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First shipment of new Mustangs lands in New Zealand

1 December, 2015

The most anticipated new cars of 2015 have finally landed in New Zealand — the all-new, 2015 Ford Mustang. The first ship from the USA docked in Auckland earlier in the week of November 23–29; great news for a number of the 550-plus Kiwis who pre-ordered a new Mustang. 

“It’s New Zealand automotive history in the making,” said Corey Holter, Ford New Zealand’s managing director. “These are the very first, factory-built in the USA, right-hand drive Ford Mustangs in the country.”

From the Auckland wharf, the Mustangs will be transported to the Ford Vehicle Compound, where they will undergo a series of final checks before being delivered to dealerships throughout the country where the keys will be handed over to their owners. 

It appears that the majority of new Mustang customers have opted for the Mustang GT Fastback, with the six-speed auto and five-litre V8, and this is certainly true for New Zealand, where it makes up around 58 per cent of orders. This is New Zealand, though, and it’s reassuring to know that manual-transmission–equipped Mustangs still make up a decent 15 per cent of total orders. 

And, while there will always be some who would rather a left-hand drive Mustang for the ‘real’ American sports car feel, the appeal of the factory-built right-hand drive Mustangs is clear. It’s still early days, but we’re certainly looking forward to getting a proper, up-close look at these game-changing machines. 

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?