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A slice of Americana: The Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend

16 April, 2015

A park filled with hundreds of American muscle cars, classics, sports cars, and hot rods would do it for most petrolheads that have their heads screwed on right. And that is exactly what’s going to be on offer at the Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend, at the Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, USA, over May 7–9 this year.

Auburn Spring has become a must-attend event on the American automotive calendar, featuring more than just an auction, with a car corral, swap meet, and AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Special National Spring Meet.

As far as the auction side of things goes, a range of fine vehicles can be expected, including this 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T. The immaculate muscle car, finished in ‘Lemon Twist’ is powered by the legendary 426 Hemi V8, topped with a rare factory ‘N96’ shaker hood option, and backed by an A833 four-speed manual transmission. Such a desirable car, in this condition, is expected to go for between $340–380,000.

In addition to, and on the opposite end of the spectrum from, the Mopar muscle is this 2006 Ford GTX1 TT ‘Spyder’. The unique supercar is one of only 30 built by the Ford-authorized coachbuilder, Genaddi Design Group, before they ceased business. The striking car is powered by a 5.4-litre V8, producing an astonishing 1000hp, and is expected to go for between $300–350,000.

The Buick Regal GNX is another strange one; though the car design of the ’80s isn’t generally regarded as being the strongpoint of automotive history, it hasn’t failed to make the Buick GNX a highly desirable car. With blistering performance, thanks to its turbocharged six-cylinder engine, this genuine example, with only 119 miles on the odometer is expected to go for upwards of $100,000 — who’d have ever believed that 20 years ago?  

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?