60s sports cars star in local classic car auction
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A trio of 1960s luxury sports cars headlines Mossgreen-Webb's June Collector's Car and Motorcycle auction in Auckland.
Two listed 356 Porsches - a 64 SC coupe and 65 C cabriolet - are a perfect snapshot of the German company's first production model.
Introduced in 1964, the C designates the final model line of the 356. They were the first Porsches to have four-wheel disk brakes, and a 71kW 1.6-litre engine, the most powerful pushrod motor Porsche produced.
This model was so popular that Porsche kept building them for two years after the launch of the 1963 911 replacement model.
The 64 SC coupe, manufactured on 30 November 1964 -- is believed to be one of the last 356s produced. The car was delivered new to a customer in California in June 1965, arriving in New Zealand three decades later in 1996 when the car was converted from left- to right- hand-drive.
This 64 SC coupe (above) has matching motor, body and gearbox numbers making it a standout 356 example. The coupe is expected to fetch between $180,000 and $210,000.
The 65C cabriolet is believed to be the first to appear on the New Zealand market for more than 20 years. Only 3175 356s were built, making it rarer than the coupe model.
This example was owned by the same family who bought it new in California in 1965.
A rock punctured the sump of the original motor, and the owner replaced with the newly-released and slightly more powerful 912 engine.
The cabriolet was then given to the owner's daughter as a wedding present and brought to New Zealand when the couple moved here.
It was then passed on to the current owner in 2015, and under that ownership, the car's engine has been rebuilt and is ready to be run in. The cabriolet is expected to fetch between $250,000 and $300,000.
Joining the Porsches is a Ferrari from the same era, a 1969 365GT 2+2 (above). Launched in 1967, this silver blue two-door GT was the first Ferrari to feature power-assisted steering and hydraulic self-levelling rear suspension to ensure constant ride height regardless of passenger load.
The 4.4-litre V12 engine made it one of the best touring cars of the late 60s, with leather seats, electric windows and air conditioning also fitted to this example.
The Ferrari is estimated to sell for between $290,000 and $340,000.
The lot also features a pair of rare 60s convertibles from both sides of the Atlantic.
From Europe there's a 1967 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet -- believed to be one of two of its kind in the country -- and from America a 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (above), a luxurious 6.4-litre V8 American drop-top, and one of only 1450 built.
Motorcycles make up just under half of Mossgreen-Webb's lot, seven of which have a connection to Kiwi GP racer Ginger Molloy.
Molloy raced in Europe from 1965-1970, and in 1970 came second in the 500cc world championship, beaten by 15-time world champion Giacomo Agostini.
After his international circuit racing career Molloy held on to a collection of his race bikes in New Zealand, a collection he is now selling in the auction.
Included is the bike Molloy rode to second in the 1970 championship, a Bultaco 360cc TSS Works Racer (above).
Molloy placed fifth around the 27km Nurburgring long track that season on this bike, also achieving podiums in the French and Spanish GPs.
The auction is at Motat next Sunday (June 18), when 23 vehicles are scheduled to be offered for sale.