Classic car lover trades parts for art

20:38, Jan 31 2014
Waimarama artist Peter Williams selling his four Ford Model T cars.

A 50-year love affair is coming to an end without really getting started.

Hawke's Bay artist Peter Williams' relationship with Ford Model Ts began in the early 1960s when he bought a chassis and fenders of a 1915 Runabout model.

Over the years he sourced parts from around the world, bringing it ever closer to completion but not quite getting there.

Now he is selling the incomplete Model T, and four other classic cars, most of them Model Ts, to concentrate on his art.

"I'm going to be 80 in a few weeks and want to spend more time on my painting. I've been addicted to the Model T since my twenties. I've had a heap of fun doing rallies here and the US, but it's time to rationalise," he said.

He would miss the cars and, more importantly, the restoration work, but he planned to keep attending rallies and staying in touch with other Model T fanatics.


"Restoring old cars is like sex. It's all in the anticipation," Mr Williams said.

Four of his Model T Fords and the Holden will go to auction at Kauri House Auctions, Havelock North, on February 13.

The cars are the partly restored 1915 runabout, a 1912 runabout, a 1927 coupe, a 1924 four-door model, and a 1972 Holden Premier station wagon. All are complete and, apart from the 1915 model, in good running order

He won't reveal the reserves, but adds that he sold another of his Model T, a 1914 tourer a month ago for $30,000 to a local buyer.

"Anything is worth what you can get for it. They've been valued but I'd just as soon let the cars speak for themselves."

Auctioneer Peter Maidens said he expected crowds of people would view the cars on the two days before the auction.

The Dominion Post