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Why some old Holdens could soon have the same status as Ned Kelly’s armour


A series of vintage Holdens up for auction face an export ban if they are given “protected” cultural status.

Lloyds Auctions says it plans to put the vehicles under the hammer on Sunday as part of a larger classic cars sale.

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But the federal government says some of the Holdens – valued in the millions – could be classified as Australian Protected Objects.

The protected status bars objects of significant importance to Australia from being exported.

Other objects that enjoy the same status include sacred Indigenous artefacts, pieces of Ned Kelly’s armour and Victoria Cross honours awarded to war veterans.

A series of vintage Holdens up for auction could be classified as Australian Protected Objects. Credit: AAP

Lloyds chief operations officer Lee Hames said the collection of vintage cars, which includes the Holdens, is worth tens of millions of dollars.

“We have notified all foreign bidders and interested parties that they face possible challenges in exporting some of these special classics,” he said.

Australian Protected Objects are broken into two tiers, class A and B, with the latter able to be exported with permission from the government.

Class B objects include items of historical significance and art.

Holdens ceased being manufactured in Australia in 2017 following failed negotiations between owner General Motors and the then-Abbott government.

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Source: 7News