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NZ Classic Car No 365 May 2021

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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New Zealand
Parkside Media
R 49,78
R 488,74
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

Like many classic car owners I know, I enjoy visiting local and international classic car forums on a regular basis. I not only find many of the discussion topics very interesting, I’ve also learnt a great deal over the years about many aspects of classic car ownership, especially when it comes to receiving technical advice from other likeminded enthusiasts. On one such occasion recently, I found myself immersed in a rather contentious discussion about winter storage for classic cars. As I read through the many and varied threads, I was astounded by the extreme lengths that some classic car owners in the US and Europe go to in order to store their cars during the winter months. Admittedly, Northern Hemisphere winters are significantly worse than what we experience in this country…

21 min
best of the best

The Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance has now been part of the classic car enthusiast’s calendar for an unprecedented 50 years. For those willing to have their pride and joy critiqued by no less than 14 eagle-eyed judges to gauge how their cars stack up against the best of the best, there’s the Teams Event and the Masters Class competition. For the winning team, their car club gets to host the following year’s event, while the Masters Class cars are individual entries with pride and personal satisfaction on the line. This year’s 50th anniversary Intermarque Concours d’Elegance was another outstanding day, and lined up in the Winner’s Circle for afternoon judging were seven teams consisting of the Auckland Mustang Owners Club, Ford Thunderbird Owners Club of NZ, Jaguar Drivers’ Club Auckland, Porsche Club…

5 min
celebrating a style icon

New Zealand enthusiasts enjoy a well-organised club and spareparts structure for the marque. Virtually everything is available for the maintenance and restoration of these popular English sports cars, including crucial new body panels and even new alloy and cast-iron engine blocks, at a price! It is still a sports car that evokes all sorts of emotions and that wow factor. The E-Type is just one Jaguar model that is well represented for such a small population as ours, and the recent Ellerslie Classic Car Show exhibited a number of stunning examples. For the 60th anniversary of the E-Type, it’s time to look at what makes these cars so popular with their owners. As such, we looked for what could be considered daily drivers — examples of how great these cars are…

15 min
three keepers in central otago

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS WITH A 3.8-LITRE SERIES 1 ROADSTER David Taylor’s passion for the marque began when he was an apprentice fitter and turner working for Invercargill engineers J Johnson. His wife, Margaret, is as keen and drives her own late-model supercharged XF Jaguar. David recalls his early experience with a Jaguar: “I was 20 years of age when I owned my first E-Type. I sold it to buy a house when Margaret and I got married, as you do.” Prior to getting married, David remembers how the Jaguar mystique back then was a strong drawcard for anyone interested in these fast cars. “Margaret worked at Invercargill Airport and she looked out one day to see the Jaguar flying past her window,” he says. “Some Air New Zealand engineers had decided to take it…

2 min
main detail differences

Series 1 The first 500 cars had flat floors and external bonnet catches. Up to 1967, E-Types had faired-over headlight covers and smaller front radiator mouth openings, signal lights, and tail lights above the bumper bars, with exhaust tips exiting just under the number plate. Series 1 also had smaller leather-trimmed bucket seats, and a machine-turned dashboard panel on early models with toggle switches. A detachable hardtop was available for roadster models. Black rocker switches were also introduced to the dash panel from Series 1½ models. A few Series 1 cars had uncovered headlights for the US market. Later, 4.2-litre Series 1s changed to an alternator and negative-earth electrical systems. Lightweight Es Designed as a competition variant and D-Type replacement, 12 were built (plus two spare bodies) of a planned 18 from 1963…

10 min
sunny disposition

The purists among us will already be going, “What? A triple-S coupé? No such thing!” Well done that man, or woman. You are quite right. The Datsun 1200 SSS, a nostalgic favourite for people of a certain age, was a New Zealand–only factory-special upgrade that was applied only to the four-door sedan. That’s because it was a homologation special designed to allow the car to compete in the Benson & Hedges (B&H) 500. This was a race for locally assembled cars only — the sedans were assembled by Campbell Motors in Thames — and the coupé was never assembled here. It was developed by Warren Broadbent of Nissan Motor Distributors (NZ) Ltd and Dennis Marwood of Performance Development Ltd, who had raced the earlier 1600 SSS. The coupé would have been a strong…