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NZV8 Concept Corner: ’33 Coupe

15 February, 2015


Every month we ask the cover car owner for the concept they’d most like to build, or see built

You’ve seen what Warren Black can do with a Holden Monaro in the current issue of NZV8 (Issue No. 118), but what if Warren turned his attention to a hot rod?

“I’ve always liked ’33 coupes, so I wouldn’t mind building one. I’m toying with the idea of putting a different motor into the Monaro, so I’d drop the existing motor from it into one of those. I would stretch the front end by around eight inches just to give a bit more room, and to give it a bit of a custom look. I’d also widen the guards, more so at the back, to run the same size wheels as I’ve got on the Monaro.

“With those wheels the diff would be pretty narrow but it would give the car a killer look. Of course, it’d need to be on airbags, and sitting as low as possible too, which might get interesting with the guards, but it’s worth a shot.

“While I usually like black cars, I’m thinking maybe a midnight blue — real dark, so it’s almost black but not quite. I’d keep the chrome grille, and so on, but shave the handles and smooth it out a bit.

“It’d just be a streeter, but you’ve got to race everything at least once,” Warren laughs.

“Interior wise, the car would run bucket seats up front, and I’d go with the same style of door trims as on the Monaro.”

We’ve seen that Warren isn’t one to do things by halves, so if he ever turns this concept into reality, we’re sure it’ll be even better than it sounds — now that’ll take some doing!

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

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