RETRO: Auctioneer Pat Dunne with one of the more unusual cars up for auction on February 24. It's a patina-finish 1974 left-hand-drive American Chevrolet C20, which Pat says is in very good condition and is attracting a lot of early interest.
RETRO: Auctioneer Pat Dunne with one of the more unusual cars up for auction on February 24. It's a patina-finish 1974 left-hand-drive American Chevrolet C20, which Pat says is in very good condition and is attracting a lot of early interest.

Collector car auction to connect you with your love

PEOPLE connect with cars.

They remind us of times, journeys and people from our past, and can be appreciated for their power and/or their lines and design.

Whatever your connection to cars or car paraphernalia, Toowoomba Auction Centre's Classic, Muscle, Motorbike & Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, February 24 will get hearts pumping according to auctioneer Pat Dunne.

Pat has been in the auction business for 20 years, but said this is the first time he has carried out a sale of this scale, which he calls "a collector's dream”.

Among the 40-plus cars on offer will be Monaros, Minis, VW combis, Chevy and Ford trucks ... even a Bentley, as well as motor bikes and memorabilia including a three-wheel tricycle, pedal cars, BP ephemerae, oil cans, bowsers and signs, and tractors and excavators.

"That gives us a really good cross-section. In this industry different things are treasures to different people,” Pat said.

While the Bentley may be the cream of luxury, Pat said there had been a lot of interest in the 1963 Kombi splitter with the two-piece windscreen, a 1970 Ford XY Falcon 500 ex-ACT Highway Pursuit Car - one of only eight in existence, a red 1963 Ford Futura, a big American 1960s cruisemobile in the form of a Pontiac Laurenthian, a 1972 Land Rover 3, an original 1976 Leyland Mini (from before Minis became maxis!) and for those looking for a bit more sex appeal, a Corvette Stingray - in red, of course.

"For me it's a great pleasure to see people falling in love with these things and taking them out for a drive on a Sunday and using them like they should, not just storing them away in a shed,” Pat said.

While for some people it's a case of reliving their younger days, for others it's just an appreciation of the motoring art.

"It blows your mind some of the things people have stored away in sheds. I've had countless barn finds,” Pat said.

There were a number of great collections around the Toowoomba area, he said, and he felt very privileged when people invited him into their homes or garages to share their treasures with him.

"I used to get so excited, thinking 'look at what I'm seeing today,' but just about every day is one of those days, because there's always something new to see or learn; something that, even if it doesn't appeal to me, I know other people will say 'isn't that a beauty!'.

Pat said what he really loved about his job was seeing people's eyes light up when they saw the object of their passion, or an object brought back memories of times and people past.

He is a big believer in the personal touch as opposed to online selling, saying it is a much more transparent way to buy and sell, allowing you to see and touch the item, and find out what the market will pay for it, rather than relying on your own guesswork as to whether you are getting a good price - not to mention the excitement of a live auction's atmosphere.

The Toowoomba Auction Centre's Classic, Muscle, Motorbike & Memorabilia Auction starts from 9am on Saturday, February 24, with a week of viewings beforehand from 9am-3pm.

For more details, or to get an estimate from Pat call 46331577 or email pat@toowoombaauctioncentre.com.au.


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