Circumnavigating New Zealand — Napier Classic Cars

Proud Austin owner

We lucked out on this visit to Napier, as we had on a previous trip to Curaçao (see: Cruising for Classic Cars in Curaçao) and stumbled upon some real automotive beauties. But unlike our classic run-in in Curaçao, these examples for the most part predated Ursula and I by a few decades.


As such, I won’t even hazard a guess as to the years and models of the cars you’ll see today, except to say that most appear to date back to the 1920s and 1930s.


Remember when I said that Napier is considered by some the Art Deco Capital of the world? Well, apparently that extends right on down to at least one vehicle:

Art Deco front
With an ever more Art Deco rear

How about of couple of Model A Fords, starting with a typical example and winding up with a bus version?

Ford Model A
Ford bus

Now, I’m an English roadster fan from way back, so let’s take a closer look at an Austin roadster I fell in love with that day:

Austin Roadster
Austin Roadster grill
Austin Roadster

Finally, we have today a Buick and a Packard Six:

Packard Six


Filed under Automobiles and Driving, Photography, R. Doug Wicker, travel, vacation

2 responses to “Circumnavigating New Zealand — Napier Classic Cars

  1. Great photos, Doug! It’s always exciting to stumble on something unique while inport.