Mansons' missing minter: 1971 Ford Falcon XY stolen from Southland shed
It's their pride and joy - and they want it back.
Sometime between 3pm on April 8 and 6pm on May 1, someone stole Jeff and Jan Manson's bronze 1971 Ford Falcon XY, registration FS1149, from a shed on a farm near Mossburn in northern Southland.
They had owned the car for 10 years, and it was in "mint condition", Jeff Manson said.
"It's a sweet running, turn the key and she goes kind of car."
When the Mansons purchased the car it had a V8 302 Windsor under the hood.
They've hardly had to lay a spanner on it since.
"I've done a bit of suspension work on it and the brakes but apart from that I never had to touch it.
"Externally it's very tidy, it's got a few bumps and chips but it's still got the original chrome."
The interior is in original condition, with no tears or splits in the seats.
"Every instrument and dash button is in original condition and there are no screw holes in it."
In fact, the car has only been washed once in 10 years.
"I've always polished and cleaned it with a dry rag."
The Mansons were storing the car in a shed outside Mossburn.
"We only took it out for Sunday lunch and a bit of a drive."
It had been used as a wedding car in Christchurch recently and his son had taken it on a trip through Central Otago.
He was reluctant to say what he thought about the theft.
"I'm pissed off, that's probably the word for it. And frustrated I suppose."
Constable Dave Leach, of Lumsden, believed the car was targeted in a burglary.
"You don't just happen to come across it, do you?"
There had been one sighting of the car, between Himatangi and Sanson in the North Island.
"The guy was adamant it was that numberplate he was following so we're taking his word for it.
"There are certainly some active inquiries going on at the moment."
Leach was hopeful the car could be tracked down and urged motorists to keep an eye out for it.
"Hopefully we can track it down either now or it might pop up in a year's time. It's a bloody mint car to be fair."