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Mo­tor­clas­sica prepa­ra­tions

New Zealand Classic Car - - NATIONWIDE NEWS -

ew Zealand en­trants will be among Aus­trala­sia’s homage to ev­ery­thing ex­otic and his­toric in the au­to­mo­tive arena at this year’s Mo­tor­clas­sica, which will once again be held in the tra­di­tional set­ting of Mel­bourne’s pres­ti­gious Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing from October 21 to 23, 2016.

“New Zealand is home to a large num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant, rare, valu­able, and his­tor­i­cally in­ter­est­ing cars we’d love to see at Mo­tor­clas­sica, so we’d view ad­di­tional in­ter­est very favourably,” Mo­tor­clas­sica event di­rec­tor Paul Mathers ad­mit­ted.

The pop­u­lar­ity of this premier event is ev­i­dent by the record num­ber of en­tries, in­clud­ing the very best cars and mo­tor­cy­cles from the re­gion, sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion to be dis­played at the sev­enth stag­ing of Mo­tor­clas­sica.

A few of the many at­trac­tions in­clude an ac­tual pro­to­type Bris­tol 401 coupé with a Tour­ing body; an ul­tra-rare Mon­teverdi 375; and, sel­dom seen out­side Italy, a Vespa 400 mi­cro­car.

There will also be a rare op­por­tu­nity to view an im­pres­sive line-up of 17 clas­sic Rolls-royce mo­tor cars — the ear­li­est, a 1913 Sil­ver Ghost Lon­don-to-ed­in­burgh Con­ti­nen­tal, and the most re­cent, a 1927 Cor­niche con­vert­ible — as well as two other Sil­ver Ghosts, a 1923 40/50 for­merly owned by Arch­bishop Man­nix, one of the most in­flu­en­tial pub­lic fig­ures in 20th-cen­tury Aus­tralia, and

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