Euro and British ‘greats’ at Shannons May 27 sale





  • Five stunning BMWs
  • Four classic sporting Jaguars
  • Two superb Mini Coopers

World-class European and British sporting ‘greats’ will be going under the hammer at Shannons upcoming Classic Auction in conjunction with the Hot Rod & Custom Auto Expo in Sydney.

Crossing the block at Rosehill Racecourse on Sunday, May 27 are five sporting BMW Coupes, headed by a pair of stunning racing ‘Tribute’ coupes – a 1972 E9 CSL ‘Batmobile’ and a 1987 M3 E30 ‘Group A’ coupe.

Meanwhile, British honour is upheld by four classic sporting Jaguars spearheaded by a barn-find, Australian-delivered 1951 XK120 roadster.

Two superbly-restored Mini Coopers, a stunning, very low kilometre 1997 Lotus Esprit V8 Coupe and a lovely restored 1954 MG TF 1250 roadster are also in the auction.

The ‘Batmobile’ BMW racer has been professionally built to resemble Alexander Calder’s spectacular Art Car entered by BMW at Le Mans in 1975 (and now wrapped in the iconic M-Sport colours), sparing no expense and with great attention to detail.

Based on a 3.0 CS, the BMW now boasts an S38 24-valve engine with dry-sump lubrication from the M635, built by Ludwig Finaur who previously worked with Schnitzer and Frank Gardner.

Previously road registered in Queensland and CAMS-approved, the unique E9 coupe represents a project investment of approximately $350,000 by its Australian owner and is expected to attract bids in the $180,000-$220,000 on May 27.

The equally-stunning BMW E30 Group A tribute car from the same collection has been created professionally at great expense in the same ‘Mobil’ livery used by racing legend Peter Brock on the E30 M3s he campaigned in the 1988 Australian Touring Car Championship.

The M3 was built from the ground-up, with a huge amount of work done on the car’s 3.2 litre straight six-cylinder engine, while the car drives through a Samsonas six-speed transmission inside a ZF casing.

Complete with fully adjustable suspension and drilled and slotted brakes, Shannons believe the E30 M3 would make the ultimate track day weapon or Improved Production Racer, while also being a fabulous addition to any Brock collection.

It is expected to sell in the $140,000-$180,000 range.

Other uber-desirable BMW sporting coupes in the auction are a rare and rapidly appreciating 2003 BMW M3 E46 CSL Coupe – one of only 27 E46 M3 CSLs sold in Australia ($120,000-$150,000); a superb, low mileage and well-maintained 1986 BMW M635 CSi Coupe ($65,000-$75,000) and a well-kept 1995, Australian-delivered BMW 840 Ci Coupe ($25,000-$35,000).

Equally exciting for Jaguar enthusiasts are the four Jaguars in the auction, with the main local and International interest focussed so far on a ‘barn-find’ 1951 XK120 Roadster.

The Australian-delivered car was raced in period at Melbourne’s Templestowe Hillclimb by its second owner, but was stripped back to the metal and restored by a subsequent owner before being consigned to dry storage a Sydney garage in the late 1980s following his re-location to NSW.

While the condition of the Jaguar has deteriorated somewhat over the years, the engine still turns freely, the paintwork still presents in decent condition under the layers of dust and will make a very worthwhile project for the fortunate new owner.

With values of early XK Jaguars rising worldwide, Shannons expect the XK120 to attract bidding in the $85,000-$100,000 range.

Supporting the XK120 in the auction are a pair of lovely E-Type 2+2 Coupes offered from long-term ownership – a desirable Australian-delivered, two-owner-from-new and low mileage 1971 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 ($50,000-$60,000) and a factory right-hand drive 1972 Jaguar E-Type V12 that has been with the same custodian for the past 41 years offered with ‘no reserve’ ($45,000-$55,000).

Enthusiasts of early Post-War Jaguars will also be delighted to find a desirable 1947 MkIV 3.5 Litre saloon in the auction. The example offered is presented in good overall condition and is expected to sell in the $38,000-$48,000 range.

Finally, enthusiasts looking for a classic Mini Cooper have the choice of two great examples.

The standout is a superbly-restored 1970 Morris Mini Cooper S MkII – widely regarded as the ‘ultimate’ interpretation of Alec Issigonis’s game-changing design and one of just 2,419 assembled in Australia – which is expected to sell for $50,000-$60,000.

The other Mini is a desirable 1962 Cooper 997 saloon that has also been restored to a high standard with sensitive upgrades to its engine, exhaust system and brakes. It is expected to bring $35,0000-$45,000.

To view all Shannons May 27 Sydney Autumn Classic Auction lots, visit

For more auction information contact: Stuart Roberts (02) 8019 4179, or Damien Duigan (02) 8019 4180

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