Vintage planes from Wanaka auctioned off

  • 30/03/2014

A collection of rare cars, motorbikes and planes has gone up for auction in Wanaka. More than 50 items, including a 1924 Bentley, a 1938 Harley Davidson and a Tiger Moth aircraft, went under the hammer for the Warbirds over Wanaka Community Trust.

Visitors and locals alike were impressed.

"It's an absolutely wonderful car," says one visitor. "If I could afford it I'd buy it. It's a good price for this part of the world. It'd be twice this in the UK I guess."

Warbirds Over Wanaka was approached by Webb's Auction House to host the auction. It is now hoped it will grow into a major annual event.

A number of items created a buzz, and the standouts included an original Norton motorcycle.

"It's one of only a couple in the world that are left and it's an absolutely stunning museum quality," says Ed Taylor of Warbirds Over Wanaka.

Webb's says it has had a huge amount of interest, both locally and internationally.

"The interest has been very broad and engaged from both a local perspective and nationally and internationally," says Neil Campbell of Webb's Auction House.

Final numbers are still being crunched, so the total amount of money raised is not known.

But hundreds of people attended today, and organisers expect the next auction to attract just as much attention.

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