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 [...]

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupé

August 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Steve Trott’s classic-car history is a little out of the ordinary, to say the least. For a start, he only has soft-tops. They’re always pre-war and currently have badges that say Packard, Auburn and Cadillac. A rare 1950 ‘bullet-nose’ Studebaker convertible was a rare departure. His 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupé has been superbly [...]

  • Sporting Datsun 180B SSS

Datsun Nice Family

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Calving, mating, haymaking, drying off the cows for winter – their lives are regulated by the seasons. At times there’s no opportunity for distractions, but the pressure comes off every so often, especially for a few winter months when the cows have their between-seasons holiday. While there’s always farm work to do, there’s also time [...]

A Question of Balance

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , |

At first sight, the boxy Lancia Fulvia Berlina announced in 1963 was an unlikely base for a timeless classic sports coupé and rally winner. The Berlina’s 1091cc V4 engine developed 43kW at 5800rpm, which made the solid, exceptionally well-engineered and finished 1030kg saloon merely an adequate performer. Top speed was 138kph and 0–100kph took 21.3 [...]

  • Rex and Elaine Carkeek at Stirling Point, Bluff in 1972

A Quiet Sunday Drive (on a Tuesday)

June 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Tuesday and Wednesday 21 and 22 November 1972 were big days for Rex and Elaine Carkeek of Palmerston North. They’d set themselves the challenge of driving from Cape Reinga to Bluff in less than 24 hours, and these were their days of reckoning This was no Cannonball Run-type event in a high-speed exotic car. With [...]

Anglo-American Rarity

April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The Ford Consul 315 holds a special place in the hearts of quite a few New Zealand car enthusiasts. When new, this ‘Anglia on steroids’ was a popular family car. By the late sixties, young lads were finding the modest power of the 315’s 1340cc engine could easily be improved with hot-up parts, and the [...]

Glenn McIntyre:
 Versatile Racer

February 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Glenn (usually spelt ‘Glenn’ – including by himself – except on his birth certificate and passport) bought the first Lotus Seven in the country from Lawrence Motors in Whanganui when he was still at school. A friend paid the deposit and Glenn McIntyre, via a part-time job at a local bakehouse, made the hire-purchase payments [...]

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 [...]

1937 Lincoln-Zephyr – Riding the Wind

November 30th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Henry Leland founded the Lincoln Motor Company in 1917, after creating Cadillac and selling that company to General Motors, later leaving GM in a huff. Initially, Lincoln did well but was in trouble by 1922. Ford bought the company to acquire an instant up-market model range, although the Lincoln division enjoyed quite a bit [...]