2 November 2019

ALLBIDS the right vehicle for finding the classic car of your dreams

| Jane Speechley
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Ben Hastings with some of the vehicles available through the ALLBIDS. Unique and Classic Cars Auction. Photo by Tim Jessop.

Ben Hastings with some of the vehicles available through ALLBIDS Unique and Classic Cars Auction. Photos: Tim Jessop.

How many cars is too many? Ooh, that’s a risky question to ask any car enthusiast…

Even more dangerously, if you could pick up the car of your dreams, right here in Canberra, and for only a few thousand dollars, would you be tempted?

If the answer is yes (or even if it’s no), you might want to jump on to ALLBIDS.com.au this week to check out their second Unique and Classic Car Auction.

You know, just for a look … a browse … there’s no harm in looking, is there?

Whether you’re really into cars or not, there’s a great range on offer this year and there are sure to be models there to catch your attention and bring back some memories.

Ben Hastings from ALLBIDS says this is the second Unique and Classic Car Auction ALLBIDS has held this year, after a very successful auction first auction in April.

Ben Hastings says there's a huge range of unique and classic cars available for auction through ALLBIDS. Photo by Tim Jessop.

Ben Hastings says there’s a huge range of unique and classic cars available for auction through ALLBIDS.

“The auction came about through my passion for cars, which I have had since I was a child, combined with the opportunity to utilise the ALLBIDS database and platform,” Ben said.

“I have always noticed a degree of difficulty faced by the Canberra market to buy and sell unique and classic cars, as typically owners would need to travel interstate to places like Sydney and Melbourne to buy and sell. Once I started at ALLBIDS, it all came together in my mind, that Canberra had the need for this sort of boutique auction and ALLBIDS had the marketplace and the means to provide it,” he said.

“The first auction was always going to be the true test to see what sort of results we could achieve, and between the memorabilia and the cars, there were some records set and some bargains scored. The best part of it all was in the end, both the customers and the vendors were very happy.

“The cars on sale come from a mix of local and interstate sellers, some are downsizing collections, deceased estates or people just don’t have the time and space anymore. Each car is special, interesting and unique in its own way. Each car has a story to tell and means something totally different to each person that looks, often tying into fond childhood memories.

“For buyers, some have always had the dream of owning an Australian classic. For others, it may be something fun to drive to the coast and soak up the weekend sun. This auction provides a diverse range of vehicles, from true original collector’s pieces to street machines, so there really is something for everyone.”

If you’re a fan of classic Australian cars, check out this 1987 Holden Commodore VL – a special release that commemorated the final iteration of that first generation of Commodores.

Original and unmodified in Alpine White, it’s a 5.0L V8 with – remarkably – less than 85,000 km on the clock. This is a truly rare find.

1987 Holden Commodore VL "Opera House Edition"

1987 Holden Commodore VL “Opera House Edition” 70/150 4d Sedan Alpine White 5.0L – at ALLBIDS.com.au.

Even further back, you might have fond memories of the Holden Special. And you can pick up this 1961 EK in classic aqua, with the distinctive shape and iconic white visor.

1961 Holden Special EK

1961 Holden Special EK 4d Sedan Aqua 2.3L – at ALLBIDS.com.au.

This 1976 Landcruiser FJ40 is described as a “true treasure [and] one of the most collectable 4x4s in the world”.

This car has beach cruising written all over it – with a soft top and droppable windscreen, it could be in your driveway just in time for summer.

1976 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40

1976 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40 SWB (4×4) 2d Grey 4.2L – at ALLBIDS.com.au.

If you’re a Prince fan, this is your chance to grab your very own, real-life Little Red Corvette. Take a look at this cool-as-ice 1976 Chevrolet Corvette convertible in dark red. American muscle in a sports car shape, it also boasts a powerful V8 engine along with ABS brakes, digital dash, electronic climate control and keycode anti-theft system. And let’s be honest, it’s sexy as heck.

1986 Chevrolet Corvette

1986 Chevrolet Corvette C4 Convertible Maroon 5.7L – at ALLBIDS.com.au.

For other children of the 80s, there’s also a 1981 Chevrolet Camaro coupe in a stunning, deep, lustrous gold.

1981 Chevrolet Camaro

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2d Coupe Gold 5.7L – at ALLBIDS.com.au.

But if cute and classic is more your thing, it’s hard to go past a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle.

Just look at her. Arguably the most iconic vehicle of all time, no matter where in the world you come from and guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.

1970 Volkswagen 1500 Beetle

1970 Volkswagen 1500 Beetle 2d Sedan White 1.5L – at ALLBIDS.com.au.

Finally, if your budget – or garage space – won’t stretch to a full-sized vehicle, you could kick off your collection now with any one of a number of die-cast models, miniatures and replicas.

Check out a Jaguar E-Type, Lamborghini Reventon, Lotus Europa, Ford XY Fairmont or Holden VY SS ute, for starters.

There is also a huge assortment of curios and collectables, including official prints and posters, signed memorabilia and merchandise, original manuals, number plates, trophies, even a vintage bicycle and petrol bowsers!

Large or small, two wheels or four, Superbike, Supercar or Superbug – whatever takes your fancy, don’t delay as listings will close on Wednesday, 6 November and Thursday, 7 November.

And some of these rare finds are unlikely to pop up again for quite some time.

So set a reminder in your calendar and jump online to the ALLBIDS.com.au Unique and Classic Car Auctions to find out more and keep a close eye on your favourites. Or you can pop down to the ALLBIDS showroom at 7 Wiluna Street Fyshwick to have a look around.

Have any of these vehicles caught your eye? And what iconic vehicle would you be unable to resist, if it turned up here?

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