercedes 230SL roadster fetched A$81,000.
This 1966 Mercedes 230SL roadster fetched A$81,000.

Classic sporting cars from Britain and Europe were the big sellers at Shannons Sydney Spring Classic auction this week.

The highest price went to a left-hand drive 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220A cabriolet, at A$88,000 (NZ$110,000).

The now-rare two-door W187 model was one of just 1278 built and has led a sheltered life since its recent restoration.

Another classic Mercedes, a 1966 230SL "Pagoda roof" roadster that had covered a documented 34,000 miles, made A$81,000 after being pursued by floor and phone bidders.

A 1988 300SL convertible also fitted with hard and soft tops, which was imported from Hong Kong by the vendor in 2004, sold for A$17,500.

Among the British sporting cars, the top seller - at A$50,000 - was a V8-engined Sunbeam Tiger Mk I convertible which was the subject of a full rebuild in 2003, while from Italy, a four-seater 1974 Lamborghini Espada Series III coupe brought in A$52,000 for the seller.

A restored and upgraded 1963 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 manual sedan in lovely condition sold for A$29,000, a little-used and very original 1952 MG TD roadster that has been in the hands of the same owner for the past 35 years sold for A$25,500, a 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo made A$20,000 and a fully restored 1969 MG Midget Mk III roadster went for A$15,000.

Meanwhile, from the USA, a left-hand drive 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible offered with no reserve brought the hammer down at A$29,500 after being pursued by several enthusiasts.

Aussie cars also made an impact, with the standout sale a 1972 Monaro HQ LS 350 coupe in "project" condition going for A$35,000, while the unique Scarab/Triumph 650 Group L Historic racing car built in 1958 by automotive engineer Henry Nehrybecki sold for A$18,000.

From the heritage number plates on offer, the rare NSW motorcycle plate "50" brought A$45,000, while the best-selling NSW car plate was the black and white "284", which made $75,000.

- NZ Herald

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