Rare vintage engines up for auction

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 21/02/2014
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HOT STUFF: Graham McElroy, Merv Cloake, Don Robertson, Adrian Irving and Ben Lewis on a Campbell Hot Tube Engine going under the hammer.

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A lifetime collection of vintage stationary engines going under the hammer tomorrow in Geraldine is believed to be the largest offered for sale in New Zealand.

Geraldine man Ian Sadler began his collection soon after World War 2 and the auction items include stationary engines, vintage tractors and farm machinery, chaff cutters, wheels and cream cans and his parents' 1955 Morris Oxford car, with just 62,130 miles on the clock.

Among the engines are two exceptionally rare items: a Campbell hot tube engine which was manufactured in Halifax, England, and first sold in 1902, and a Hornsby open-crank six-horsepower engine on an original Reid and Grey sledge.

Timaru man Merv Cloake supplied some of the history of the Campbell, saying it was rated as six-horsepower when it was first sold to a company in Tiverton, Devon, and a year later was taken back by the manufacturing company and sold to the New Zealand agents, Andrews of Wanganui, where it was re-rated as a four-horsepower engine.

Mr Sadler bought the Campbell from Mr Wilson of Cannington and it was used for wood sawing and in the shearing shed.

Among the outside entries at the sale is a 1930 Marquette car, which is being offered by local man Ben Lewis.

"I purchased it at auction on a whim five years ago and I am selling it because I have other projects to restore," he said.

The Marquette, which was manufactured by the Buick Division of General Motors for just six months, is right-hand drive and ready for a new owner.

The auction will be held at Orari Back Rd, Geraldine, tomorrow, starting at 11am. Between 300 and 500 lots will be offered for sale, with most lots unreserved.

The sale has attracted early interest from both the North and South Island, as well as Australia and England.

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- The Timaru Herald

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