Customs and Classics

Driven to restore Daimlers

Ian Price, right, and step-son Matthew with Ian's Daimler SP250 (Dart) and Daimler 250.

An obsession with old British cars lead to an Upper Hutt man restoring two Daimler saloons.

Car collectors seek one-off models in quest for exclusivity

ONE AND ONLY: Alfa Romeo TZ 3 Corsa (left) and Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ are seen in a barn of collector Martin Kapp in Coburg, Germany. Kapp gestures towards the sleek red Italian sports car secure in the knowledge there is not another exactly like it in the world.

The desire to own something that is one-off appears to be on the increase in the car collecting scene.

Returned after 28 years

RETURNED: A screen grab of the 1967 Ford Mustang that has been returned to its owner after being stolen in 1986.

Some gifts shouldn't wait for Christmas - just ask Lynda Alsip about her Mustang that was stolen in 1986.

Yours for a cool $2.26m

ON LINE SALE: A white Ferrari Testarossa that starred in the TV series, Miami Vice.

If you have a vice for Ferraris then the iconic car driven by TV cops "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs is just your ride.

Ferrari had two lives

Dana Mecum poses with his 1954 Ferrari 250 Monza on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Who wouldn't want to live a double life? Perhaps it's the same for cars.

Wrecked Ferrari GTO restored

STUNNING: The rare and extremely valuable Ferrari 250 GTO repaired and restored after a racetrack crash in 2012.

One of the world's rarest and most valuable cars has been restored to its former glory after a racetrack crash two years ago.

Lamborghini 'Phwoar'

Lamborghini's iconic Countach was the poster child for 1970s supercars.

The Lamborghini Countach was the poster child for 1970s supercars.

Holden fan fizzing

A beauty: The restored 1969 Holden Monaro HT won by Aucklander Richard Grey.

Christmas has arrived early for devoted Holden fan Richard Grey.

Restored and ready to race again

New Plymouth businessman Steve Day has recently completed the restoration of his historic 1959 Briggs Mercury V8 Special race car.

One of New Zealand's oldest race cars is returning to the track.

Burt selling his 'Bandit' Trans Am

THE BANDIT: Burt Reynolds is selling the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that was a promotional vehicle for his comedy Smokey and the Bandit.

In some famous movies, the cars became as popular as the stars — and now one of those cars has come up for auction.

Holy Batmobile bargain, Batman!

The 1963 Batmobile is shown in this photo released by Heritage Auctions, December 5, 2014. The earliest known officially licensed car of comic book superhero Batman is up for auction on Saturday. The 1963 Batmobile is believed to be the first custom car to be licensed as Batman's swanky ride

Keen fan of caped crusader snaps up his original wheels for unbelievable price.

The day the motor age rumbled into town

Before traffic lights and congestion: Horses and carts used to clop up and down Willis St, central Wellington in 1900, but the car was coming to change things.

With a few rolls around a Manners St theatre in 1898, Wellington entered the motor age.

Replica Ferrari fools most gallery

Ross McCall with his home built Ferrari 308.

Taranaki-built Ferrari 308 replica built from a formulation of parts over a "slow nine year period".

A spin back in time

BACK IN TIME: Claire Mae Blasingame, 91, drives the 1937 Ford Coupe that she learned to drive in when she was 13 with her 15-year-old grandson.

Clara Blasingame shot back almost eight decades as she scooched behind the wheel of an adorably forlorn 1937 Ford coupe.

Rat rod reflects personality gallery

Steve Cashin Replica Durant

Steve Cashin had never built a car before embarking on his rat rod dream.

Fabulous Ferrari gallery

Classic: Rod Tempero's replica 1962 250 FTO Ferrari.

Rod Tempero has built plenty of cars over the years, but his latest project may be his finest yet.

Rodder has his dream car gallery

Shane Dumbell's 1932 roadster.

Shane Dumbell has a couple of hot items in his Taranaki garage but neither are of the illegally obtained variety.

Downsizing auction nets $14.5m gallery

This 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe Custom sold for US$253,000 at the Sam Pack Collection auction in Dallas, Texas.

Customs, concepts and classics net $14.5m as American car collector downsizes.

Part of the family gallery

Brian Goodhue's 1964 VW Kombi.

With their peace, love and Volkswagen Kombi van the spirit of the 60s is alive and well in the Goodhue household.

A duct-taped dreamboat

THE TERMITE TAXI: Tevie Smith revels in the deplorate state of his 1947 Chrysler.

Some cars probably deserve to be put out of their misery. Then there is the "Termite Taxi."

It's green for go gallery

Graham Stubbs' 1952 Chevrolet DeLuxe.

You will be green with envy when you catch a glimpse at what Graham Stubbs is driving.

Classic car tourers rev it up


A convoy of classic Austin-Healey sports cars has made its way through Marlborough and is now gathering attention in Nelson.

Goddess will soon be 60


In the absence of a 2015 Paris Motor Show, the 60th birthday party of France's greatest car will be in London.

Motoring down memory lane


If you are a Kiwi moving into the more mature years, there's a place in England that is a treasure-trove of motoring memories.

Rare Mercedes-Benz revealed


Priceless Mercedes-Benz roadster found in Australia is the world's only example.

Pump and dump


Low and slow is not about tough terrain for his Toyota Hilux.

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