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Have you got the Holden genes like Daniel Armstrong?

8 December, 2016

We caught up with Daniel Armstrong recently, and quickly discovered that he was about as passionate as it gets when it comes to all things original. Cars, especially of the Aussie variety, have featured heavily throughout his life as the Holden ‘genes’ were passed down from his father, who has owned early Holdens since the late 1970s.

However, when Daniel turned 16 years old, he couldn’t resist the temptation to buy a 2.0-litre 1987 Holden Commodore VL Berlina sedan, which he still owns almost 10 years later. Obviously, the apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree, and following in his father’s footsteps, Daniel’s Holden collection began to grow. Soon, a 5.0-litre 1987 Holden Berlina VL station wagon, 3.0-litre 1987 Holden VL GTS sedan, and a 1980 Holden HZ one-tonner were added to the collection.

In mid 2105, while searching through Trade Me, Daniel spotted our featured HR Premier station wagon, and with copious amounts of adrenaline flowing, a bidding war ensued.

Daniel picked up the latest addition to his collection on July 19. It had been hiding away in an Auckland garage for some time, and although the previous owner had kept it well-maintained cosmetically, the car was in need of some serious mechanical attention.

Have a look at a few additional photos that didn’t make it into the feature in the January issue of New Zealand Classic Car (Issue No. 313) — grab your copy of the mag here to read the full story.   

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?