• Aero-engined 1922 Delage top-seller at $555,000
  • B&W numerical number plates contribute nearly $9m
  • Auction record prices achieved by many lots
  • Ducati motorcycle collections attract strong bidding

A unique 1922 Delage CO2 Hispano-Suiza Aero engined special was the top-seller of Shannons week-long Timed Online Summer Auction, contributing $555,000 to the Auction's record total sales of $15.2m.

It was a super-strong result for a Shannons Auction since company founder Robert Shannon staged his first Classic Vehicle Auction more than 40 years ago in 1971, with great participation and bidding activity by enthusiasts.

Black and white Victorian and New South Wales number plates produced the other standout results, together contributing nearly $9 million to the auction's bottom line and producing record prices, especially for four-digit plates, with some bridging the gap to the prices achieved by some four digit plates.

The Victorian three-digit plate '244' produced the top result of $396,000, while 'VIC-'2.010' (the Chinese Year of the Tiger) sold for an outstanding $301,000 and another 'lucky' plate – 'NSW- 8868' – made $255,088'.

Classic motorcycles were also in peak demand, notably the six world-class Italian Ducatis from noted Queensland and Sydney collectors – most coming to auction with 'no reserve.

The top motorcycle sale was the $50,500 given for a rare 1979 Ducati 900cc Mike Hailwood Replica, while a 1974 Ducati 750 Sport offered in 'project' condition with 'no reserve', brought $43,750. and a later 1981 Ducati MHR also offered with 'no reserve' and also in 'project' condition, sold for $29,500.

There were many outstanding results amongst the vehicle sale, including $117,500 paid for a fully-restored 1957 left hand drive Ford Thunderbird with both its soft-up and a 'porthole' hardtop; the $115,500 paid for a restored left hand drive 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS and the $110,500 commanded by a restored right hand drive 1966 Ford Mustang 'A-Code' Fastback.

Classic Australian Muscle Cars were again auction favourites, with a restored 1973 Holden LJ Torana XU-1 bringing $211,500; a six-cylinder 1974 Ford XB GS Fairmont coupe brought $83,500, while a one-off Chrysler CL Valiant  V8 four-speed manual sedan built for the Australian Federal Police changed hands for $44,500.

In other notable Australian car sales, a restored 1959 Holden FC Special sedan sold for an excellent $50,000, while a customised 1959 FC Holden went for $70,000.

Strong classic four wheel drive sales included the $70,000 commanded by a rare Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution two-door wagon; the excellent $65,000 paid for a 1984 Ford Bronco Station Wagon; while a 1943 Ford GPW Jeep sold for $35,500; a circa-1949 Willy Jeep brought $30,000; a restored 1968 Series IIA 88inch wheelbase model made $29,500 and a 1976 Land-Rover fitted with a 4.4 litre V8 engine brought $33,500.

Small cars also made high prices, with a fully-restored 1966 Morris Mini Cooper Mk1 selling for a believed Australian auction record of $69,500; a 1968 Fiat 500F brought $23,500; a 'no reserve' 1963 Mini 850 sold for $17,500 and a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle made $16,500.

Classic British and European sporting models also did well, topped by a stylish 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 V8 Coupe, which sold to an enthusiast for $150,000. In other notable sales, a restored 1965 Triumph TR4 sports sold for an excellent $59,500 and a restored 1968 MGB Mk I roadster went for $21,100.

The nine Porsches in the auction attracted plenty of interest, with the oldest example – a 1956 356A 1600 coupe and the most modern, a rare 2005 Type 996 911 Turbo S Coupe – bookended  the sales at $216,000 and $165,000 respectively.

Amongst the Japanese sports cars, the top seller was a 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R Coupe that went for $72,500.

Apart from the Delage, some of the other vintage and veteran cars in the sale delivered standout results.

The oldest vehicle in the auction, a 'brass era' 1914 Renault DG Runabout,  sold after intense bidding for $67,000, while a 1927 Vulcan LFS 14Hp 6 'Twin Cam' Tourer – possibly the only one of its type in Australia –brought $32,000 and a 1925 Amilcar that came to auction from long-term ownership, went for $20,500.

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