Collectors show off classics

Cars from 1917 to 1974 were on display.

The Warkworth-Wellsford Vintage Club ‘swap meet’ saw a good turnout on Saturday, February 23, with crowds coming to see classic cars on display in a paddock on Satellite Station road.

As well as vintage vehicles, there were several stalls for secondhand car parts and general items such as jerry cans.

Car collector Grant Stott was there to sell his white, rear engine 1974 Fiat 600D that had been in the family for 40 years.

It had been owned by his uncle in the Solomon Islands and was brought to New Zealand to be a runaround car for his daughter.

“Over the last 15 years we have had the motor done and restored the upholstery,” he said. “It’s a very good driving car. You just have to get used to the gears and know how to drive it.”

Grant had also been given a collection of items to sell at the market on behalf of a friend who had recently passed on. It made him realise it was time he unparked some of his own possessions.

“I lost a good mate recently and I’ve got a few vehicles at home that I thought I’ve got to do something about.

“I would rather sell now and see somebody have some pleasure than leave it at home for someone else to sell when I go. It’s a really fun car to drive in.”


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