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NZ Classic Car No 366 June 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

3 min
a space to fill

After toiling with the idea of moving out of Auckland for a few years, my wife and I have finally relocated to the Bay of Plenty. My plan was to move further south, preferably to Central Otago, but as my wife still has business interests in Auckland and the need to commute on a regular basis, the Bay of Plenty was the logical choice for us. Now that the dust has settled and we have finally unpacked the boxes there seems to be only one thing missing in our new digs — something to fill the extra space in the garage. As a result I have started looking at investing in another classic car. In all my years of classic car ownership I have always erred on the side of caution when…

8 min
tradie’s choice

It proved so popular that prospective buyers were literally queuing up at local Holden dealerships to place their orders Almost 75 years ago the first FX Holden was driven out of Holden’s Fishermans Bend assembly plant at Port Melbourne to become Australia’s most loved car. Aussie’s homegrown auto, a reworked American design, became the country’s first successfully mass-produced car. It had pretty good performance too, for a low-cost, four-door family sedan. It proved so popular that prospective buyers were literally queuing up at local Holden dealerships to place their orders. The recipe for success had been set in stone: the generous dimensions and trusty six-cylinder rear-wheel-drive power plant set the platform for the majority of cars sold in Australia over the next 25 years. BRIGHT AND BUBBLY The much-anticipated FJ Holden came on…

22 min
rotary chic

Polarising and quirky styling, innovative engineering — often with industry-leading technology — have always been a large part of the charm of the Citroën brand and the twin chevron badge. Citroën’s brief dalliance with Felix Wankel’s little rotary marvel of an engine, which started in the 1960s, could have been another game changer for the French company. But it wasn’t to be. Reliability issues and poor fuel economy — just when the oil crisis made that an unforgivable sin — made the project uneconomic and almost an embarrassment. The car firm founded in 1919 by André Citroën had its origins in industrial machining. However, André Citroën began making cars in 1908 when he took over the French Mors company, which the company stuck with until the outbreak of World War I.…

9 min
larger than life: rush collection cooper 500

The Cooper Car story was born out of a simple desire for thrillseeking, yet ended with two Formula 1 (F1) World Championships. In 1946, a father and son in Surbiton, England, set out on a path that led to what is today a thriving UK industry in race car production. John and Charles Cooper founded the Cooper Car Company out of a small workshop on the edge of London. Charles, John’s father, was already in the industry of servicing race cars. John would go on to become an auto-racing legend as his rear-engined chassis design revolutionised motor sport at its highest levels. Cooper race cars are no more, but the name lives on today on the hotter versions of BMW Minis. REAR-ENGINE REVOLUTION The Coopers’ recipe for success was for a stripped-out, lightweight…

1 min
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8 min
pulse-racing pulsar

If you were to compile a list of legendary Nissan performance cars from the past 50 years, it would fill up fast with examples of Datsun, Nissan, and Nismo heritage. There would be plenty of Z sports cars, Silvias, Datsun roadsters, and the mandatory lineage of the allconquering GT-R. However, let’s not forget the Pulsar GTI-R! For a time it was a hero to all Japanese performance car fans throughout New Zealand. The Pulsar GTI-R, also known as the ‘Sunny’ GTI-R in overseas markets, was built as a homologation special for Nissan to enter top-flight Group A in the World Rally Championship in 1990. This would pitch the GTI-R against the likes of Mazda’s 323 GTX GTR and the dominant Lancia Delta Integrale. However, the sweet sensation of Group A rally…