‘I haven’t got the heart to part with it’

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Low ride . . . Allen Mill's 1996 Honda Accord station wagon. PHOTOS: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Allen Mill (68), of Mosgiel, talks to Shawn McAvinue about his 1996 Honda Accord station wagon.

When did you buy it?

2006, from a car yard in Christchurch. The car was made in the United States but it was imported from Japan a couple years before I bought it. It was built as a demonstrator model for audio equipment manufacturer Lightning Audio.

What’s the appeal of the vehicle?

Not much about it appeals to me at all, really, but I haven’t got the heart to part with it.

Why not? Surely, it would be easy enough to sell?

It would be like getting rid of one of the kids. I’d hate to see it go somewhere and it get knocked about.

Do you get it out?

I used to take it to car shows between Christchurch and Invercargill but it hasn’t featured at a show for about six years. I stopped taking it to shows after most people had seen it and I put it in the shed and it’s been there the last five or six years – when I started to get crook with Parkinson’s and it was too hard to get in and out of – that’s why I don’t take it out anymore.

Was your Parkinson’s diagnosis a bolt out of the blue?

It was a bit – I went to see my doctor because I had a bad back and got diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

When was your car’s final public outing?

Special Rigs for Special Kids about six years ago.

What is the detail in the custom paint job?

It’s of a circuit board diagram.

Did it come with the LOW V1P number plate?

No, I bought that for it.

Is it road legal?

No, it never has been. You need a trailer to get it to a car show.

Do you think you’ll get it to a car show again?

I won’t, but someone from my family might.

Thanks for sharing your car with readers.

No problem.