By , 22 September, 2015

From a 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost worth nearly $1 million to a 1963 Ford Falcon expected to fetch under $10,000, there’s a collector car or motorcycle for every enthusiast going across the block at this year’s Motorclassica Auction.

Conducted by Australia’s oldest auction house, Theodore Bruce, the 2015 Motorclassica Auction will be staged on Saturday night 24 October inside the hallowed halls of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

Last year’s Motorclassica auction saw around $2.5 million spent by collectors, making it the second highest earning classic car auction in Australian history.

The annual auction is one of the highlights of Motorclassica, Australia’s premier exhibition of rare and exotic, historic, vintage, veteran, classic and collectable cars and motorcycles.

“As always, the Motorclassica auction is set to be the Australian collector car and motorcycle world’s most important auction event of the year,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers confirmed.

“We have interest from across the country, and internationally, so the competition is expected to be spirited as this may be the only chance for many collectors to buy these vehicles.”

For 2015, Theodore Bruce has assembled a record 45 vehicles and 77 items of automotive memorabilia to be auctioned, all of which will be on display at Motorclassica throughout the event, 23-25 October.

If the 1914 Rolls Royce 40/50HP Landaulet B-series ‘Silver Ghost’ with its original Barker body has the highest pre-auction estimate, it’s in good company.

Another auction star will be an incredibly-rare alloy-bodied Jaguar XK120 open two-seater, an Australian-delivered car that was ‘lost’ for 45 years, having been taken off the road by its Queensland owner in 1969.

Centre of global interest already, it’s expected to sell for upwards of $400,000.

By comparison, there’s also a non-alloy bodied 1953 Jaguar XK120 on offer at $220,000 plus.

Motorclassica has a couple of tasty Ferraris too, a 1973 365 GT4BB Berlinetta Boxer which is expected to fetch more than $600,000 and, reflecting the event’s special celebration of all things Dino, a 1973 Dino 246GT at $525,000 plus.

For something a little different, Motorclassica has secured a collection of very rare motor scooters ranging from a 1951 MV Agusta through a 1953 Bastert Einspurauto and a 1957 Maico Maicoletta, to a 1967 Fuji Rabbit. Estimates start at $7000 and rise to more than $30,000!

Barn finds are the hot property of the collector car auction world these days, and Motorclassica has four of them.

There’s a 1964 Bristol 408 estimated at $10,000 plus but to be sold unreserved, a 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood sedan at more than $20,000 estimate, a 1912 Metz 22 at $15,000 plus and a very, very rare 1934 Packard V12 Formal sedan at more than $75,000 estimate.

For fans of Australian metal there’s that 1964 Falcon sedan to be sold unreserved, a 1969 Holden Belmont HT panel van at an estimated $40,000 plus, a Holden HD station wagon at $35,000 estimate or how about a 1951 Hartnett 4-seater tourer at $50,000 to $55,000?

The Hartnett, incidentally, is the only one left in the world still on the road.

Other auction highlights will include a beautiful and extremely rare 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ1 recreation by Greppi at $400,000 plus, a 2005 Ford GT at around $500,000, a 1966 Shelby GT350 at almost $300,000 or a 1970 Porsche 911T 2.2 at more than $150,000.

Motorclassica’s selection of high quality lots set to cross the block include two very different cars, both with significant Australian motor sport history.

From 1953 there’s the MM Holden Special, a home-built racer that scored a remarkable 5th outright in the Australian Grand Prix on debut, later burned to the ground and has since been recreated.

Contrasting that is the 1974 Marlboro Holden Dealer Team Holden Torana SLR5000, the only one of its kind in existence, an important part of the sport’s history and raced by both Peter Brock and Colin Bond. It’s estimated to fetch somewhere between $295,000 and $365,000.

Along with the cars is a fine collection of automotive memorabilia.

Perhaps the most unusual of the 77 items up for auction is a Porsche ‘Flat Six’ air-cooled 6-bottle wine rack, created from Porsche racing barrels laid out in the marque’s famous flat-six format. A most unusual piece, it’s expected to exceed $350.

For Michael Schumacher fans there’s some autographed t-shirts and a cap, also signed by Felipe Massa (from $100 estimate), a collection of Bluebird Land Speed Record paraphernalia (estimate $500-$600) and even a VicRoads signature number plate ‘Vic 010’ expected to fetch more than $8000.

Rolls Royce and Bentley fans will be spoilt, with a huge array of memorabilia, everything from dealership photos, posters, flags and paperwork, books, a hip flask in the shape of a Bentley radiator grille, a Rolls Royce apprentice mechanic tool chest, even a mint condition new/old stock tachometer for a Bentley Continental S3.

There are also badges, garagenalia, Michelin collectables and a whole lot more.

Additional information on Motorclassica 2015, to be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from 23-25 October, is available on www.motorclassica.com.au


Source: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs