Customs and Classics

Cars ahead of their time

Ford Model T

A look at five cars which for one reason or another were head and shoulders head of or at a complete tangent to the rest of the industry.

Galaxie a curious beast

Ford named this model the Galaxie to tap into the hysteria surrounding the space race in the US at the time.

This big classic Ford is space-race inspired and appropriately named Galaxie.

Old Morris easy to work on

The 1951 Morris Minor in all its glory.

No computers, or modern technology endears a 1951 Morris Minor Lowlight to Timaru's Jim Macdonald.

'Extraordinary' movie car for sale

Captain Nemo's six-wheeled Nautilus car from Sean Connery's adventure movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Here's a rare chance to buy an "extraordinary" car.

$460,000 wreck destined for greatness

Hamilton business man Tom Andrews has his recently purchased 1937 Bugatti under wraps until a presentation reveal at his Classics Museum in Hamilton.

A rare 1937 Bugatti that spent decades in a barn could be rebuilt to the standard of its $40m cousin by a Hamilton car enthusist.

Milestone Corvette being restored video

Raw footage of Chevrolet's one-millionth Corvette being restored after it plunged 10 metres down a sinkhole in 2014.

The crumpled wreckage of the one-millionth Corvette is well on its way back to museum quality.

Reunited with beloved stolen car, 43 years later

Terry Dietrich with the 1972 Corvette Stingray that was stolen from her more than 40 years ago.

It is an "awesome day" as a Corvette Stingray stolen in 1972 is returned to its owner.

'Unprecedented' car collection being sold

Some of the vehicles in The Portfolio Collection being sold at auction.

A stunning collection of iconic classic cars and supercars expected to fetch over NZ$100m when they are auctioned.

Five fab mid-engined fours

Lotus Elise

If you can't wait for the Alfa Romeo 4C to arrive there are a few other classic choices to consider.

Cruising in a 1964 Hillman Super Minx

"I enjoy the simplicity of the Humber and Hillman family," says Ann.

Although lacking in frills, a 51-year-old station wagon is a star performer.

Why classic cars had tailfins

The 1959 Cadillac has fins to fly for.

Space-inspired 1950s styling cues were unlike anything the world had seen.

The $1m car that thinks it's an Aston Martin

Speedback looks like an Aston Martin at a glance, but a little less so when you focus on it.

Is this quirky, Jag-powered faux-Aston worth a million dollars?

Shelby Cobra tops car auction gallery

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster sells for US$1,000,000 at the Mecum Muscle Car Auction in Indianapolis.

A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster stole the show at a massive muscle car auction in the US.

Best Carroll Shelby cars

1964-65 Shelby Daytona.

Shelby has made a myriad of cars for Ford (and Chrysler, incidentally) so here's our best of a great bunch.

Most important Chevrolet Corvettes

1963 C2 Corvette Stingray.

Even in lil' old right hand drive New Zealand, Corvettes are not uncommon.

Bill Wyman's cars have stories to tell

The Mercedes-Benz 220 S lost its tinted windows during restoration. Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (behind the wheel) says the 1966 model was the first Benz with such ''privacy glass''

A Festival of Speed auction to feature two cars owned by former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman.

Mike Shaw lives the American dream

The 1974 Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

Mike Shaw is a self-proclaimed lover of cars, and the piece de resistance of his car repertoire is his Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

Theft sets back car project

Geraldine High School students from left, Daniel Stanton, Rowan McCoughan-Galvin and Jordan Ritchie with the vehicle they are doing up for the EVolocity competition which had the front panel stolen off it.

Part stolen off car students are turning into electric vehicle for competition.

Rotank great to fight zombie apocalypse

The public can see Chris Hilton's 1980 Mazda RX7 for free this weekend.

A Mazda RX7 that sports a replica chain gun will be on display for the public this weekend.

Stunning array of muscle cars for auction gallery

A 1967 Shelby 427 CSX3356 that is to go under the hammer at the annual Mecum Musclecarmania auction in the US.

When it comes to musclecarmania it is hard to go past this annual auction in Indianapolis.

Motoring's most expensive auction classics

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

The most valuable new car is worth about $2 million, and if you go for the even more special limited editions you can add quite a bit to that.

'Kontrolled Kaos' a world-class chopper contender

"Kontrolled Kaos" has been dominating custom motorcycle shows in the US.

You could say that US custom motorcycle builder Larry Moore is on a roll with his latest creation.

Car museum adds modern classics

Southward Car Museum manager John Southward with a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo that is being added to the collection.

Lamborghini, Shelby Mustang and a Ferrari to join vintage collection at Southward museum.

Rare 'barn find' Bentley sells for $1.47m

This rare 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback might be worth over NZ$2m when it's restored.

An extremely rare 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback "barn find" has sold for nearly NZ$1.5m.

1973 E-Type comes out of hiding

This dust-covered 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Manual Roadster is headed for auction in the UK.

An incredibly original 1973 Jaguar E-Type has been taken out of hiding in Britain to be sold at auction.

Fords run in the family gallery

15042015 News. Photo: Mytchall Bransgrove/Fairfax NZ.
Me and my car, South Canterbury Herald. Grant Mehrtens and his 1959 Ford Skyliner.
Reporter: Nick Truebridge

Fords run in Grant Mehrtens' family: his father was into them and "his father before him".

Oh Mr Sandman, bring me a dream...

For 2015 Sandman livery will only extend to Sportwagon and ute offerings, though someone is bound to try a panelvan van conversion on the latter.

Forty years on from the original, the Holden Sandman returns in wagon and ute forms, but sadly not to New Zealand.

Harry Duynhoven's motoring loves

New Plymouth District Councillor Harry Duynhoven is well-known for his love of Volkswagen vehicles.

New Plymouth District Councillor Harry Duynhoven is an avid VW enthusiast from way back -  but did you know he is also a devoted Porsche man?

Here for the love of Healeys

Brian Stevenson, left, with his Austin Healey 1958 BN6L 100/6 and Geoff Golding with his 1955 BN2 100/4 Austin Healey.

The distinct sound of more than 90 Austin Healeys will be heard throughout Nelson over Easter weekend.

Italian Job Lambo comes out of hiding

In the movie the Lamborghini was pushed off a cliff to oblivion, in reality it was a plastic dummy.

Around $2m paid for a Lamborghini Miura movie star car that has resurfaced after 46 years.

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