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NZ Classic Car No 342 June 2019

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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From this desk, the world of classic cars looks very interesting. Whether it’s a multimillion-pound or -dollar car owned by a billionaire on display at Lord Haw-Haw’s estate or it’s something worth far less, only a few thousand dollars at best, it can hold a special place in our memory because of associations we have with it. We just find them captivating. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand why they are worth so much. Apparently there’s a ‘mythical’ Bugatti Atlantic that, if it could be found, has a projected value of more than US$100M. This car could have been destroyed or could be hidden or lost. ‘Lost’ can mean genuinely lost, or lost as in the ‘lost at sea’ sense of the word. Maybe it was on a ship that was sunk…

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In his book, Climbing the Mountain, Allan Moffat says the Ford Falcon GTHO would be remembered as the greatest muscle car ever built in Australia, and “the first and last of the supercars” When the Australian motor industry was entering its golden era, one car set the benchmark. Ford’s Falcon GTHO and its various GT derivatives, especially in Phase III form, dominated at Bathurst from 1967–1972. Harry Firth masterminded the Ford race programme for the GTs and, with co-driver Fred Gibson, secured the car’s win at Bathurst in 1967. Holden had nothing that could compete with the GTs until the Holden Dealer Team Monaros were created. It was the beginning of a glorious period of competition when success at Mount Panorama equated to success in the market for Ford, Holden, and Chrysler. In…

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