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Idle Torque: Fancy an Italian?
This 1969 GT Junior is one of four classic Alfa Romeos being auctioned.

Australia's first major classic car auction is set to take place on February 4, when Shannons hosts a distinctly Italian-flavoured sale in Sydney.

Among the Latin classics on offer are four Alfa Romeos being sold from one collection without reserves, plus a rare Fiat 500-based Giardinera wagon and a Lamborghini Jarama GTS.

According to Shannons, the Alfa collector is clearing out his garage to make way for more acquisitions.

None of the Alfas Romeos is particularly rare, rather they are mainstream classics from the marque - and that's not a bad thing at all. To the contrary, we live in good times when something as exquisitely styled and engineered (well, mechanically at least) as the 105 Series GT Junior can be had for as little as $15,000.

That's Shannon's low estimate on the 1969 car (the high being $20,000), which has had its original 1300cc engine swapped for the more torquey 1600cc version.

Being an early Junior, it has the classic Scalina or step-nose bonnet treatment, where the front edge of the bonnet is slightly raised. Yes, detractors, that's a deliberately designed air intake and not shonky Italian panel gaps.

Another Alfa from the same collection is a 1972 GTV 2000, which Shannons says has been with the one owner for the past 25 years and bucks the 105 Series Alfa tradition by not being red or rusty (it's mustard yellow).

It also comes with a set of rare, refurbished Momo Vega alloy wheels, which Shannons reckons will help it sell for between $20,000 and $25,000.

The other Alfas in the sale comprise a 1971 Giulia 1300 Super ($14,000-$18,000) and a 1975 2000 Spider ($15,000-$20,000).

Further fuelling the fires of temptation is the fact that all these cars are being offered with no reserve.

There's little information available on the 1961 Fiat Giardinera wagon that's also on offer but its condition report is reasonable and, like the Alfas, it's also being sold without a reserve. Its guiding range is $18,000-$22,000.

The 1973 Lamborghini Jarama on offer is one of just 152 GTS versions built and nowadays these cars have a lower profile among enthusiasts than the more svelte Maseratis and Ferraris of that era.

Still, this is a big Lambo with a 4.0-litre V12 engine and a five- speed manual, and it promises a lot of fun, individuality and glorious engine noises.

You'll need around $58,000 if you're tempted.

Motor Moments update:
All Ford Performance Day, 107-113 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah. Phone 9535 1688 or email
Veteran Car Club, Perth-Armadale Run, Forrest Place display, 9-11am. Email
Big Al’s Poker Run, Taylor Reserve, adjacent to McCallum Park, 9.30am. Visit
Chrysler Expo 2013, Lathlain Oval, 9am-4pm. Visit
Northam Vintage Swapmeet, Jubilee Oval, Northam, 7am-noon. Phone 9574 4462 or email
Free Come ‘n’ Try Motorkhana, Old DTEC venue, Wattle Avenue, Neerabup. Phone 9336 7037 or visit
Datsun 240Z & 260Z Register, Datsun Classic Day, corner Abernethy Road, Keane Street, noon-3pm. Phone 0417 182 230.
Bakers Hill Motorama and Festival, Sports Pavillion, St George Street, 10am-4pm. Phone 9574 0086.

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