1962 900 Monza Convertible – Uncommon at Any Speed

February 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

In the late 1950s, America’s ‘big three’ car makers, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, watched the growing success of the compact Rambler and the inroads being made by European compact cars, and knew they had to get into that market. Ford and Chrysler took the conventional road with the Falcon and the Valiant, scaled-down versions [...]

Chevrolet Corvette C1 and C3

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

The 1962 Chevrolet Corvette was the last of its line, the last iteration of the first model of Corvette that started life in 1953. Nine years later there wasn’t a lot left of the original, apart from the lovely wraparound windscreen and a body made of fibreglass. The asthmatic old ‘Blue Flame’ overhead-valve straight-six had [...]

1957 Hawke

December 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

The car in question is Maurice Robertson’s 1957 Hawke (more on that name later), but our story starts with Palmerston North hot-rodder, John Mellelieu, who found a bare fibreglass body shell in a Wanganui shed in 1985 and trailered it home to Palmerston North. Although it would have originally sat on a Ford Ten [...]

1957 Chevrolet Nomad & 1956 Airstream Bubble

December 14th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Over the past decade, there’s been a huge boom in the sale of caravans and motorhomes as more and more baby boomers pass the 65-year age barrier. Adding to this phenomenon is ever-increasing number of people in their mid-50s who are either opting for early retirement or planning to slow down on their work [...]