Turners Classic and Collectors’ Car Auction

An auction featuring many of these vehicles was originally scheduled for June 10th, but due to the logistics of moving and managing such a large fleet the auction date is now due to take place on Sunday, November 25th

Collections of this size and quality don’t come up for sale very often so start making space in your garage now. And to make it sweeter, the majority of the lots are being offered “No Reserve.”

The auction will include over 60 vehicles – covering a very broad spectrum of post-war classics from both mainstream Jaguar, Daimler, Mercedes–Benz, through to the more exotic Lotus .

This is the first auction of Classic and Collectable cars, tractors and automobilia to be held at Turners Auctions Penrose site for some time.

As well as the extensive range of classic cars, the auction will also feature a number of superbly presented commercial vehicles and tractors, ‘barn–find’ Jeeps and automobilia – including petrol pumps and some very collectable signs.

Many of the cars will not be widely known and, along with the tractors and automobilia, this ensures that the auction will attract a lot of interest from the car collecting community.

Amongst the unrestored ‘barn–find’ Jeeps is a Camper from 1960 and, for collectors farm machinery, the selection of vintage and rare tractors will provide much interest.

Holden is well represented with cars from the ‘60s through to the early 2000s.  Nearly all are excellent low mileage and original cars –including some high performance HDT and Clubsport models.

View the catalogue a www.turners.co.nz/classic or contact Alan Kurtovich on 027 433 0792

Turners Auctions Penrose

Sunday, 25th November at 12 noon


1954 Rover P4, one of several being offered

Very well presented 1974 Lotus Elite in original metallic blue

Turners to auction three vintage Rolls Royce Phantoms

Three Rolls Royce Phantoms (1925 – 1938) are expected to receive considerable interest from local and international car lovers when they go under the hammer at Turners’ Dunedin branch as part of the auction of an impressive collection of vintage and classic cars.

“The Phantoms are some of the most sought after cars in the world and we are lucky enough to have three of them in the same auction,” says Turners CEO, Graham Roberts. “We have received considerable interest from overseas car collectors already, but we know there are also some local enthusiasts who are keen to see them stay in New Zealand”.

The oldest of the trio is a 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1, which features a 7,668cc engine. The car has spent the last five years in Christchurch being used as a wedding car and is in stunning condition.

The second Rolls Royce in the collection, a convertible 1929 Phantom 2 which has been in New Zealand since 1984, was originally a limousine and was remodelled as an ‘open tourer’ in the early 1990s.

The rarest vehicle is the 1938 Rolls Royce Phantom 3, one of only 727 in the world and one of the first cars to feature a V12 engine. It is expected to fetch the highest price of all the cars being auctioned; Turners estimate it will sell for between $170,000 and $180,000.

The vehicles are part of an extensive and varied collection that Turners is selling on behalf of the Crown after they were forfeited by their previous owner as part of a High Court order. Read the rest of this entry »

Turners to hold classic car auction this Saturday

With so many racing models up for grabs, this weekend’s Classic and Collectable Car Auction at Turners Auctions, Penrose, Auckland on 24th April promises to pack as much excitement for motorsport fans as the Hamilton V8s did for Holden and Ford enthusiasts last week.

The real pièce de resistance up for grabs is a professionally built BMW Motorsport E46 WTCC 320i Race Car, complete with full roll cage, electronics and fire extinguisher protection. Tipped to sell for between $35,000 and $55,000, this car is a must-drive for anyone who loves to race.

“This is a serious racing vehicle which we’re expecting will excite track enthusiasts right across the country,” says Chris Broadhurst from Turners Auctions.

Also up for grabs is a 1992, Nissan Skyline GTR — of the same make and model that made a massive impact at Bathurst in the early 90s.  Known as a ‘Godzilla’, this 4WD, twin-turbo charged race car is estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $25,000.

“It’s rare we have such a high number of fine racing vehicles up for grabs so we’re expecting a lot of interest. But if you’re looking for something else, we still have plenty of other non-racing classics available as part of the auction,” says Mr Broadhurst.

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Early Japanese classics at Christchurch auction

Nissan Gloria fq

An extremely rare 1968 Nissan Gloria with only 5,804 miles on the clock and an estimated price of $20,000 will be auctioned at the Turners Classic Car Auction in Christchurch tomorrow. ¨ ¨This unbelievable car is in pristine original condition and has spent the last two decades in storage after being retired by its original owner and is attracting interest both locally and from Nissan collectors in Japan.

The Classic Auction also features a silver 1973 Mazda Luce GRII (RX4) in excellent condition – down to the plastic covering on door trims. This sought-after model with a 12A rotary engine and 37,441 kilometers on the clock is estimated to sell for $12,000.¨ ¨Other lots generating interest include a 1971 Chrysler Valiant Pacer VH and a 1974 Ford Falcon XY Wagon in red with black accents, with estimated values of $34,000 and $30,000 respectively.

The auction will be held at Turners Auctions, 1 Detroit Place in Christchurch on Saturday 15 August at noon. ¨ ¨Viewings will take place today from 9am till 6pm and tomorrow from 9am.

The auction list can be found at www.turners.co.nz

Legendary Volkswagen collection for auction at Turners

VW Turners Auction 02

The Volkswagen Collection of the late Francis Baptist that is to being auctioned at Turners Auctions this Sunday 12 July is generating significant interest from VW fans around the world.

Baptist was a renowned restorer of classic vehicles and Turners spokesperson Todd Hunter describes the auction as the most comprehensive collection of VWs from one owner ever seen by Turners.

“We have collectors flying in from Adelaide, Argentina, Spain and Hungary to view the lots privately. They will then return home and bid remotely using the Turners Live online auction. Interest from the US is also strong and these bidders, paying in New Zealand dollars, will likely drive prices up,” says Todd.

The momentum is gathering for the auction and some of its rare lots means it is likely local collectors will have to pay international prices for these rare vehicles.

For the team at Turners three vehicles are particularly unique. The first is a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle that comes with the number plate 1952VW. Baptist imported it in 2002 and restored it superbly. The left hand drive, ex-Belgium oval window model has a factory sunroof and matching numbers. In New Zealand this car is valued at $20,000 – $25,000 but on the international stage, could be worth much more.

A second Volkswagen Beetle, this time a 1955 Deluxe model is New Zealand new with oval windows. It spent its first forty years in Christchurch and has original engine, handbook and tool kits. The interior is impeccable and with some minor engine work this car will be road worthy.

Finally a Porsche 356 Super 90 Cabriolet 1960, ex-New York, is attracting significant attention. The vehicle requires a major restoration but the left-hand drive vehicle is extremely rare and expected to sell for at least $25,000.

There are a range of other Volkswagen Beetles, a Kombi Bus and two additional Porsches.

The auction features a rare collection of bikes including a super-rare 1950s Solex peddle bike with engine which is highly sought-after. The 1950 Matchless G80 is already attracting phone bids from the United Kingdom.

The auction will take place this Sunday 12 July at 11am for vehicles. It will be followed by an extensive auction of parts, some exceptionally rare, at 1pm.

To find out more, click here to go the Turners Auctions website.

Kiwi motorsport legend Ford Falcon XW GTHO – for auction

Ford Falcon GTHO fq

A 1970 Ford Falcon with a prestigious racing history and an estimated price of $385,000 will be auctioned at the Turners Classic and Collectibles Auction this Saturday.

The restored XW GTHO Phase 2 has sparked interest from classic car collectors and the question on everyone’s lips is just how much will it sell for?¨ ¨Todd Hunter, General Manager Sales and Marketing, is expecting a crowd of car collectors and Ford enthusiasts to see the Falcon as well as 40 other lots. ¨ ¨”The Phase 2 was bought New Zealand-new by the late racing driver Ernie Sprague in 1970 and was raced in the South Island saloon events. He sold it to another racer – Pat Monaghan – and its third owner John Gillard also circuit raced the car” says Todd, ¨ ¨The car spent 25 years idle with an Auckland collector and was purchased in 2001 by its current owner who has restored it meticulously to become a collector’s showpiece.

The Classic and Collectibles Auction also features a 1961 Chrysler 300G — a beautiful and rare example of a 1960s car with full matching set of numbers that has been re-painted and re-chromed. It has optional six-way electric front seats and is estimated to sell for $74,000.¨ ¨Other cars for auction include a 1972 Holden Torana XUI Racecar and a 1974 Ford Falcon XBGT in Tropicano green with black accents, estimated to sell for $65,000 and $50,000 respectively.

Another lot expected to generate a stir is the 1956 Jaguar Mark 7 with just four previous owners and an estimated value of $27,500. ¨¨Todd says there are plenty of opportunities for people looking to purchase their next restoration project. ¨ ¨”We have an old beauty in a 1972 Morris Marina TC Coupe. It’s got about 50k on the clock and has had the classic ‘only careful lady owner’ since 1972. It would be a great do-up job and has an estimated sale price of $3,500.”

The auction is the third of five Classic and Collectable Auctions for 2009 and will be held at Turners Auctions Penrose this Saturday 20 June at 2:30pm. Viewings will take place on Friday 19 June 9am till 6pm and Saturday from 9am.

The full list of vehicles can be found at www.turners.co.nz

Turners Classic and Collectable car auction this Saturday

Turners Car Auction Cadillac

Turners Auctions next Classic and Collectable Car auction is coming up this Saturday April 18th at 2:30pm in Penrose, Auckland.

Among the line up is a 1994 Bentley Turbo R in red with 89,000kms. This Turbo R shared the Mulsanne’s chassis, and inherited the turbocharged engine from the Mulsanne Turbo. However, the Turbo R’s V8 engine was retuned with new Bosch MK-Motronic fuel injection for added torque. It also sported a retuned suspension and wider tyres on alloy wheels, a first for a Bentley. The suspension changes, though seemingly subtle, transformed the heavy car into a real performer. Anti-roll bar rates were increased 60% in the front and 80% in the rear, and tuned dampers were added. A Panhard rod was also introduced, reducing side-to-side movement in corners. Spring rates remained the same as on the Mulsanne. Although official figures were never provided by Bentley, it is estimated that a power output of 221 kW (296 hp) with 660 N·m (486.8 lb·ft) of torque was available to the driver.

There are also two Porsche 928’s for auction, a GTS and an S4 both in fantastic condition.

Other vehicles include an 86 Jaguar XJS V12 Cabriolet with 56,000kms on the clock in excellent condition. The vendor has said the car must be sold.

From the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a 1969 Buick Electra 225 Limited which landed in NZ in 1989. The Limited was the highest spec model of the range and revived the nameplate that started in 1967 (a nameplate that graced Buick’s ultra-luxury flagship in the late 1930s and again in 1958). Also from the States is a 1964 Cadillac Series 62 in very nice condition which has done very few miles since arriving from Florida in 2008. To complete the American entries in the auction, there is a very original 1957 Oldsmobile 88 in red and white which came over from Hawaii in 2005, and also a 1984 Buick Regal which must be sold.

Another highlight is a 1981 BMW 320 Baur Convertible which has been in storage for the last 12 years as the owner has been living overseas. It requires some cosmetic repairs to the interior, and as the registration has lapsed.

Finally there is a 1987 Porsche 924 s.  The black Porsche has only had one lady owner since 1989. She purchased the car while living in Brunei and brought it with her when she moved back to New Zealand in 2001. It is believed it was first owned by a member of the Brunei Royal family. It is a clean car with an interesting history.

This line-up of cars and many more will be available for viewing on Friday 17th from 3pm until 6pm.

To view all the cars for auction, click here to go to the Turners website.

Turners Beach Hop Auction 2009

Turners Beach Hop

Turners Auctions is holding its Beach Hop Auction as part of the festivities in Whangamata later this month. Celebrating American motors from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s it’s a chance for buyers to pick up a dream car and for sellers to part with a classic.

So far entries include:

A 1957 Oldsmobile 88 Super Sedan
A 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Coupe
A 1967 Buick Skylark Coupe
A 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda

and many more

Auction entries are still being accepted, it’s $250 plus 6% commission. Limited entries available.

Turners Collectors Car Auction starts at 12.30pm on Saturday 28th March 2008 at Williamson Park, Whangamata, with viewing on Friday 27th from 10am.

Beach Hop, held in the holiday resort of Whangamata, is a five day festival celebrating the music, culture, fashion, music, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters and scooters from the 50′s and 60′s. The festival has grown from 4,000 to over 70,000 people in just five years, making it one of the largest events of its kind in the world. All proceeds raised are donated to emergency services in the area.

Head out there this month and enjoy the action.

To find out more about the Beach Hop Auction and see the full catalogue, click here to visit Turner’s website.