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Rare 1958 Jaguar XK150 to go under the hammer

A wide-body Porsche 911 Speedster, 1958 Jaguar XK150 and an Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 will headline the Shannons Sydney Late Spring auction in November.

SHANNONS HAS ANNOUNCED an impressive line-up of classic roadsters and convertibles to go under the hammer at its Shannons Sydney Late Spring Auction on November 17.

Headlining the list, says the insurance and auction house, is split between a 1989 Porsche 911 ‘Wide Body’ Speedster, a 1958 Jaguar XK150 Roadster and a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Roadster.

One of the most collectible Porches from the 1980s, the Speedster is a less is more kind of car with its cut down, frameless windscreen, minimalist roof and twin aerodynamic body blisters behind the seats. This example is one of just 2103 wide-body examples built by Porsche for the world market.

Shannons Sydney Late Spring Auction

This particular example is a “Hamilton’s of Melbourne-delivered, rare as one of 139 right-hand drive examples and six wide-bodied cars sold in Australia and is believed to have had just four owners from new – the most recent in Sydney for the past eight years – and comes with a documented history.

“It has been serviced regularly, but could do with a little cosmetic TLC making its expected selling price of $90,000-$105,000 conservative by current rising market values,” a statement read.

A ground-up restoration in 1980s and the fact it’s so rare will see plenty of interest, both locally and internationally, in the 1958 Jaguar XK150. The expected price range is between $105,000-$120,000.

Shannons Sydney Late Spring Auction

How to choose… there’s also an Australian-delivered 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 roadster that was fully restored by marque specialists in the early 1990s, who also updated it mechanically with a four-speed BN2 gearbox, while its engine was uprated with a ‘Le Mans kit’ during its exhaustive rebuild. Its expected selling range is $52,000-$58,000.

The Sydney November 17 Auction also features a great selection of motorcycles from private collections including MV Agusta, Benelli-Motobi, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, Matchless, Harley-Davidson, Bianchi, Ariel, AJS, Moto Morini, Velocette, Indian and Lambretta – eight with ‘no reserve’. All up, 74 lots are on offer, including 26 cars, 16 motorcycles, 32 memorabilia lots, plus a selection of New South Wales numerical number plates highlighted by ‘165’, ‘220’, ‘229’, ‘241’ and ‘255’.


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Isaac Bober

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