SCOT­TISH COL­LEC­TOR VIS­ITS NZ; OCH AYE THE NOO

New Zealand Classic Car - - Editor’s Pick -

In this col­umn, we usu­ally write about an in­ter­est­ing car from our Cars for Sale sec­tion that we think war­rants a closer look. This month, though, the col­umn is about a per­son of in­ter­est who wants to take a closer look at your in­ter­est­ing car, if you’re want­ing to sell.

Mor­ris Les­lie started his con­struc­tion equip­ment-hire com­pany in Perthshire in Scot­land in 1974. He has grown the op­er­a­tion to the point at which he does busi­ness in New Zealand at times.

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, we do tend to — we cer­tainly used to — keep our cars on the road for a lot longer than is the case in many other coun­tries, and that is good for col­lec­tors like Mor­ris. Af­ter some of his vis­its here, Mor­ris has been known to take the odd small car or small com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle back with him — al­most al­ways ve­hi­cles that came here from the UK in the first place. These be­came part of his 600-strong-and-still-grow­ing col­lec­tion of in­ter­est­ing ve­hi­cles and ma­chines.

Mor­ris’ first two ve­hi­cles, ac­quired only 15 years ago, were a Mini and a Massey Fer­gu­son 35, both ubiq­ui­tous here. He has a strong in­ter­est in Land Rovers, and his col­lec­tion in­cludes many ex­am­ples from ev­ery Land Rover se­ries pro­duced. He also has the last car ever pri­vately owned by Sir Win­ston Churchill — a 1964 Mor­ris Ox­ford, which was reg­is­tered a year be­fore Churchill died. Now, wouldn’t you have thought that Sir Win­ston would have driven some­thing more be­fit­ting his im­age, but imag­ine the sto­ries it could tell — and it prob­a­bly still smells of cigar smoke.

Ve­hi­cles with in­ter­est­ing sto­ries hold a spe­cial ap­peal for Mor­ris, so he is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing and swap­ping sto­ries with like-minded col­lec­tors here.

Mor­ris Les­lie will be in New Zealand dur­ing Jan­uary. If you think you have a ve­hi­cle or maybe some un­usual piece of ma­chin­ery that may hold spe­cial in­ter­est for him, con­tact him at mor­ris.les­[email protected]­risleslie.co.uk.

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