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NZ Classic Car No 350 February 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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3 мин.
another milestone — we hit 350!

Compliments of the season. I trust you all had a decent, relaxing break over the Christmas holidays and that you’re raring to go for 2020. It’s almost impossible to believe that it’s almost four decades since our publisher, Greg Vincent, started this magazine back in December 1990 as we celebrate our 350th issue. The ’60s may well have been considered the golden age of motoring and motor sport, but the ’90s, when Greg kicked off this magazine, ushered in a new age of motoring. During the ’70s and ’80s many cars were excessively boxy and slab-sided, poorly stuck together, and for the most part, performance was dull, due mainly to strict emissions requirements introduced in 1970. However, as the ’90s rolled in, so did technology, which gave us back something that had…

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the end of the line

Many of us have heard the old cliché ‘Life is all about timing’. When Carroll Shelby proposed his plan for a small, American V8-powered sports car to Ford, his timing was perfect. At the time, the company was looking to create competition for Chevrolet’s Corvette. In January 1965, that competition arrived: the Shelby GT350. At first glance it looked just like any other Mustang fastback, but looks were where the resemblance stopped. Carroll Shelby’s exciting ride atop Ford’s ever-popular pony car lasted just over five years. During that time Shelby’s companies transformed the Mustang into something quite remarkable. Shelby built 36 factory competition GT350s, thus legitimizing the pony car as a true sports car, and in doing so handed Ford three consecutive Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) B/Production championship titles, in…

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a car for all seasons

Greg Lokes had wanted a Mercedes-Benz SL ever since he’d seen them as a boy, cruising through his home town of Glen Innes, Auckland — presumably, Greg thought, doctors and lawyers on their way to their practices in Remuera and Newmarket. He was captivated by the previous Merc SL, the 1963–71 ‘Pagoda’, which he first saw on a trip over the harbour bridge, but when the more aggressive, sleek, new R107 model appeared Greg was smitten. “I just loved the fluted panels under the doors, and the indicators.” The fluting on the indicators was apparently supposed to help shed grime. Whether or not it worked, it gave the new Mercs a point of difference. Greg was especially fond of the coupé version. It was longer — actually a four-seater — and it featured…

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sleeping giant gets new lease of life

Seeing it gleaming under an intense Otago sun, it’s hard to imagine that this 1972 Holden Monaro GTS 350 coupé with its faultless patina, gold colour scheme with eye-catching white flashes, and chunky big tyres was starting to look shabby 10 years ago. When they moved the car out of its Dunedin hillside garage back then, owners Tom and Winsome Trevathan got a shock when they realized how much it had deteriorated as a result of being stored in a damp garage. “The car had been stored for about three years and we hadn’t been aware that the garage was leaking, so it was quite a shock to see how bad it was. By the time we discovered how badly it had affected the Monaro there were quite a few rust patches,”…

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taming the speed hysteria

When Holden introduced the HQ Monaro to the public in late 1971, it was a much tamer car than the HK, HT, and HG Bathurst-winning models that had gone before. Holden had not only drastically changed the look of the new coupé, with a similar outline at the front of the new HQ sedans, but had also given the coupé its own new-look rear topped by a huge sloping glass area. The rawness of the previous models was gone and in its place was a softer cruiser with more comfortable seats and trim. The LS models had more chrome and wood inserts for the dashboard. The Holden Torana had taken to the tracks as the then-current ‘hero’ car and the Monaro was now a refined car for comfortable long trips for four. You…

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good, clean fun

The term ‘future classic’ is often bandied about in the automotive sphere. It’s a label you’ll sometimes find attached to obvious shoo-ins like the Honda NSX or questionable calls such as the Fiat Coupé, or it might simply be the result of a seller truly reaching for the stars when penning an advertisement for his 2001 Kia Carnival. But what actually constitutes a future classic? As always, there’s never a simple answer — more a cloudy concoction of many factors. Rarity, heritage, driving prowess, popularity, and many more variables all get a look into this particular brew’s recipe. A NEW CONTENDER Nissan’s 350Z (Z33), while certainly not rare thanks to its impressive sales performance throughout the 2000s, certainly makes a good case for itself as a potential future classic. Sure, no one’s…