Saturday, February 23, 2019

British & European Car Day 2019...(4).

LHD Triumph TR3 leaves the event.

One of the most stylish cars to come out of Britain.
The Rover 3.5 Coupe.
The 3 litre coupe was a nice car, but the addition of the V8 engine and those Rostyle wheels made it almost perfect.

Beautiful 1956 Mk 1 Ford Zephyr.
When I was a kid, my dad had one of these in this same colour.

Jaguar's E type is a British icon.

1939 MG TB in an unusual colour.

Later Jaguar sports models never had quite the same impact as the original E types.

The Fiat 500 was a common town run-about, but have now become quite rare and almost unaffordable.
This is a "D" model with its rear hinged doors.

2000 Bentley Arnage Turbo has conservative, but pleasing lines.

Sunbeam, Austin, Vauxhall, Ford.

To many, the 993 version of Porsche's 911, was the ultimate model.
It was the last to be powered by the Porsche flat six in air-cooled form.

Humber 80 series 3b is a re-badged version of the Hillman Minx. Both models were sold in NZ.
The Singer Gazelle, on the right, is a later development of the same body with 1600cc engine (as opposed to 1500) and 13 inch wheels (as opposed to 15 inch). The body has a more modern look with its less pronounced rear wings and the loss of the wrap around rear screen.

1955 Humber 80 is also a re-badged version of the Hillman Minx of that time.
This is a 1955 model which should have the 1390cc engine, but I see this example is listed as 1440cc.

1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II  looks similar as the Silver Cloud I, but has the 6230cc V8 engine.

Fiat X1/9 was a superb little mid-engine sports car.
I worked for a Fiat dealer when these came out and a drive of the very first one to arrive.
I remember being impressed by the excellent handling.

1956 Ford Zephyr Mk 2.
'56 was the first year of the Mk 2 with its 2553cc 6 cylinder engine, enlarged from the Mk1s 2262cc.

British & European Car Day 2019...(3).

Nearest the camera, a 1987 version of Citroen's remarkable 2CV, which was built from 1948 to 1990.
In the background is a Dyane, which was Citroen's attempt to modernise the 2CV. These had a shorter lifespan, only being built between 1967 and 1983.

1965 Ford Cortina Estate looks fairly original, apart from the super wide wheels.

Rover P6B in Mexican Brown.

BMW Isetta with its front entry door.

Jaguar Mk VII looks like it may be freshly painted.

A quintet of Traction-Avants.

Citroen BX 19.
This one is a 1908cc petrol version.

1937 Vauxhall DX and from the same stable a Bedford, built some 42 years later.

1951 Austin A40, once a very common car.

Series V Sunbeam Rapier next to an earlier convertible version,
 identifiable by its slightly different frontal treatment and its 15 inch wheels.

Two examples of the Austin Healey 3000.

Two examples of the Ford Popular.
One standard and one significantly modified !

Triumph's GT6 (nearest the camera) was a six cylinder development of the Spitfire, which was sold here in reasonable numbers.
The Lotus Elan, however was always a rare car in NZ.

This mid sized saloon from BMC was built in Wolseley and MG forms.
This one is a Wolseley 4/44. Engine was 1250cc with a column change 4 speed.

Friday, February 22, 2019

British & Eurpean Car Day 2019...(2)

1965 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

2010 Morgan Plus 4.
The four seater Morgans are not as common as the two seaters and somehow just don't look quite as balanced.

1980 Ford Escort Estate.
A nice tidy example of a once reasonably common wagon.

1967 Ford Corsair Crayford Convertible is rare in NZ.

My first car was a series 3a Rapier, but I've always liked the slightly
 later series 5 models with the 13 inch wheels and the 1725cc engine.

The big Vauxhalls were quite a luxurious carriage and not common now.
1929 Vauxhall 20/60 Bedford Saloon.

1957 F model Vauxhall Victor has definite US influence in its styling.

The FB Vauxhall Victors weren't a bad car in their day, but what a pity NZ only got bench front seats with 3 speed column change whereas bucket seats and four on the floor was offered as an option on the home market.

Three Humbers from the same era.
A '54 Hawk, '55 Hawk and '57 Super Snipe.
The Hawks were powered by the 2267cc ohv four, whereas the Snipe used the 4139cc six.

1938 Citroen Light 12 Coupe.
Not many of these about.

Not British or European, but a lovely car all the same.
1973 Chrysler Valiant Regal Hardtop.

BMW saloon race car

1998 TVR Chimaera, one of Britain's high performance sports cars, built in relatively small numbers.

Monday, February 18, 2019

British & European Car Day 2019...(1)

British Car Day became British & European Car Day as of 2018. It is held at Trentham Park every year on the second Sunday in February.
Ford UK's Zephyr in Mk 3 form was an excellent car for its time.
The standard 4 speed transmission was a major improvement over the earlier models.

Volkswagen type 2 in LHD.

Jaguar's 420G and the earlier, almost identical Mk X, was an imposing beast.
Its sheer size (especially width) caused many Jaguar fans to choose smaller models

Volkswagen's 1500 Beetle was the best of them in my book, alongside a Karmann-Ghia version.

Rover rears.

Ford's Mk1 Zephyr had a 2.2 litre engine driving through a 3 speed box.
The Mk3 (in this instance a Zodiac) had 2.5 litres and 4 speeds.

A very nice 1936  14/56 fronted the Wolseley display.

One of the advertising lines for the Leyland P76, in its day, was that a 44gallon drum would fit in the boot.

LHD Triumph TR3, 1963 model.

1974 Ford Cotina 2.0 litre.
Once a very common car on NZ roads.

1975 Ford Escort 1300.
A much better choice than the 1100 model which was under powered  and uneconomical.

When Mercedes Benz put the 3500cc V8 into the 280SE coupe body
(which was originally fitted with the 2800cc straight 6) , they chose to call it 280SE 3.5, rather than 350SE.
This is a 1971 model.

1987 Mercedes Benz 260SE.
I've always liked this model, but I wonder if the 2.6 motor might be a little short on power for this body.