Hart's car collection sold off

By Celeste Gorrell Anstiss

High profile lawyer Barry Hart. Photo / File
High profile lawyer Barry Hart. Photo / File

The car collection of embattled lawyer Barry Hart went under the hammer today, with four elated buyers driving away with only slightly dented wallets.

First up was a never-driven 2011Ferrari California, which Hart had not had time to register before it was seized by GE Finance in August.

The 4.3-litre convertible retails at around $450,000 but was sold to a casually dressed Kiwi man for $275,000.

Asked if he was happy with the purchase, the man smiled and motioned to his partner: "She is, it's hers.''

A 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Cabriolet sold for $52,500 and Tauranga-based real estate agent Callum Duncanson grabbed a cream 1969 MGB Coupe for $9500.

A 1958 Wolseley 6/90, a former police car with original siren and signage, sold online for $6100.

The cars were seized from Hart's Auckland residence after he failed to settle a $1.5 million debt to GE Finance. Each was sold with a warning that buyers would need to take
steps under the Personal Securities Act to discharge the previous registration.

Hart, 71, was found guilty of overcharging clients and this week lost his bid to keep working as a lawyer until his appeal against being struck-off was heard in December.

- Herald on Sunday

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