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7 April, 2015

The April issue of New Zealand Classic Car (Issue No. 292) is now on sale. 

This Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d’Elegance special edition is crammed full of desirable award-winning classics. 

Cars don’t come more iconic than the fabled 300SL ‘Gullwing’ — winner of the coveted Masters Class award. It is one of only 29 aluminium-bodied examples ever built by Mercedes-Benz.

For lovers of all things British, we take an in-depth look at a stunning brace of rare, beautifully restored Aston Martin DB2/4s, that wowed the crowd at Ellerslie.

We also talk to the owners of the amazing time capsules that appeared in this year’s Survivors Class competition, leading off with a beautifully original Wolseley 1300, and we get up close and personal with McLaren’s new hypercar — the incredible P1. 

In addition, there’s ten pages full of news from around the country — be sure to take advantage of this issue’s subscription offers to be immersed in all things classic car from now on.

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.