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Do you want to Sell Your Classic Car? - 24th February, 2017

Is your garage being cluttered up with an old Porsche 911 or Ford Mustang? Or maybe an old Holden project that never got off the ground after buying it with great intentions of it becoming your daily driver? Well now might be a good time to cash it up at the Turners national classic car auction being held online from 10th March.
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Mightiest Merc of them all? - 22nd February, 2017

Mercedes is pretty much an apex predator when it comes to car brands and at the top of the Benz range is the S-Class. So if a C-Class Merc is a Mako shark then the S-Class is a Great White. And at the top of the S-Class range is the S-500 (yeah there’s an S-600 but that’s like the mutant shark in Jaws 3). The S-Class is more than just a luxury car, it’s the car that debuts Mercedes latest technology. It’s also SERIOUSLY expensive. But here’s a chance to get a discount on a near new one that’s barely worked up a sweat. Read on...
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When the Mini Was Mini – 20th February, 2017

Back when Minis were mini and Maxis were big you knew what you were getting – the clue was in the name. Now the 2017 Mini is, ironically, as big as the Austin Maxi, the original Mini’s biggest brother. The new Mini has been supersized with extra fries. It may be faster, safer and more comfortable but it sure isn’t mini. Luckily Turners Christchurch has a mini Mini for sale...read more.
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Foxy Boxster or Gorgeous Alfa - 13th February, 2017

Two of the better looking cars at Turners right now are a 2010 Porsche Boxster and a 2008 Alfa Romeo 159 wagon. Two very different cars but both drop dead gorgeous. But strangely both car are somewhat maligned by many car people. In the case of the Porsche it’s the fact it’s seen as a lesser Porsche, more for poseurs than true car fans. With the Alfa it’s the reputation for poor build quality and a habit of leaving its owners stranded. But what are they really like?
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Off the Scale - 9th February, 2017

We do like vehicles with mammoth mileage. There’s something heroic about the achievement and they are usually tidier than vehicles with a fraction of the kilometres under their belt. But what is especially heroic about this 2007 Volkswagen Crafter is the fact the company that built it didn’t seem to think it could achieve what it has done. You see, the odometer only goes to 999,999kms and then stops.
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Integra Type ARRRRRRRRRH! - 2nd February, 2017

Destined to become a future performance classic the Honda Integra Type R, with its screaming V-TEC engine, is one to keep an eye on. Finding one that hasn’t been thrashed within an inch of its life won’t be easy though. This one at Turners Palmerston North doesn’t look like it has had an easy life, but - apart from the black bonnet (fashionable a few years ago) and aftermarket air filter and rear lights- it looks fairly original. You’ll want to inspect it carefully but the price guide of $4500 - $5000 makes good sense.
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Dust Off Your Shoulder Pads – Posh Retro Ragtops - 31st January, 2017

Turners Tauranga are going large on convertibles at the moment with seven interesting examples for sale. These two posh Germans from a time of shoulder pads, perms and white jeans caught my eye. Once the domain of people in the ruthless pursuit of money and power they will now likely appeal to those in the roofless pursuit of a sunny retro ride...Read more.
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Electric Dreams - 25th January, 2017

The Nissan Leaf - or “Leading environmentally friendly affordable car” to use its full name (shouldn’t it be LEAFC then?) - is a fully electric car. Sure it looks like a Tiida with the nose of a bottom feeding fish but what it lacks in style and excitement it makes up for with its frugality. You see if you spend $100 on petrol in an average sized car now the Leaf will go the same distance for $20. And prices for used ones are starting to look quite attractive. Read more.
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The Thunderbird That Became a Firebird - 20th January, 2017

This fourth generation ’64 Ford Thunderbird may be a bit crispy under the hood but it’s certainly worth saving. It’s not a convertible but the hardtop version is just as sexy, and this one’s potentially a real gem with a long history on NZ’s roads. And it’s still registered so should be a straight forward restoration.
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Retro German Class - 17th January, 2017

It may not be fast and it may drink petrol like a rugby team in a sports bar but this 1985 Mercedes 280SE will carry you in comfort and treat you like king/queen. But not only that, this classic Merc will do its job year after year, kilometre after kilometre and you’ll look like a boss the whole time. Mercedes from this era were built to last and they are still one of the best value everyday classics you can buy.
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