Customs and Classics

95-year-old still motoring in her 1969 Mini

Happy birthday: Rose Oakley took her trusty car to the Seven Oaks conference centre in Timaru for her recent birthday celebration.

Rose Oakley has owned her Morris Mini since 1969 and the trusty steed is still ferrying her around.

Pimp My Ride secrets revealed

Inside a customised car.

Broken cars, features removed after filming and fabricated background stories are just some of the Pimp My Ride horror stories revealed this week.

The $210,000 Kombi

Shannons Auctions sold a rare Volkswagen Kombi van for $202,000.

Classic van fetches record price in Melbourne auction.

Taranaki homecoming for old Chevrolet

Auckland couple Anne and Martin Perkinson with their 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe.

A 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe is back home in Taranaki for this year's Americarna.

Classy classic wheels gallery

STYLISH: Peter Rowe of Levin with his 1950 Riley RMB and Ben, his wire-haired terrier.

More than 380 classic cars were on show in Shannon at the weekend

Bevan's Impala redefines the meaning of big

Like the look: The classic Impala grille.

Everything about Bevan Chapman's 1962 Chevrolet Impala is larger than life.

Ron and his green rolling Chevy lounge suite

Due to the width of the Biscayne’s rear,  Ron Berry named the Chevy FAB58 – an acronym for Fat Ass Bitch.

Americarna inspires another US car fan to reconnect with the classic car scene.

McCashins to restore old brewery truck

Scott McCashin, left, Dean McCashin, Barry Galbraith, Graham Boland, and Tony Frost on McCashin Brewery’s 1964 Leyland truck, which they want to restore.

A piece of Stoke's brewing history is about to be restored and the community's help is needed to get it back on the road.

Tiki-touring tuk-tuk ticked off

ROAD TRIP: Adnaan Narot is travelling from Christchurch to Auckland by tuk-tuk for the New Zealand premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on February 22

An Indian tuk-tuk on a tiki tour from Christchurch to Auckland got a tut-tut from a Nelson city parking warden.

Chrysler Valiant arrived in a veil of blue smoke

Old school: The 1971 Chrysler Valiant Pacer.

Owen Dorsey likes his cars to stand out.

This classic Chevrolet gets out on road

In good nick: Apart from a little rust, the Impala was in good condition when it was purchased by Findlay.

Brent Findlay is all about driving his restored vehicles, rather than having them sit in the garage and look good.

Hot rod diamond is this girl's best friend

Sharon Gill's 1933 Ford Tudor.

Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend, obviously never owned a hot rod.

The ultimate Valentine's Day gift gallery video

Returned to its former glory, ‘The Landy’ is handed over to group of friends by Land Rover New Zealand to allow them to continue their adventures.

Land Rover has turned a heart-warming New Zealand online auction into the ultimate Valentine's Day gift.

Jags made from scratch in Gore

Coventry Classics Ltd engineer Evan Henderson, left, and Coventry Classics Ltd owner Mark Paterson, right, with the Jaguar C-Type cars they built from scratch, which are exact reproductions of the original built in 1951.

Two C-Type Jaguars, made from scratch by a Gore company, are bound for England in the coming weeks. 

Formula One star Ricciardo revels in 'Italian job'

Emerging F1 star delights in chance to drive 42-year-old Alfa Romeo on the route of one of the world's greatest road races.

Does a car's famous owner increase its cost?

The Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Sport bought by Benito Mussolini for his mistress Claretta Petacci.

Adding a celebrity owner is a sure-fire way to increase the sale price.

Lessons learned in school bus conversion

Johnboy Norton's old US schoolbus which he has converted into a mobile home.

Children who once rode in this US school bus could never have imagined that one day it would be somebody's mobile home in NZ.

Classic car restoration hobby goes worldwide on internet

Valenti Classics owners Don Valenti, left, and his son, Steve Valenti, pose for a portrait in the company's showroom.

What started as no more than a hobby 25 years ago as turned into a worldwide classic car restoration business thanks to the internet.

MG's restoration required worldwide parts hunt

Old trusty: After finishing the car late last year, Russell Dale has clocked up over 3000 km and maintenance has not been an issue.

Russell Dale's bright red MG stands out in a garage full of other automotive treasures including a Morris, a Triumph and an Indian.

Barry and Deidre just love Walter and Wanda

Dairy farmers Barry and Deidre Tippett have playfully named as Walter and Wanda their hopped-up 1934 Plymouth Deluxe and all-original 1935 De Soto - and further refer to them as boyfriend and girlfriend.

Meet Walter and his girlfriend, Wanda.

Three classics sold for one cool gas-guzzling Dodge

Up for the Challenge: Wayne Sinclair sold three other classic cars to make way for his 1971 Dodge Challenger.

Cool classic Dodge Challenger has an outrageous colour to much some equally outrageous fuel consumption.

Making sparks fly gallery

Andrew Larsen has the only remaining Leyland P76 from the Benson and Hedges 1000 series.

Sole surviving Leyland P76 racer from NZ's B and H 1000 series still making sparks fly as it powers into its fifth decade of racing.

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.

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