Police are hunting for a distinctive vintage car after an attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl in Te Awamutu this month.

Detectives have released a photo of an 80-year-old Hillman Minx hoping it will lead to whoever tried to take the intermediate-age girl at a major intersection in daylight.

Police say the thwarted abduction happened at the roundabout at the intersection of Ohaupo and Cambridge Rds, Albert Park Drive and Arawata St at about 3.30pm on February 3.

Anyone who saw a vehicle similar to the vintage model in the area at the time is asked to call Te Awamutu Police Station on 07 872 0100 or email Detective Mark Smith on mark.smith@police.govt.nz