Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Shannons Autumn Auction to Serve Up Tasty Classics


A selection of delicious European and English classics to go under the hammer at the Shannons Autumn auction in Sydney on the 22nd of May

Lovers of classic European and English cars will be spoilt for choice at the forthcoming Shannons Autumn auction which will be held in Sydney on the 22nd of May.

Noteworthy cars include a 1964 Porsche 356C, which was originally an American delivered car, the rare 356C coupe has been converted to right hand drive and has been boosted to more powerful SC specification levels. Shannons believes this example will fetch between $110,000 to $135,000.

Another Porsche to go under the hammer is a 1988 wide body Turbo Cabriolet. This car has also been converted to right hand drive and boasts an excellent service history from reputable specialists. The powerful Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet was never officially imported into Australia as it didn’t meet Australia’s strict emission laws. Examples of this car are few are far between, and they are rarely crop up on the market.

Shannons believes that this car should sell for between $110,000 to $120,000.

Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts will be enamoured by an Australian-delivered 1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL. The car is said to have travelled a mere and genuine 54,980 kilometres, is offered with both soft tops and has been meticulously cared for by the same owner for the past 23 years. Shannons says this car is as new, and buyers should budget from between $48,000 to $54,000.

Shoppers after something a little more unusual and practical may be interested in an immaculate 1968 Jensen Interceptor which has been mechanically improved by its current owner and is expected to sell for $38,000 to $42,000.

Volvo aficionados may be tempted by a well presented 1973 Volvo P1800 ES. Quickly becoming a collector’s item, the Volvo P1800 ES blends Swedish style, comfort, reliability and practicality. The car on offer should go under the hammer from between $28,000 to $34,000.

Two MGs will also be available, a 1962 MGA roadster that has been uprated to Mk II specifications and has been treated to $25,000 worth of improvements is believed sell for between $36,000 to $40,000.

Finally, a 1949 MG TD will be on the lot, a car that has undergone a painstaking for year restoration in the 1990s and as such, has won numerous concours awards, including Best Restoration of the Year at the 1996 MGCC Annual Concours. Shannons anticipates that it will sell for around $22,000 to $30,000.


The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.