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OUR CADILLAC

"Lassie"

Coming home in 2009 - 2 1/2 ton on a 2 ton trailer

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Our beloved Lassie is a 1929 Caddilac La Salle 340 V8. She was originally purchased in 1930 by W T Evans who gave her the nickname Lassie. About a decade later Bert Hickmott purchased our Lassie. In the 1940s and 50s she was used as a school bus in the Riwaka and Brooklyn areas. Some 40 years later she came into the care of the museum’s trust.

In 2009 Lassie made a comeback after spending several years in storage. Her first official duty was to christen the new Ruby Bay bypass in Mapua along side many other vintage cars in 2010.

 

Since 2011 she has mainly been used as a wedding car, escorting people on their special day. A ride in our Cadillac is part of the prize package in the Dream Maker Dream Wedding Competition.

 

Want a ride in our Caddy? You don’t have to wait for your wedding day! Become a sponsor and find out how you can cruise around in our vintage car.

LASSIE'S WEDDINGS

September 1, 2013

It’s hard to beleive the Peninsula Bridge in Ngatimoti is 100 years old! The bridge  was first opened by the Hon. R. Mackenzie, the MP for Motueka in 1913.

On 6 July 2013 Lassie turned up in all her splendor joined by a 1928 Dodge Victory, a Model T and a 1913 Unic among others to help with the celebrations.  Locals from the district gathered to share stories and a cup of tea. Overall it was a wonderful day. We hope t...

August 1, 2013

We know some of Lassie’s fans really care about what’s on the inside. So here are the facts and figures:

She was originally purchased for £1,300 from Perfection Motors Ltd. Nelson in 1930.

  • Engine:                       8 cylinder 5,500 cc

  • Fuel Efficiency:         12 – 14 miles to the gallon (about 6 – 7 kms per liter...

July 1, 2013

Our beloved Lassie is a 1929 Caddilac La Salle 340 V8. She was originally purchased in 1930 by W T Evans who gave her the nickname Lassie. About a decade later Bert Hickmott purchased our Lassie. In the 1940s and 50s she was used as a school bus in the Riwaka and Brooklyn areas. Some 40 years later she came into the care of the museum’s trust.

In 2009 Lassie made a comeback after spending several years in storage. Her first off...

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