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NZ Classic Car No 361 January 2021

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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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in this issue

2 min.
a time to celebrate

New Year’s Eve 2019 is just a vague memory of toasting 2020 with half a glass of flat champagne and looking forward to the year ahead. Another cruise perhaps? Visiting my grandkids in Australia? A few local holidays, maybe? Of course, none of that happened. No doubt, for some, 2020 has been the worst year ever. Covid-19 is not just a news event happening in some remote part of the world; it is a serious pandemic that was visited on most of us, if not directly then in the form of lockdowns. A crazy year entwined with wacky experiences like social distancing, hotel quarantines, constant hand sanitizing, elbow-bump greetings, Covid apps — and how can we forget the panic buying of toilet paper, which I still have not been able to…

8 min.
travelling companion

The Morris Minor was a hit from the first day it was shown to the British public in 1948 at the British International Motor Show. Better known for his Mini, this car too was designed by Alec Issigonis, and was almost as sensational. It also proved wildly popular both at home and in overseas dominions. The Minor boasted a contemporary unit-constructed body, torsion-bar front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and a lowish centre of gravity achieved by using small 133mm size tyres on 14-inch wheels. This innovative design was state of the art for small car development and years ahead of the pre-war engineering that could be found under most of the European economy cars of the time. Along with the four-seat convertible and saloon variants, an estate version was introduced, known as…

16 min.
the name’s aston, aston martin

Martyn Jagusch didn’t intend to carry out a ground-up restoration on his 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8. Yet one glance at the car’s pristine condition shows he definitely changed his mind — or had it changed for him, which is nearer the truth. The Aston Martin DBS V8 is a handsome car that only looks better with age. Enthusiasm for Aston’s earlier cars, especially the James Bond–era DB5 and the earlier super-sexy Zagato models, has been skyrocketing for years, but appreciation for these larger and less iconic GT cars languished for a time. The V8 is less well recognized as a Bond car even though George Lazenby drove one in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969, as did Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987). However, the car is probably…

9 min.
they are only original once

Ford was on a roll in the mid-1930s, despite the Depression years. His cars were selling well and his new ‘flattie’ V8 was setting the standards for performance, reliability, and smoothness. It was a motor that would give birth to the California hot rod scene and establish hot-up tuning names such as Navarro, Edelbrock, Offenhauser, and Ardun. Bonnie and Clyde even wrote to Henry Ford to tell him how good his Ford V8 engine was… A founding member of Dunedin’s Hurricane Rodders, Jim’s focus these days is on originality with little restoration, preferably none at all We get to see many restored classics in the course of featuring cars for New Zealand Classic Car but seldom will one to turn up in such stunningly original condition as this 1941 Ford Super Deluxe…

2 min.
ford’s 1941 transitional models

Ford updated its range of sedans and coupes for 1941 with more modern lines, almost no running boards, the front mudguards blended more into the body, and integral headlights. In an uncertain time, with war raging in Europe, there would be no new model in 1942 — production turned to the demands of war. The 1941 models would be the transitional models for Ford. It would be 1946 when car production resumed and the familiar shape was again rolled out, continuing until 1949 when a new model was introduced. For 1941, there were numerous detail changes of bodywork, fittings, and equipment, with, for example, no fewer than five coil/distributor combinations used for the V8 engines. There were other variations too, for cooling and electrical-charging systems. Electric or vacuum windscreen wipers were…

1 min.
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