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Art Deco ... Ray Taylor of Tapanui appreciated the Art Deco look of his 1937 Dodge Business Coupe

Buying a car that was firstly original and secondly in pristine condition made Ray Taylor, of Tapanui, a happy man.

Mr Taylor bought the left-hand drive 1937 Dodge Business Coupe, five years ago from Auckland, sight unseen.

“I had a friend look at it for me, then once it got to Christchurch I got it VINZ tested, and have to admit I was a bit nervous what they might find.”

Overall it was found to be in good condition.

“To find an original car of that era is unusual, and it has been a delight to own.”

The motor was a side valve six-cylinder 85 horsepower, and ran extremely well, Mr Taylor said.

“I have not done anything mechanically to the car since owning it.”

The Dodge came with the original handbooks which in itself was unusual, to have survived 82 years and still be in immaculate condition.

“It is obvious the car has been well looked after over the years.”

The Dodge still had the rear accessories, wheel spats, inner and outer wheel trims, the factory clock, and the blind in the back window.

“Other than the front seat being reupholstered, everything else is authentic.

“There are even the old lube stickers from the 1950s in the window. How cool is that?”

The 1937 model was the last year to come out of the factory with a wind-out front window, and has a boot measuring 1.7m long.

“At the end of the day I am delighted to have bought the car.

“It rides and drives well and the fact that it is left-hand drive does not bother me at all.

“The advantage is I pull up to the kerb and get out.”