Aussie V8 muscle cars

Holy trinity of Aussie V8s up for grabs


If you love your V8s, especially good old Aussie V8 muscle – you’ll want to keep a close eye on Shannon’s next auction in Melbourne on May 8.

Going under the hammer are three of the most iconic Aussie muscle cars to ever grace our oh so shitty roads – a GT-HO, a Monaro GTS 327 and a Chrysler E38 Charger.

It’s not just any charger either, but a Bathurst special.

Holy guacamole!

  • From the Ford stable, there is a beautifully-restored 1970 XW Falcon GT-HO Phase II sedan with a very good, well-documented history.

The July 1970-built GT-HO was delivered new by Byrne Ford of Chermside, Brisbane to a local enthusiast, who saw its potential as a series production touring car.

But the car was damaged by a mechanic early in its life before it could be tracked and was never raced.

The Falcon has passed through various hands over the years, during which its 351-CID High Output V8 was updated with Phase III GT-HO cylinder heads, mufflers and 15-inch Globe alloy wheels.

After its engine was rebuilt by Bryan Byrt Ford’s Race Division, the HO ran a 14.5 sec. ET at the Surfers Paradise Drags in the 1970s.

The car was repainted in the mid-1970s in its original Diamond White and fitted with Orange GT stripes.

However, it is being sold with a boxed set of original Gold stripes in the boot and has been refitted with a set of its model-correct riveted 5-slot GT steel wheels with trims and caps.

With extensive receipts and proven provenance, including several Ford verification letters including a rare GT-HO Phase II Amendment brochure – Shannons expect this exceptional GT-HO Phase II to sell in the $180,000-$220,000 range.

  • The 1969 Silver Mink HK Monaro GTS 327 Coupe is a one-family-owned car equipped with several rare options, including dealer-fitted air conditioning and an Air Chief radio – both with original manuals.  

Delivered through Lock Motors in 1969, the car has always lived in South Australia and is offered with its original purchase receipts and books, plus a comprehensive history file.

Most appealing to collectors is the fact the Monaro has never been actually restored, with both its paintwork and interior showing some ‘battle scars’ – although it has been repainted at some stage.

With an indicated 72,102 miles on its odometer at the time of cataloguing, this ‘Bathurst’ GTS 327 ‘survivor’ will be coming on the open market for the first time in almost 50 years.

Because of its time warp condition and provenance, it represents an unrepeatable opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike and is also expected to sell in the $180,000-$220,000 range.

  • Equally exciting for Mopar enthusiasts is a beautifully-presented 1971 Chrysler Charger RT E38 ‘Bathurst’ Coupe coming from long-term ownership.

Finished in Hemi Orange with a black vinyl interior this original E38 ‘Big Tank Track Pack’ Charger was acquired by the vendor in 1984.

It was treated to a full restoration in 1998, when the original close-ratio 3-speed box was replaced with a 4-speed.

The car currently is fitted with a modified and balanced E38 ‘Six Pack’ engine with forged pistons, Six Pack conrods, a solid camshaft and lifters, a half-inch head stud kit, stainless steel valves, roller rockers and a modified cylinder head and is said to develop 340 horsepower (about 253kW) at the flywheel.

However, the Charger’s original three-speed gearbox and E38 engine, minus the cylinder head, will be supplied with the car, allowing it to be returned to its original delivery specs.

Because of its presentation, condition and ‘Bathurst’ model collectability, Shannons expect this E38 Charger to sell in the $160,000-$180,000 range.

Hang on to your hats boys because it doesn’t get much better than this!