END OF AN ERA: Auction staff raise the banner advertising the end-of-an era auction to be held at Wally Sutherlands on Saturday. Photo Troy Baker D8570-12

AN auctioneer’s gavel will bring more than 60 years of history to a close this weekend.

In the end of an era, Wally Sutherland will be auctioning off his remaining stock as he finally retires after 65 years in business.

More than 50 cars, thousands of car parts, and office and workshop equipment will go under the hammer, all at no reserve.

“Wally Sutherland has been a well-respected car dealer in this town for years,” auctioneer Alistair Beer said.

“This is his final hurrah and is the chance for people to purchase something at the right price.

“We have all the cars currently on the lot for sale in the auction as well as parts, shelves, mezzanine flooring, shelving, tyre changers and compressors.”

Mr Beer said an auction of this type was “very rare” and those looking for a potential deal should take advantage of the opportunity.

Included in the vehicles for sale are several Nissan Maximas of various years and mileage, a Mazda MX5 convertible, a Jaguar XF 27, a Volkswagen Golf, an Audi A4 as well as several other cars including Hondas, Mitsubishis, Toyotas and Fords.

A mechanic could start their own business by purchasing all the workshop gear being auctioned off.

Included in the list are welding tables, compressors, battery testers, trolleys, chassis straightener and much more.

There are also more household-type items for auction including dining chairs, tables, a vacuum cleaner, water blaster and office chairs.

Mr Beer said he was unsure if the cardboard cut-outs of Wally Sutherland, which have graced the businesses windows for several years, will be included in the auction.

The auction will be held on-site on Saturday. It will begin at 10am with the parts followed by the vehicles at 12.30pm.

Mr Sutherland has declined to comment about the auction at this stage.

charlotte.jones@thebeacon.co.nz

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