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Classic Driver

No.87 November/December 2019

NZ CLASSIC DRIVER looks at ways to bring you stories of classic cars that are rare, different and often very special. Our team of passionate classic car journalists, headed by Allan Walton as editor, includes writers such as Tony Haycock, Allan Dick and Mark Holman as well as well-respected motorsport photographers like Terry Marshall and Alex Mitchell. As well, Kiwi racing legend, Howden Ganley, pens a regular column telling tales of his past and present motor racing experiences. All that adds up to a magazine with huge appeal to enthusiasts all around the world as well as New Zealand. For further information go to www.classicdriver.co.nz

Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
RNR Publishing Ltd
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In this issue

1 min.
changing times

We are delighted to welcome NZ Classic Driver to Allied Magazines. NZ Classic Driver is a much-loved and revered magazine and has given car enthusiasts wonderful reading over many years. We are thrilled to have the magazine join our stable; it is a great addition and a complementary magazine to our other titles. We are very excited about the future of NZ Classic Driver, and promise to continue bringing you all the things you love and more. The only change you will notice is we are going back to bimonthly, ensuring you receive your classic car fix more frequently, so look out for a new issue at the end of February, April, June, August, October and December. Our March/April edition will be on sale February 27, 2020. As always we welcome any feedback and…

17 min.
un siècle d’innovation (a century of innovation)

André Citroën produced his first car in 1919 – the Type A. As the first truly mass-produced European car, in an age when the manufacturer supplied a running chassis to be bodied by a coach builder, it was unusual in being delivered from the factory complete and ready to drive. The Type A was the first left-hand-drive French car, starting a trend that spread throughout Europe. Two years later, the 5CV was announced. Barely one step up from the then-popular cycle-cars, it was basic but well equipped with electric lighting and starting. The little car was a big hit. Its 856cc side-valve engine produced 8kW at 2100rpm and was rated at five taxable horsepower. Top speed was a heady 60kph but its fuel consumption of less than 5.6L/100km was very appealing.…

12 min.
longue déesse

The relatively small number of cars that plied the roads of the small English town I grew up in during the early 1960s were mostly the rather dull British saloons so prevalent during that time. A Zephyr or a Sunbeam Rapier was regarded as being something rather exotic, and even the new MGBs – usually driven by flat-cap, duffle-coated, pipe-smoking gents – were rarely seen. The odd lawyer or doctor from the more affluent end of town might occasionally be spotted wafting by in their Bentley or, in at least one case, a huge Pontiac Laurentian. Catching a glimpse of a Jaguar or an Aston Martin was a once-in-a-year occurrence, while the chances of coming across a fancy Italian Alfa Romeo or Ferrari was about as likely as going out…

2 min.
citroën de maserati: the sm

During the early 1960s Citroën began to think about producing a high-performance version of the DS, but despite having developed and built several concept cars, the project wouldn’t begin to really take form until 1968. In that year Citroën took control of Maserati. This acquisition gifted the French car maker with an engine suitable for powering a sports coupé. Two cylinders were sliced away from Maserati’s quad-cam V8 to produce a 2.6-litre V6. Combined with self-levelling suspension, self-centring speed-sensitive power steering and hydro-pneumatic brakes, the resulting grand touring car made for an interesting marriage between the two marques. The Citroën SM (the SM is usually thought to stand for ‘Systeme Maserati’ or ‘Sports Maserati’) was officially unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. The V6 engine was fitted with fuel injection…

6 min.
letters

Mail: Email: FERRARI MONZA UPDATE I refer to comments by Richard Sisler and yourself in NZ Classic Driver (Oct/Nov/Dec 2019). See attached three photos, two from the Bob Stenberg Archive, showing the said Ferrari 750 Monza that was owned by Peter Whitehead and driven by Ross Jensen. The third photo, given to me by Ross, shows him with a big smile sitting in the Monza. Jim Barclay, via email Thanks for the great shots Jim – and on the subject of Ferrari Monzas, if you check out our news pages you’ll see that a new book is about to be printed about Ken Wharton. AGW SAAB’S RALLY EXPERIENCE I read this feature on the Saab 96 (NZ Classic Driver Oct/Nov/Dec 2019) with interest. However, there is an error when the article refers to the inaugural Silver Fern Rally…

6 min.
upcoming events organisers!

CLASSIC CAR MEET HAMILTON WHEN: FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH WHERE: CLASSICS MUSEUM, 11 RAILSIDE PLACE, HAMILTON All makes and models welcome including Japanese and hot rods. Includes automotive-only classic-car boot sale. Conditions apply. Buffet breakfast available from 8.00am to 10.00am. Cash prizes and giveaways each month. For more info, contact Richard, Ph 021 205 3863 HVCCC CAFFEINE & CLASSICS WHEN: LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH WHERE: SMALES FARM, AUCKLAND Caffeine & Classics is a FREE monthly classic vehicle meet open to all classic vehicles, including classic and vintage, hot rods, muscle cars, and motorcycles. Any vehicle at least 30 years old is welcome, and newer vehicles that are scratch-built, obscure or exotic also welcomed. Food and coffee available and the laid-back atmosphere is the perfect way to spend your Sunday. VINTAGE WEEKEND WHANGANUI WHEN: JANUARY 17–20 WHERE: WHANGANUI With a Jazz…