Fords and more – November 2020 issue on sale now

19 October, 2020



From their exotic curved sideglass to their curved everything else the late-50s Alfa Romeo Guilia and Giulietta Sprint Speciales proved automotive exotica weren’t just for the super-rich. Owner of this gorgeous 1962 example, Michael Wyatt, says the lower-powered 1300cc Giulietta is even more special as it really makes the most of this super aerodynamic shape. This month we also feature  one of Ford’s best, the the Mk 11 Capri 2.8i, and we celebrate one of the greatest auto engines of all time, the 6¾-litre V8 in the limited edition 2020 Bentley Mulsanne 6.75, a swansong for 60 years of pace and grace. We also look at a sort of K.I.T.T. car, the Pontiac TransAm, and a car that looks better with each passing year, the Isuzu Piazza.         

Get yours in store now or delivered to your door from – New Zealand Classic Car – Issue 359.

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.