Nelson man Nathan Sharp is chuffed to be carrying on the legacy of his uncle’s much-loved 1930 Model A Ford.
He won the car at his late Uncle Dennis and Aunt Margaret King’s estate auction on Saturday, which was humming with collectors, car enthusiasts and interested onlookers.
“I’ve always been interested in them, always loved the Model A’s,” he says.
“I’ve had my eye on it, and to be honest, it’s a bit easier to drive than the Model T’s,” he laughs.
His mother, and Dennis’s youngest sister by 17 years, Beryl Sharp, says she has many fond memories of the car, and was delighted it was staying in the family.
“We pretty much grew up in the back of the A,” she says.
The Quebec Rd property’s many sheds were overflowing with neatly organised spare parts, tyres, signs and memorabilia ready to go to new homes, and the two day auction saw 850-odd lots go under the hammer.
King, who was the former head of the motoring division of the Nelson Automobile Association, was also notorious for collecting old road signs, which were all part of the auction, too.
Sharp won his uncle’s Model A for almost $25,000, while the other two cars, a 1913 Ford T Racer sold for $25,000 to a Blenheim buyer, and the 1915 Ford T went for nearly $30,000 to a Christchurch buyer.
A rare Plume petrol pump got snapped up by a Napier buyer for over $5,000, while an old Johnson motor-car spare tyre that had been to Antarctica sold for just over $1000.
Auctioneer John Walker says he was “absolutely thrilled” with the turnout.
“It was a great crowd with people from all over New Zealand attending, from Winton to Auckland,” he says. “There were a lot of rare items, and we sold everything. We had a lot of happy vendors.”