NZ Classic Car

NZ Classic Car No 359 November 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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daily classic

I recently spotted a Volvo P1800 parked outside my neighbour’s house as I was on my way over to visit, and I was introduced to the owner. Naturally, I couldn’t resist enquiring about his mustard-yellow Volvo, which had that ‘used’ look about it. It certainly could have used a good grooming. As it transpired, the car was purchased new by the owner’s mother in the UK in 1972 and had been his daily driver for longer than he could remember. Despite its shortcomings of heavy steering, uncomfortable seating position — he was a tall gentleman — and underwhelming performance, he said that he was sick of people trying to buy it from him, even with ridiculously high offers. He simply wasn’t interested in selling it. This got me thinking more about…

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something ‘speciale’

Up to the 1950s and often beyond, if you wanted your chassis to be complemented by some gorgeous bodywork you would head off to the Italian design houses, or carrozzeria, such as Bertone, Touring, Zagato, Pininfarina, and later Guigiaro’s Italdesign. Failing to win the patronage of Pininfarina with his designs in the early 1950s, Franco Scaglione approached Bertone. A collaboration between the two led to some great designs, often for Alfa Romeo and Fiat/Abarth. The futuristic Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica (BAT) cars Scaglione drew for the carrozzerie had an emphasis on achieving the best possible aerodynamics. Some of those design cues can be found on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Prototipo, Turin Show car of 1957, now preserved in Corrado Lopresto’s Milan collection and on Michael Wyatt’s 1962 car, featured this month. Giuseppe…

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architect’s appraisal

“I just want to be considered as a preserver of Italian history, of the history of Italian cars,” says Italian architect and noted car collector Corrado Lopresto. So far he has done exceedingly well in both spheres and the accolades for his ever-expanding car collection number more than 200 worldwide concours awards including 50 best in shows. Perhaps his most notable achievement with cars has been as an unprecedented four times winner of the coveted Coppa d’Oro at the Concorso d’ Eleganza Villa d’ Este at Lake Como, Italy. A native of Milan, Lopresto remains loyal to his birthplace and bases his amazing collection of more than 100 cars in the north Italian city. He was just 18 and an architectural student when he purchased the first car in his collection, a…

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finders keepers

The Capri was the car that other makers wanted to knock off its perch throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but few had the universal appeal of the rakish coupé that Ford billed as “the car you always promised yourself”. It was, to all intents and purposes, the European equivalent of the Ford Mustang. Penned by Mustang designer Philip Thomas Clark, the Ford Capri was intended to impress Europe’s hoi polloi. And it did. When launched in 1969, the Capri was a runaway success for a coupé — usually a niche market — across Europe, Australia, and Japan. It even sold pretty well in North America where, badged as the Mercury Capri, it sold handsomely alongside the iconic’Stang. There was one drawback, however. Despite its sporty looks, keen drivers were disappointed by the…

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colt to capri

There’s some irony in Ford naming the Capri after an Italian resort that has little in the way of roads. Ford intended the Capri’s name to be ‘Colt’, which aligned neatly with the design and bloodline of the Ford Mustang, which had galloped into the motoring firmament a mere 48 months prior to the Capri’s birth. However, the name Colt ran into opposition from the folk at Mitsubishi, who already had dibs on the name and wanted to keep it for their own new mini Mustang, even though most people dropped the first name and just called it the Galant GTO. So, after a bit of litigation, Ford followed the Cortina’s lead in taking the name of an Italian resort — and, hey presto, we got the Ford Capri.…

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