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California dreaming at Turners Auctions this weekend

Media release

25 September 2012

California dreaming at Turners Auctions this weekend

A near-new Ferrari California and an Aston Martin DB7 are just two of the vehicles going under the hammer in Turners Prestige Auction this weekend.

The near-new Ferrari, which is being sold on behalf of a finance company, had barely made it out of the showroom with only 349kms on the clock before being handed over to Turners to be sold at auction.

"As you'd expect, this car is in beautiful condition and is in the same state that it left the showroom in – it has barely even used a tank of gas," says Turners Auctions CEO, Graham Roberts.

"This is a great opportunity to effectively pick up a brand new 2011 Ferrari California, without the showroom price tag. This car would have cost approximately NZ$450,000 new and must be sold at auction this weekend."

The 2011 California is a convertible GT and a reincarnation of the classic 1957 Ferrari California 250. It features subtle air intakes on the bonnet and the side of the chassis, mirroring the distinctive features of its predecessor, but has a retractable hard-top.

Its mid-front mounted 4.3 litre V8 engine delivers 480 horse power to the wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox with F1-style paddle shifters on the steering wheel. This race-bred black beauty is capable of 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds.

The second black convertible to feature in the Prestige Auction is the 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Cabriolet. This distinctive and elegant sports car houses a powerful 6.0 litre V12 engine putting out 420 horse power and is expected to sell for between $50,000 and $60,000.

"Either the Ferrari or Aston Martin would be ideal vehicles for summer road trips, while being just as comfortable on city streets. Regardless, they are guaranteed to turn heads," says Roberts.

Classic car enthusiasts will also be able to bid on a cream 1969 MGC. The two-door coupe is in excellent condition, with tidy red leather upholstery. Its 2.9 litre 6 cylinder engine has been well-maintained and has only done 13,000 miles.

"Our Prestige Auctions always bring in a diverse range of classic and exotic vehicles, and offer car enthusiasts the opportunity to get a great deal on some hard-to-find vehicles".

The Turners Prestige auction will begin at 12pm noon on Saturday 29 September at Turners Penrose, corner of Penrose & Leonard Roads, Auckland. Bidders are welcome to inspect the vehicles prior to the auction.

Bidders will be able to participate in the auction in person at the branch, by online bidding, or via phone bid. To find out more and to see the full auction catalogue, go to the Turners website:

Full list of cars in the auction:

· 2011 Ferrari California

· 2011 Lexus ISF

· 2011 Lexus CT200H F Sport

· 2010 Audi A5 TFSI Sportback Quattro

· 2010 Volvo XC90 D5 Active

· 2009 Mercedes-Benz C250 CDI

· 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Cabriolet

· 2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320

· 1969 MGC

· 1958 Wolseley 6/90


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