Shannons will celebrate the Centenary of the world’s first ‘sports car’ at its Sydney Custom & Collectable Auction at Meguiar’s MotorEx on July 21 by putting an iconic circa 1921 Vauxhall 30/98 E-Type Velox Tourer under the gavel.

Introduced in 1913 and based on the Vauxhall Prince Henry chassis, the 30/98 was the first British sports car to reach 100 miles per hour (160km/h) in production form, something Vauxhall guaranteed it would achieve at Brooklands. It was also the first British car with a four-speed transmission.

Its designation was reportedly an amalgam of its 30 horsepower (22kW) produced at 1,000rpm and the 98HP (73kW) developed at 3,000rpm. The Vauxhall weighed 400kgs less than a Bentley 3.0-litre, had a powerful 4.5-litre four cylinder engine and a high axle ratio and became renowned as a high-performance car that could swallow long distances with ease. It was developed in just 71 days and went on to spawn a production run of 584 cars over a 14-year period, despite a break for World War I.

In a testament to the model’s significance, around a third of these cars still survive, including the superb 30/98 E-Type being offered at Shannons MotorEx auction. The vehicle, chassis number E319/E447, has been in the hands of the same Australian owner for the past 45 years and was painstakingly rebuilt from a chassis frame and back axle upwards over a 20-year period from 1971-1991 to its present outstanding condition.

Correct period components from other 30/98 cars were used for the Vauxhall recommissioning, including its L-head 4.5-litre side-valve four cylinder engine stamped E447, its four-speed transmission and front axle, which bears an ‘OE 32’ factory stamping. The Australian-made four-seater Velox tourer body of the 30/98 being auctioned also replicates the standard light and lithe factory-fitted coachwork fitted to 1920s model E-Types. While elegant, its sides were so low that rear-seat passengers were warned that they were ‘travelling at their own risk’!

Ready to rally and to embarrass 3.0-litre Bentleys, this 30/98 is expected to appeal to an international audience at its anticipated realistic selling range of $250,000-$290,000. Also very appealing to the world market is the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer that Shannons are offering at the MotorEx Auction in ‘project’ condition.

Chassis no. 24FH is the near culmination of a long-term restoration project by a Sydney panel beater, and requires only an interior to complete it. The Phantom’s fully restored body, which came from a Packard of the same era, has been painted in period blue black and presents beautifully. Shannons understand that the car has been restored mechanically. The engine runs but because of its lengthy lay-up during restoration, they are advising potential purchasers that the car will need to be fully recommissioned.

The Phantom is expected to sell easily in the $60,000-$80,000 range to a Vintage car or Rolls-Royce enthusiast. The sliding Australian dollar will make a number of iconic British Vintage and Classic cars at Shannons Sydney Custom & Collectable Auction at Meguiar’s MotorEx even more attractive to International enthusiasts when they go under the hammer on Sunday, July 21. One particularly appealing Briton in the auction is a beautifully detailed 1953 Jaguar C-Type Replica.

Built on a tubular steel chassis fabricated by acknowledged C-Type expert David Brown of Invercargill, New Zealand, the C-Type replicates a 1953 Le Mans car, with its full alloy bodywork shaped over bucks taken from a genuine factory ‘donor’ car by equally-renowned ‘Kiwi’ coachbuilder, Barney Tansley of nearby Queenstown.

The C-Type came to Melbourne in kit form about 14 years ago and was assembled in Melbourne before being purchased by its current owner. Every inch a true ‘Jaguar’, the C-Type runs a 3.4-litre block bored and sleeved to 3.8-litres and is fitted with period twin 2-inch SU carburettors, with Shannons confirming that its exhaust note is period pitch perfect. As with the original C-Type, the engine drives through a correct Moss four-speed gearbox.

The interior hosts a range of C-Type period features, which include all the instruments, switches and the steering wheel, while the aluminium seats and green leather upholstery were made using original patterns. Since arriving in Australia, the C-Type’s brakes have been converted from drums to discs all round.

This superbly-executed C-Type Replica comes from a substantial classic vehicle collection and is only being sold because its owner no longer has sufficient time to enjoy it. It is expected to sell in the $170,000-$190,000 range, a fraction of the price of a genuine and almost indistinguishable original C-Type. Other ‘great Britons’ in the Shannons MotorEx Auction include a beautiful 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupe – the 85th right hand drive example of the total of 663 built.

The Jaguar was delivered in the UK, but came to Australia in 1969. It was fully restored by a subsequent South Australian owner in the early 1980s, winning a trove of awards in the following decade.

Finished in Clotted Cream with red leather upholstery, the XK150 remains in very good useable condition, with a wonderful patina. Because of its rarity and presentation, Shannons expect it to sell in the $75,000-$90,000 range. Also from the same collector is a beautiful and now-rare 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster– one of just 127 right hand drive export models built.

The Twin Cam is presented in restored condition, with its odometer currently showing just 51,310 miles and it even retains the high compression pistons so often replaced on these cars. The vehicle is well known within the club, is fully documented in the Australian Twin Cam Registry and is potentially a future concours winner.

Because its rarity, low mileage and exceptional original condition. Shannons expect it to sell in the $42,000-$48,000 range.

Other ‘Great Britons’ in Shannons Meguiar’s MotorEx Auction include:

  • A ‘no reserve’ 1971 Ford Capri V6 GT Coupe in very good condition ($18,000-$24,000),
  • A beautiful, black and fully-restored 1963 Daimler 2.5 V8 Saloon ($15,000-$18,000),
  • A 1988 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe ($14,000-$18,000),
  • A 1972 MGB MkII Roadster ($14,000-$18,000),
  • A 1993 Daimler Double Six 6.0-litre V12 Saloon ($10,000-$15,000)
  • A striking modified 1955 Morris Minor 1000 Sedan ($8,000-$12,000).


Be sure to check out these awesome rides as part of the Shannons Auction at MotorEx on Sunday 21st of July! The complete 2013 Shannons Sydney Custom & Collectable Auction at MotorEx can be viewed HERE