NZ Classic Car

NZ Classic Car No 349 January 2020

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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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it’s beginning to cost a lot like christmas

By the time you open these pages, Christmas will be mere weeks away. As always, the build-up to the festive season can be a stressful time for everyone. Leaving everything to the last minute seems to be the norm — for most of us, anyway — despite our best intentions not to make the same mistake again. Our minds clog up with last-minute work details; selecting gifts for family, friends, and loved ones; Christmas and holiday plans; and what to do with the cat, not to mention the traffic getting worse every year and shopping malls overflowing with desperate last-minute shoppers — well, we feel your pain and we’re here to help. Take a moment or two to take a deep breath, relax, and thumb through the pages of this…

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anglia with style

The Anglia’s sales success meant Ford broke production records with it at levels not achieved again until the arrival of the Cortina For style-starved Britain of the 1950s, the Ford Anglia was a breath of fresh air and the basis of Ford’s competition heritage. The new Anglia introduced a free-revving 997cc engine, delightfully easy-to-use gearbox, and nimble handling. It seated four adults and their luggage with ease. The Anglia’s sales success meant Ford broke production records with it at levels not achieved again until the arrival of the Cortina. The standard Anglia was available in 12 new colours, and customers opting for the higher spec Super could choose a different-coloured side stripe. Ford’s ‘Z’ back window gave the car a distinctive look, and it’s interesting to compare it with the Michelotti-styled Ford…

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safe in the museum

Invercargill pensioner John Tait and his late wife Ann enjoyed many trips in their Ford Anglia Deluxe over the years. It was also their daily transport. Coincidently, John’s car was purchased from Riverton, not far from where Winston’s Ford Anglia now resides in Thornbury. “I bought the car off a chap in Riverton on 1 March 1997, and I think I am the seventh owner of it. It was first registered in Blenheim on 1 March 1967 to a Geoffrey Marfell,” John explains. A truck driver for many years, John spent 13 years driving for Southern Transport, which was started by Southland truck collector Bill Richardson, whose collection now forms the basis of Bill Richardson Transport World. The recorded mileage of John’s Anglia is thought to be somewhere over 160,000km, but the speedometer…

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ford anglia history

The fourth in a line of Ford Anglia designs dating back to 1939, the 105E model ushered in a number of innovative features for Ford small cars with its US-influenced styling features, most noticeably the rearwards-sloping back windscreen. The latter was a feature copied in Ford’s Consul 315 and by a number of other car makes such as Citroën with its Ami, Mazda with its Carol 600, Suzuki with an early Ignis, Bond, and Reliant. The ‘105E’ designation also meant a new long-overdue motor in the form of the Kent in-line four-cylinder overhead-valve engine. With its very over-square dimensions, strong cylinder block, and five-bearing crankshaft, it wasn’t long before the little rev-happy car hit the racetrack with all sorts of modifications, especially later as the engine underwent capacity increases. There was also…

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the name that says it all

If you want to buy a genuine factory Ford GT40 racer today you’d better be willing to spend about US$10M or more. If you want to buy one with an impressive provenance, be prepared to spend even more than that. If you want to buy one that actually won twice at Le Mans, won five other major races, and was piloted by some of the royalty of motor racing, including six-times Le Mans winner Jackie Ickx, you’re venturing into the realms of the impossible. So, accepting that owning one of these cars in this part of the world is not readily achievable — after all, only about 50 GT40s were made — the next best thing is to own a replica. A replica with a story Of course the word ‘replica’ can mean…

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a born racer

At the 1989 Tokyo Auto Show, Nissan unveiled its latest creation: the BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, which single-handedly stunned the entire motoring world by changing forever the concept of what affordable high performance meant. The R32 GT-R — nicknamed ‘Godzilla’ by Australian media after it dominated Australian touring car racing — is the top of the line R32 Skyline and is a very capable machine even to this day. This giant-killer has amassed a huge international following and an even bigger place in automotive history. Many of us will remember the 1991 Bathurst 1000 when Jim Richards and Mark Skaife piloted their Nissan GT-R R32 to a top podium finish in record time. It was the first Japanese car to win Bathurst, and nothing else stood a chance against the 447kW turbocharged,…