Yeah baby! 1960s style ve­hi­cles go for auc­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MO­TOR­ING

A vin­tage car col­lec­tion that would make a su­per­spy sali­vate is primed to fetch big bucks un­der the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer.

Wellington phi­lan­thropist busi­ness­man Roy Sav­age’s rare and orig­i­nal col­lec­tion of 30 clas­sic mar­ques is be­ing sold at Kapiti’s South­ward Car Mu­seum by Auck­land auc­tion house Moss­green-Webb’s.

With an em­pha­sis on the post-war Bri­tish pe­riod, stal­warts of Eng­land’s car in­dus­try fea­ture promi­nently, in­clud­ing Jaguars, Rovers, MGs, Tri­umphs and Mor­ris Mi­nors.

‘‘The col­lec­tion has been as­sem­bled with pas­sion and love over a 40-year pe­riod. Each car has a per­sonal con­nec­tion to Roy Sav­age and il­lus­trates a dif­fer­ent time,’’ Moss­green-Webb’s clas­sic car spe­cial­ist Robert Richards said.

The sale was one of the most in­ter­est­ing car col­lec­tions auc­tioned in New Zealand, he said. High­lights in­clude a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Auto, a 1955 Jaguar XK 140 FHC, and a 1965 Austin Healey BJ8 3000 MK III.

Sav­age built his for­tune from his in­dus­trial equip­ment com­pany NZ Safety, but his fas­ci­na­tion with ma­chines and mo­tor­ing started as a young boy spend­ing hol­i­days vis­it­ing his cousins’ fam­ily farm.

* The auc­tion will be held De­cem­ber 4, South­ward Car Mu­seum, Para­pa­raumu.

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