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NZ Classic Car No 363 March 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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Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Parkside Media
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in this issue

2 min.
rule of thumb

Have you ever been asked what classic car you would buy, given free choice? That was a question put to me recently. I have thought about it from time to time, but I struggled to answer when put on the spot. Many people catch the classic car bug at some point in their lives and usually fasten on cars that they grew up with. As a basic rule of thumb, if a teenage boy has a car’s picture taped to the wall, you’re looking in the right direction. When those boys grow up, they want to buy the things that made them happy in their youth. As a teenager in the late ’60s early ’70s, posters of Aussie and American muscle cars adorned my bedroom walls and have definitely influenced my…

8 min.
forever young

Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon visited the VW factory on Wednesday, 23 April 1947, when it was still controlled by the British Occupational Forces under the command of Major Ivan Hirst, a British Army officer and engineer assigned to rebuild Volkswagen after the war. Pon wanted to talk about importing Volkswagens into the Netherlands, but it was a special day because he did something else. He took out his notebook and drew an oblong transport vehicle. It was basically no more than a soapbox on wheels, with the cab in front, and in the back, the engine. How his conversation ended, nobody knows. But one thing is for sure, in 1947 his idea was revolutionary. It was brilliantly simple — a large cargo space in a small area. According to Pon’s…

19 min.
the v8 that started it all

Cadillac is one of the longest surviving marques in the General Motors (GM) portfolio. From its beginnings in 1902, Cadillac earned a reputation for better-thanaverage cars, providing performance and innovation, and for supplying the first V8 mass-production engine, which impressed everyone with its smoothness and power. It was also the start of a long association with the US Army, initially supplying staff cars. The Type 55 would become known as ‘The Great War Cadillac’. The first V8 was a notably smooth runner. Cadillac V8s became famous for this luxurious sensation in both civilian and military guises. The US Stuart and Chaffee tanks in World War II were also the first to see automatic transmissions, earning the nickname ‘Honey’ from GIs for their smoothness and reliability. Cadillac was formed from the remains…

1 min.
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9 min.
an all-british muscle car

To tell the Griffith story, we need first to look at the Cobra. The AC Cobra is possibly one of the best-known cars in the world. It has featured on many TV shows and movies. Due to its simplicity, it has also been endlessly copied. Many people have built their own versions of this car through the replicas available in New Zealand and worldwide. Considering it is such a well-known and recognisable car, it’s surprising to realise the Cobra had a fairly short production run from 1962 to ’68, producing somewhere between 1000 and 1500 cars being built in the UK and the US. The concept that initiated the Cobra project was simple: 1. Find a rich American citizen.2. Get them to take your small British sports car, give it a bit…

12 min.
class leader

New Zealand Classic Car is not exactly going out on a limb here but we have to say this is one of the most beautiful car shapes ever created. The lead designer was Wilhelm Hofmeister, BMW’s head of design from 1955 to 1970 — he of the ‘Hofmeister kink’. That label is applied to the distinctive curve at the base of the C-pillar that has been a signature of BMWs ever since Herr Hoff introduced BMW’s Neue Klasse cars. Loosely defined as cars produced between 1962 and 1977, they put the company on a firm financial footing and established its reputation for building sports saloons and coupés. What is more remarkable, as BMW Car Club of America’s Rob Siegel has noted, was that the 3.0 CSi’s sublime shape did not crystallise fully…