My ownership of this 1965 Fiat 2300 Familiare, or station wagon, came about because of the first classic car I bought, at the age of 21.
It, too, was a Fiat 2300, a saloon, and I still own it some 30 years later.
I bought it largely because I was a bit of an anorak when it came to cars, and yet I had never seen or even heard of a Fiat 2300 before.
Around 100 of them were sold new in New Zealand, mostly saloons.
Rare or unusual cars, as it turned out, appeal to me.
Around five years later, in the mid-1990s, I happened to spot this station wagon being driven on the Wellington motorway.
Only two are known to survive in New Zealand, so what are the chances that I would see one of them?
I asked my passenger to record the numberplate, and through that I tracked down the owner and expressed an interest in buying the car.