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A World class auto museum in Wellington NZ

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:50 pm    Post subject: A World class auto museum in Wellington NZ Reply with quote

Southward Car Museum:

I do a regular radio segment with Chris Goodsell for his Road Ramblings program and we were talking tonight about his recent trip to New Zealand where he visited the world famous Southward Car Museum.

Chris said it was the best car museum he has seen anywhere in the world to date which is a big rap.



The museum is located on the Kapiti Coast, an hour's drive north of Wellington, and was designed and built by the late Sir Len Southward, this customised facility houses the southern hemispheres largest private car collection. The building also contains extensive conference and function facilities, a theatre (complete with operational pipe organ) and a cafe and restaurant, all set in six hectares of park-like grounds. The museum itself is home to over 400 automobiles and various other exhibits including aircraft, bicycles, a range of vintage tools and other automobile memorabilia and even a vintage Fire Engine.

The collection includes many famous makes and models of classic and vintage cars. Among the most popular are Marlene Dietrich's 1934 Cadillac Town Cabriolet, a 1915 Stutz Indianapolis race car, a gull-winged Mercedes-Benz, a 1950 Cadillac "Gangster Special" that had belonged to gansgter Mickey Cohen and an 1895 Benz Velo imported to New Zealand in 1900.

Sir Len Southward and his wife Lady Vera Southward began collecting cars in 1956. The first of which was a Model T Ford for which Sir Len paid £40. Having achieved business success, Sir Len began to buy and restore old cars, constantly adding to his collection. After his retirement, Sir Len devoted much of his time to the car museum which was opened in December of 1979.

You can find more details on their website:

www.southwardcarmuseum.co.nz





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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great museum - Seen it countless times - There been a few publications on it 2 years ago there was the first open day where members of the public could visit the secret restoration workshops where they were restoring 2 Cord 810s 4 door sedans (one of those may have been the white one that was around Brookyln Wellington for over 30 years) there is Cord 812 Roadster 1936c in the collection which i believe was late Roy McKenzies (he got it as a 21 year old birthday present) ; other highlights are Al Calpone 1950c bullet proof glass Cadillac ; a Citroen SM Coupe that took part in a British Rally ; several rare Steamers etc
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