Morgan Memories – 1969 Morgan 4/4 1600

October 26th, 2018|Tags: , , |

As a young married couple in the early 1970s, Lloyd and Jennifer planned an overseas holiday, with the idea of buying a car for a tour and bringing it back home. Being afflicted from a very early age with a virulent and incurable form of what Lloyd describes as ‘Mad Car Disease’, he drew up [...]

1975 Alfa Romeo Spider – Rental Roadster

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

As sung by Marianne Faithful, Lucy Jordan famously realised she’d never ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in her hair. Well that’s all very romantic but if Dave Dobbyn had written that song, Nelson would have been the location for Lucy’s lament – and I’ll suffer no argument on that [...]

MGC 50th Anniversary 1967–2017

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

In 1957 the integration of the Austin-Healey and MG families was the catalyst for several interesting possibilities, including the prospect of a six-cylinder MG. Indeed, a dual project was soon underway – ADO51 would be an Austin-Healey, while ADO52 was scheduled to be the six-cylinder, quickly designated as the ‘C’. Intended as direct replacements for [...]

2017 Swallow 100 Mk III

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

One cold and frosty day during the winter of 1996, I found myself settling into the leather-lined cockpit of a locally built T Car in preparation for a road test of the Kiwi-built roadster. Russell Hooper, the main driving force behind Alternative Cars – the Auckland-based company that had designed and developed the T Car [...]

All Wrapped Up

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

As the last of the splendid autumn leaves fall, many of us will be dreading the thought of winter – cold, dark, early-morning starts and long wet weekends. Strangely, I enjoy winter and the crisp clear days that many of us in the south experience after a hard frost. I have spent a number of [...]

Handsome Healey

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

John acquired his Austin-Healey just over a year ago. It was a car that he’d always wanted to own and when he spotted it for sale on TradeMe, he knew this one was for him as he’d always had a soft spot for the 100, the very first Austin-Healey. “I have always admired the 100’s [...]

MGA – Classic Racer 

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

MG’s new MGA first saw the light of day in 1955 and was a huge breath of fresh air for the Abingdon marque. Until then, MG design had been distinctly pre-war – the 1954 TF’s parentage being easily traced back to the 1936 MGTA, complete with separate mudguards and running-boards. Falling sales of the [...]

1955 Austin-Healey 100S

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

When I wrote a story about Graham Pierce 12 or 15 years or so ago, I asked him what had become of the Austin-Healey 100S he had once bought off Ross Jensen and subsequently raced throughout New Zealand with a great deal of success. Graham looked at me, looked out the window of his [...]

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 [...]

Magic Morgan

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

I'm stating the obvious I know, when I say that a Morgan is not for everyone. Indeed, the secret to the company’s success and longevity is that they’re fully aware of this and, rather than making a car to try and suit everyone, they stick to what they do best. This isn’t to say [...]