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NZ’s largest vintage car show

Around 1000 classic cars will be on show at New Zealand’s largest vintage car show in Auckland on Sunday.

The 46th annual Ellerslie Classic Car Show will showcase the country’s best vehicle restorations, with some believed to be worth millions of dollars.

Over 70 car clubs have come together for the annual event.

There will be three judged competitions to find the best classic cars in the country.

Teams event

Clubs can enter a team or more of two cars and they are judged for the coveted Intermarque Concours d’Elegance shield and the prestige of hosting the next event.

Masters class

Judged to the same rules as the Teams Event, this competition is for clubs who wish to enter single cars.

Survivors class

This event is to find the best over 35 year old unrestored car.  More originality and age points are available than the other competitions.

Public admission from 10am to 4pm, with entry being $15 and free for under 12s. 

Click here to find out more.

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Pine Harbor Motorsport Museum site up for sale

The land and buildings housing the Pine Harbor Motorsport Museum in the East Auckland suburb of Beachlands has been placed on the market for sale.

The impressive collection is owned by motor racing enthusiast Allan Drinkrow whose companies developed much of the commercial and residential property sites in and around Pine Harbour Marina. Drinkrow leases the museum building in which the automotive memorabilia is showcased.

The museum’s 1991 Ford Sierra Cosworth.

The museum, which is open for viewings by appointment only, houses a number of classics and historical pieces, including; A 1928 Auburn Speedster, a 1977 Yamaha 750CC motorcycle which won the 1977 Isle of Man TT ridden by Joey Dunlop, a 1959 Cooper Climax T51 driven by motoring legends Sir Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren and a 1964 JAP Speedway bike ridden by Ivan Mauger.

The 640 square metre building at 40 Ninth View Avenue sits on 1,416 square metres of land zoned for residential terrace housing and apartment buildings under the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Joey Dunlop’s 1977 Seeley Speedster, housed at the museum.

“While the Pine Harbor Motorsport Museum is a modern and well-constructed purpose-built building which is only five years old, the real value of this site lies in its reconfiguration potential as a terraced unit residential site,” estate agent Nick Bayley said.

The land and buildings are being marketed for sale at auction on October 25 through Bayleys Manukau.

The museum’s 1959 Indy 500 roadster.

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Quattro Turbo smashes auction records

A 1991 Audi Quattro Turbo 20v broke auction records when it sold for £72,050 during the recent Classic Car Auctions in England.

Huge crowds turned out for one of the biggest one-day classic car sales of the year, and trade was brisk with about £2 million changing hands in five hours, with 77 per cent of the 166 cars on offer finding new homes.

The raucous applause for the Audi was repeated when a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport racked up the highest price of day at £99,000, after a series of audacious bids pushed it almost £40,000 beyond its lower estimate.

Enthusiastic bidding was a theme on the day, with several cars attracting opening bids far above their estimates. A 1989 Daimler Double Six started with an opening bid £3,000 above its lower estimate, eventually selling for £13,750, and a 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S in Silver Rose started with a bid £5,000 above its lower estimate and sold for £34,100 after brisk bidding.

An unfinished 1970 Fixed Head Series II Jaguar E-Type 4.2 attracted serious attention in the room with fast-paced bidding pushing the final price to £40,700, over £16,000 more than the lower estimate, while a 1972 Triumph TR6 with overdrive was pushed £13,000 above its lower estimate after some tense brinkmanship among room and phone bidders to sell for £30,800.

The Triumph wasn’t the only traditional British sports car to do well at the auction, with a 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII drawing applause on reaching its final sale price of £50,600, and an ex-award winning 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk1 that had recently fallen on hard times sold for £6,160 despite being offered at no reserve.

Seventies BMWs seem to the flavour of the month among classic car collectors and the September Sale was no exception, with a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSA being fought over in a two-way bidding war in the room, joined later by online bidders to push the final selling price almost £8,000 beyond its lower estimate to £29,480.

Quirky lots regularly make an appearance at Classic Car Auctions and on this occasion it was a 1979 Ford Fiesta 1300S that drew smiles of affection with only 5,693 miles on the clock but looking very sorry for itself after more than a decade in storage. But with bags of potential, the little ‘no reserve’ Fiesta drew enthusiastic bidding and eventually sold for almost a pound for every mile it had covered at £5,720.

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Mercedes’ history for auction

UK based specialist auction house Silverstone Auctions have a new car to add to your wishlist.

This morning, the auctioneer who specialises in classic cars, announced that it will be offering a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer Cabriolet for auction on 2nd September.

The 300 goes on sale September 2.

The classic is estimated to go for between $575,000 to $665,000 NZD and is one of seven right-hand drive examples to be produced.

When it was manufactured the car was thought to be the most expensive in the world.

The 300 takes its informal name “Adenauer” from the first post WWII German Chancellor, one of Mercedes’ most high profile customer at the time. To Silverstone Auctions’ sales manager Will Smith, this label is fittingly symbolic, and represents both Mercedes’ and Germany’s rise from ruin.

Interior of the ’54 Cabriolet.

“The 300 is a historically significant car as one of Mercedes-Benz’s first all-new designs of the post-war era. Its arrival re-established Mercedes-Benz in the front rank of prestige car manufacturers, marking a return to the marque’s tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles of the finest quality.”

According to Silverstone’s website; “The ethos of using the original parts applied throughout the whole of this restoration and the complete interior, all the glass and all the chrome date from 1953, although returned to shining health. There are some marks on the rear bumper and the number plate plinth where originality was preferred over a non-genuine new item. The headlights and spot lights are original Bosch and the renovation of these alone cost over £5,000.”

“For the collector who has everything.” The auction includes a rare Lambo tractor.

The 300 is part of a Silverstone’s 2017 Salon Prive Sale which also includes a 1949 Cadillac Series 61 ‘Club Coupé’ (an American contemporary), a 1966 Lamborghini 1R tractor, and a number of luxury watches.

More information on the auction, including a full list of offerings, is available at .


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Classic vehicles on show

Thousands of people packed the main street in Waihi on Wednesday to see some of the best classic cars in New Zealand, as part of the Whangamata Beach Hop. (more…)

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Classic show for event

Next year’s CRC Speedshow – the country’s largest automotive and motorsport event – will feature a refreshed version of the custom vehicle show run for the first time this year.


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