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. 

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.

Super Leicht Gullwing

It’s fair to say that nothing much in the classic Mercedes world gets past Mercedes-Benz Club stalwart Garry Boyce so it wasn’t surprising to learn that around 15 years ago he had sniffed out an extremely rare 300SL lightweight Gullwing as well as a 1958 300SL Roadster hiding away in the Waikato. The cars were not for sale but Garry eventually managed to persuade the owner to allow him and his restoration team to take a look at the Roadster. They discovered a very distressed but largely unmolested car. The car was so original that the body had never been off the chassis, meaning most of the parts and fittings were still present and correct, as they had been fitted by the factory.