A motley collection of four-wheeled Australian motorsport greats will go under the hammer later this week.
Every car Lloyds Auctions hosts across the ditch is part of what defines the auction house â€کUnreil Collectionâ€ – a group of 55 cars including a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster and a bunch of rare Holdens, Fords, Valiants and even a Meyers Manx.
One of the most historically significant cars up for grabs is the 1967 Ford Mustang GTA, which won the Australian Touring Car Championship three times and was formerly driven by Ian “Pete” Geoghegan.
In the hands of Geoghegan, the Castrol Mustang won the ATCC crown in 1967, 1968 and 1969; He beat fellow Mustangs Bob Jane and Norm Beechey’s flashy yellow Holden Monaro.
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Another of Geoghegan’s vintage racers, his 1975 Holden Monaro GTS sports sedan, decorated in the well-known Craven Mild livery, is also for sale – as is another Monaro GTS formerly driven by Bob Jane and John Harvey.
At the other end of the spectrum is a Walkinshaw Andretti United 2018 Holden ZB Commodore Supercar formerly driven by Scott Pye.
The Conmodore has been restored to its 2018 Boost Mobile livery, which was wrapped during the race as Pye scored his dramatic maiden Supercars race win at Albert Park in treacherous wet conditions.
The Pye Holden is one of four supercars for sale. The other three are mid-1990s cars, all privately owned.
Perhaps the most notable car from the remaining trio is the Komatsu Playscape Ford Falcon formerly driven by Kevin Waldock. This car was once driven by a New Zealander; the late Ashley Stitchbury – a former NZV8 and Trans-Am champion.
Stitchbury drove this car in the 1998 FAI Bathurst 1000 and acted as a super sub after Waldock had to pull out due to ill health.
Arguably the most exciting race cars to be auctioned off from the perspective of enthusiasts on both sides of the ditch are the Group C monsters. Group C, sometimes referred to as “The Big Bangers”, were the last of the big house breweries to predate the introduction of the Group A competed in the ATCC in 1985.
Among the vehicles for sale are three genuine Group C Ford Falcons in the form of two XC coupes and an XD sedan.
The most famous Falcon of the trio is arguably the Bryan Byrt Ford 1976 Falcon, formerly driven by two Bathurst 1000-winning icons; Dick Johnson and Kiwi Jim Richards.
“Gentleman Jim” helped build this car for the 1976 Bathurst 1000 and eventually loaned it to Johnson, who won a few races with it. At the time this Falcon was once registered as a road car, no modifications were made to these cars.
The 1980 XD Falcon, meanwhile, also bears a famous name on its doors; Alan Moffat. The Canadian entered this car in Federation colors at the 1980 Bathurst 1000, with Lloyds Auctions boasting that it was the last Falcon built and driven by Moffat.
The entire Unreil collection belonged to one person, which perhaps explains some of their more whimsical furnishings. These include a 1954 Ford Prefect – the seller’s first car. Bidding has begun on each of the listed vehicles, with each auction ending this Sunday, January 29th.