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Those Swedes know how to keep a secret

6 June, 2017

It feels like every second story in motoring news is a manufacturer telling us they’ve broken a record at the Nurburgring.

Fastest lap while carrying a ballon as a passenger? That’ll be a press release. Quickest rear wheel drive car with sixteen seats and less than 200 horsepower? That’s a press release, too.

So when we heard a little manufacturer named Volvo had gone ahead and broken the record (at the time) for a road worthy four door car, we were a bit surprised we hadn’t seen the live stream. We were even more surprised to learn the record was broken a year ago, and they didn’t tell anybody. Nothing like breaking the mould. Nice one Volvo (and Polestar!).



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.