Race cars headline Australian online auction

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Graham Hill drove this Brabham BT16 | Donington Auctions photos

A group of racing cars with Australian motorsports history are being offered for bidding by Donington Auctions, a Melbourne, Australia-based auction and sales company that specialists in single-owner collections, motorcars, motorcycles, automobilia, tractors and other collectibles. 

The sale is open for online bidding from July 21-28, and cars can be viewed in person from July 22-27 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia.

Leading the offerings is a Brabham BT16 Climax originally sold to John Coombes Racing and driven in Formula Two competition by Graham Hill. The car also was campaigned in the Tasman Series by Frank Gardner, who tied for second place in 1967 with Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart. Gardner also drove the car to a third-place finish in the 1976 Australian Grand Prix.

The auction house expects the car to sell for $280,000 (Australian) to $320,00 (Australian) or $196,100 to $225,000 U.S.

The 1938 BWA Special competed in three decades

Also on the docket is a 1938 BWA Special, named for its creators, Gib Barrett, John White and Alan Ashton. Barrett drove the car to the fastest race record at Bathurst in 1946, later won the Rob Roy hillclimb and also drove the car in the 1953 Australian Grand Prix.

Other cars with racing history in the auction include a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS, a 1971 Datsun 240Z, both from the estate of the late Daryl Duff, former president of the Victorian Historic Racing Register who competed until nearly his 75th birthday.

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Also on offer are a 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MkII Group N touring car and a 1936 MG NA Magnette Sports in Team Cream Cracker livery, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, and two racing motorcycles, a 1962 Honda CB72 and a 1972 Kawasaki S2.

The docket also includes non-racing vehicles, such as a 1959 Ferrari 196S Dino re-creation.

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For more information, visit the auction website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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