V8s set to fire at Shannons auction


A 1976 Ford XB GT Coupe headlines a brace of Aussie muscle cars up for grabs at the next Shannons auction.

The superb and increasingly collectable two-door coupe is finished in Yellow Blaze with black cloth and vinyl trim.

With its signature 351 Cleveland V8 and T-bar automatic transmission, it is an older restoration that is fully-optioned with a black vinyl roof, 5-slot wheels, power steering, power windows, air conditioning (not connected) and rear window louvres.

The XB GT featured in the special ‘Edition 351′ Ford issue of Unique Cars magazine and is presented in beautiful, original condition.

With Falcon XA and XB GT Coupes currently in high demand, this very desirable example is expected to sell in the $85,000-$100,000 range.

If this car is a bit steep for your budget there is a also beautifully-presented 1973 Ford XA Fairmont GS 351 Sedan equipped with a K-Code 351 V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch differential.

Finished in one of the most desirable colour combos – Wild Violet with a White vinyl interior – the GS also featured in the special issue of Unique cars covering Ford Muscle Cars

The Toowoomba, Queensland-delivered Fairmont has had just four documented owners from new.

It is being offered with ‘no reserve’ and is expected to sell in the $35,000-$45,000 range.

Also with no reserve is a nicely-restored 1971 Ford ZC Fairlane 500 Sedan with extensively reworked and upgraded running gear that Shannons expects to sell in the $25,000-$30,000 range.

Other home-grown finds include a  freshly-painted 1969 Holden HT Monaro 186 Coupe that has been upgraded with a 350 V8 and auto transmission ($50,000-$60,000); a very original 1980 HDT VC Commodore 5.0 V8 Sedan with books and a history file ($40,000-$48,000); and a 1971 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 253V8 four-speed manual Coupe ‘restoration project’ offered with ‘no reserve’ that is expected to bring $25,000-$30,000.

The auction will be held in Melbourne on July 17, with phone and on-line bids accepted for those who can’t make it.