Article Search


Behind the classifieds


They're selling like hot cakes

New Zealanders love cars – no question about that.

And if they’re classic cars, or just the right kind of car, they’ll soon find willing buyers.
Take the cars for sale in our Classifieds pages.

Like anyone else, I’m a fan of the unusual, the imposing, the high-performance or the just plan rare when it comes to cars.

Which is probably why I have such an extensive library of books about cars I’d just love to buy but know I almost certainly never will.

My current fad is for a C4 Chevrolet Corvette – a model that till a few months ago I thought was rather a plain Jane kind of car; clean of line but just too 1980s.

And then I noticed that you can buy them for quite attractive prices – if you’ve got a spare $20,000 to $30,000 that is.

Not that I have, but we all can dream.

I got very excited about one of the cars offered for sale in last week’s Auto Trader, a 1961 Plymouth Belvedere (top right), with a 313-cubic inch V8 motor.

They’re big, elegant cars from an era in which Chrysler Corporation big cars outhandled most of the full-sized opposition because of their torsion bar suspension.

It was also the era of Chrysler’s push-button automatic transmission.

Good prospect for a Behind the Classifieds piece, I thought. So I called. It had been sold.
Same story with a rare Cobra Ford Falcon XC Ute (right) and with a Tommi Makinen edition Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5.

The moral of the story?

If you’re after a car that has individuality and appeal, get in quick. Chances are that if you delay, the car will have been sold by the time you get through.

Auto Trader New Zealand