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This month in Classic Car

26 September, 2019



October’s New Zealand Classic Car is on sale now. This month, one of the great classic cars on a beauty per dollar basis, the MGA, graces our cover. We’ve often said MGs are great way to get into classic cars because they are usable, well supported by other enthusiasts, they are robust and parts are readily available and not expensive.


When it comes to using a classic it doesn’t get better than the Peking to Paris rally… at least you can read about it this month.


Garry Boyce describes this ultimate bucket list adventure.


Part one is in our October issue, on sale now, and part two will be published next month.


Also in this issue, a very tasteful hack which created New Zealand’s poshest ute — a Daimler!

D22 - Daimler Ute - Just restored in 2019.jpg

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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.