Not even coronavirus lockdowns can slow the tide of big dollar sales of Australian classic cars.
Lloyds Auctions was forced to switch its planned live auction last Saturday to an online auction with only hours notice due to Queensland’s snap shutdown. Despite this there were still some large amounts of money changing hands for some famous Aussie machines.
One of the stars of the auction was a 1990 Holden VN Group A SS, chassis #002 of just the 302 that were built to homologate the car for touring car competition. It attracted a top bid of $341,000 during the auction and Lloyds is in negotiations for a final sale price, with it expected to close within the next seven days.
The other highlight was Kerry Packer’s former 1977 Jaguar XJS, which was modified to make 1200hp only to be destroyed by a fire and rebuilt again into its current condition. This unique British coupe was sold unreserved and fetched a whopping $217,000 during the online sale.
“We are extremely proud to have been able to completely turn around our classic car live auction to an online-only live stream auction within a matter of an hour,” explained Lee Hames, chief operations officer for Lloyds Auctions.
Other notable cars going under the hammer included a pair of V8 Supercars veterans. Glenn Seton’s 1997 Ford Falcon EL Supercar is currently under negotiations for a final sale, while Russell Ingall’s 2000 Perkins Engineering Holden Commodore VT fetched an unreserved bid of $545,000.
It’s proof – if more is needed – that whether road cars or racers, Australian muscle cars are still in hot demand.