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NZ Classic Car No 351 March 2020

New Zealand’s longest running classic car magazine – celebrated its 300th edition in January 2016, an amazing achievement for a publication which began as a simple idea to put local classic car owners in touch with event organisers, car clubs and trade professionals. NZ Classic Car has been a vital part of the local motoring scene for more than 25 years and features unique and extensive classic motoring coverage. NZCC’s enthusiastic and passionate writers cover the length and breadth of the country ensuring extensive classic motoring coverage. Our coverage of New Zealand’s motoring heritage remains unrivalled, especially in the field of motorsport history, plus we include stunning photography, authoritative features and event reports from throughout the country.

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cars, glorious cars

There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of the New Zealand Classic Car Magazine Ellerslie Car Show. Sleek lines, curvaceous shapes, white-wall tyres, the smell of natural leather and fresh car polish takes us back to a time when things were less complicated. Some of us older — or ‘the new middle-aged’ — enthusiasts remember the vehicles we once owned, while the younger spectators have a wonderful opportunity to get up close and appreciate these classic pieces of automotive history. At this year’s event I was able to take a lengthy stroll around the beautiful park-like grounds of the Ellerslie Racecourse and take in some of the amazing classic cars on display from 70 car clubs. The first thing I noticed was the incredibly high quality of vehicles on display. Several other…

7 minuti
pallas athena — the french goddess

There have been many articles in the best automotive magazines in the world, including New Zealand Classic Car (May 1997, issue 77), about the Citroën DS. Its name derived from Déesse (French for ‘goddess’), whose innovative design was styled by Italian sculptor Flaminio Bertoni and launched at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. During the first day of the show, 12,000 pre-orders would be taken for what was the most positively outrageous and inspiring innovation to hit the automotive industry in decades, if ever. It would not be until March 2016 that this record would be beaten, when the Tesla 3 received more pre-orders in one day: a staggering 180,000. Not only did it not look like the more conventional straight lined designs of the age, it was designed with superior aerodynamics,…

1 minuti
slough-built ds

The DS was dispatched from Paris in “completely knocked-down (CKD)” form and assembled at Slough. A portion of the components were sourced from British manufacturers, which gave the cars a particular identity as well as conforming to British legislation. Cars assembled in Slough were supplied to the local markets and the Commonwealth — Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. DS models produced before 1966 for sale in New Zealand are more likely to have the Slough-fashioned wood dashboards and hide upholstery.…

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citroën ds trivia

The DS was universally favoured by the film industry. The Safari had few, if any, rivals as the preferred outdoor filming platform used by the BBC due to its bump-spongeing hydropneumatic suspension. The Safari was an ideal ambulance with 12,000 units eventually manufactured. And if a bit late for the ambulance, the Safari made an ideal hearse for the adjustable suspension, which made loading and unloading the coffin easier. In total there were 1,455,746 DS Citroën manufactured between 1955 and 1975. Although the Slough-assembled DS are relatively well known to Kiwi DS enthusiasts, of this large total only 8,667 DS (and ID) were assembled in Slough between 1955 and 1966.…

1 minuti
what is a pallas?

The Pallas is named after Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, useful arts, and prudent warfare. She was also the traditional guardian of Athens. Pallas is commonly referred to as a synonym for Athena. The word itself is often translated as “maiden.” In 1965, a luxury upgrade, the DS Pallas, was introduced. This included comfort features such as better noise insulation, more luxurious (and optional leather) upholstery, and external trim embellishments. From 1966, the Pallas model received a driver’s seat with height adjustment.…

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de gaulle assassination attempt

In August 1962, a group called the OAS (Secret Army Organization in English) plotted an assassination attempt on President Charles de Gaulle, who they believed had betrayed France by giving up Algeria to Algerian nationalists. Near dusk on August 22 1962, de Gaulle and his wife were riding from the Elysee Palace to Orly Airport. As his black Citroën DS sped along the Avenue de la Liberation in Paris at 70 miles per hour, 12 OAS gunmen opened fire on the car. A hail of 140 bullets, most of them coming from behind, killed two of the president’s motorcycle bodyguards, shattered the car’s rear window, and punctured all four of its tyres. Though the Citroën went into a front-wheel skid, de Gaulle’s chauffeur was able to accelerate out of the…