Classic Cars

Black Beauty

One of the main issues with owning a big American imported car in NZ is having the controls on the wrong side. It’s a long way from the driver’s seat to the ticket dispenser at a car park and any coolness you’d built up by driving your dream machine quickly leaks away as you try to – unsuccessfully – get your car into the car park, with a crowd watching on, while retaining some dignity. Not a problem with this 1966 Impala that’s being auctioned with a $1 reserve – it has been converted to RHD. Read on...
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Proper Barn Finds

The term “barn find” has become as popular as other doozies such as “ran when parked”, “easy project” and “mint except for minor rust” when it comes to advertising old cars. But these two cars at Turners Christchurch are worthy of the term. 50+ years of hibernation makes these very rare British sports cars amazing discoveries that will be sold “as found”. Read on...
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Collector Car Auction Highlights

Turner’s Collector car auction was held on Saturday in Christchurch, and while some of the heavy hitter modern Holdens failed to find new homes there were plenty of other great cars that did including a family reunion. Read on...
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Valiant Effort

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 one 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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Limoncello or Banana Milkshake?

What’s your poison – Limoncello or Banana milkshake? Both of these cars have V8 engines, both are very fast, both are very yellow and both are very exclusive. But both are very different flavours and both are being auctioned at Turner’s collectible car auction this month. Read on...
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Bigger than Texas

If you are intimidated by the thought of parallel parking a Toyota Yaris, or if your garage is of typical garage dimensions then this 5.7 metre 1966 Cadillac convertible may not be an ideal choice for you. But if you care not a jot for the challenges of parking and own a warehouse sized garage then don your white suit and cowboy hat because your moment has come. Read on...
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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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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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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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