Posts In: New Zealand Classic Cars

1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser – Surgical Procedure

The road into this story is a long and winding one, which begins when three of the Muir brothers — Tony, Neville, and Guy — began developing a 121-lot subdivision in Ngaio, Wellington, in 1970. Tony initially owned a 1965 Land Rover, and, in 1968, he and Guy purchased two new Austin Gipsys, originally designed as competitors to the Landy. In 1976, the brothers replaced the Gipsys with two new Toyota Land Cruisers (these days referred to as ‘FJ40s’), and, in 1978, the three brothers

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1968 Triumph Herald – Hark This Herald’s Angles Sing

When David Burke-Kennedy went to visit the owner of this beautifully restored Triumph Herald, he was surprised in more ways than one. You can’t help smiling when you reach the end of the long driveway to Andrew Cowsill’s pristine 19th-century house. His shinier-than-new 1968 Triumph Herald sits beaming proudly in front of it — as if to upstage the beautifully restored and landscaped villa. If this was being written for a classic house, garden, and car magazine, you’d be hard-pressed to know which to focus

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1985 Rover 3500 Vanden Plas SD1 – Revolutionary Rover

This Rover SD1 has been part of Michael Ahie’s family since his grandfather drove it o the showroom floor over 30 years ago. He shares the story of returning the Rover to its former glory The bright-metallic-green Rover SD1 looked like something from outer space — well, it did to me when I first saw it at the end of our driveway with my grandfather at the wheel. Growing up in a small rural community in Taranaki in the 1970s, my grandfather’s new Rover SD1

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1986 BMW M635 CSi – Majestic M-Sport

For many classic car enthusiasts, the catalyst for owning a car from a particular marque stems back to the first sighting of that model and the thought, ‘one day I’m going to own one of those’ Phil O’Reilly, the owner of this glorious BMW M635CSi, clearly remembers ogling a blue example at Team McMillan in Remuera Road, Auckland, back in the mid-’80s — a time when red braces and big hair were in, and the world was our oyster. A time when little old New

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Cabriolet – Classic Cabrio

It’s probably fair to assume that the city of Auckland has more classic cars tucked away than any other in the country. Having said that, I reckon on a per-head of population basis many other regions would win the count hands down. Take the South Island as an example, I know it’s made up of several regions, but my guess is there are more classic cars squirreled away in barns, sheds and garages per head of population than just about anywhere else on the planet.

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VW Beetle – The Museum Art Hotel Wellington

For every person we meet and every car we feature in NZCC there is a special story – whether linked to the owner’s past or simply the tale of a burning passion to own a particular classic car. However, this story is particularly interesting because not only does the owner of this fairly radical VW Beetle, Chris Parkin, have a keen interest in classic cars and motorcycles, he is also passionate about art and the Museum Art Hotel which he owns. Late last year we

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1955 FJ Holden Ute – Bangers From A Banger

At NZ Classic Car, we’re always enthused and fascinated by the incredible variety of classic cars that exist in this great country of ours. They range from Austins to Zodiacs, Lamborghinis and Ferraris to Morris Minors and Javelins – and all of them come with their own unique stories and with owners who are equally enthusiastic and passionate about what their favourite marque means to them. Every once in a while a vehicle comes along that we’d consider unusual or unique for whatever reason, such

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