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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.   

Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

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.