You may have noticed in my previous posts the mention of the auction I went to and subsequently ended up with a new vehicle that I didn’t plan on.
If all the talk around the auction was to be believed, the previous owner (or “hoarder” as they were referred to in the auction title (for good reason)) was a Japanese chap who had some manner of tie in with an Osaka automotive museum, he passed on and his young son wanted nothing to do with the cars and all manner of other lark that filled the shed. The son attempted to sell the vehicles on his own but some of the wrong people managed to get ilk and subsequently stole several vehicles. After this happened, the place was made a lot more secure and the charge of handling the task went to Christchurch Auctions.
When looking around the place, the tie in with some kind of auto museum makes sense, the collection varied wildly in make, model and condition. The Prince Skyline Super (S21D-4) that I went up to see, in the initial auction pictures, seemed to be in OK nick. That is however the illusion of photographs, as you can see with mine.
The crank handle is in the car because I wanted to make sure the engine actually spun to help dictate what price I was willing to pay. It did spin too, quite freely. Certainly a lot more freely than how bound up my one was. (read: locked solid) now the few things I needed from it. Fender Mirrors, Grille Badge, Bonnet trim, Rear trim, they weren’t all in great condition but they were better than mine which don’t exist. (more…)