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Two 80 year old NZ registered cars at Christie’s

Media release – June 23, 2005

Two 80 year old NZ registered cars could be worth 27,000stg at Christie’s auction

Two old New Zealand registered cars are expected to fetch up to 27,000stg at Christie’s auction next week.

They are part of the Sharpe family collection of cars, motorcycles and automobilia from Essex which goes under the hammer on June 30.

A red and black 1923 Packard single-six two-seater, registered in New Zealand as U81397AR, is estimated to sell for about 20,000stg.

Packard was the only one of America's three leading quality manufacturers ('the 3 Ps') to make a significant impression on the British market.

The other car is a famous old ‘Tin Lizzie’ 1924 Model T Ford Tourer which is expected to make 7000stg. The Ford is NZ registered number BL 3883.

The 'Tin Lizzie' was heralded in the days when Henry Ford was quoted as saying you could have any colour you liked 'as long as it was black'.

``The car wears an old New Zealand style number plate which presumably confirms its right hand drive configuration,’’ a Christie’s spokesperson said.


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