This Rolls Royce and silver wraith is the
queen of the fleet. It is a 1958 was built primarily for the Australian Government but
for the use of it by the Queen when she was visiting, there on a royal tour.
And as you can see, it’s got all the goodies here like the flags and the police light on
there. In England, the police light when it’s blue, it means that there’s royalty, heads
of state or a V VIP is on board, a limited number was produced and they were handmade
by HJ Mulliner coach builders and in England, this is one of four that were imported into
Australia. For seven years we’ve had this so it was used primarily for weddings for
birthdays, anniversaries, sometimes just a tiki tour. But we always like to have French
champagne on board so we make sure that they get the value for money. The absolute Rolls
Royce experience, it is absolutely Tell me about this one, slightly different
around the same era. It’s a 1957 silver cloud. Tell me a bit about this.
this was an importanted brand new into New Zealand and it was brought in by Sir James
Fletcher, James Fletcher from Fletcher industries, Fletcher products etc, etc. and he had it
for quite some time, it’s in beautiful condition. might seem like a silly question, but is it
easy to drive or a little bit heavy? They got
power steering this one haf power steering the 1956 one doesn’t
so you end up with Schwarzenegger muscles. Caolan McAleer from Webbs and we’re standing
in front of something that looks like a straight out of the Thunderbirds. This is a Citroen
the French, they made some crazy looking cars. This is an amazing looking car.
Without a doubt Yeah, this is incredibly futuristic for it’s time, you can imagine this was
designed in the late 60s didn’t come out until 71. But the lines in it are just phenomenal.
It’s so elegant. It’s really really beautiful. It’s got some really beautiful details. It’s
got a hydro pneumatic system. So it raises up when you turn it on, to keep it from being
so close to the ground. Also, the headlamps turn in the front as well when the steering
wheel turns. So that was very unusual for back then is still quite futuristic now.
So you can see around the corner. You can see around the corners when you’re
driving. And the colour is in French is called feuille d’oree, or Golden leaf, which is
stunning. So it has been totally restored and the paint
job I heard was relatively expensive. Yes, so that costs 30 grand alone so there
isn’t a lot of money and time has been spent in this car. So you’re getting that fantastic,
fantastic classic and fantastic and amazing condition.
I’m with Ian Nott from Webbs and we’re standing in front of a 1952 Bentley This is spectacular.
This is one hell of a car to put it mildly Jeremy. it’s been in New Zealand since the
1990s. And it’s been a it’s been a fully restored vehicle they have aluminium panelling. The
motors been rebuilt, it’s got an electric hood, which was where the ahead of its time.
It’s just a wonderful, wonderful feature a real blast from the past, they only bought
57 of this particular iteration. So it’s a really rare car.
and the aluminium body means it’s a little bit lighter than it looks?
a little bit lighter as well. In its day it was the fastest car in the world to 100 miles
an hour. And it was also the fastest five seater car in the world. You don’t see many
for sale these days. This is the only one in New Zealand as far as we are aware. Sitting
in it and riding in it as it’s you certainly feel like you’re in the lap of luxury.
So this is a 1930s Auburn Tell me about Auburn Where are they from?
Auburn were made in the town of Auburn Indiana, this particular car was the result of one
man’s, endeavors that he bought the car, he restored the car, he serviced the car,
it’s a wonderful car between 1935 and 1936 I think there was only 11 Auburns made in
right hand drive. And so this is not a conversion or anything like that. It’s a genuine right
hand drive, tell me about the seat at the back because
I can’t work out how you get in here. Well it’s a bit of a mission, But if you
put your foot up on on the foot foot thing here and just jump in and slide your feet
forward. It’s not built for big people, you’d probably have trouble fitting in the it’s
more an occasional seat. I’d say rather more than you know driving it from Auckland
to Wellington type mission Sydney, you’d certainly have to do your hair again but it’s a lovely
car it a drives like a modern car. That’s the that’s the real interesting thing about
it as sort of drives like a more like a modern vehicle. It’s very heavy. The steering is
very heavy. But once you get a bit of way on, it’s better than some modern cars that’s
how good it is.