IF you fancy taking a punt on classic car ownership with the potential for a bargain, Shannons has some "no reserve" auction tempters up for grabs tonight.
The Melbourne Autumn Auction has a range of classics expected to sell for between $6000-$20,000, while 20 of the lots are no reserve, meaning they'll sell to the highest bidder be it $100 or $100,000.
If you can't make the event in person, you can bid online and buy something sight unseen if you're feeling very brave. Catching our eye are a selection of Mazda RX-7 rotary coupes: a 1980 Series 1, 1981 Series 2 and 1985 Series 3. There's a ready-made collection of three available for a combined estimate of around $60,000.
The more patriotic may fancy one of three "Bathurst" Aussie muscle cars. Choose from a 1970 XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II (estimate $180,000-220,000), 1969 HK Monaro GTS 327 coupe ($180,000-220,000), or a 1971 Chrysler VH Charger R/T E38 coupe ($160,000-180,000).
Enthusiasts have proved of late they love a "barn find" so the brave may like a restoration-required 1972 HQ LS Monaro coupe, temptingly offered without reserve.
A 1990 HSV VN Commodore SV-T30 sedan - one of just 30 built - also has no reserve, as do a few Euro specials such as a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster and a 1988 BMW Alpina C2 2.7 Cabriolet.
Others of note are a brace of Kombis: a 1967 split-window camper and modified and stretched 1975 bay window historic race car transporter.
Ford Mustangs, Rolls-Royces, early Holdens and pre-war Fords also feature as do eight classic motorcycles.
Visit shannons.com.au for the full entry list.
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