Sydney-based auction house CTS has assembled a fine catalogue of cars for its first event. Six Lamborghinis will be sold, including this 1968 Islero estimated at AUS$175,000 – 200,000.
The light turquoise metallic/tobacco leather (the same as Ferruccio Lamborghini’s personal Islero), left-hand drive car looks a stunner and is, in this writer’s eyes, a more attractive model than the 400 GT it succeeded. The estimate of AUS$175,000 – 200,000 equates to around £100,000, or 110,000 euros/US$175,000. That’s considerably more affordable than a 350, or 400, GT.
Back to the sale. In addition to the front-engined Lamborghini, the other cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese include two Countachs and a 1996 Diablo VT Roadster (AUS$280,000 - 330,000).
1974 Lamborghini Espada Series 3 - AUS$35,000 - 50,000
1949 MG TC Supercharged Monoposto Racing Special ‘The John Blanden Special’ - AUS$110,000 - 130,000
Ferrari is represented by an all-V12, five-car entry, including a gorgeous-looking Verde Silverstone 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 (AUS$180,000 - 220,000) and an exciting ‘recreation’ in the shape of a 1963 Ferrari TR59/60. This is the only car in the sale that will require a call to the CTS auction team as it is ‘Refer Dept.’ for price.
1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series III - AUS$280,000 - 320,000
Two Aston Martins are catalogued. The 1951 DB2 Drophead Coupé (AUS$180,000 - 220,000) had been brought up to Vantage specification by the factory in April 1953, and was imported to Australia in the 1970s. The Goodwood Green 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series III is estimated at AUS$280,000 - 320,000 and, speaking with CTS Auctions specialist Robert Glover this week, is one of the stars of the sale.
There are several competition cars ranging from a 1965 Lola T60 997cc Formula 2 (AUS$125,000 - 150,000, running its correct-type engine - and one that beat Jimmy Clark at Reims in 1965, driven by Frank Gardiner) to a pair of ‘Bathurst’ Australian Holden Commodore V8s, both identically estimated at AUS$285,000 - 345,000.
The sale also includes a 1989 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 Turbo Group A (ex-British Touring Car Championship, 'Labatt's' Rouse/Harvey) for AUS$165,000 - 200,000.
1989 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 Turbo Group A - AUS$165,000 - 200,000
1963 Ferrari 250 TR TR59/60 Recreation - Refer Dept.
For those looking for a pre-War classic, the December 5 sale lists several entries from an 1926 AC Royale 12hp Roadster (AUS$17,000 - 22,000) to a 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 OE-Type Velox Tourer (AUS$280,000 - 320,000).
There are motorcycles, too, and over 40 lots of automobilia, such as A Complete set of Automobile Year, including all the very rare early editions, Numbers 1-51 in excellent condition, for $8,000 - $10,000.
2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione - Refer Dept.
Finally, we’ve had Ferrari, Aston and Lamborghini (there are some Jaguars, as well), so let’s finish on a highlight from Stuttgart: the left-hand drive, Bahia Red 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS. An early Touring model, with alloy rear deck lid and gearbox oil pump, it carries an estimate of AUS$320,000 - 360,000. Strong money – but a nice car in a rare colour.
1983 Audi Quattro - AUS$35,000 - 40,000
1965 Lola T60 997cc Formula 2 - AUS$125,000 - 150,000
The auction takes place in Sydney on 5 December 2009. Doors open at 5.30pm with the sale starting at 6.30pm. For European and US readers this will be, of course, considerably earlier than (as much as 19 hours) their local times. You have been warned – don’t miss out...
To see the complete, multicurrency lotlisting of the CTS Auctions in Sydney, Australia 5 December 2009 sale, please click HERE.
You can also view the entire catalogue in the Classic Driver cars for sale database. Please CLICK HERE
CTS Auctions Pty. Ltd. at Classic Throttle Shop
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