NZ Classic Driver



Originally scheduled for June 27 and postponed, this auction finally took place on July 4 in Parnell, Auckland. Proving that demand for classic and collectibl­e cars remains strong despite everincrea­sing concerns about fossil-fuelled cars and the rising popularity of electric vehicles, the majority of the lots sold on the hammer.

Standouts in the auction included a lovely looking 1947 Nash 600, an original RHD car first registered on January 1, 1948 and delivered new and built in New Zealand

– a good buy at just over $20,000. VW enthusiast­s were well catered to via three lots – a 1971 Beetle in Daytona Yellow, a rare colour; a 1975 Kombi; and a Type 181 (The Thing). The Beetle and The Thing found new owners but the Kombi failed to reach its estimated price of $75–85,000.

The only motorcycle in the auction – a 1938 Triumph 5H Deluxe from the collection of GP World Champion Hugh Anderson – also failed to reach its reserve and was unsold. A fully restored Land Rover SIIA pickup went for $28,750, while a good-looking Triumph 2500TC fetched $14,950.

With an estimated price of between $135– 150,000, a 1982 VH Commodore SS looked to be a prime collectibl­e. Only 30 of these cars were put together in New Zealand by GM-H (29 in white with red and blue flashes, and one in black), and without the power-sapping pollution gear on their Aussie counterpar­ts, the 5-litre V8 in the Kiwi examples punched out 220kW. Despite its rarity and being signed underbonne­t by Phil and Lewis Brock as well as Peter Brock’s regular co-driver, David ‘Skippy’ Parsons, the SS failed to sell. Another Aussie performanc­e car – a Torana GTR XU-1 – fared better, eventually selling for $132,250.

A super rare – only 750 examples ever built – 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Record Factory Berline was expected to realise in excess of $200,000, but it failed to sell.

If I’d won Lotto the previous weekend, I might have been into the 1998 Aston Martin Vantage V600. The 5.3-litre V8, packing twin Eaton supercharg­er, punched out 600bhp (hence the V600 moniker), giving these luxuriousl­y equipped GTs a top speed of 322km/h. However, with an eventual sale price a few grand shy of half-a-million bucks, I missed out on this one!

A Jaguar XJ12 Lynx Convertibl­e looked interestin­g, and it had been reputably owned and used by Steven Spielberg while filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, although this detail remained unconfirme­d. Either way, this elegant and unique (in New Zealand) car failed to sell.

On the racing car front, the Chevrolet 302ci-powered Surtees TS5 F5000 car offered for sale was first raced by film star James Garner. Imported into New Zealand by Mortimer Motorsport, it was subsequent­ly raced in NZ, the UK and Australia by Warwick Mortimer. Fully rebuilt following a crash at Hampton Downs in 2015, the car had only been raced once since the rebuild. With an estimated price of around $250,000, the TS5 failed to find a new owner.

However, a Mustang V8-powered GT40 replica – built in Rotorua from a UK GT Racing kit – sold for $143,750.

As well as the cars, the auction included a few items of automobili­a, including posters and prints, some of them from the collection of NZ Classic Driver columnist, Mark Holman. These included a brace of George Ham Monaco posters (1934 and 1936), these selling for over $2000 each, while a Nicholas Watts print titled Fangio the Maestro sold for $1265.

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4. Rare 1949 Talbot Lago T26 Berline;
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7. Iconic George Ham poster.
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5. Aussie classic – Holden Premier EH;
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6. Fangio the Maestro;

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