• Stunning, low km classic V12 Ferrari
• Increasingly collectible Mercedes-Benz 190SL with wonderful patina
• Rare Factory wide-bodied 911 Cabriolet
• Fabulous Aston Martin DBR1 Recreation
• Restored, locally-delivered Jaguar XK150 FHC
Exotic European sporting cars from Italy, Britain and Germany are in the spotlight at Shannons upcoming May 30 Late Autumn Classic Auction in Sydney on May 30.
Pride of place for the tifosi is a superb 2003 Australian-delivered Ferrari 575M Maranello F1 Coupe that covered just 49,000km since new and remains in immaculate condition throughout.
This classic front-engined 5.7 litre V12 Ferrari is finished in the stylish Italian combination of Rosso Corsa with tan leather upholstery, while adding to its appeal it is equipped with the optional ‘F1’ style gearbox.
The Ferrari features a Mille Miglia exhaust upgrade and has been serviced at regular intervals by marque specialists, with its differential and clutch replaced recently.
Because of its desirability as Ferrari’s flagship model of its era, combined with its local history, Shannons expect the 575M to sell in the $210,000 – $240,000 range.
Completely different, but increasingly collectible is a glamorous Ivory 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL offered with both hard and soft tops.
One of the few factory made in right hand drive, the SL was formerly located in the ACT and is accompanied by an extensive history file documenting its history and maintenance in detail since the 1970s.
According to Shannons, the 190 SL has a lovely patina, with Navy Blue leather upholstery, while its dash pad, instruments and steering wheel have all been refurbished.
The car’s 1900cc four cylinder engine has been fitted with twin Weber 40DCOE carburettors for better response, making it a strong performer according to Shannons, who expect it to sell in the $140,000 – $160,000 because of its well-preserved condition and growing global collectability.
A German convertible alternative in the auction is an Australian-delivered 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Convertible fitted with the rare Factory wide body.
Finished in the striking combination of Guards Red with cream leather upholstery, the 911 is equipped with the later G50 five-speed manual transmission and has covered a low 184,270km from new.
With prices of early Porsches soaring Internationally, Shannons conservatively believe the this very appealing 911 Cabriolet will have little difficulty in selling within its $75,000-$90,000 guiding range.
British sporting car enthusiasts have two eminently collectible open vehicles to choose from – a stunning c2012 WAM Aston Martin DBR1 Recreation and a fully restored and very desirable 1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupe.
Aston Martin’s DBR1 remains the most successful racing car to emerge from the Feltham factory, with a heritage than includes outright victories at the famous Nürburgring and Le Mans 24-Hours. This was capped in 1959 with a memorable outright victory at Le Mans that helped the team take out the World Sports Car Championship against the might of Ferrari and Porsche.
With only five original DBR1s in existence, locked away in some of the world’s most important private collections, values of high-quality replicas are rising rapidly, making the circa-2012 WAM Aston Martin DBR1 Recreation in the Auction of interest internationally.
Professionally built by Bill Monk’s highly regarded WAM workshops, this DBR1 Re-creation faithfully replicates the racing Aston’s stunning looks, but employs fibreglass instead of the alloy bodywork draped over a tubular space-frame that closely copies the original.
Most of the car’s mechanical components have been sourced from appropriate Jaguar models, including its 4.2-litre Jaguar straight six cylinder engine equipped with triple Weber twin-choke carburettors, its suspension and final drive, although its five-speed gearbox comes from German transmission specialist Getrag.
Recently purchased by a well-known former racing driver and enthusiast based in Sydney, the DBR1 recreation has barely been driven since arriving in Australia, with Shannons believing it would make a wonderful car for track days or shows at its estimated guiding range of $110,000-$130,000.
Finally in the auction there is a beautifully presented, fully restored Jaguar XK150 3.4 Fixed Head Coupe.
As confirmed by its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, this original right hand drive 1958 XK150 with the model’s 3.4-litre XK engine and manual transmission with overdrive was originally finished in Pearl Grey with red leather upholstery when it was delivered through Andersons Agencies of Brisbane, Queensland.
The Jaguar was fully restored eight years ago and is now finished in the attractive period combination of Old English White with red leather upholstery.
Shannons say the restoration has mellowed nicely since and overall the car presents very well, with its appearance enhanced by its chromed wire wheels and wooden period-style steering wheel.
Because of its appeal and collectability as a classic Jaguar XK model, it is expected to sell in the $75,000-$90,000 range on May 30.