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Undriven classic car fetches $56k

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/07/2016

The 1958 Studebaker Champion © TradeMe/Turners The 1958 Studebaker Champion A pristine, American classic car that's only driven 119 kilometres in nearly six decades has gone for $56,000 in an online auction.

The 1958 Studebaker Champion hasn't traded hands since being bought by a group of friends including former Tongan Chief Justice Tony Ford in 1993.

The vehicle was originally shipped to Wellington straight off the US production line in 1958 and stored in mint condition since.

This month, 74-year-old Mr Ford sold the surf-green, tail-finned American sedan on Trade Me through Turners in Palmerston North.

The auction for the car - described as immaculate apart from some staining on the hood lining - closed on Monday night at $56,000 following some last-minute bidding.

But if the new owner has plans to rack up the miles, they'll need to get it re-complied to be road legal first.

Mr Ford told Newshub he didn't want to see the car driven by the new owner and wanted it to stay a showpiece.

The Studebaker was a display piece at the Queenstown's Motor Museum in the 1980s.

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