Customs & Classics

Bel Air is the prince

Allan Simons with his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Allan Simons knows there are no age restrictions when it comes to car enthusiasm.

Black Pearl wins 'Goodguys'

James Hetfield's Black Pearl

This Euro-American custom blend crafted for Metallica's James Hetfield has taken America's most sought-after hot rod gong.

Mustangs rule

Mustang enthusiasts Gary Fraser with his 1966 Notchback original and Carl Hinton with his 2006 Roush Stage 3.

Finding common ground with in-laws is often an arduous challenge, but not for one family who share a mutual passion for Mustangs.

Rally inspires restoration

1972 volkswagen Beetle 1302

After 15 years of restoration work, Don Martin's 1972 Volkswagen Beetle is almost ready for it's debut.

A Minor love affair

Marie Hunneyball

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When it comes to selecting a vehicle, Marie Hunneyball will opt for history over modern luxuries every time.

From wreck to wonderful

1941 741B Indian

Larry Moolenaar's 1941 741B Indian wasn't much to look at when he first came across it.

Cruising Chev delights

Ian Carter's 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

Ian Carter isn't worried his classic Chev isn't the quickest of its vintage. He's just happy to have it.

Worth waiting for

Mike Hodgkinson and his 1953 Peugeot 203.

When Mike Hodgkinson first laid eyes on his classic Peugeot it was love at first sight -and it was a love worth waiting for.

Rallying to auto history


Looking at the Whites and their veteran vehicle, it is easy to believe the year is 1908.

A part of the family

Denis Adlam

To Denis Adlam his 1939 Citroen Traction Avant Light 12 is more than just a car.

'Beautiful Bugattis'

David Havili

Bugattis of a bygone era, some worth several million dollars, are cruising NZ roads as part of an international rally.

A family affair

Sister and brother, Anna Etheridge (left) and Lloyd Garrick, with their 1932 and 1934 Ford hot rods.

A fascination for all things cars has generations of one New Plymouth family bonding under the bonnet.

Carmel's special ride

Carmel Graham straop

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Stereotypically the expression car enthusiast is used to identify a car-obsessed male.

Elegance on tour

Ivan Fuller plans to take his restored 1958 Porsche on a tour of the South Island.

Ivan Fuller has transformed his Porsche from a rusty hulk to an award winner.

'Moving works of art'

Alan Warner strap

For Alan Warner there is no sweeter sound than the roar of a big-block V8 engine.

A special Corvette

Chris Judd's 1969 Corvette Stingray.

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A standout vehicle in the Corvette Nationals in Taranaki will be a special example owned by Chris Jury.

All fired up

Sunbeam 350hp is fired up.

Sir Malcolm Campbell's record breaking 350hp Sunbeam has been fired up without mishap for the first time in over 50 years.

A car fit for a king

Elvis figurine on dashboard of Wayne McCurdy's 1976 Cadillac Eldorado.

Kiwi's restored 38-year-old "Yank-tank" honours Elvis Presley.

'It's like Peter died again'


Classic car theft leaves Levin widow feeling like she's lost her husband all over again.

Police need help to recover classic car

1965 Mark III Zephyr

Motueka police are searching for a stolen collectible 1965 Mark III Zephyr.

Fake antique sales boom

A 1952 Jaguar C-Type XKC 023 owned by Christian Jenny.

In the 1930s, British sports-car maker MG made exactly 33 K3 open-top race cars. There are more than 100 to choose from now.

Mustang racer replicated

Mike Small's 1967 Mustang which has been turned into a replica of the 1967 Mustang GTA that Australian Ian

A Timaru man who loves driving fast has faithfully replicated a famous Ford Mustang racer.

The $3.5m truck

1960 Commer TS3 three-car transporter

A motor racing enthusiast has paid the extraordinary amount of NZ$3.58 million for the 1960 Commer TS3 three-car transporter for the Ecurie Ecosse race team.

Home Sweet Beetle

Oscar Almaguer lifts the hood of his 1967 Volkswagen Beetle to show some of the belongings he stores there, including a bucket of water for washing, gasoline and a pair of shoes, in Apodaca on the outskirts of Monterrey.

His 1967 VW Beetle may seem battered, but for Oscar Almaguer, 83, it's been home for 10 years.

Great Grilles of the 50s

Five Great Grilles of the 50s

As well as rocketship like fins and long voluptuous bodies, the US cars of the 50s had fascinating front ends.

Kiwi motoring showcased

Studebaker Dictator

Kiwi car lovers can take a drive down memory lane with a new display at Auckland's Motat Museum.

One Volvo, 3 million miles

Irv and his Volvo P1800 on the Seward Highway Alaska.

A 47 year old Volvo clocks its three millionth mile to reach a driving milestone.

Bathurst Falcon tribute

Kiwis build True blue Tru Blue Falcon tribute

True-blue Kiwi motorsport fan builds a tribute Tru Blue Bathurst Falcon.

Famous Datsun being restored

Datsun 240Z rally car being restored.

Nissan's Restoration Club has decided to bring the famous Safari Rally Z back to its original running condition.

Mustangs they never built

Five Mustangs never built.

Here are five Ford Mustangs that were never built.

Smooth lines on vintage ride

Rob Robinson's 1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe.

What you see is what you get as far as Rob Robinson is concerned when referring to his 1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe.

Leather on rubber

Leather-wrapped car.

This Russian custom car fanatic has a leather fetish.

You can't beat the classics

Holden lover Steve Fabish.

Steve Fabish's love affair with all things Holden will probably see him buried in one.

550 replica a small marvel

A replica Porsche 550 Spyder sits on display in the US.

True experience of driving a 1950s racecar is recreated via replica of the rarest and most desired Porsches ever made.

Merc's story Stacks up

Robert Stack's 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.

In 1960 Robert Stack fell in love. Not with a co-star from The Untouchables, but with a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.

Beautifully blended rods

Award-winning US hot rods.

Two top US hot rod awards go to machines that capture the essence of hot rodding's current trend.

Military motors fascinate

Ian Jamieson

It's little wonder that New Plymouth man Ian Jamieson has had a life-long interest in military vehicles.

Staggering auction price

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

Rare Mercedes is now the most expensive car ever sold at auction after someone pays a whopping $NZ38m for it.

Mystery car being restored

1930 GAR Type B5 Roadster

A prominent car museum is racing to restore an obscure 1930 car in time for a big automotive event.

Old truck centre stage in book

Sisters Jennifer Somervell (left) and Margery Fern have combined to produce the children's book based around a 1921 Model 10 Republic truck which used to be on their family farm.

An old farm truck that lay rusting in a NZ shed and survived fire and floods, is capturing the imagination of children in a book.

Beetle among world's best

This restored and modified 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 1200 De Luxe is considered among the best in the world.

Meet the possibly world's best Volkswagen Beetle restoration.

Shared labour of love

Pauline and Noel Jackson's 1968 Dodge Charger.

Customised, pimped out or just simply "bad ass". That's how Noel and Pauline Jackson describe their 1968 Dodge Charger.


The Flintstones

A custom made car used in the 1994 Flintstones movie is among a fleet of celebrity vehicles going under the hammer.

The car that runs on tweets

Tweet car

A team of developers has made a car that runs on social media attention.

Still making a statement

A DeLorean.

Brent and Felecia Lundgren don't need a time machine to visit the 1980s.

Price soars in bidding war

1953 V12 340/375 MM Ferrari Berlinetta.

A Ferrari that competed in the 1953 Le Mans 24-hour race has sold for NZ$14.7m.

'Fast pursuit' police coupe

Triumph TR4 convertible police car.

It was a case of helmet chin straps on as British police hit the streets in two-door convertibles over 50 years ago.

Lou will always be a Falcon man

Lou McCauley, 1971 Ford Falcon

From towing his boat to lugging around 190kg welders, Lou McCauley's 1971Falcon ute has never missed a beat.

This VW needs 'social fuel'

Tweets to power 1967 electric Volkswagen.

An electrified 1967 VW that will only run when its mentioned in social media is to attempt a 1600 kilometre US road trip.

World record Mustang price

1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake

A one-off 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake has sold for a record NZ$1.58m at auction.

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