Monday, May 23, 2011

More From the Roadside

Harbour City Funeral Services in Lower Hutt run this 1936 Packard funeral Coach. A real head-turner where ever it goes.

In February 2008 I again attended the British Car Day at Trentham. Whilst wandering back to Upper Hutt to meet up with my wife who went shopping, I came across this 1958 Edsel Citation in Burger King's carpark.

It's nice to see a 1956 Chev that hasn't got mag wheels or a supercharger protruding through the bonnet (hood).
This sedan parked outside a bar in Greytown.

A nice tidy Volkswagen Kombi from 1964 parked at Eastbourne in the Wellington area. I worked for a VW dealer many years ago; firstly as a mechanic and later as Spare Parts Manager, so I still appreciate a well cared for example.

A 1955 Ford Ranchwagon is parked in Alicetown, Lower Hutt near a motor garage which specialises in classic cars.

The "S" model was always my favourite of the BMW air-cooled boxer. This tidy 1977 R100S was parked at the railway station in Upper Hutt.

Palmerston North is where I took this snap of a 1937 Hudson Terraplane. Obviously needing new paint, but roadworthy so a good starting point for a restoration.

The Australian Holden is a very common car on NZ roads, but an EH in this condition  is rare. The EH was from the 1964 model year, but this one (which resides in my hometown) is actually registered as a '63, so must have been an early example.

Kerry Dudson of Carterton has a large collection of classic cars, ranging from rusty relics to pristine restorations. This is his 1951 Mercury with oversize wheels and tyres to cope with the 302 Windsor under the bonnet.

Parked outside the Masterton Animal Hospital is this 1970 Chrysler Valiant Regal hardtop. The Australian built Chryslers were common in NZ as four door sedans and station wagons, but the hardtops were produced in far less numbers. The body was virtually identical to the American built Dodge Dart, but as far as I know the Australian had the 318cu in V8 as it's largest engine choice whereas the Americans went far larger.

This 2001 Lamborghini Diablo was parked at the side of a rural road near Greytown. I wasn't aware just how low these are until I stood beside this one. To be exact official height is 1105mm (43.5ins). That's only slightly above my waist and I'm only 1740mm (68.5ins).

At the 2010 Vintage Harvest in Carterton, this 2009 Morgan Aero was parked amongst the entrants. "Outstanding in it's field", one might say.

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