Providence has its place high on the ladder of prices paid for Australian cars. The Holden Torana LX that raced in the hands of legendary driver John Harvey in the Australian Touring Car Championships in 1977, 1978 and 1979 went for $910,000 last November, while a Torana A9X hooked $450,000.
A rare ex-Bob Jane Torana L34 SLR5000 placed up for auction last week by Lloyds failed to meet reserve, with the highest bid at $360,000.
Even those that never saw competition are being snapped up with a 1969 Holden Monaro HT 350 GTS changing garages for $715,000 in mid-2020; and a Ford Falcon XC Cobra coupe going out the door for a relatively modest $194,000 along with an XB Coupe on auction for $50,609.
“We are seeing generational things taking place, such as the 1970s cars getting a strong run for their money up to the pre-GFC levels as Baby Boomers and Gen-X start spending,” Mr Boribon said.
“The Baby Boomers are really coming back into the market, but the money that’s out there is mainly from Gen-X buyers, so it’s the 35 years to 65 years age bracket that’s the main buyers.
“Some of the Aussie cars from the 1980s and 1990s – and even some later cars, particularly HSVs and FPVs – are attracting a lot of interest from Gen-X buyers.”
Mr Boribon suggested that there was a bit of movement in Gen-Xs towards the Australian muscle cars and perhaps a bit of a move away from the Japanese performance cars.
It’s not only the rare Aussies that are garnering interest.
“We are noticing that the last of the HSV and FPV models, and even early stuff in the Commodore VR and VS series, are being pursued by enthusiasts,” he said.
“Those cars have picked up in value because the HSVs and FPVs of that era are now more affordable on the used market.”
But Mr Boribon warned that not all of the early Australian cars were bringing in the big bucks.
“The general rule of thumb with Aussie muscle cars is you have to buy the correct car that has limited production with the right history and providence and with the right books and service papers – that’s the things that are needed to give a better price now for sellers, and a better return in the future for buyers.”Aussie Classic Watchlist
Aussie Classics Watchlist (prices correct at the time of writing)
Ford Falcon XB Coupe 1974
Current bid: $50,609 (Grays)
Holden Monaro HK GTS 1968
Current bid: $100,109 (Grays)
Ford Fairmont Ghia ESP 1982
Current bid: $62,009 (Grays)
Ford Sierra RS500 ex-Glenn Seton racer 1987
Current bid: $95,000 (Lloyds)
Ford Falcon AU V8 Supercar ex-Tony Longhurst 1999
Current bid: $92,000 (Lloyds)
Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Production Car Australian Championship spec 2007