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The Original Mini’s Successor

What the Mini Metro lacked in the out-going Mini’s character it at least matched it in handling and fun. And when (the soon to be Princess) Diana bought one of the first cars it became a sales sensation. They are rarely seen nowadays but at under $2k this MG version is certainly cheaper than even the roughest old Mini and possibly more exclusive. Read on...
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Recalled Airbags to Become a WOF Issue

In April of last year, the government announced the mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with faulty Takaka airbags. This was due to the faults potentially leading to serious injury or even death of a vehicle’s occupants. Most have been remedied but over 17,000 have not and from early next year those cars not sorted will fail a WOF. Read on...
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Theory of Evo-lution

Mitsubishi’s theory of evolution was simple; take a standard model Lancer and turn it into a blisteringly fast weapon and keep updating it. The first Lancer Evo was released in 1992 and ten evolutions and loads of motorsport success later the Evo X was the final version. While it may have fully evolved and is no longer built, Turners Hamilton has a very nice example so you don’t have to miss out. Read on...
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Bullitt Mustang to be Auctioned

The car chase in 1968’s Bullitt is considered by many to be the best of all time. That’s a big call, but it is the granddaddy of the modern car chase and its location on the steep streets of San Francisco makes it pretty thrilling. The Ford Mustang used in the film has cult status and its whereabouts was a mystery until just last year. Now the iconic GT Fastback is going to be sold.
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Feebates, Fuel Efficiency and Singapore

As you’ve probably heard by now the government is proposing a new “Clean Car Discount” scheme on imported new and used cars. In simple terms the feebate scheme will be a levy on less efficient cars and a rebate on more efficient cars. This will mean that NZ’s most popular new car, the Ford Ranger, will incur a one-off levy of $2250 while the most fuel efficient hybrids would get rebates up to $6800 and EVs receiving up to $8000. And it won’t just be EVs and Hybrids getting rebates, small cars such as Swifts and Corollas will also be subsidised. The feebate will only be applied once - when a vehicle is sold for the first time after being imported - from 2021.
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Beautiful Bargain

Alfa Romeo’s entry into the super-mini race has an air of sophistication and exclusivity that comes with the famous Italian brand. And while critics were quick to point out that the Mito was not in the class of BMW’s Mini in terms of performance and handling you could also argue that the Mito wins on looks and style. And the price is important too, and this 2012 example is as cheap as a slice of margarita pizza. Read on...
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Vanishing Point on Steroids

The original Dodge Challenger was one of the all-time great movie cars so it’s not surprising Chrysler decided to revive the legend. This latest version doesn’t mess about in standard trim but the Hellcat version is completely bonkers...and we mean that in a good way. Read more...
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Brains above Beauty

If you live anywhere where parking is tight, traffic is usually slow and petrol is expensive then the Mitsubishi i-Car shouldn’t be overlooked. Most, however, will overlook it because it’s small (we do love big cars) and it looks a little nerdy or something your grandma would drive. But if you let your brain overrule your heart this 2008 example makes good sense at $3990. Read on...
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The Man Behind the Mustang rides off into the Sunset

Last week saw one of the American motor industry’s biggest stars depart the stage for the last time at the age of 94. He was the man behind Ford’s incredibly successful Mustang as well as the Chrysler Minivan, the original American people-mover.
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Your First Car

Like a first kiss, many will remember their first car, sometimes fondly, sometimes not so much. The truth is, when you were young you were a bit more forgiving; less fussy. What we expected from a car was freedom and something that got us to our destinations, at least most of the time. The kiss was likely the same.
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Wolves in Sheep Clothing

Ever since Volkswagen and Peugeot started sprinkling performance gold dust on their shopping basket hatchbacks in the mid-1980s the “hot hatch” segment has become one of the most fun. These two mid-2000s examples, available now at Turners, are thrilling pint-sized bargains. Read on...
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The Future is Now

When you mention the words Hybrid or Electric you often get shunned by car purists. Or you are told how they’d never be seen dead in one. But seriously, have you seen the price of fuel lately? And for your daily commute what more do you really need? Turners have a large selection of Hybrids and full Electrics available right now. Read on...
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Mighty Mouse

For the uninitiated, the Riley Elf is basically a Mini with a slightly bigger boot, more chrome and a bit more “luxury”. But despite the upmarket extras, the Elf is often seen as the poorer cousin to the Mini despite its cute looks and Mini driving appeal. This fine looking example could be the affordable ticket to classic Mini ownership. Read on...
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Big Hair and Shoulder Pads Required

The SL class Mercs have always been a favorite of wealthy scenesters and movie stars since they first appeared in 1954 with the gorgeous (and insanely valuable) SL300 Gullwing. This NZ new 600SL from 1995 may not command the massive money of the early cars (yet) but surely that’s a good reason to get in now. Read on...
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Is the FTO a Forgotten JDM Gem?

In the nineties, the Mitsubishi FTO was quite a looker with decent performance to boot. But over the years, as many got old and shabby, they are more likely remembered as a beat-up Japanese import with a space-saver on the right front, a WOF that expired years ago and a science experiment interior. There are few survivors but Turners Napier has this really nice one. Read on...
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Are You a Backseat Driver?

Do you find yourself stamping on an imaginary brake pedal with enough force to put a dent in the passenger side footwell? Do you engage in acts of road rage on your driver’s behalf? If you answered yes then you’re a backseat driver. If you answered no then you might still be. The list of backseat driving offenses is long. Read on...
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Good Business

Whatever your views on the current crop of electric vehicles this Nissan E-NV200 all-electric small van makes a decent case for a small business. If you need to make deliveries around town then this van makes sense, and it’s not just the fuel savings. Read on...
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The End of a Long Gone Era

Willys is probably best known for its military jeeps used by the US Armed Forces in WW2. But before that, they had made passenger cars and after a few post-war years of making Jeeps for farmers, they got back into building cars culminating in the 1950s Willys Aero cars. This Willys Custom from the last year of production is part of next week’s classic auction. Read on...
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Back to the Future and Back Again

The Nissan Figaro has achieved that rare distinction of being retro twice over. When it came out in 1991 it was designed to look like a car from 30 years earlier. Now as it closes in on 30 years of age it has become a classic in its own right, or double retro I suppose. This very tidy example is being auctioned online now and closes tomorrow. Read on...
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It’s got Ferrari in its Veins

When you get past the tired old “fix it again Tony” and “rust bucket” comments (as if somehow every other car from the 70s was reliable and rust free) you realise there’s much to like about Fiat’s X19. And this one owner example is coming up in our Classic auction. Read on...
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Pretty Peugeot

For so long Peugeot seemed to get lost in its own sea of mediocrity. Everything was dull and boring or just not particularly good. Then they finally surfaced with the stunning RCZ coupe and all seemed better. This NZ new example is available to buy right now. Read on...
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When Two Worlds Collide

It may look like a terrible accident where a motorcycle has rear-ended a mini resulting in catastrophic injuries for the occupants of both vehicles. But a closer inspection reveals this unnatural coupling may have been deliberately put together, and it’s up for auction. Read on...
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Our guide to buying a good car on a budget

Buying a used car on a limited budget can be risky but not all of us can spend $15,000 on a car. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk and get the best car you can afford.
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Crystal-Balling Future Classics

With Turners Christchurch gearing up for another classic auction next month it’s a timely reminder that many of today’s desirable classics were once ordinary, unloved or just plain unfashionable daily transport. Sure, some cars were classics the day they rolled out of the factory, but most of those were eye wateringly expensive then and even more so now. But what if you had $20k to invest in a future classic?
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Field of Broken Dreams

It’s a sight you see all over New Zealand – fields of old abandoned cars slowly returning to the earth in the form of ferric oxide. However, it’s not often that these fields contain anything more exotic than a Morris Minor van. But this American paddock contains nothing but exotics and it’s a bit distressing for petrolheads to look at.
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Going Bush?

If you love the outdoors, maybe a bit of hunting or fishing, and are not fazed by a flat-packed set of Ikea furniture then the Ezytrail Stirling LX camper is a must-have accessory. It’s available now – some assembly required. Read on...
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Want to sell your classic but don’t want the hassle?

Do you have a classic car that you’ve been meaning to sell? Maybe it doesn’t get as much use as it deserves or maybe you want to buy something else or need the money to fix the daily driver. Whatever the reason it makes sense to enter it into our next classic auction on 15th June. Read on...
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Rivian Electric Ute on its way?

New Zealanders love their utes. The once sole domain of tradies and farmers has become the family car of choice for many and they constantly top our sales charts. But with EVs starting to make more sense with every fossil fuel price rise, will the popular ute be an option in the future? Well Rivian has you covered - more than covered actually. Read on...
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The Small BMW with BIG Power

BMW’s 1 Series is normally associated with the small hatchback that’s a bit posher than a Corolla. Then there’s the pretty 135i coupe with a bigger engine that’s quite quick. And then there’s this insane twin turbo, 335hp beast known as the 1M. It’s rare, fast and sexy – and it’s coming up for auction. Read on...
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Jurassic Jeep

As replica movie cars go this 1997 Jeep Wrangler is pretty good. Sure there are differences between the 1993 movie Jeeps and this one but only the sharpest of movie/car buffs will notice as you whizz by. This one is available now at Turners Tauranga. Read on...
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Winter Maintenance

Let’s face it, winter is nearly here and if there’s anything that makes a cold winter worse it’s a car that won’t start or breaks down or tries to kill you on a wet road. But you can probably prevent many of these problems without too much fuss...preferably before winter hits proper.
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Out with the New and in with the Nearly New

If you were lucky enough to be in a position to buy a new car in New Zealand 60 years ago you could sell it for a profit six months later. Today, a new car will depreciate the moment you drive it off the lot. So if you can buy a car that’s not long left the dealership you could save yourself a decent chunk of money that you could use for something else, something fun.
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1000 Miles Per and 135,000hp - 9th April 2019

You may think your rotary powered BMW is quick but if the Bloodhound LSR achieves its goal of 1000mph (1609kph) then “quick” will officially be redefined. Read on...
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Tougher than an Overcooked Steak-5th April 2019

If you need a car for your daily commute then this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be perfect for you...if your commute involves war zones, mountains or boulder strewn muddy fields. It will also be perfect if you are into mountaineering but prefer doing it on four wheels. This near new example is available now. Read on...
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Nissan Gives Original Godzilla a Boost - 1st April 2019

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is officially a classic. Prices have been going through the roof as good ones get harder to find. But the problem for many classics is the supply of decent quality new parts but not anymore for early Godzilla owners. Nissan is here to help you. Read on...
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Pedigree Cat for Moggy Money- 29th March 2019

This Jaguar XF-S is a pedigree cat for moggy money but your neighbours won’t know, all they’ll see is you driving a Jag and assume you’ve moved up in the world. Read on...
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Pretty Posh for not much Dosh - 26th March 2019

The Porsche Boxter’s design may be ageless but with an auction estimate under $8k for this example, times have certainly changed. The very idea you could own a Porsche with a mid-mounted flat six engine that emits that instantly recognisable Porsche growl for the price of high mileage Hyundai would be unthinkable a few years ago. Now could be the time to live the dream. Read on...
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The First Maserati SUV - 19th March 2019

The famous Italian name of Maserati conjures up images of Grand Prix racing, sports cars, and luxury grand tourers but in 2016 it belatedly joined the SUV arms race with the Levante. This low mileage, NZ new example from 2017 is your chance to get one at a substantial discount over a new one. Read on...
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Utes clean up in the Classic auction - 15th March 2019

It was all about the Utes last Saturday at Turners classic auction in Christchurch. Not only are utes the modern vehicle of choice for New Zealanders we also have a love of the old ones, especially if they’re Australian. Read on...
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Teenage Kicks- 8th March 2019

Outwardly it looks like it was inspired by a drawing made by a teenage boy with a ruler and a compass during a Social Studies class. But underneath the fourth generation Honda Civic Type R’s skin is a mad masterpiece. This low mileage example awaits you at Turners. Read on...
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Come on a Safari With Me

It’s huge, will devour petrol like a rugby team in a brewery, and need a garage the size of a small house to park in. But this 1972 Pontiac Catalina Safari is extremely cool and if you had to find one sensible thing about it, the price expectation might just be it. Read on...
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Before the Ranger - 4th March 2019

With the Ford Ranger being NZ’s biggest selling car for the last few years it’s hard to drive anywhere in standard car without having your view blocked by one. But long before the Ranger, when utes were driven by blokes called Bruce and women called Nancy, there was the Ford Mainline, and you didn’t use it to go shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Read on...
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Viva La Classic Car Auction - 26th February 2019

The next Turners classic auction takes place in Christchurch on 9th March and the line up is already looking pretty tasty. But one car in particular has caught my eye and it’s a Vauxhall Viva. Yes, that’s right, the car your mum or Grandma drove when you were a kid, only this one has teeth and bonnet scoops. Read on...
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Formula One in its DNA - 18th February, 2019

Before you right it off as “just a Renault” there’s something you need to consider. In 2006 Fernando Alonso won the F1 world championship in a Renault, who also won the constructors title. It was also the year Renault’s sporting division released the Clio 197. Renault Sport was on fire and this car is a 194hp beast for chump change. Read on...
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Ford Reveals it’s V8 Supercar Mustang

You may be wondering why Scott Mclaughlin’s new Mustang V8 Supercar looks so different from an actual Mustang. With its droopy snout, bigger windscreen and side glass, slightly squashed body and longer tail you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not really a Mustang at all. And you’d be right.
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Only in New Zealand

New Zealand’s history of designing and mass manufacturing cars is brief to say the least. There was the Trekka and, well, that was it really. However, we did once have a rich history of assembling cars, and some pretty important ones at that. We built up VW Beetles, Fiat 500s (or Bambina in NZ only), Minis, Corollas, even Vespas, and many, many more.
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Seat of the Pants Driving - 11th February, 2019

This pint sized supercar has pin-up good looks, goes even better, and has a Toyota engine which means it won’t be as fragile as your typical highly strung supercar. Also, like a supercar, it’s lightweight, fast, noisy, uncomfortable and bags of ridiculous fun. Read on...
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From Another Planet? 31st January, 2019

We are used to supercars having unique, aggressive styling but the BMW i8 looks like it came from outer space, or the future. Indeed, it is likely that the i8 represents the future of supercars. Gone is the screaming V12 with an insatiable thirst for fossil fuels and in its place lies something that sounds, on paper at least, like it would be more at home in nana’s hatchback. On the road, however... Turners Penrose are selling one of these incredible cars. Read on...
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Mmmmm 3 – 29th January, 2019

The BMW M3 is a motoring legend and this 2014 F80 M3 lives up to that heady status. From its carbon fibre roof and driveshaft plus aluminium front panels to its twin turbocharged straight six engine and trick 7 speed M-DCT transmission this M3, like those before it, is all about speed. It’s stunningly fast but comfortable, too. Read on...
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It Bites - 22nd January, 2019

The Porsche Cayman gets its name from a small alligator that will bite your face off given half a chance. It’s also the name of rubber clog style footwear made by Crocs. Don’t get them mixed up. One is functional, comfortable and fun and the other is ugly footwear. Slip your feet into this one. Read on...
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Time for a (near) New Car?

It’s that time of year when you trudge back to work after an all too brief Christmas break. The traffic hasn’t got any better, your inbox is horrifyingly full and your car feels like it has indulged more than you over the break – older, shabbier and less enthusiastic. It might be time for a new car but new cars cost the most. However, a near new car makes sense. Read on...
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New Year, New Car - 9th January, 2019

If your New Year’s resolution was to buy a new car that’s fast then this BMW E60 M5 ticks one of those boxes – the most important one. It’s not new but who cares when it’s this fast? It has a 10 cylinder engine that pumps out 500hp and was the fastest four door sedan in the world when released. It’s also about the price of a new Holden Barina. Read on...
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Last Minute Xmas Shopping - 20th December, 2018

There’s an unwritten rule when buying gifts for the significant other in your life – anything that represents chores is off-limits. Ironing boards, hedge trimmers, vacuum cleaners, weed sprayers, just don’t go there. The same applies when buying them a car as a gift. Don’t get them something dreary to drive to work in, pick up kids from school in or take rubbish to the tip in. Get them something fun, like this Toyota MR-S. Read on...
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Mobile Mansion - 17th December, 2018

There’s been recent talk of lowering speed limits on some of our roads but if you want to take direct action then this 25 foot long 1979 Oxford caravan is sure to slow traffic behind you wherever you tow it this summer. As caravans go this is a mansionvan with all the questionable tastes of 1979 interior design still very much intact. Read on...
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A Bargain Future Classic? 14th December, 2018

Playing the “Future Classic” game is tricky but with this 2005 low mileage Mazda RX8 it could be a game worth playing for two reasons. Firstly, pretty much every rotary powered Mazda has become collectible and has increased in value over time so the future should be bright for the RX8. Secondly, these are simply really good cars at low prices that’ll be fun to own and drive. So is there a downside?
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Big Crowd for the Classics - 11th December, 2018

Saturday’s classic auction at Turners Christchurch was a resounding success with some standout performers being snapped up by the large crowd in the room as well as many more bidding online. Here are a few of the highlights. Read on...
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You’re Ready for a Holiday but is Your Car?

It’s been a long year and you’re ready for a holiday. But it has also been a long year for your car. So is it in need of some loving before you hit the long hot NZ summer holiday period?
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Christmas Gifts for the Car Nuts in Your Life

As is traditional with our December issue of the Good Oil we take a look at some automotive related gifts - good and bad - for the car mad people in your life. As with Newton’s third law of motion “For every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction” the same can be said of gifts. For every useful and thoughtful gift there is a useless and thoughtless gift. Let’s carefully tiptoe our way through this minefield.
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What is Santa Bringing you for Christmas? 4th December, 2018

If you’re into your classic and thoroughbred cars then Christmas is coming early at Turners Christchurch this Saturday. This auction line-up has some pretty rare and desirable cars as well as some entry level classic beauties. It’s a live auction which you can follow, and participate in, online. Come Christmas day you could have something very special under the tree to drive...I mean open. Read on...
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Surely the Cheapest 500 in NZ - 27th November, 2018

The new Fiat 500 is bigger, more powerful, more refined, safer and faster than the original Bambina. But this 2010 Lounge JTD is available to buy at $6990, or around half the price of a decent vintage one. It’d make a great Christmas prezzy for someone, too. Read more...
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Near New for Old Money - 20th November, 2018

In these days of rising fuel prices an SUV might have less appeal than it once did. But this Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross Prestige has SUV looks and size without the wallet withering big engine. And this 2017, top of the range example has an auction estimate of half the price of a new one. Read on...
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Mini With Max Power - 16th November, 2018

In 2006 the Mini Works GP was the fastest Mini ever factory produced and only 2000 were made for the whole world. If ever a car screamed “future Classic” it’s this one. It’s not just a Mini Cooper S with a few extra horsepower thrown in; it’s a road-going track car with some very special kit. Read on...
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A Triumph of Substance and Style - 13th November, 2018

The Triumph Bonneville Bobber could have been a fashion exercise with little in the way of substance. But in actual fact Triumph delivered a retro themed bike that delivered on more than just looks. This near new example has travelled a tiny 58kms and it’s for sale now. Read on...
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When Bigger Really is Better - 9th November, 2018

If you need a big van then the Mercedes Sprinter 516 with high roof and long wheel base is hard to beat. Bigger is better when it comes to a cargo van and the big Merc has one of the biggest payloads available in a van and it can haul up to 2495kg in its cavernous interior. Read on...
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A Rare Survivor - 6th November, 2018

Take a one owner, early example of one of the worlds all-time best selling cars, mix in the more desirable coupe body shell, sprinkle with incredibly low mileage and garnish with original plastic protection still on the door cards. This is the recipe for a very rare and desirable dish being served up by Turners Napier. Read on...
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This Fat Cat’s Been Working Out - 2nd November, 2018

Some see the XJ series Jaguars as fusty, heavy luxo-barges for ferrying around royalty. And that’s not entirely unfair. But it does have timeless, even elegant, looks and in the XJR it has some serious power gains and weight loss. This old fat cat has been to the gym and it hunts Audis and Beemers for lunch. It’s also a dead-set bargain. Read on...
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Miniature Pony - 31st October, 2018

Most people associate the Ford Mustang with a V8 but in these times of soaring fuel prices a six cylinder Mustang doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Luckily Ford made a smaller engined Mustang and due to the preference to the V8 it can often be picked up for a song. This bone stock ’65 is just such a car. Read on...
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When Porsche Turned Air into Water - 26th October, 2018

In 1997 Porsche rocked the lives of 911 officianados the world over by completely redesigning the company’s biggest icon and fitting a water-cooled engine. The new 911 had the internal designation 996 and it was designed by a chap called Pinky Lai. It was the first major design overhaul of the 911 since it first wowed the world in 1963. It was controversial and Turners has this ’99 Carrera for auction next week. Read on...
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A Classic Spectacle – 24th October, 2018

On Saturday the 13th October in Christchurch the auction of the late Gary McVicar’s amazing collection of classic cars proved again that there’s nothing quite like a live event to make the sale of unique items more satisfying and exciting. More than 600 buyers registered onsite, over $1 million was spent and all but one car sold. Read on...
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The Supercar for the Whole Family - 12th October, 2018

The BMW E60 M5 is a supercar for the whole family at a very un-supercar price. It has a 10 cylinder engine that pumps out 500hp and was the fastest four door sedan in the world when released. It also has plenty of room for the kids and a couple of dogs, all of which will be truly excited/terrified every time you hit the loud pedal. Read on...
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Any Colour as long as it’s Black? 9th October, 2018

The oldest car at this Saturday’s classic car auction in Leithfield is also one of the most important. The Ford Model T took the car from a hand built luxury item for the wealthy to a mass produced ‘must have’ for middle class Americans. If you’re into cars then you have to acknowledge the Model T as the most influential car in history. Wouldn’t it be great to own one? Read on...
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The Handsome Ferrari

When you think of Ferrari you think two seats, mid-mounted engine, low to the ground and pretty. But in the late 70s Ferrari decided to dabble in the grand tourer market and the result was 4 seats, a front mounted V12 and looks that are more handsome than pretty. This rare car is being auctioned on October 13th. Read on...
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1928 Auburn 88 Speedster

The 1928 Auburn 88 Speedster is undoubtedly the star attraction of the upcoming Classic Car Auction to be held in Christchurch on October 13 on account of the Estate of Gary McVicar who was a prominent businessman involved in the timber industry. This auction, being run by Turners Cars will feature an amazing variety of rare and interesting classics that Gary McVicar had accumulated before his death approximately four years ago.
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Coveted Collection to be Auctioned - 1st October, 2018

Gary McVicar’s head may have been in the timber business but his heart was clearly in Steel as is evidenced by his amazing collection of classic cars. He had a good eye for quality and a true passion for all things automotive. Sadly, Gary passed away in 2014 and the collection is being auctioned this month. It will be a rare opportunity to acquire some very rare and desirable vehicles. Read on...
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Subaru’s Wacky Wedge - 25th September, 2018

It was a sales flop in its day - maybe it was before its time, maybe after its time – and that means not many rolled off the assembly line. In fact only 7000 right hand drive SVXs were built and the tiniest handful were sold new in NZ. So it’s rare but does this mean Subaru’s luxury wedge will one day be desirable? Well as punts go, this one might be worth taking. Read on...
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Financially Challenged Person’s Porsche - 19th September, 2018

The quintessential classic Porsche is the 911 but if you are looking for a classic Porka on a skinny budget then the 911 may as well be a pet Unicorn – they simply don’t exist on a skinny budget. But there’s always Plan B: one of Porsche’s less glamorous front engine models, and preferably the strangely attractive 944, like this one. Read on...
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Incredible Impala - 11th September, 2018

With spring upon us the time for finishing, or indeed starting, that “winter project” may have passed. But with a summer of car shows such as Beach Hop to look forward to maybe life’s too short for completing that project anyway. Maybe, rather than spending $60k on that restoration project you should maybe just spend $50k on one that’s already done. Like this one. Read on...
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Summer is Coming - 7th September, 2018

It may not seem like it but summer is coming and it won’t be long before the roof of your convertible will be folded back on a daily basis. Of course that’s only if you own one. There are few better affordable soft top sports cars than the Mazda MX-5 and this 2006 model is potentially the bargain to kick you into a top down summer. Read on...
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Stylish, Frugal, Clever and Cheap - 4th September, 2018

The headline with Fiat’s TwinAir Panda is ‘frugality’ but there’s so much more to this stylish Italian city car. With Petrol prices on the rise and the addition of regional fuel taxes the opportunity to buy a two cylinder, 875cc Fiat is pretty timely. And this clever Panda is not expensive either, in fact it’s positively cheap. Read on...
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Stings Like a Bee - 30th August, 2018

It may look like an angry German bumble bee but the Porsche Cayman actually gets its name from a small alligator that will chew your face off given half a chance. And that probably suits the Cayman. It looks like a scaled down version of the 911, but it’s still got sharp teeth and it will bite. This one is champing at the bit to find a new owner. Read on...
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Game Changers

With Tesla’s Model 3 making its first appearance in NZ this month and Hyundai’s new fully electric Kona on sale now it appears EVs are likely to be the latest automotive game changer. So we thought we’d look back on some of the other automotive game changers that significantly altered the motoring landscape.
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The Bug that Caused a Stink and Created an Opportunity

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a small critter about the size of a 10 cent coin and will yield easily to the downward pressure of a size 9 boot. However, a bunch of them managed to push several container ships carrying imported cars to NZ all the way back to Japan.
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Vantastic - 27th August, 2018

Some may be surprised to find that there’s a market for classic vans but there certainly is and the first generation Ford Transit is one to watch. With old VW Kombis commanding stratospheric prices these old Transits look like a bit of a bargain. And usually being a hard living commercial vehicle this may be one of the best left out there. Read on...
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Call it a Come Back - 17th August, 2018

Alfa Romeo once gave us cars like the stunning 33 Stradale and were part of the motoring elite but over the years and regular management changes they lost their way. Sure there have been some decent cars but there has been some average and terrible ones, too. So the 4C Coupe is a welcome sight, and what a sight it is. Alfa brought back some of their swagger with the 4C and you can own this one. Read on...
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For the Smart Summer Buyer - 14th August, 2018

Winter may seem like an odd time to buy a convertible but actually the best time to buy a sunny day car is after a long stretch of cold, wet, windy, short days - the sort of days you’d never have the top down on your convertible. That’s why this 2009, NZ New Audi A5 Quattro is a good idea right now. Why? Read on...
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Vanishing Point Revisited - 10th August, 2018

The original Dodge Challenger was one of the all-time great movie cars so it’s not surprising Chrysler decided to revive the legend. This 2011 R/T at Turners Wellington is a limited Hurst edition with just 26,000kms on the clock. So what does the “Hurst” bit mean and why do you want one? Read on...
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Beautiful Bogans - 7th August, 2018

Of the Aussie classics of the seventies the Chrysler Valiant is perhaps the one that is still a bit undervalued compared to the big Holden and Ford competitors from the era. Still, good ones are few and far between so finding two for sale in such fantastic original condition presents a rare opportunity to invest in a car still on an upward curve. Read on...
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Limo with a Price that’s not a Stretch - 30th July, 2018

This Ex-NZ Government limo was sold by Turners back in 2011. Then, with 90,000kms on the clock, it sold for around $40k. Today, having covered only a few more kilometres, it could be yours for $14,990. Long gone is the lingering odour of Peter Dunne’s hairspray or Judith Collins’s perfume but the history remains and it could all be yours. Read on...
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Yes, I do own the road actually - 27th July, 2018

It’s the size of an ocean liner, has a 6.8 litre engine that runs on the sweat and tears of the great unwashed and is quite difficult to park. But none of this matters as you’ll have a driver to deal with the tricky stuff while you sit in the back seat plotting another corporate takeover whilst savouring a very fine single malt whisky. Read on...
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514 Angry Horses - 24th July, 2018

In 2006 the Mercedes E63 AMG was THE heavy hitter in the world of super sedans. It out powered the BMW M5, made the Audi S6 feel a bit puny, and it spanked the Holden HSV E-Series. It was insanely powerful and fast and would empty your bank account to the tune of around $200k. So when you see one with an auction estimate of $7500-$8500 you sit up and pay attention. Read on...
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Mint Mini - 20th July, 2018

Time takes its toll on nearly every car. Wet winters, less than caring owners, rough roads and high miles finish most cars off inside 20 years. But every now and then a survivor pops up that defies time. At 41 years old this 1977 Mini 1000 looks like it has been drinking from the fountain of youth, and you can buy it. Read on...
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Cute Coupe - 16th July, 2018

Turners Christchurch has an interesting selection of classics being auctioned at the moment but it’s this pretty Alfa GTV that catches the eye. It’s the right colour combination, has the right wheels and, for the driver, arguably the best engine. And it’s being sold with no reserve. Read on...
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France or Croatia for the win? 13th July, 2018

The Football World Cup final takes place on Monday morning so we thought I’d dig through the Turners website for some interesting French and Croatian cars for sale right now (I’d been counting on an England win for this post obviously). Here are three of the best and, strangely, they are all French. Read on...
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You can Lead a Horse to Water... 10th July, 2018

This 2016 Ford Mustang GT Fastback went for a swim and nearly drowned. Are your life guarding skills good enough to resuscitate this once proud steed or has the fresh water inundation spelled curtains on its short life? Read on...
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Nearly New and Nearly All Gone - 6th July, 2018

Why buy new when you can buy nearly new? Turners has eight 2017 BMW X5s that you can buy right now. They are exactly one year old, have very low kilometres, loads of warranty and are many thousands of dollars cheaper than new. They are also selling faster than the German football team’s World Cup exit. Read on...
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They DO make ‘em like they used to - 2nd July, 2018

Never has the phrase “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” been more wrong than when it’s applied to a 2016 Royal Enfield motorcycle. Sure it has been updated in a few areas but essentially this Royal Enfield Classic 350 is not much different to the original 1948 Bullet model making it the longest running motorcycle design in history.
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The Velvet Hammer - 28th June, 2018

Where the Audi RS4 looks like a comfortable family car that belies its brutal performance, the RS5 coupe looks like it could be quite fast and it really, seriously is. But it still has an understated elegance that hides some of its true nature; a velvet hammer if you like. Read on...
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K Pop Chart Toppers - 25th June, 2018

A few short years ago Korean brands were looked down on by car buyers who saw them as inferior. And, to be fair, who can forget the awful Daewoo Nubira or the Hyundai Pony? But in J.D Powers latest American new car customer satisfaction survey Korean manufacturers took out the top three spots. Read on...
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Holy Horsepower, Batman - 20th June, 2018

Mazda’s third generation RX7, or Batmobile as it is commonly known, is probably the best looking of the series and came from the factory with a decent number of horses (around 250) galloping out of the 13B rotary engine. But for some that was merely a small gathering of ponies when nothing short of a herd of wild stallions would do. Like this one at Turner North shore. Read on...
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Famous Footballer Cars of the past

With the Football World Cup kicking off in Russia and the crazy pre-season transfer market in full swing we are once again reminded how much today’s football superstars get paid and the outrageous cars many of them insist on driving. Christiano Ronaldo has $11 million dollars worth of exotic motors, Lionel Messi also has an impressive supercar garage, and John Terry collects Ferraris. But what about the superstars of the past? What did they drive?
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Fuel effeciency

Petrol vs Diesel.  Hybrid vs Electric Vehicle. Ever wanted to know whether petrol or diesel vehicles will get you more for your money? There's so much to consider when buying a vehicle, with fuel efficiency just being the start...
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Avoiding Pressure at the Pump

With fuel prices at a four year high and regional fuel taxes on the way it might be time to look at your car’s drinking habits. Is it a quiet sipper or is it a heavy drinker with a taste for the top shelf stuff? If it’s the latter then is it time for a change?
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One for the Ambulance Chasers - 11th June, 2018

If any vehicle carries good Karma then it has to be an ambulance. Sure a few passengers may have shuffled off this mortal coil in the back but many more will have been saved, comforted and reassured on their way to hospital. So it may have covered a few kilometres (not as many as some) but they’ve all been travelled for the greater good of Humanity. Read on...
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Cat in a Camaro - 8th June, 2018

You will probably have heard the story of the Auckland cat that survived a 4.5 hour trip stuck behind the grill of a Chevy Camaro this week. There are a couple of questions that need to be answered here: Ford fans will be asking how a Chev managed to drive non-stop for 360kms? But more importantly, why was the cat there in the first place? Well this scenario is not that rare at this time of year so read on...
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Panda Cub - 6th June, 2018

Well I guess it looks like a Panda if you squint...or close your eyes. But the headline with Fiat’s TwinAir Panda is ‘frugality’. With Petrol prices on the rise and regional fuel taxes coming into play the opportunity to buy a two cylinder, 875cc Fiat is pretty timely. And this clever Panda is not expensive either. Read on...
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Quick Posh for not much Dosh - 1st June, 2018

If you want fast posh but don’t have a lot of dosh then this could be for you. And this Porsche Cayenne is more than just a trinket to impress the neighbours, despite its meagre price tag. This Cayenne is the 4.8L V8 Turbo for the price of a used Corolla. Read on...
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Stone Wash Denim Compulsory - 29th May, 2018

The eighties were the era of stone wash denim, Ocean Pacific tank tops, poodle hair and digital dashboards and the fourth generation C4 Corvette fits in with this era perfectly. It couldn’t be any more eighties if the stereo only played ‘Hot for Teacher’ by Van Halen on repeat. This one is coming up for sale at Turners Hamilton soon. Read on...
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Pinky’s Porsche - 22nd May, 2018

In 1997 Porsche rocked the lives of 911 officianados the world over by completely redesigning the company’s biggest icon and fitting a water-cooled engine. The new 911 had the internal designation 996 and it was designed by a chap called Pinky Lai. It was the first major design overhaul of the 911 since it first wowed the world in 1963. It was controversial and Turners has this one for sale right now. Read on...
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Bavarian Beauty - 18th May, 2018

At first glance you have to admit that the E89 BMW Z4 is a very pretty car. The new retractable hardtop gives it a more aggressive and flowing look than the old model. And although this car is the base model there’s none of that crushing disappointment you got when you lifted the long bonnet of the previous base model and were faced with a – shock, horror - 4 cylinder lump. No, this car has the straight six that we all know and love about BMW. Read on...
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Banana Smoothy - 15th May, 2018

Mazda’s MX-5 has long been the benchmark in small, fun, reliable ragtop sports cars but there is more than one way to skin a banana and this little mid-engine Toyota MR-S has a different, but no less effective, take on things. It’s available to buy right now. Read on...
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Oh La La - 11th May, 2018

Okay, so it’s a Renault and it’s a Megane, the standard version of which is a pretty average car despite the quirky looks. But the Megane RS 225 is an altogether different beast. It’s fast, handles brilliantly and the bang for buck ratio is pretty high with this one being sold by Turners Hamilton. Read on...
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Blowing in the Wind - 7th May, 2018

The Scirocco is a Mediterranean hot wind emanating from the Sahara desert. It’s also a Volkswagen coupe that’s also hot wind powered – sort of – in the form of a turbocharger AND a supercharger. This example may only have a small engine but it’s quick, strangely attractive and potentially a fantastic bargain. Read on...
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Suits You Sir - 1st May, 2018

Leather upholstery hand stitched by goddesses using thread made from the hair of baby pandas, a boot larger than many Auckland apartments and wood trim made from a walnut tree planted by God himself are just some of the features of this Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. And it’s being sold at Turners Christchurch this week...Read on
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The Name’s Martin, Aston Martin - 24th April, 2018

Where other Supercars are the equivalent of a gold medallion nestled on a hairy chest, Aston Martins ooze class and just a touch of restraint. They’re hardly ‘understated’ but where an Italian Supercar’s V12 engine screams like a character from a teen horror movie the Aston’s V12 roar has a slight plum in its mouth. And that’s why James Bond drives an Aston and Magnum PI drives a Ferrari. Read on...
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Classy Italian - 20th April, 2018

A 400hp V8, a top speed of 270kph and 0-100kph in 5.6 seconds, and the comfort of an interior that feels like a classy Italian lounge bar. This 2006 Maserati Quattroporte is an exotic grand tourer for a very un-exotic price. Read on...
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Winter Maintenance

Let’s face it, winter is nearly here and if there’s anything that makes a cold winter worse it’s a car that won’t start or breaks down or tries to kill you on a wet road. But you can probably prevent many of these problems without too much fuss...preferably before winter hits proper.
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Best Buys on a Budget

For many of us, buying a brand new car is not an option and a near new car is still beyond the constraints of our current budget. But the thing is, there are many good cars out there for the budget conscious, it’s just a matter of identifying them. So let’s take a look at a cross section of makes and models that can be snagged for $6000 - $8000 that will give you good value for your hard earned money. Of course one person’s value for money will be different to another’s. Some will value reliability and fuel economy above all else, some will sacrifice some running costs for speed and power, while others will seek prestige with loads of fruity extras and be prepared to compromise a little on reliability and economy. So with this in mind here are just a few examples that cover the bases but
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Munted Midget - 16th April, 2018

This classic 1970 MG Midget is a sad and sorry sight. What looks to have recently been a superb example of this British classic has since had some of its panel work forcefully realigned. Is it curtains for the little nipper or can it be saved? Read on...
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Low Key Limo - 10th April, 2018

If you are an important person in Japan, such as the Prime Minister, then chances are you get ferried around in a Toyota Century. This 2006 model is hard to distinguish from an original 1967 model, but under the bonnet sits some rare Japanese V12 madness. If you want to look important while having your butt massaged then read on...
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As American as Coca Cola and Twinkies - 6th April, 2018

The Ranger may be top of the charts in NZ but the big daddy of pick-ups is Ford’s F series. It has been the biggest selling car in America since dinosaurs roamed the planet. Currently Ford sells 41 billion dollars worth of F Series trucks every year yet they are a comparatively rare sight on NZ roads. This one hails from the lone star state of Texas and it really is a thing of functional beauty.
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Life’s a Gas - 28th March, 2018

For most of us a standard Subaru WRX will fulfil our need for speed and perhaps even exceed it. But if you’re one of those maniacs who feel a standard WRX lacks punch then this Kiwi new WRX in 555 blue that’s huffing the laughing gas could be just the thing to bring a smile to your face. Read on...
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My Little Pony - 23rd March, 2018

With the four cylinder engine from the Focus RS the Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost seems at odds with what we’ve come to expect from the iconic pony car. That is, a V8 engine, the V8 rumble and the wallet emptying fuel consumption. But before you right it off as “not a real Mustang” there is much to admire about this little pony. Read on...
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This Firebird has the Sizzle - 21st March, 2018

By American standards the 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 is a very rare car. Only 7802 were built in ‘71 and with the passing of 47 tough years most of those have no doubt succumbed to the ravages of time. Not this one though. Oh no, this one is something really quite special and you can buy it. Read on...
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Bargain Beemer - 15th March, 2018

This BMW 330D is just two years old with a mere 25,000kms on the clock and has an auction guide price somewhere in the vicinity of a new base model Toyota Camry. However, unlike the Camry the BMW has bags of power as well as excellent fuel economy plus more features than you can shake a stick at and snob value in spades. Read on...
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It Will be Triumphant Again - 13th March, 2018

A few years ago this forlorn looking 1972 Triumph GT6 would’ve been sent to the crusher. But today there are few left of these baby E-Types and this one is sure to be saved from that fate. Of all the Triumph sports cars of the 60s and 70s the GT6 is perhaps the prettiest, and this mark 3 version is possibly the best of the lot. Read on...
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Better than a Porsche? 9th March, 2018

Say what you like about Jaguars being stuffy, unreliable and with cliff-face depreciation but the F-Type is an absolute stunner to look at from any angle, sounds epic and goes like a cat chasing a rat, too. This one is seriously well priced and looks incredible. Read on...
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A Big Van for the Big Jobs - 6th March, 2018

If you need a big van then the Mercedes Sprinter 313 with high roof and long wheel base is hard to beat. But that size and the three pointed star don’t come cheap. However, this one offers potential savings in the thousands of dollars. Read on...
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Quick Quattro - 26th February, 2018

Stuck in the wilderness of not yet classic and not really modern this 2003 B6 Audi S4 Avant still cuts a handsome figure and sports an attractive price tag. It goes like stink, too. Read on...
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A Different View Every Day - 19th February, 2018

At first glance the price tag of $115,000 for this 2011 Keystone Springvale caravan might appear expensive, and sure, it is serious scratch. But look take a second look – you get a house AND a car for less than a deposit on an average Kiwi house and your backyard is New Zealand. Not so crazy when you think about it. Read on...
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Beach Hop, a festival

Next month sees the return of Beach Hop, a festival that celebrates 50s and 60s Rock and Roll, retro, nostalgia and old cars. Over the years it has grown into a major event that attracts over 1000 hot rods, classic cars, motorcycles, caravans and more Brylcreem, bobby socks and beehives than you can shake a gearstick at.
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Bullitt Mustang Found

The car chase in 1968’s Bullitt is considered by many to be the best of all time. That’s a big call but it is the granddaddy of the modern car chase and its location on the steep streets of San Francisco makes it pretty thrilling. The Ford Mustang used in the film has cult status but its whereabouts has remained a mystery...until now.
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Rental Relocations – A Cheap Way to See the Country?

Whether you want to see some of New Zealand on the cheap or you really just need to get home, or maybe you just like driving then there is one method that you may not have considered - car rental relocations.
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Big Bang for Your Buck - 12th February, 2018

When you mention Renault to many NZ drivers you, perhaps ironically, get a very Gallic shrug of the shoulders or a dismissive wave of the hands. This is odd because when it comes to hot hatches Renault has got form, seriously good form. So while others are stumping up big dollars for hot Golfs or Focuses the Renault Megane RS250 Cup can be picked up for a snip. Read on...
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Smoking Hot Classic - 2nd February, 2018

Most retired fire engines that come up for sale aren’t exactly the most practical vehicles to park in your driveway or on the street outside your house. But this 1976 Toyota FJ45 Smoke Chaser is just about the right size and it may just cause a few grown-up six year olds to spontaneously combust with excitement. Read on...
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House and Car Package Deal - 31st January, 2018

It’s not often you get the opportunity to buy a Kiwi new 1989 Land Rover 110 ute with low mileage. So when one comes along AND it includes a house on the back, well you better not miss out. And it’s hard to imagine any other campervan or caravan going where this one can go so if you truly love the proper outdoors then read on...
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The Size of a Small Planet - 26th January, 2018

With temperatures pushing the mercury to record levels around the country it seems appropriate that this gorgeous Mercury Eight is up for sale at Turners Tauranga. Basically a Ford in a nice suit, the Mercury lives up to its name by being the size of a small planet. And this NZ assembled example has the added advantage of having the steering wheel on the right side. Read on...
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Electric Dreams - 24th January, 2018

On a drive between Napier and Taupo on the weekend – to watch fossil fuel burning monsters race around the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park - I couldn’t help but notice not one, but two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations strategically placed along the Napier – Taupo road. This got me thinking – maybe, with a little route planning, you could take this fully electric Mitsubishi i-MIEV city car on a road trip. Read on...
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New Vitara for Used Money - 17th January, 2018

Okay, so strictly speaking it’s not new, it’s actually 17 months old, but it’s the current model with just 3200km on the clock. A new one has a RRP of $37990 so with an auction estimate of just $21,500 - $22,500 and the balance of the new car warranty this top of the range Vitara Turbo AllGrip could turn out to be an amazing deal on a really nice bit of kit.
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Forgotten Swedish Bargain – 12th January, 2018

Sweden is cool. They’ve given us ABBA, creamy meatballs, Ikea, the Nobel prize, Ace of Base, Volvo and, of course, Saab. The Saab brand may be dead but many of the cars left behind are very much alive and prices are rock bottom. This classy one owner, NZ new 9-3 Cabrio has bargain written all over it.
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Little Red Corvette? 5th January, 2018

When Prince wrote his hit song about a little red Corvette we can only assume he wasn’t comparing its size to his own stature because the Corvette is a big car and Prince was a brilliant small man. With a 5.7L V8 and an overall length of 4.6 metres the only thing “little” about this red Corvette is the price...read on
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A Big Xmas Gift for a Small Price – 20th December, 2017

Have you left your Christmas shopping a bit late? Well this BMW Z4 might be a bit extravagant for the office secret Santa but if you’re going for the grand gesture to impress someone special then it could make quite the splash for a little less money than what it looks like it should cost. Read on...
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Beautiful Car Alert – Alfa Romeo GT - 15th December, 2017

If there’s one thing the Italians are good at - apart from football, food, fashion and organised crime - it’s cars - or more specifically, sexy cars. Sure there are exceptions but their hit rate when it comes to good looking cars is pretty remarkable. The Alfa Romeo GT is gorgeous and for a coupe it’s actually quite practical. And unlike some Alfas from the last 20 years there’s a good chance it won’t break your heart.
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Have you seen the price of petrol lately? 12th December, 2017

When you mention the word Prius you often get told by car purists to shut up and never mention the name again. Or you are told how they’d never be seen dead in one. But seriously, have you seen the price of fuel lately? And for your daily commute what more do you really need? Turners have a bunch of Prius C cars available right now.
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Totalled Torana - A Sad End or a New Beginning? 4th December, 2017

It would be sad if this was just another old Holden Torana but doubly so in this case as it’s purportedly a one owner 1972 LJ “S” model with just 62,000 original miles on the clock. Before it had an argument with something very solid it was in beautiful condition and this may be its saving grace. It just might be worth saving.
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Italian Speed and Luxury - 28th November, 2017

It’s the Supercar for those that want a bit more comfort and refinement but still want the looks and the epic sound of a Ferrari built V8. The Maserati GranTurismo coupe is a grand tourer, but with 450hp and a trick transmission it ain’t no show pony and this one is for sale right now at Turners Penrose. Read on...
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Man Finds Car Exactly Where he Left it...20 Years Ago - 21st November, 2017

We’ve all done it, parked the car (usually in a multi-story car park) and wandered off to go about our business only to return with absolutely no idea what level we left the car on. Well that’s sort of what happened to a German man who parked his car but then couldn’t find it. Read on...
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Vantastic! 14th November, 2017

There was a time through the 70s and 80s when every second Bedford CF van was customised into what was commonly referred to as a Shaggin’ Wagon with airbrushed fantasy images of scantily clad women, tigers, dragons or Nordic gods. You just don’t see them these days but could they be making a comeback? Read on...
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A Porsche for Under $10k! 10th November, 2017

At a time when classic Porsche 911 prices have shot into the stratosphere and beyond it seems refreshing to see an example of the luxury marque at a price that seems more in line with a used Honda Jazz. Okay, sure, it’s an SUV and it’s done few kilometres but it’s still a Porsche with an auction estimate of $6500 - $7500. Read on...
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Luxury is a State of Mind - 9th November, 2017

Sometimes the key to a successful sale is selling an idea, a feeling or a concept rather than the product itself. Coca cola is associated with summer, fun and vibrancy rather than a sweet fizzy drink that’s quite good when you’re hung-over. And so it is with this very professional ad for a 1996 Honda Accord with 141,000 miles on the clock belonging to the ad maker’s girlfriend. Read on...
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Get Smart - 3rd November, 2017

The bumper sticker says “Be SMART of the Revolution” which may not be the most elegant play on words but you get the idea. I’m not sure that the Smart car brought about revolution but you’d think grid-locked Auckland would be awash with them, but it’s not. However, a walk around the inner city streets of somewhere like Rome suggests the Smart has its place. Maybe it has a place in your life. Read on...
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Retro Cruiser or Cafe Racer - 31st October, 2017

The Honda CB has been around for Donkeys and although this CB400 SS looks straight from the pages of a seventies magazine it was actually built in 2002. However, it’s not just a retro themed modern bike. No, the CB400 SS is kick start only with a carburettor and chrome. It’s genuine old-school and it’s lightweight, simple and looks cool. And it could look even cooler. Read on...
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A Full Squad of Highlanders - 30th October, 2017

Despite a name that conjures up images of Scotland and a Rugby team from NZ’s deep south, the Toyota Highlander is actually an American made SUV – more burger and fries than Haggis and Speights. It’s big and tough but it also has finesse and comfort in spades. And Turners has the full team available for sale at very keen prices. Read on...
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Feel Good as you Drive to Work

This old digger would’ve been quite the catch in 1978. A factory V8 Kingswood Ute with power steering was bordering on posh back then. But compared to today’s Utes with their Bluetooth, climate control and comfy seats this old boy seems prehistoric. And flat out cool. Read on...
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Classic Auction - For the Truly Dedicated Holden Fan - 3rd October, 2017

“Ay Steve, can you move the Camira? I need to get the Torana out to get to the Commodore.” “Sure thing Dad, but I'll have to get the keys to the Cortina if I'm gunna move that Camira.” “Alright mate, just watch the boat” That famous scene from classic Aussie movie The Castle was possibly the Camira’s best moment. So with the movie turning 20 this year, what better time to buy a Camira...to park in front of the Torana. Read on...
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Classic Car Auction: Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder - 28th September, 2017

Looking like something a 1970s Texan oil baron might drive, this converted Lincoln Versailles must surely be the only one in NZ. It won’t be to everybody’s taste but after a few beers – around 25 – I bet it starts to look pretty damn sexy. Well stock up the fridge because this bad boy is being sold as part of our Classic Car Auction. Read on...
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Classic Auction – The Heavy Hitter - 25th September, 2017

A Ford Falcon GT from the seventies is a fantasy car for many fans of the blue oval. A rock solid investment, an Aussie icon and a car you can stare at for hours. It’s a heavy hitter in the NZ classic car world so when a genuine, unrestored, matching numbers, NZ new car comes along, what do you do? Reach for the big wallet, that’s what. Read on...
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Classic Auction - Go Ahead, Make Your Day - 22nd September, 2017

The 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sportsroof played a central role in Clint Eastwood’s hugely successful movie of the same name as well as a starring role in Fast and Furious. It’s a star car and this example at Turners Tauranga looks every inch the celebrity. Read on...
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Classic Auction – Aussie Luxury - 19th September, 2017

To many, the idea of Aussie luxury is a bottle of VB served in a glass. But if you drove a Ford Fairlane in 1976 then you were doing pretty well for yourself. The ZH series Fairlane was bigger and bolder than the regular Falcon and had a fancier level of trim. But like many Aussie luxury cars of this vintage – think Holden Statesman and Brougham – they are a bit underappreciated today. Read on...
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Theory of Mitsubishi Evolution - 12th September, 2017

Mitsubishi’s theory of evolution was simple; take a standard model Lancer and turn it into a blisteringly fast weapon. The first Lancer Evo was released in 1992 and ten evolutions and loads of motorsport success later the Evo X is the final version. While it may have reached its final evolution, Turners North Shore has a very nice example so you don’t have to miss out.
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‘Lap Of The Gods’ Car For Sale - 8th September, 2017

One of the greatest ever Bathurst moments was Greg Murphy’s top 10 shootout lap at the great race in 2003. Dubbed the ‘Lap of the Gods’, it was a record breaking lap, a record that would stand for years. The car is being offered for sale in Australia and it’s likely to also break the record for most expensive Commodore of all time. Read on...
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Cheaper Than an Old One - 5th September, 2017

The new Fiat 500 is bigger, more powerful, more refined, safer and faster than the original Bambina. But this 2014 Sport model has a price expectation significantly less than a decent vintage one. It’s NZ new with low kilometres and it’s being auctioned tomorrow. Read on...
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When was the last time you changed a headlight bulb on your car? 1st September, 2017

When was the last time you changed a headlight bulb on your car? If your car is an older model then it was probably so easy that you can’t even remember. But if you car is newer it may be a task that will haunt you forever along with many other basic maintenance tasks you used to do so easily at home.
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Caught in the Crossfire - 28th August, 2017

The Chrysler Crossfire was a car literally caught in the crossfire of an unhappy relationship between Chrysler and Daimler (owner of Mercedes Benz). It never stood a chance. And Jeremy Clarkson didn’t help by describing it as looking like a dog having a poo. But maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the sporty Crossfire, and Turners Penrose can help.
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Better Than a New One - 22nd August, 2017

A 1983 Land Rover for $33k might seem a tad on the nose. And it would be for any old 1983 Landy, but this isn’t any old 1983 Land Rover. This one is very special. Read on...
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The Go Anywhere Workhorse - 14th August, 2017

It was known in Australia as the Brumby, in America as the BRAT (Bi-Drive Recreational All-Terrain Transportation) and elsewhere as the MV and the Shifter. In NZ it was simply a Subaru 1800 GL and it has a bit of a cult following. The trouble is you very rarely find one that hasn’t been beaten to death through years of backbreaking work. This one looks pretty well preserved though. Read on...
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High End Hot Hatch - 7th August, 2017

The fifth generation Golf GTI is seen by many as the best one Volkswagen has produced. And now you can buy a really tidy NZ new one for less than the price of an original first generation GTI – a lot less actually. This one can be driven away for just $8990.
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The Durable German - 4th August, 2017

In 2004 a Greek taxi driver donated his 1976 Mercedes W115 240D to the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart. He figured he’d got his money’s worth out of it and the big German car giant might like it. Why? Because it had travelled 4.6 million kilometres. Old Mercs were built to last and this one in our National Classic Car auction looks to have plenty of miles left in it. Read on...
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Viva La Vauxhall - 31st July, 2017

Until quite recently the idea that a Vauxhall Viva would become a classic seemed farfetched to say the least. But as numbers have dwindled many of the everyday family cars of the seventies are striking a nostalgic note amongst a generation of car fans. The simple but pretty lines of the Viva make it a good entry level retro ride. Read on...
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Schoolboy fantasy – 27th July, 2017

The Turners National Classic Car auction starting tomorrow is shaping up well. As usual it’s an eclectic mix of styles, ages and origins and as usual there is the unusual. Take this 1982 Lotus Esprit S3 – an aggressive wedge of a car with a mid-mounted engine and a James Bond connection, as well as a Kiwi connection. Read on...
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Vantastic! - 25th July, 2017

Classic Fords have been appreciating in value at alarming rates over the last few years and the once modest Anglia is no exception. And while the vans were hardly rare (over 200,000 built), for the most part they lived a typical van life – short and hard. Survivors are rare in NZ making this one all the more desirable. It’s part of the Turners National Classic Car Auction starting this Friday. Read on...
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Brown Sugar - 20th July, 2017

If you were wealthy in 1970s America then the Cadillac De Ville was probably the car for you. If you were a member of a certain type of “family” you probably went for the top of the line Coupe D’Elegance with a trunk big enough to carry at least two adult bodies. This lovely example is part of the National Classic Car Auction starting 28th July. Read on...
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Toronado Alert - 18th July, 2017

The Oldsmobile Toronado is possibly one of the better looking American cars of the era and is significant for being the first front wheel drive American car since 1937. And it’s still the only American car ever to get on the podium in the European Car of the Year awards (3rd in 1966). This 1970 example with less than 9000 miles on the clock is part of the Turners National Classic Car Auction starting on 28th July. Read on...
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Back to the Future, and Back Again - 13th July, 2017

If there is such a thing as a car that is double retro then the Nissan Figaro is it. It was a special project for the Japanese market launched under the banner “back to the future”. That was 26 years ago, which quite possibly makes it the first car to re-imagine the 60s and the first to become a retro themed classic in its own right. So it’s now double retro. This one’s being auctioned at Turners North Shore. Read on...
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Feel the M3 Power – 11th July, 2017

The third Generation BMW M3 is the Supercar you can drive daily to work and take to the track on weekends. They may be getting older but that just makes them more affordable. And if you look after them you could be looking at a very desirable future classic. Turners Wellington has this one to be auctioned this week. Read on...
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America’s Cup – You Have to Start Somewhere - 6th July, 2017

Who says sailing is a rich person’s sport? It might be for some but with this old P-Class, getting started in New Zealand’s new favourite sport is possibly cheaper than a season of cricket, rugby or Netball and definitely cheaper than cycling or motorsport. Sure you won’t be foiling but you will be learning... Read on
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So Much Posh, So Little Money - 3rd July, 2017

Porsche ownership is something most of us assume is for those people with stacks of cash or an appetite for crippling debt. But you could join the club for about the price of a four year old Toyota Corolla...read on
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An i-Car for u? 29th June, 2017

An i-Car for u?
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Hole in One, 27th June 2017

Hole in One
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Is this the Next Escort Sport? – 20th June, 2017

Is this the Next Escort Sport?
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A Dying Breed – 16th June, 2017

Back when SUVs were a mere twinkle in their designer’s eye and Utes were strictly for farmers and Tradies, large wagons like this 2008 Falcon roamed the roads of NZ filled with children or salesmen’s samples or dead bodies. Now, like VHS videos and afternoon Test matches, the large wagon is fast being consigned to the history books. But this big Falcon still has much to offer. Read on...
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Vanishing Point Revisited - 9th June, 2017

The original Dodge Challenger was one of the all-time great movie cars so it’s not surprising Chrysler decided to revive the legend. Their first attempt bringing back the Challenger name was not a winning move but the latest version doesn’t mess about. This one is being auctioned at Turners Hamilton. Read more...
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Are You an E-Type Type? 1st June, 2017

The 2+2 E-Type Jaguar isn’t even the prettiest E-Type but it’s still more beautiful than nearly every other car ever made. Upon first seeing the E-Type Enzo Ferrari famously said it was “the most beautiful car ever made”. And you could argue that nothing has changed during the intervening 56 years. Turners Classic Car Auction has this one for sale. Read on...
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105 Years Old and as Spritely as Ever - 30th May, 2017

It’s weird to think that there are very few people still alive anywhere on the planet that were breathing when this 1912 Unic Landaulette Tourer hit the road. And yet it looks so fresh. But who were Unic, what’s the history of this car, and how can I buy it? Read on...
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Go Anywhere in Supreme Comfort - 25th May, 2017

It’s big and tough, will go places most cars can’t and it’ll fit the whole family. But this 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado VX Limited has a softer side, too. The VX Limited is also built for comfort so you and your family will hardly know you’ve left home. A new one will cost you $100k but Turners North Shore has this one and it’s on sale at the moment. Read on...
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Diddy Ducati - 22nd May, 2017

The Ducati name conjures up images of big superbikes with an incredible sound and speed to match. But there was an unusual addition to the range that is rarely seen and it’s a sort of entry level Ducati. Could the rare SS Junior 400 become a collectible Italian bike or is it just too odd and too small to care about? Remember, it’s often the overlooked ones that go on to become desirable collectors’ items, and Turners has one. Read on...
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Winter Glamping Project - 15th May, 2017

Classic caravans are super popular right now, much like the housing market but with wheels. This 1962 Cresta Craft needs work, but, like an old Villa in Ponsonby, it’ll be worth it. Once you’ve sorted out the shell and running gear you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to paint and decor. Read on...
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Movie Props? Stunt Bikes? 5th May, 2017

Are you making a movie that involves a James Bond type character being chased by bad guys on mean looking motorcycles? Well if you are then Turners Wellington have a bunch of ex NZ Army Kawasaki KL250s to be sold and they will look great being spectacularly wrecked in an action movie...Read on...
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Kinky Bentley - 2nd May, 2017

If you are a Dedicated Follower of Fashion with a love of great British music and cars then Sir Ray Davies’ (the Kinks) 1960 Bentley would be great for a Sunny Afternoon drive. His 1960 Bentley is being auctioned in England on 13th May. Would you like to drive this famous car off into the Waterloo Sunset? Read on...
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Bargain Integra Type RRRRRRR - 28th April, 2017

Honda may have a reputation for middle of the road cars for retirees but they also have a fast side and some of these fast models are destined for greatness. There’s the NSX, the S2000 and, of course, the Civic and Integra Type Rs. This DC5 Type R Integra is the dog’s bits and with an auction estimate of $5000-$6000 it has ‘potential bargain’ written all over it. Read on...
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Wolf in Dad’s Tracksuit - 26th April, 2017

It may look like the equivalent of dad’s gym tracksuit with shoulder pads fitted but this mighty Audi RS4 Avant is a bit like Clark Kent – one minute it’s a sedate family wagon, the next it’s a supercar. And it doesn’t need a phone box for the transformation.
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Nest or Invest - 21st April, 2017

Nest or invest, add your own touch, worst house on the best street, cosy romantic pad, location, location, location, home handyman delight, live the good life, bring your tools and imagination, stunning views...and any other real estate clichés you can think of. Thing is, this caravan is the size of a small house, and like most old houses it needs work. So is it renovate or detonate? Read on...
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Poodle in Sheep’s Clothing - 18th April, 2017

Describing the Peugeot 206 GTI as a wolf in sheep’s clothing would be a bit of a stretch but the little French city car packs a decent punch in GTI guise. The standard 1.4l version, that is most commonly seen here, squeezes out 75hp while the outwardly similar GTI knocks out 138 horses. It’s more poodle than wolf but a feisty poodle none the less. Read on...
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Dream Police - 12th April, 2017

Whether you’re a fan of the Blues Brothers, CHiPs or any number of American movies and TV shows you’ll recognise the black and white police cruiser. It’s as much a part of popular culture as it is part of everyday American life. Owning this car won’t give you the right to arrest criminals or engage in car chases but you can but dream. And the price has been dropped, too. Read on...
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Gool Ol’ Boy Truck - 7 April, 2017

If your name is Beau, Jim Bob or Darlene, you love Nascar and own more than one gun? Then this 1984 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe K10 pick-up could be just what you’re looking for.
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A lot of Posh for not much Dosh - 30th March, 2017

Once upon a time you had to be a wealthy business person, a politician or a head of State to afford the luxury of wafting around in this Jaguar. But this 2006 XJ6 has an auction estimate of just $5000 - $7000, which is Ford Focus dollars. A Jag still screams money even if you don’t need much to buy this one. Read on...
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Could You Be Going Home in an Ambulance? 27th March, 2017

If any vehicle carries good Karma then it has to be an ambulance. Sure a few passengers may have shuffled off this mortal coil in the back but many more will have been saved, comforted and reassured on their way to hospital. So it may have a few kilometres on the clock but they’ve all been travelled for the greater good of your fellow men, women and children. Read on...
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Mitsubishi Evo Lite - 23rd March, 2017

It looks like an Evo X but without the as much power, the steep price tag and a bit more everyday drivability. But while the Galant Fortis Ralliart is not the Evo monster it does still pack a punch and it looks the business...read on
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A Severe Case of Heartburn - 21st March, 2017

It’s had a fire under the hood and it looks like it has been given a black eye. Life hasn’t been good to this old Corvette of late but maybe you could restore its confidence...and its burnt engine bay. It otherwise looks like a solid car that’d make a great winter project. Read on...
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Classic Auction – Futuristic French - 17th March, 2017

In these days of cars filled with clever gadgets and innovative engineering it’s a good time to reflect on a car that was truly ahead of its time. The Citroen DS/ID was so ahead of its time when launched it shocked the motoring world. More than 50 years on it still looks gloriously bonkers. Read on...
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Classic Auction - The Last Charger - 14th March,2017

“The Last Charger” may sound like a good name for a Hollywood movie but in this case it refers to the last Valiant Charger assembled in New Zealand. That may not be the stuff of Hollywood but to many fans the Charger is a Blockbuster and to own the last one to roll out of Todd Motor’s Porirua plant would be a privilege. Well apparently this is that very car. Read on...
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Classic Auction – Sought After Two Door Escort

Nearly everyone of a certain age has driven one or been driven in one. And many who grew up in the 70s and 80s have fond memories of hooning around in one, modify one or racing one. Today there is a huge nostalgic following for the Ford Escort and the two door models are the ones everyone wants. And Turners has this real beauty. Read on...
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Classic Auction – Japanese Curiosity - 7th March, 2017

It’s a French/American inspired Japanese car, designed by an Italian, and assembled in Thames, NZ. And you may never have heard of it. Hino are more noted these days for their trucks but for a few years in the 50s and 60s it got into the car market, first with the Hino Renault 4CV and then the short lived but very cool Contessa. These cars are rare but as they were assembled in NZ we may be the best place to find one. And we found one. And it’s a beauty. Read on...
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How Not to Store Your Pride and Joy - 3rd March, 2017

This 1962 E-Type Jaguar was purchased from the car’s first owner in 1997 and put into “storage” with plans to restore it. But it would seem that the new owner’s storage was, in fact, a septic tank that was still in use. Either that or it has been secretly attending the Glastonbury festival for the last 20 years. It’s coming up for auction in England with a price expectation of NZ$70,000. Excuse me? Read on...
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Fair Weather Bavaria - 28th February, 2017

With any luck the best of this summer is yet to come. So - at the risk of attracting the ire of some readers by featuring a car with a ‘buy it now’ price and with the risk of that car being sold before you’ve had a chance to read this - we have to feature this eye catching BMW Z4. It may have been around for 13 years but this Z4 still looks young and fresh and has lived a very sheltered existence. Read more...
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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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Price, Panache and Pedigree - 13th January, 2017

It’s too easy to write-off modern French cars, especially when the likes of Jeremy Clarkson are quick to stick the boot it. Sure, some models suffer from fragility as they age and they aren’t always screwed together as well as they might be. But the Citroen C4 has some cool features, impeccable World Rallying credentials and, in the case of this 2010 example at Turners Whangarei, a very low price expectation.
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Caught in the Crossfire - 10th January, 2017

From the odd-ball files comes the Chrysler Crossfire, a car that was literally caught in the crossfire of an unhappy relationship between Chrysler and Daimler (owner of Mercedes Benz). It never stood a chance. But the Crossfire is a better car than most people remember despite Jeremy Clarkson damning it when describing it as looking like a dog having a poo. Now you can’t un-see that image, can you? But maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the sporty Crossfire, and Turners Wellington can help.
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Just in time For Napier Art Deco Weekend - 5th January, 2017

Every February Napier celebrates its Art Deco heritage with a weekend of dress up, nostalgia and vintage everything. If you are into cars of the period then Art Deco weekend is an event not to be missed. Hundreds of old cars congregate in the city, like Beach Hop but for even older cars. So if you need a car for your Deco experience then Turners Napier can help.
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In 20 Years Everybody Will Want One - 15th December, 2016

Any Ford Falcon prior to 1980 is currently worth more than you’d think possible 10 years ago. Any old model, even if it’s had the living daylights kicked out of it through years of abuse and neglect and rustier than the Titanic is worth more than the pictured 2000 XR6 with 137,000kms on the clock. Will its time come?
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Future Classic – Fun Right Now - 13th December, 2016

Mazda have built nearly one million of these incredibly popular ragtops making it the biggest selling convertible sports car of all time. And there’s a reason they’re so popular – they are very, very good. This one has low kilometres considering it is 26 years old, and, frankly, you won’t get more driving fun for less money than an MX-5.
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Near New Fiat 500 Now Cheaper than an Old One – 8th December, 2016

The new Fiat 500 is bigger, more powerful, more refined, safer and faster than the original Bambina. But this near new one - with only 1400kms on the clock and the balance of its new car warranty - is available to buy at less than the price of a decent vintage one. It’d make a great Christmas prezzy for someone, too.
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Completely Bonkers and Tricky to Drive - 6th December, 2016

Looking like some crazed WW2 fighter plane without wings, this damaged 2016 Morgan Three Wheeler is possibly one of the most unusual cars ever conceived. If it looks like it was made eighty years ago that’ll be because it’s based on the original model that Morgan started selling in the 1930s. This one is virtually brand new but has already bitten some unlucky driver so some work is required. Are you game?
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Budget Classic - 29th November, 2016

Most of the classic cars we have featured from the Turners National Classic Car Auction have been high end, expensive collectibles. But there are a few affordable cars of note and this kiwi classic from 1984 is one of them. It may not be fast or particularly stylish but back in the eighties if you were borrowing mum’s car there was a fair chance it’d be a Laser – probably not a “Sport”, though, because that was for posh mums...
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The “Great” Gatsby - 25th November, 2016

You can see the resemblance to the Duesenberg used in the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby” but there is also a fair bit of 1985 Mustang mixed in as well. That’s because this Gatsby replica is based on a 1985 Ford Mustang. So it’s a cut price Duesenberg. But let’s face it most of us are a cut price Leo DiCaprio at best so it’s just about spot on. Sure most of your friends will hate it, your wife/husband will leave you, but the kids will love it...
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Boomtown Rat - 22nd November, 2016

Prices for some classic cars are booming right now and none more so than the humble VW Kombi. Combine that with the rat rod craze and you have one of the most in demand classics in this 1964 Splittie. So don’t be fooled by the tatty looks and the surface rust as the price for patina is riding high right now.
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The British Mustang - 18th November, 2016

It may seem obvious now but the Ford Capri was indeed designed to be the European Mustang and was designed by Mustang designer Phillip T Clark. It’s a fact that only surfaced in recent years and, like the famous American Pony car, it was a big success. Prices are on the rise but as yet the Capri doesn’t attract Ford Escort tax so the only way is up for the car favoured by wide boys and seventies cop shows.
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Brand New 36 Years Ago – Still New Today - 14th November, 2016

I kid you not, this 1980 Suzuki CXG Coupe is pretty much brand spankers. It has a total of 142kms on the clock – not 142,000, not 14,200, not 1,420 but 142 - well 141.7 to be exact. That’s right, this little Whizzkid, as they are sometimes known, drove home from the dealership and straight into the garage, and it’s been there ever since. So if you missed out on buying a new one in 1980 you’ve got one last chance...
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Thelma and Louise - 11th November, 2016

Okay, so it’s not the one from Thelma and Louise (spoiler alert – that one didn’t have a happy ending) but this fourth generation Ford Thunderbird is probably as close as you’re likely to get in NZ. It’s not a convertible but the hardtop version is just as sexy, and this one is a real gem with a long history on NZ’s roads.
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Stings Like a Bee - 10th November, 2016

The Turners National Classic car auction is shaping up to be the best in ages. There are so many rare and desirable cars it’s hard to know what to feature next. But this beautiful yellow and black Ford Falcon XB GT really catches the eye. The colour scheme may resemble an insect with a sting in its tail but the sound it makes is pure honey.
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I say, What a Rather Finely Crafted Automobile - 8th November, 2016

Leather upholstery, hand stitched by goddesses using thread made from the hair of baby pandas, a boot larger than many Auckland apartments and wood trim made from a walnut tree planted by God himself are just some of the features of this Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. And it’s being sold at the Turners National Classic Car Auction this month...
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The Crown Jewel - 4th November, 2016

Continuing our series highlighting cars from the Turners National Classic Auction later this month today we look at a Toyota. In years gone by a Toyota Crown would not be seen in a classic car auction, even a coupe like this one. Times have changed and a car once considered old and ugly now looks strangely attractive. This one is an absolute stunner.
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Rare Cobra Looking for a New Charmer - 2nd November, 2016

The Shelby name is synonymous with performance Mustangs. They are the rare, hand built cars made at Carroll Shelby’s own workshop and sold as limited editions that bear the iconic Cobra snake badge on the grill. They were rare in their day and today they are even more so. Throw into the mix that none were sold new in NZ and you get an idea of how seldom an opportunity to buy one is. But one opportunity has arisen at Turners in the National Classic Car Auction...
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Wolf in Dad’s Cardigan - 28th October, 2016

It may look like the equivalent of dad’s cardy with shoulder pads fitted but this mighty Audi RS4 Avant is a bit like Clark Kent – one minute it’s a sedate family wagon, the next it’s a supercar. And it doesn’t need a phone box for the transformation.
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Dream Police - 25th October, 2016

Whether you’re a fan of the Blues Brothers, CHiPs or any number of American movies and TV shows from the eighties, you’ll recognise the black and white police cruiser. It’s as much a part of popular culture as it is part of everyday American life. Owning this car won’t give you the right to arrest criminals, engage in car chases or shoot unarmed innocents but you can but dream.
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A More Affordable Classic Falcon? 14th October, 2016

It’s all about the Falcons at the moment, what with the last one rolling of the assembly line in Australia last week and then the news of the genuine 1970 GTHO Falcon coming up for auction at Turners soon. The old Aussie Ford hasn’t been this popular in years. Of course the GTHO will be out of most peoples’ reach but there are other opportunities to join the rush to own the now extinct Aussie Icon.
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All Oval Bar the Shouting - 10th October, 2016

The Final Australian Ford rolled off the Broadmeadows assembly line on Friday and on Sunday there was no fairytale Bathurst 1000 victory for the blue oval supporters. Then there was the news that some Ford dealers have been stockpiling the limited edition final run XR8 and are now hiking the retail price to take advantage of teary eyed Falcon lovers. It’s not been a good few days for Ford fans. But it’s not all doom and gloom.
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Future Classic and Screaming Bargain? 7th October, 2016

Playing the “Future Classic” game is tricky but with this 2005 stock standard, low mileage Mazda RX8 it’s a game worth playing for two reasons. Firstly, pretty much every rotary powered Mazda has become collectible and has increased in value over time so the future looks bright for the RX8. Secondly, this is simply a really good car at, potentially, a very good price that’ll be fun to own and drive. So is there a downside?
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Dotcom Fordcedes Project - 3rd October, 2016

What do you get if you cross a 1967 Ford Mustang with a late model V8 Mercedes? Well Kim Dotcom was keen to find out but never finished the project. Maybe you could be the one to answer the question definitively. Read on...
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Company Cars – The Most Popular Used Car to Buy - 29th September, 2016

There are some that believe that the best used car to buy is the one that’s been owned by a little old lady who only used it for trips to the shops. This may be so, but there are two problems with finding one of these cars. Read on...
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Put on your Stubbies and let Down Your Mullet - 23rd September, 2016

I know I’ll be cursed by somebody for making this so public but hiding away in next week’s damaged vehicle auction in Wellington is this remarkably original 1975 XB Ford Falcon 500. And I know what you’re thinking – it must be damaged, right? Well, no actually. Read on...
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Mundane Euro Workhorse Or Practical Classic? - 20th September, 2016

A quick trawl around the web will show there is a bunch of people who appreciate old cars that, until recently, were considered scrap. There’s an unhealthy love of Morris Marinas, Hillman Avengers, Austin Allegros, Ford Sierras and Holden Geminis and prices for these questionable gems are starting to get worryingly high. It’s getting to the point where a tired Datsun 120Y is selling for more than this Merc wagon that’s coming up for auction at Turners Cars Albany in Auckland.
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Electric Dreams - 15th September, 2016

I’m always on the lookout for the odd and interesting at Turners but while this fully Electric Mitsubishi iMIEV is not a common sight the Government intends it to be much more common over the next five years. So before everyone has one get in early with this one that’s available to buy now.
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Dotcom Mercs For Sale – 13th September, 2016

Kim Dotcom loves his toys and at one point he had the money to buy pretty much whatever he wanted. Unfortunately for KDC not everyone was happy about how he made his money and the legal battles have been drawn out and still continue. Caught up in all this is some of KDC’s assets, two of which are a couple of gorgeous, low mileage Mercedes that are now being sold by Turners on behalf of the Crown and Kim Dotcom.
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Wallace and Gromit? - 8th September, 2016

I bet your pampered pooch will love being a passenger in this vintage sidecar with the wind in its ears. Alternatively you could take the kids out for rides – they’ll absolutely love it. But I’d think very carefully before getting your better half to ride in the little torpedo attached to your bike. There are certain places adults shouldn’t be seen and one of those places is in a sidecar. I don’t know, it just nearly always looks undignified. This one is selling right now.
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Foxy Ford - 5th September, 2016

Compared to the iconic first generation Mustang the third generation Fox body Stang is a bit ugly. But compared to its second generation predecessor it’s as foxy as all hell and is a product of its time – the eighties. This one is part of the latest Turners online classic car auction that’s running right now.
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Perfect Poser Porsche - 1st September, 2016

If you want the pure Porsche driving experience you’d probably plump for a hard top with manual gearbox, maybe even with a turbo strapped on. But if cruising along the waterfront in front of the throngs of cafe goers on a glorious spring day is your thing then this bright yellow 996 cabriolet should be the ticket. It’s being auctioned in Wellington next Thursday and the price estimate is not crazy either.
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Molto Bello! 30th August, 2016

Yes it’s an Alfa Romeo which means it carries around a reputation of being temperamental and high maintenance. But all that seems rather trivial when you consider the beautiful lines of a body other car makers can only dream of designing. This one’s the top of the range V6 in the right colour with a 6 speed manual box and it’s being auctioned this week.
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Caravantastic - 25th August, 2016

It may not be fun stuck behind one of these on the drive to your summer holiday destination but retro caravans are very popular right now. It’s not surprising, really, as anything vintage is hot and the humble caravan is a practical proposition...especially in Auckland. These two are being auctioned at Turners right now.
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Small but Perfectly Formed - 23rd August, 2016

This tiny Daihatsu Copen looks a bit like a toddler’s shoe and weighs about the same, but you can’t deny that it’s cute and it’s quite rare, too. There can’t be too many better examples around than this one and it’s being auctioned on Wednesday (24th Aug) at Turners Tauranga.
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So You Think You Do a Lot of Driving? 18th August, 2016

Last year we wrote about a 1993 Toyota Hilux that had travelled 1.2 million kilometres with its first owner behind the wheel. It caused a bit of a stir and was covered by various TV and print media. It’s not often you come across a vehicle with over a million kms on the clock...unless you look in the truck section of the Turners website, that is.
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Le Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing - 15th August, 2016

I reckon you won’t get more fun, driving pleasure and thrilling performance for less money than this 2001 Renault Sport Clio 172. It may look like Nana’s shopping basket on the outside but under the unassuming skin is one of the all-time greatest French hot hatches. This one is being auctioned at Turners Christchurch on Thursday.
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You Could be Going Home in an Ambulance - 9th August, 2016

This 2010 Mercedes Sprinter ambulance is being retired from duty with just under 500,000kms on the clock and I bet it could tell a few stories if it could talk. It would be safe to say that a few lives were saved in this ambulance, and a few lost, too. And while many of those kilometres were racked up helping people in need there were probably also visits to people with haemorrhoids, hiccups and head colds, too.
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A Smoking Hot Deal - 5th August, 2016

Most retired fire engines that come up for sale aren’t exactly the most practical vehicles to park in your driveway or on the street outside your house. But this 1980 Jeep J20 is just about the right size and the auction estimate may cause a few grown-up six year olds to spontaneously combust with excitement.
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Foxy Frenchy – Fatal or Fixable? 1st August, 2016

It seems a shame for an icon such as this Citroen DS to be scrapped but maybe that’s its destiny if no one steps up to tackle the damage inflicted by a side impact. In these days of cars filled with clever gadgets and innovative engineering it’s a good time to reflect on a car that was truly ahead of its time. And maybe it will inspire somebody to save this one.
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NZ on Air - 28th July, 2016

You could just buy a boat like everyone else, trailer it to the boat ramp, do the whole awkward launching thing, park the car and hopefully get to the fish before they die of old age. Or you could buy a hovercraft and travel from the car park on a cushion of air and visit those places a boat can’t go. The problem is where do you get a hovercraft? Well it just so happens Turners can help there.
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50s Style with 00s Technology - 25th July, 2016

The name Royal Enfield may sound as British as the Hillman Hunter and Morris Marina but it’s actually made in India and, despite the vintage looks, is still being made today and is as popular as ever. This one year old Classic 500 is selling now at Turners Tauranga, so what’s the big deal with these new/old bikes?
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Do you always Buy the Cheapest One? 21st July, 2016

There’s no shame in admitting it. I’ve been guilty most of my life of choosing a car based mainly on price and I probably always will - once a bargain hunter, always a bargain hunter. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes it’s a terrible mistake. There’s much to consider when buying a car, especially an older one, and price is just a small part of it.
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GT- R U Brave Enough - 15th July, 2016

It’s considered by some, including the old Top Gear, to be the only true Japanese Supercar. Its performance puts it up there with some of the most exclusive supercars in the world. It’ll sprint from 0-100kph in around 4 seconds and keep going to over 300kph. And you can have all this for less than the price of a used Commodore Clubsport.
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The Car That Time Forgot - 12th July, 2016

It’s not often you come across a 58 year old car that has had more written about it than the miles it has travelled but that is the case with 1958 Studebaker Champion that has just 74 miles on the clock. Much has been written about this car and it has possibly changed ownership more times than it has been on the road. It’s being auctioned online by Turners and the question is; will the next owner break the spell and drive it or will it end up in a museum?
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Don’t Believe Everything You See in a Car Commercial - 8th July, 2016

So you see a TV ad for a new Audi or Toyota and you think, wow, that looks fast, agile, good looking and better than everything else out there. After all, you assume the car you’re buying is going to be the same as the one in the ad, right? Well, no. There’s every chance the car in the ad is a Blackbird. But what the hell is a Blackbird?
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Yank Tanks in the Bay - 5th July, 2016

Turners Napier seems to be the home of old American cars right now. Last week we featured this Corvette and this week there are two very different cars representing two very different eras of American motoring. One is from the 1950s and the other is from the 80s. Can you guess which is which?
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Do you want to Sell Your Classic Car? 28th June, 2016

Is your garage being cluttered up with an unused Gullwing Mercedes or a Ferrari 250 GT? Or maybe an old Escort that doesn’t get the use you thought it might when you bought 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 8th July.
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Corker Corvette - 24th June, 2016

Usually, the worst thing about buying an imported American car is the placement of the steering wheel on the passenger’s side. It may not seem like too much of a hassle until you have to overtake a truck or get in or out of a barrier controlled car park on your own. But this 1993 Chevrolet Corvette 40th Anniversary edition has been properly converted to right hand drive, and that makes all the difference.
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Investment Potential? 22nd June, 2016

We’ve all heard about ’land banking’ where investors buy real estate and sit on it, unoccupied, waiting for prices to go up. So what about car banking? Land banking may be frowned on with there being such a shortage of housing in Auckland, but with car banking there’s no problem. Take this very tidy 1989 Commodore – it’s worth stuff-all now but the future could be quite rosy.
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How to use snow chains - 17th June, 2016

If you live in the North Island then you may have never used chains but at this time of the year it’s something you need to know about if you plan on a skiing trip or a South Island jaunt. Probably best to bone up on this before you’re in a blizzard.
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Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Don’t be a Cheapskate - 14th June, 2016

Being winter we’ve got to talk about tyres – those rubber things that connect your heavy car to the road that we take for granted. It’s probably happened to many of us; we see an ad for cheap tyres, usually screamed at us through the TV by a guy with an energy drink addiction, only to find that when we go to buy some we are given more expensive options to consider. Is it really worth spending more when buying tyres?
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Winter’s Back and Your Car Battery Might not be Happy - 7th June, 2016

For much of the country, including where I live, winter hasn’t exactly got going yet. But that hasn’t stopped it killing my wiper blades (see this previous story) and now it’s taken my battery. This is all really inconvenient because I was just on my way to an important meeting (is there ever a convenient time to find your car won’t start?). So before you are faced with a cold Monday morning disaster here’s something to consider.
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Looks Sensational from any Angle... Except the Front - 3rd June, 2016

Usually the front end of a 1959 Austin Healey 3000 is a thing of beauty, but a coming together with something very solid has disfigured this poor old car terribly. However, being a rare and incredibly desirable car I’m sure we’ll see this one as good as new after some corrective surgery. Will you be the next owner to put the smile back on its face?
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Top Gear Returns - 27th May, 2016

The first episode of the new look Top Gear airs in England on Sunday and a week later on Prime in NZ. So what can we expect? And who are the new presenters? Are you looking forward to it or have you moved on?
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Ford’s Fake Engine Sounds - 23rd May, 2016

Remember when you were a kid and you put a strip cut from an old ice cream container on the frame of your bike so it flapped in the spokes making it sound like a motorbike? Well Ford reckon us kids may have been on to something and they’ve come up with their own versions.
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Charming and Oddball - 19th May, 2016

Amongst the usual array of mainstream cars that are, by and large, Turners bread and butter – and the sort of cars most people want – there is a few oddballs that you don’t see very often. It’s these little curiosities that catch my eye. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Panther Lima - a British sports car you may not have heard of...
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Can it do it? Yes it Can-Am - 16th May, 2016

It’s not a bike and it’s not a car but it sure looks like fun. This brand new Can-Am Spyder F3 can be ridden/driven on a standard car licence and is fast, fun and safe. It’s an unwanted prize with only delivery kilometres on the clock and a full manufacturer’s warranty. The only thing not new about it is the price.
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Best Car in the World - 13th May, 2016

At last month’s “World Car of the Year” awards the big overall winner was the Mazda MX-5. A car we first saw in 1989, that has changed relatively little in 27 years, still has what it takes to win over the world’s motoring journalists. So what makes the mighty wee Mazda so good?
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An Italian feast for the Eyes - 9th May, 2016

In recognition of Leicester City football club achieving what most thought impossible by winning the English Premier League with a squad that cost, in Premier League terms, the equivalent of a box of beers and fifty quid, today’s blog is about a beautiful Italian underdog. Well we didn’t have any Noble hand built sports cars in stock (made in Leicester) but as the man responsible for Leicester’s giant killing season is Italian we thought an Italian car that costs less than it looks would be appropriate.
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I Can See Clearly Now The Rain has Gone - 6th May, 2016

Yesterday I drove to Wellington from Napier and back again. On the way down the rain started in Featherston and never stopped until I got back to Napier. In Wellington it was torrential and the whole time, from the first wipe until the last, my wipers juddered noisily across the windscreen like a stick being dragged down a corrugated iron fence. With 150kms still to drive and with the sun below the horizon the rubber blades started to disintegrate leaving the metal parts to screech across the screen like a hyena with a guts ache. Could it be time for new blades?
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Falcon - Going, Going... - 4th May, 2016

The Final Falcon will roll off Ford’s production line in October this year and the plant will be decommissioned and sold. For the first time in nearly 60 years you won’t be able to buy a new Falcon once stock runs out. However, you will be able to buy a used one and they are actually pretty good value.
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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover - 29 April,

Sure, it looks set to contest a demolition derby but there’s more to this 1963 Plymouth Belvedere than meets the eye. If your workshop is screaming out for a winter project then this might be the car for you. And it’s being auctioned at Turners Damaged vehicles auction on the 10th May in Wellington.
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The Little Suzuki That Could - 26 April, 2016

Last week we looked at New Zealand’s biggest selling car which turned out to be a ute, the Ford Ranger. With March new car sales figures out we can see the Ranger still tops the charts followed by two other utes, the Toyota Hilux and the Mitsubishi Triton - we really do love our utes. But snapping at the heels of these three, like a playful Chihuahua, is the Suzuki Swift. So what’s the Suzuki’s attraction?
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As American as Cheez Whiz and Twinkies - 22 April, 2016

The Ranger may be top of the charts in NZ but the big daddy of pick-ups is Ford’s F series. It has been the biggest selling car in America since dinosaurs roamed the planet. Currently Ford sells one and a half F Series trucks every minute of every day yet they are a comparatively rare sight on NZ roads. This one, however, was sold new in NZ and it’s looking for a new owner at the Christchurch Classic car auction next Saturday.
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Loads of Limos - 19 April, 2016

If you fancy living the life of a Member of Parliament without having to deal with elections, select committees, tricky portfolios and Patrick Gower then you could make a start by snagging yourself one of 32 Crown BMW limos up for Tender at Turners starting next week.
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Ford Ranger – Why So Popular? 13 April, 2016

Last year the Ford Ranger ute knocked the Corolla off the number one perch it’s had a mortgage on for decades. So why do Kiwis love it so much? Are we becoming more like America where the Ford F150 truck has been a perennial chart topper since the Stone Age? Or is it just a really good car?
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One for the Rotary Fans - 8th April, 2016

An auction estimate just south of $20k may seem crazy for an old Mazda to the casual observer. But the reality is these old Rotary Mazda sedans are becoming hotter and hotter property along with a few other mainstream cars of the 70s and 80s. This 1980 RX-4 is being auctioned at Turners Christchurch as part of their classic auction.
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Protect Your Investment - 4th April, 2016

Our cars are going to be one of the biggest investments we make in life yet we often treat them like they are worthless. I guess this is because they tend to lose money when we sell them and cost money when we drive them. And it’s true, they are a depreciating asset and they require even more money to run. But we need them and with a bit of effort they could hurt us financially a bit less.
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The Coolest Car For Sale in NZ? 1st April, 2016

It’s not currently road legal, it’ll be a pain to get in and out of if you’re not an Olympic gymnast and it’ll no doubt cost an absolute fortune to secure ownership. But, you know what? None of that matters. This Ford GT-40 replica is the coolest thing on four wheels and it’s being auctioned at Turners Christchurch.
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Buying a Car from Afar - 30th March, 2016

Buying a car that you can’t see in person can be daunting, especially if you are dealing with private sellers who see their car through rose tinted glasses. Terms such as “mint condition” and “immaculate for its age” get thrown around liberally and often come with photos that are either terrible or are taken from twenty feet away. So how can you comfortably buy a car without seeing it?
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Don’t Be an Easter Egg - 24th March, 2016

It’s Easter weekend so the traffic is going to be hell. And when the traffic is a nightmare we usually all have stories of near misses with bad drivers come Tuesday, and the bad drivers are rarely us. But it’s unlikely that all the bad driving is by other people so maybe we all need to check our own bad habits. I seem to remember something about glass houses and stones... Here are some bad habits you may not even realise you have.
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Italian Stallion for Donkey Money - 21st March, 2016

It’s Italian, has a twin turbo V8, an interior from a high class gentleman’s club and supercar looks. It’s also NZ new, has low kilometres for its age and less than 5000 were built. No, it’s not a Ferrari but it is fast, rare, exotic and - you’d think - expensive. But it’s not expensive. In fact it’s ridiculously cheap.
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Angry German Canary – 17th March, 2016

It may look like some angry German canary but this Porsche Cayman actually gets its name from a small alligator that will chew your face off given half a chance. And that probably suits the Cayman. It looks like a scaled down version of its big sister, the 911, but it’s still got sharp teeth and it will bite. This one is champing at the bit to find a new owner.
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Future Classic Z Car?

Everyone remembers the Datsun 240Z, the Japanese E-Type with, these day, Japanese E-Type prices to match. Fifteen years ago a really nice 240Z could be bought for under $20k and we all thought they were outrageously expensive then. Well try buying one now. So does this bode well for the 240z’s younger, slightly overweight brother?
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Rare E-Type Found in a Garden – 8th March, 2016

Found under a tarp in an English garden having been parked up in 1969, this 1963 Jaguar E-Type is a “barn find” hunters dream and it’s now for sale. Being an early model it’s a rare car anyway, but it also has some cool rock and roll history. It may be rough but it’ll take a fat wallet to buy it with plenty more needed to restore it.
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Bargain Bavarian Barnstormer - 3rd March, 2016

$60,000 – $80,000 may not sound like a bargain but this 2013 BMW 650i Coupe with only 28,000kms on the clock had a new price tag of $221,000. That’s a whopping price tag but this car has some pretty whopping performance.
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One for the Good Ol’ Boys - 29th February, 2016

If this was America this Dodge Ram 1500 Big Daddy pick up would be covered in “Trump for President” stickers and be driven by a big guy in a trucker’s cap called Bubba. Luckily it’s in NZ, at Turners Wellington, which means the next owner doesn’t need to be an angry redneck.
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Urban Adventurer - 25th February, 2016

For all its off-road pedigree and its rugged build quality it’s fairly safe to say that not many Range Rover Evoques will ever experience a muddy track. The Evoque is an urban offroader and a very comfortable one, too. This 2014 example is high-spec and the cheapest one on the market. And it’s ready to take on the gruelling school run.
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Has This Commer Come to a Full stop?

Whilst it looks like its trucking days may be over I really hope that’s not the case. As I looked through the photos of this 1954 Commer Superpoise truck I couldn’t help noticing its photogenic qualities. Its faded paint, rusty chrome and worn interior remind me of the heavily lined and tanned face of an old man who’s worked hard all his life but still looks ready for more. This truck needs recommissioning, not restoring. Are you up for it?
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Perfect Timing - 18th February, 2016

This weekend is Napier’s annual celebration of its Art Deco architecture and all things early 20th century. Every year hundreds of veteran cars from all over NZ and beyond congregate in the city and cruise around adding to the period of Art Deco weekend. And as luck would have it, Turners has a perfect car to join the fun. And it’s for sale, too.
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Did Somebody Call an Ambulance? 15th February, 2016

I’m not sure which Government department purchased this Ambulance in 1982 but seeing as the Range Rover was the poshest 4x4 wagon available back then we have to assume its passengers were pretty important, if somewhat injured or dying. Still, 34 years of service is pretty good value for tax-payers and now it’s for sale with an auction estimate that’s a bit of a life saver.
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Did You Know There Was a Fairmont GT? 12th February, 2016

It looks like a Ford Falcon XY GT but there’s more to it than that. It was built in Australia for the South African market, is badged Fairmont GT and is very rare. It’s also being auctioned by Turners Dunedin with a $1 reserve. So what’s the story behind the African GT and is it the same as the uber collectible Falcon version we know.
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Big Hair and Shoulder Pads Required - 9th February, 2016

The SL class Mercs have always been a favourite of wealthy scenesters and movie stars since they first appeared in 1954 with the gorgeous (and insanely valuable) SL300 Gullwing. This NZ new 500SL from 1993 may not command the massive money of the early cars just yet but surely that’s a good reason to get in now. With an auction estimate of just $6900-$8900 the only way must surely be up.
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Mildly Munted Merc - 5th February, 2016

1967 was a great year for music (The Doors debut album, Sgt Peppers, Velvet Underground and Nico, Pink Floyd’s debut album, Jimi Hendrix’ debut album – the list is huge actually), births (Will Ferrell, Julia Roberts, Vanilla Ice etc) and cars, too. Like this 1967 Mercedes 230S Fintail with a lightly bent backside (who’s isn’t at 48 years young?). It’s well worth saving and maybe you could be its saviour?
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A Bit of Posh For Not Much Dosh - 2nd February, 2016

Once upon a time you had to be a wealthy business person, a politician or a head of State to afford the luxury of wafting around in a Jaguar. But this classic looking Jag has an auction estimate of just $2000 - $3000, which is a worn out old Corolla price. A Jag still screams money even if you don’t need much to own this one. So what gives?
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The Man Pod and other Delights - 28th January, 2016

The Waterview Connection in Auckland is currently the largest infrastructure project under construction in NZ and Turners has the job of selling the assets as they are no longer needed. It will be the largest infrastructure asset sale ever in NZ. But for the average punter, who’s not planning on large scale engineering projects in the near future, what is there of interest? Well, we give you the Man Pod.
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Sharp Super Snipe - 26th January, 2016

For a while back in the eighties these old British bangers were favoured by smash up derby drivers due to their tank like qualities. Such blatant lack of respect for some of the Mother country’s finest has resulted in most of these old timers being reduced to scrap. Few remain, and even fewer remain in this condition meaning this rather stately looking Super Snipe is a very rare sight. And you can buy it at Turners.
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Lifetime Project Anyone? – 22nd January, 2016

It’s not just cars that Turners sell. Pretty much everything comes through the gates and some of it is pretty cool, strange or unexpected. This 10 metre wooden launch probably falls into the unexpected category due to its size and the fact it’s not sitting in the water. But with sea levels on the rise and flooding becoming more common it could be a useful addition to your back section.
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Tangerine Scream – 20th January, 2016

Some cars with crazy colour schemes can be “all mouth and no trousers” when it comes to delivering performance to match the looks. But this 2015 Ford Focus ST’s attention seeking hi-viz colour is backed up with some pretty impressive power and handling. And you can buy this one when it’s auctioned next week at Turners Hamilton.
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Swedish Flying Brick – 14th January, 2016

It may not be the prettiest car ever to drive down the road but the old Volvo 244GLE is a solid, reliable classic with a surprising motorsport pedigree. This 1982 model at Turners Dunedin has been owned by a father and son since new and is in pretty decent nick for 30+ years old. And there’s something kind of cool about the Swedish flying brick.
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You’ll Love This Sea-Doo, Even if the Fish Don’t - 11th January, 2016

If you want to go fishing but don’t want to cast a line off a beach and don’t want the hassle of a boat or the effort of a kayak then this fully set up Sea-Doo could be the answer. The trip to where the fish are biting will be fast and exciting and if you catch something too big to bring on board then you can tow it home.
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Historic Harley - 7th January, 2016

It may look like it comes from way back in Harley Davidson’s history but this Harley cruiser is actually from 1986. Although it’s not as old as it looks this Softail Heritage is quite a historic machine and it’s being auctioned right now.
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All Fired Up and Ready to Go - 5th January, 2016

It would make a great promotional vehicle or a big boy’s toy, but you know what, this 1978 International fire appliance would make a pretty good fire engine for putting out fires and stuff. Whatever you’d want to use it for is up to you, all you’ve got to do is bid.
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Stealth Porsche

Stealth Porsche
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Little(?) Red Corvette

Little(?) Red Corvette
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Cheap Fun for Under $2K

Cheap Fun for Under $2K
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Want a Harley but Prefer Four Wheels?

Want a Harley but Prefer Four Wheels?
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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
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Maserati for Mini Money

Maserati for Mini Money
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IT’S A FIRE ENGINE!

IT’S A FIRE ENGINE!
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Cheap WRX Project

Cheap WRX Project
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GT- RRRRRRR

GT- RRRRRRR
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Bonneville Beauty Not As Old As It Looks

Bonneville Beauty Not As Old As It Looks
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The Last (decent) Samurai?

The Last (decent) Samurai?
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The American Riviera

The American Riviera
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Pretty Porka

Pretty Porka
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Retro Hot Hatches Under the Hammer

Retro Hot Hatches Under the Hammer
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Ford Fix-Up

Ford Fix-Up
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Minty Mustard Mini

Minty Mustard Mini
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Ugly Austin is Kinda Cool

Ugly Austin is Kinda Cool
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Commanding Convertible

Commanding Convertible
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Nothing Says Summer Like a Beach Buggy

Nothing Says Summer Like a Beach Buggy
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Zombie Apocalypse

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