Orig­i­nal owner

New Zealand Classic Car - - Local Market Report -

I con­sider my­self very lucky to still be in pos­ses­sion of my grand­fa­ther’s first VW Bee­tle, which he owned from new. It is more than a clas­sic car, more than a VW — it has mem­o­ries of my grand­par­ents who have since passed on; it rep­re­sents the days at the beach with my par­ents and the pic­nics on a Sun­day with my kids. If we truly man­age to cre­ate mem­o­rable mo­ments with our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, our clas­sic cars will be trea­sured.

Tes­ti­mony to this is my very re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence of re­unit­ing a car with its first owner. I was con­tacted by a reader from this mag­a­zine, who asked me if I knew of an MG road­ster for sale. He had owned one in his younger days, but, sadly, on the birth of the sec­ond child, the car had to go — a story which most of us can re­late to! He emailed me a photo of what his car had looked like, and, a cou­ple of phone calls later, I could tell that he wasn’t just look­ing for an MG road­ster but that he wanted to re­con­nect with a miss­ing link. He con­veyed to me that his el­dest daugh­ter was get­ting mar­ried, and that she had grown up in the MG her­self and was keen to get mar­ried in a sim­i­lar MG, “just like the one we had!” he said.

Luck was on our side. Not only did I man­age to find him an MG road­ster, but the one he had pre­vi­ously owned! A cou­ple of im­prove­ments had been made to it along the way, but it was still the same MG road­ster.

There could not have been a hap­pier bride on that day. And what a fu­ture is most likely await­ing the MG — it ain’t go­ing any­where.

Un­til next month, safe driv­ing!

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