• 1950 Morris Cowley 1/2 ton van

Tripping: The Light Vantastic – The Cass Files

October 25th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

These proved to be another good money-spinning sector for the British motor industry, with most of the major manufacturers and several smaller companies producing vehicles of this type. The load-carrying capacity of these small vans began at a quarter-ton or five cwt (250kg in today’s terms), and was slowly increased to six-, then seven and [...]

  • Rootes 1960s advert for the Commer van range

VanTastic: British Half-ton Vans 1945-1965

June 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

These types of vans came in several shapes and sizes, and large numbers were sold, with all the major British firms having a stake in the market. A chance encounter with one a few weeks ago, snappily painted to advertise a local business, brought them back to mind, and I recalled that I actually owned [...]

BMC Mk II Formula Junior – How to Restore a Historic Race Car on a Budget – and Survive!

October 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The principal catalyst for this restoration project was probably the thought that it might be great to do something that would compensate for New Zealand’s loss of many of its old race cars from the 1950s and 1960s, especially given that many enjoyed their main racing life on our local raceways. So, at the back [...]

  • Contemporary advert for the Spitfire Mk III

The Cass Files – Sports & GT Cars

August 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

By late 1967, sports and GT coupé fans here in New Zealand were eagerly awaiting sightings or considering purchase of some of the 1966–67 new models from Britain and Europe. We had read about them in Motorman and seen the road reports in UK Autocar and Motor magazines as well as in Wheels and Modern [...]