Australian auction house Mossgreen to offer 1957 Molina Monza, 500cc record world holder and a number of other unusual and interesting cars in its 27 November auction
Record breakers, Australian racing specials and pre-war British classics are just some of the interesting lots that make up the catalogue for Mossgreen’s next auction, taking place in Melbourne on 27 November.
The independent Australian auction house has announced that it will auction the Julien & Boyer Matra-Honda streamliner, which currently holds the world land speed record for a 500cc one-hour average speed run – standing at 222.5km/h (138.26mph). The interesting French Racing Blue streamliner was built by Henri Julien and Bernard Boyer, who set the record in 1997 at the CERAM track in Mortefontaine.
The car remains in the condition it was in when it completed the speed attempt, being virtually pristine. It is accompanied by the original concept drawings; photos of the forming of the body mould and chassis construction; the speed attempt technical records and official FIA documentation and regulations, including the Certification de la longueur de la ligne de record. It’s currently estimated to sell for A$30,000-A$45,000.
Something born a little closer the auction’s home turf is the 1957 Molina Monza racing car. This was one of the most developed and successful of Australia’s 1950s racing specials – born out of a short supply of pedigree racing cars and components from the USA and Europe.
It was built by Melbourne restaurateur and racer Lou Molina, along with coachbuilder Brian Burnett. Based around a tubular chassis, it featured a supercharged Holden ‘Grey’ engine, complete with a Repco Highpower crossflow cylinder head. The special SU carburettor was salvaged from a Maybach special following its terminal crash at the 1954 Australian Grand Prix, the steering a Citroen rack and pinion set-up, while the brakes were sourced from a HWM Jaguar.
After a A$150,000 restoration, the Monza is offered in ready to race condition, with an estimate of A$250,000-A$350,000.
Also offered in the auction is a 1934 Lagonda M45 Rapide, which has been in the custody of a single family for 82 years – offered for sale on the open market for the first time ever. Originally used as the Lagonda company demonstrator, it took part in a high-speed endurance run at Brooklands, before it was shipped to its first owner, C.S. Dyer, who was based in Fremantle, Western Australia.