Roy Sav­age Col­lec­tion T

Fer­rari cel­e­brates 70 years

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All 30 cars from the per­sonal col­lec­tion of the renowned Wellington busi­ness­man Roy Sav­age have sold, with many achiev­ing dou­ble their pre-auc­tion es­ti­mates, mak­ing it one of the most suc­cess­ful car auc­tions to ever take place in New Zealand.

Mul­ti­ple auc­tion records were set, in­clud­ing those from the 1955 Jaguar XK140, which achieved $258,750 against a pre-auc­tion es­ti­mate of $120K to $140K; the 1972 Rover P5B 3.5-litre coupé, which sold for $57,500; and the 1966 Jaguar Mk2 3.8-litre, which sold for $71,300. An­other record price was achieved for a pago­da­roofed Mercedes-benz, with a stun­ning 1969 Mercedes-benz 280SL sell­ing for $149,500. Moss­green-webb’s head of col­lec­tors cars, Robert Richards, said, “I am de­lighted with the ex­tra­or­di­nary re­sult, which drew over 350 at­ten­dees to the auc­tion room, plus nu­mer­ous phone, on­line, and ab­sen­tee bid­ders keen to ac­quire cars from this col­lec­tion, which has out­stand­ing prove­nance and long-held own­er­ship by Roy Sav­age. This en­cour­aged com­pet­i­tive bid­ding, re­sult­ing in a suc­cess­ful sale, and mul­ti­ple auc­tion records have been bro­ken.”

This auc­tion is the house’s most suc­cess­ful Sin­gleOwner De­part­ment sale since in­cep­tion. Head of de­part­ment James Ho­gan said, “We are hon­oured to see this won­der­ful col­lec­tion go un­der the ham­mer and to wit­ness the over­whelm­ing pub­lic re­sponse to it.” He con­tin­ued, “We would like to thank Roy Sav­age and his son John for en­trust­ing their per­sonal col­lec­tion to Moss­green-webb’s, and we are de­lighted that it [the auc­tion] proved to be such a roar­ing suc­cess.”

The Roy Sav­age Col­lec­tion of Clas­sic Cars, con­sid­ered one of the most hon­est ever to be of­fered at auc­tion in New Zealand, at­tracted a phe­nom­e­nal level of in­ter­est lo­cally and abroad, with thou­sands of col­lec­tors and en­thu­si­asts view­ing the cars over the last three days. The hum­ble phi­lan­thropist, Roy Sav­age, will do­nate a por­tion of the auc­tion pro­ceeds to the Life Ed­u­ca­tion Trust.

Top 10 prices achieved at the Roy Sav­age Col­lec­tion Auc­tion: 1955 Jaguar XK 140 fixed-head coupé, achiev­ing $258,750. 1972 Rover P5B 3.5-litre coupé au­to­matic (achiev­ing $57,500), the pre­vi­ously men­tioned 1966 Jaguar Mk2 3.8-litre man­ual sa­loon ($71,300), the afore­men­tioned 1969 Mercedes-benz 280SL au­to­matic ($149,500), and the 1996 Bent­ley Azure drop­head coupé ($138K). The 1969 Jaguar E-type Se­ries II 4.2 fixed-head coupé achieved $143,750, the 1965 AustinHealey 3000 BJ8 MKIII achieved $109,250, the 1955 MG TF 1500 achieved $71,300, the 1977 Land Rover Se­ries III 2.3-litre achieved $29,900, and the 1930 Ford Model A Deluxe cabri­o­let achieved $29,900.

Read­ers may re­call Car­ring­ton House — which is lo­cated at 285 High Street North, Carter­ton, Wellington — as be­ing one of the coun­try’s finest ex­am­ples of a pri­vately owned her­itage sight. The res­i­dence drew at­ten­tion af­ter be­ing reg­is­tered with the New Zealand His­toric Places Trust (now Her­itage New Zealand) as a Cat­e­gory 2 His­toric Place in 1983, and joined the New Zealand Gar­dens Trust as a Gar­den of Sig­nif­i­cance in 2013, but what is not as widely known is that the his­toric sheds and sta­bles lo­cated on the prop­erty house owner John Cameron’s 60 years’ worth of pri­vate col­lect­ing in mo­tor­ing mem­o­ra­bilia. Among the col­lec­tion are vin­tage petrol pumps, orig­i­nal metal signs, vin­tage work­shop equip­ment, oil tins, num­ber plates, and a se­ries of Rolls-royce–re­lated signs and ad­ver­tis­ing, which in­cludes a dealer’s mir­ror from Con­duit Street, Lon­don. The ex­cite­ment con­tin­ues in­side a large shed ded­i­cated to John’s high-end mod­els, many rep­re­sent­ing ve­hi­cles he has owned in the past, in­clud­ing a rare, large glass-cased 1932 Roll­sRoyce Phan­tom II Sedanca coupé.

John said of the col­lec­tion, “I have been in­ter­ested in col­lectable cars and mem­o­ra­bilia for many years, par­tic­u­larly Rolls-royce, Bent­ley, and Mercedes-benz, and I have owned many, from the 1920s to the lat­est mod­els, and many of the mod­els, signs, and ad­ver­tis­ing that are to be auc­tioned rep­re­sent these ve­hi­cles — as [when] the prop­erty is sold, I will have nowhere in the fu­ture to store them.”

John’s col­lec­tion will go un­der the ham­mer at Car­ring­ton House’s Mo­tor­ing Mem­o­ra­bilia and Model Auc­tion at 10am on Fe­bru­ary 25. View­ing will be from 1pm to 4pm on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24, and from 8.30am on the morn­ing of sale. For more info, im­ages, and cat­a­logues, go to wake­fiel­d­auc­tions.co.nz or Face­book: ‘Mike Perry’s/ Wake­field Auc­tions’.

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