• Late bidding opportunity for 'man cave' and collector items
  • Great interest in Michelin memorabilia and petrol pumps
  • All 294 lots with 'no reserve'

Memories of Australian motoring's 'glory days' from the 1950s to 1980s has driven bidding in Shannons Timed Online Autumn Memorabilia Auction which closes progressively from 7pm this evening, April 5.

Garagenalia to fit out Australia's growing number of 'man caves' has seen eager bidding from enthusiasts, topped so far by the offer of $7,500 for a Wayne Martin & Schwartz MS80 petrol pump in period Mobilgas Livery, while strong bidding is expected in the closing hours for many other bowsers in the auction.

A  classic petrol pump in BP livery has so far attracted $1,750; a pump in Ampol Boron Super livery has drawn $1,650 and another in Atlantic livery sits at $1,450 with more than a day of bidding to go.

Interest in the emotive Bathurst 'Supercar' days of the early 1970s is particularly strong, with $6,100 already bid for the limited edition book on Ford's famed Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III, charting the history of each of the 300 'Bathurst specials' built in 1971.

The book, No 1 of the 300 published, with a foreword by four-times Bathurst winner and Ford legend Allan Moffat, is eventually expected to sell for up to $10,000, with proceeds going to Dementia Australia.

In the same early 1970's vein, a collection workshop manuals for XY GT-HO Phase I, Phase II and Phase III models, has attracted a top bid so far of $600.

Michelin memorabilia, as expected, is popular with collectors, of small 'Bibendum'; desk items  attracting interest at $1,100 –against it pre-auction range estimate of $600-$800 – while a 45cm tall Michelin Man Lamp and Michelin thermometer have each attracted bids of $1,100.

Amongst other notable bids to date, a circa-1950sc Austin J40 pedal car in need of full restoration has seen a top bid so far of $900, with a lot more expected, while a complete Jaguar MkII in-wheel tool kit is in demand at $800.

Perhaps the most unusual bid that underlines the popularity of 1970s memorabilia is a collection of 12 Coca-Cola and Pepsi-branded YoYos which has already attracted nine bids, topped by $750.

To view or bid on all auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au To talk to a Shannons Auction Team member directly, call the 1300 078 500.