Mechanical trea­sures find new homes

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - JO LINES-MACKEN­ZIE

There was much rem­i­nisc­ing, strate­gic buy­ing and wish­ful think­ing as the late Bill Troughton’s trea­sures went un­der the ham­mer.

Troughton, 82, died in De­cem­ber, and, as per his wishes, his large vin­tage farm col­lec­tion was auc­tioned off over the week­end.

More than 1000 items were for sale. Peo­ple even camped out on the Mata­mata prop­erty for the two-day sale.

Troughton’s el­dest son, David, said it was tough see­ing his fa­ther’s be­long­ings be­ing sold off.

‘‘What be­gan over 40 years ago, and it just grew and grew.

‘‘It’s mixed emo­tions, it is sad to see it go. It’s the end of an era.’’

Bill was a keen mem­ber of the Vin­tage Trac­tor and Ma­chin­ery Club and Vin­tage Car Club, and vis­ited swap meets around the North Is­land, find­ing pre­cious col­lecta­bles as he went.

He loved to share his col­lec­tion. Of­ten schools and other clubs would visit the farm to see the vin­tage ve­hi­cles.

David had ear­lier said his dad never wanted the col­lec­tion to be used as a mu­seum and it would have made him happy to know it would be auc­tioned off to peo­ple who shared a sim­i­lar pas­sion.’’Not one of us, in­di­vid­u­ally or col­lec­tively can take this on,’’ he said, gaz­ing at the be­tween 300 and 500 peo­ple at the auc­tion on Sun­day – a mix of tyre­kick­ers and bid­ders.

‘‘He wanted ev­ery­thing to be used, not just sit­ting here. Ev­ery­thing here has a value. If it’s not mon­e­tary value, it’s sen­ti­men­tal,’’ he said.

As to the to­tal amount the fam­ily expected to get, it was to hard for David to put a num­ber on.

‘‘It’s swings and round­abouts with the items. Some things went sur­pris­ingly high.’’

War­wick and Kevin John­son, along with Glen Horn, were lean­ing in the tray of Troughton’s 1969 Dai­hatsu three-wheel truck, the ve­hi­cles con­jur­ing up mem­o­ries of their teenage years, in­clud­ing old love af­fairs in the back­seat of a Model N Ford.

‘‘This is one of the most di­verse col­lec­tions I’ve seen,’’ Kevin John­son said.

The 1906 Model N and the 1939 Chevro­let had caught the trio’s eyes but their hands were re­main- ing firmly in their pock­ets.

And you had to have deep pock­ets – the Model N sold for $60,500 af­ter a bid­ding war be­tween two Model T fans.

The Chevro­let is stay­ing in the fam­ily with Bill’s son Ge­orge buy­ing it for $27,000.

The In­dian Scout mo­tor­bike sold for $16,500.

David be­lieves a lot of the items were sold lo­cally, in­clud­ing some to his fa­ther’s good mates and fam­ily. army

This In­dian mo­tor­bike was a crowd favourite, at­tract­ing plenty of at­ten­tion be­fore sell­ing for $16,500.

PHOTOS: DOMINICO ZAPATA/FAIRFAX NZ

The 1906 Model N sold for $60,500.

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