Have you ever dreamt of cruising into town behind the wheel of a Ferrari 365 GTC-4?
Your dream could become a reality if you have half a million dollars to spare when the Binalong Motor Museum and its contents of classic cars, motorcycles, rare numberplates and memorabilia are put up for auction, live online at 10.30am on Sunday, July 26. 2020.
In its in original un-restored condition the Ferrari is among a number of feature items expected to go under the hammer.
Also included in the auction is the1996 Land Speed Record Car (current world record holder in The Guinness Book of Records), a 1924 Harley Davidson with Sidecar ($28,000-32,000) and an Australian delivered 1925 Bentley 3-liter Vanden Plas style tourer($320,000-370,000) and the Victorian registration number plate 210 ($220,000-260,000), which has adorned the Bentley since 1932.
The Binalong Motor Museum was founded in 1990 by Dr Stuart Saunders and John Fitzpatrick, a retired surgeon and solicitor with a shared passion for vintage motor cars.
After acquiring a paddock, they built a shed to house their respective car collections and at the same time, formed Binalong Early Motoring Club, which exists to this day.
Several years later, when John moved to Melbourne, Stuart took over the Museum which went on to attract visitors from all over Australia and overseas, becoming a 'destination' for car clubs and motoring enthusiasts alike.
Stuart says "it has been a joy to meet so many people with similar interests from all over the world", and tells of one couple from the U.S. who "shipped their motorcycle to Australia and embarked on a road trip from Cairns to Binalong", turning up unannounced late one afternoon.
Stuart opened up the museum especially for them.
With a passion for vintage cars that began when he was a child growing up in the U.K., influenced by his father's interest in old motor cars, Stuart paid £5 for his first car, an old Austin 7, and says that from that moment, he was 'hooked'.
He went on to race at all the premier circuits and hill climbs in the U.K. including Prescott, Shelsley Walsh and Silverstone in his 1927 type 35 Grand Prix Bugatti.
Speaking about the Ferrari, Stuart said, 'I was told that there were only 508 of this model made and that only 41 were right hand drive: my car is one of those. The colour is Grigio Argenta with original paint and interior leather; the latter was ordered in blue by the original buyer instead of the usual tartan.'
The car gained second place in the Ferrari Concours d'Elegance at Eastern Creek several years ago and Stuart later added a modern example to his collection; a low KM Ferrari 550 Maranello in the same livery, which is also in the auction ($280,000-320,000).
The auction also features several examples from Stuart's homeland, with three cars in British Racing Green including a 1961 Jaguar Mk II Sedan, fitted with a 3.8 litre engine ($33,000- 39,000), pre-war MG NA supercharged special and a 1990 Jaguar XJS V12 coupe ($17,000-21,000) (ex-Kirby family of Village Roadshow Corporation).
Continuing the British theme there is an Australian bodied 1934 Armstrong Siddeley tourer ($18,000-22,000), a 1966 Daimler Majestic Major ($31,000-34,000) (Ex-Romanian Embassy UK) and - it doesn't get more British than this - a 1971 Austin 2.2 diesel London Taxi (10,000-15,000).
A selection of petite European cars includes a 1973 Fiat 500 ($11,000-15,000), a 1922 Fiat 5CV ($15,000-18,000), an English produced 1947 Citroën Traction Avant 11CL Light Fifteen (barn find condition) ($8,000-10,000) and a 1974 half-scale Bugatti Type 52 powered child's car by Tula Engineering U.K. ($8,000-12,000).
Another standout vehicle is the 1996 Julien and Boyer Matra-Honda Land Speed Record Car ($38,00-42,000) (current world record holder in The Guinness Book of Records). This inimitable French Blue aerodynamic streamliner was purpose-built to out-perform the 500cc earlier one-hour record of 189.5km/h (average) set by Englishman John K. Brisse in 1953.
The July 26 auction is being held by auctioneers Donington, behind closed doors from 10.30am on July 26.
The museum will be open for viewing by appointment only from 10am to 5pm Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. It is imperative that all those who wish to view the auction pre-register with Donington Auctions and arrange an appointment to avoid disappointment.