Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu
Roy Savage’s interest in machines and automobilia started when he was a young boy spending many of his holidays with his cousins on their family farm. He helped with the daily farming routine and thrived on handling the various implements and driving the farm’s vehicles. A driver’s licence at the age of 15 enabled him to ‘adopt’ his mother’s Morris Minor and, soon, the proceeds from various after-school jobs allowed the purchase of his first vehicle, a James 125cc motorbike; this was later upgraded to a BSA B31 350cc. A sports car seemed to be the next logical step and an Allard Palm Beach filled that bill until marriage and a growing family meant a series of more practical cars were required.
A friendship with car enthusiast Bill Pyne, and the purchase of his 1929 Model A Ford in 1975, inspired a new notion of owning ‘extra’ vehicles for recreational use. MG and Jaguar were the chosen marques at first, both inspired by boyhood images of Spitfire pilots and Stirling Moss.
Since 1975, a collection of cars, most of which are British, has been assembled. Each car has the right to be called ‘classic’ because it has achieved some initial acclaim, while maintaining appeal in design and driving. Examples with low mileages, in original condition and with ownership and service records, were collected.
This collection of 30 cars is one of the most interesting ever to be auctioned in New Zealand, with highlights including a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 80SL Auto, a Jaguar XK 140 FHC, a 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2, 4.2 Coupe and a 1965 Austin-Healey BJ8 3000 MK 111. It offers rare, original examples of the 20th-century automotive industry, with an emphasis on the post-war British period. The vehicles will be auctioned at the Southward Car Museum, one hour north of Wellington, on Sunday 4 December 2016.