The Volkswagen Collection of the late Francis Baptist is to be auctioned at Turners Auctions on 12 July
Turners says the auction is generating significant interest from VW fans around the world.
Baptist was a renowned restorer of classic vehicles and Turners spokesperson Todd Hunter describes the auction as the most comprehensive collection of VWs from one owner ever seen by Turners.
“We have collectors flying in from Adelaide, Argentina, Spain and Hungary to view the lots privately. They will then return home and bid remotely using the Turners Live online auction. Interest from the US is also strong and these bidders, paying in New Zealand dollars, will likely drive prices up,” says Todd.
The momentum is gathering for the auction and some of its rare lots means it is likely local collectors will have to pay international prices for these rare vehicles.
For the team at Turners three vehicles are particularly unique. The first is a 1952 Volkswagen Beetle that comes with the number plate 1952VW. Baptist imported it in 2002 and restored it superbly. The left hand drive, ex-Belgium oval window model has a factory sunroof and matching numbers. In New Zealand this car is valued at $20,000 - $25,000 but on the international stage, could be worth much more.
A second Volkswagen Beetle, this time a 1955 Deluxe model is New Zealand new with oval windows. It spent its first forty years in Christchurch and has original engine, handbook and tool kits. The interior is impeccable and with some minor engine work this car will be road worthy.
Finally a Porsche 356 Super 90 Cabriolet 1960, ex-New York, is attracting significant attention. The vehicle requires a major restoration but the left-hand drive vehicle is extremely rare and expected to sell for at least $25,000.
There are a range of other Volkswagen Beetles, a Kombi Bus and two additional Porsches.
The auction features a rare collection of bikes including a super-rare 1950s Solex peddle bike with engine which is highly sought-after. The 1950 Matchless G80 is already attracting phone bids from the United Kingdom.
The auction will take place on Sunday 12 July at 11am for vehicles. It will be followed by an extensive auction of parts, some exceptionally rare, at 1pm.