1970 Jaguar E-Type

Cars that will break your heart

Riley Riley

Talk about choices of the heart.

Shannons has some absolute pearls going under the hammer this coming Monday night.

They include a 1960 Porsche 356B, 1961 Benz 190SL, 1988 BMW M3, 1970 Jaguar E-Type, and 1996 Maserato Ghibli — not to mention a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Slugging it out for top dollars will be the Porsche and the Benz, both of which are tipped to fetch upwards of $180,00.

The BMW and E Type Jag are both expected to haul in up to $120,000, while the Maserati is a steal at $40,000-$50,000.

The 1988 BMW E30 M3 Evolution II Coupe is build number 276 of only 500 examples made for racing homologation.

When created in 1985 by BMW’s Motorsport division, the original M3 with its 2.3-litre engine, Getrag close-ratio five-speed gearbox, firmer suspension and additional aerodynamic downforce was regarded as one of the world’s most desirable performance cars and a favourite of many Formula 1 drivers.

To homologate further updates, the Evolution II M3 was introduced in in 1987 and incorporated mechanical changes that increased its power from 145 164kW.

This well-documented Misano Red BMW Evo II M3 was optioned with a factory sunroof, power windows and the on-board computer.

It was delivered new in the UK and was one of a small number of M3s converted to right-hand drive by a local specialist prior to its delivery.

With world values of these early M3 still rising, this highly desirable and rare Evo II is expected to sell in the $100,000 – $120,000 range.

Jaguar’s E-Type remains one of the most desirable sporting classics you can buy and the extensively-refurbished Signal Red 1970 4.2 Series 2 Fixed-Head Coupe being auctioned with an extensive history file, represents a special opportunity.

Originally an American market car, this E-type was converted professionally to right-hand drive on arrival in Australia. It has subsequently been extensively restored both mechanically and cosmetically by marque specialists with no expense spared, with the present owner alone investing $75,000 in the Jaguar’s condition.

Starting on the button and driving as you would expect from a properly sorted classic, the E-Type is expected to sell in the $120,000 – $140,000 range.

Finally, for enthusiasts who have always wanted a Maserati, there is a very low kilometre 1996 Ghibli coupe crossing the block on Monday.

Tastefully finished in its original Grigio Silver Metallic with blue leather upholstery, this stylish Italian GT with its quad camshaft, 2.8-litre, twin turbo V6 engine comes to auction very much as it left the factory, with only 29,195km showing on the clock. 

Because of its rarity as one of just 2303 Ghiblis built (only around half were 2.8 litre models), desirability as a true Italian exotic and its exceptional condition, the Maserati is expected to sell with ‘no reserve’ in the $40,000 – $50,000 range.

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