Customs and Classics

1966 Shelby replicas planned

US-based company has been granted the rights to build authentic 1966 Shelby GT350 replicas.

Florida-based company secures a license to produce replica classic Shelby Mustangs.

Herbie's hot price a Beetle record

The 1963 Volkswagen Beetle that starred as "Herbie" in two Love Bug movies.

An iconic movie car from the 70s and 80s has been sold for a record price for its model.

Big price for iconic Disneyland car

This Disneyland PeopleMover has sold for over NZ$700,000.

A car from Disneyland's long-running PeopleMover has sold at a Los Angeles auction for NZ$723,500.

An American beauty in Taupo

They’ve matched the Dodge with a replica retro-style wooden speedboat reminiscent of the pre-fibreglass runabouts manufactured in the 1930s by the Dodge Boat Works. Shawn says the sight of the Dodge launching the boat always creates a crowd at the boat ramp.

A divine Dodge is diverted from drag racing by two devotees.

Classic Mazda rotary gets boost

The Mazda Cosmo introduced the Wankel engine to the automotive world.

With Mazda confirming its rotary revival plans, we drive the Japanese car maker's original sports car.

Restoration or replica?

Does an E-Type built by Jaguar decades after the original count as the real deal?

Some factories are building brand new old-timers - are they authentic enough for you?

$1.3m for replica of 1997 sports car

The 1997 Panoz Esperante GTR-1 Le Mans Homologation Special.

A little-known US sports car maker is offering to make replicas of its nearly 20-year-old model for a cool NZ$1.3m.

Aussie Car Muster in NZ

Graeme Scown, left, and Wayne Jacobsen, organisers of the Aussie Car Muster which will be held during the final weekend of November.

Special Taranaki event to highlight Australia's storied vehicle assembly industry and some of the interesting cars that have come from across the Tasman.

Hidden weapons in 007 replica video

Replica missiles emerge from the grille of the James Bond 50th Anniversary Spy Car.

It's a must have Aston Martin - of sorts - for the true James Bond fanatic.

TV's Batmobile designer dies

The George Barris-designed Batmobile, used by actors Adam West and Burt Ward, as Batman and Robin in the 1960s television series.

George Barris, the man who designed some of TV's coolest cars, including the 1960s Batmobile, has died.

Ex-Dodi Fayed Ferrari stolen

This rare 1973 Ferrari 365 Daytona, worth an estimated NZ$2.5m was once owned by Dodi Fayed.

A $2.7 million Ferrari once owned by Princess Diana's boyfriend Dodi Fayed has benn stolen in Melbourne.

A classic car mystery

Peter Mullin, owner of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, poses for a portrait next to his 1937 Delahaye Type 145, V-12 Grand Prix race car.

Historians and two elderly car collectors argue over who actually owns "the car that beat Hitler".

An expensive Bugatti masterpiece

The Bugatti Type 57 S Atlantic.

The story behind what could be the world's most expensive motor car.

Ken Block's tyre-shredding Ford Escort video

Ken Block's 1978 Ford Escort Mk II RS.

Kiwi rallying fans will rejoice in Ken Block's latest choice for his tyre-shredding Gymkhana series.

Dark days for BTTF DeLorean video

DeLorean in full Back To The Future body addenda.

October 21, 2015 is when Marty McFly's DeLorean arrives in the future in the Back To The Future movies. But looking back is not always fun.

Welcome to 'Munro's Shed'

Terry Dalton has an impressive collection in his man cave, including the trailer (top) Burt Munro used to tow his motorcycle in the 1960s.

There aren't many men who can claim to hang a piece of world history in their man cave.

Fangio Ferrari to cost a fortune

Only four of these 1956 Ferrari 290 MMs were ever built.

A whopping price predicted for a 1956 Ferrari built for a F1 racing legend.

Motorcycle bits fetch $1.1m

Gary Ross's passion for Brough Superior motorcycles has paid off.

Motorcycle spare parts accumulated by a Sydney enthusiast have sold at auction in the UK for more than NZ$1m.

Modern classic: Holden Commodore VB

Holden's first Commodore, the VB, was a melting pot of European influences.

The Commodore hasn't always been all-Australian. We remember the original VB model.

Rare, beautiful and very expensive gallery

A 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.

Would you pay NZ$23.5 million for this Aston Martin?

GM employees collect cars

When Jane Wells' father mentioned that he was thinking of selling the family's 1955 Bel Air, the GM powertrain calibration specialist promptly told him that if he sold it, she was going with it. Now she says she strives to help create vehicles that bring the same sense of joy and excitement that she feels every time she drives her iconic Bel Air.

The people who work for car companies don't just build, design and develop cars from 9-5. 

From rust to Monza red

Front view of the Sprite manufactured in Australia.

When Ross Luscombe first bought his 1964 Austin Healey Sprite, it was almost in two pieces.

Building Ferraris in a hen house gallery

Building cars like this 250 GTO Ferrari is something that inspires him and keeps him working late into the night. He believes the sports racing cars of the 1950s and €™60s are in a class that cannot be matched by anything made today. “The vehicles in that era had a coolness about them because they’re one-offs and because the people who owned them could walk the walk. That’s what made them cool. Steve McQueen raced his own cars in films and on the track. So did James Garner and Paul Newman. The people who have that kind of money these days are not cool.

Don't let the chickens fool you - this Oamaru lifestyle block is home to some of NZ's most expensive custom-made cars.

Modern classic: Subaru Outback

Original Subaru Outback of 1994 broke new ground, but only metaphorically.

In 1994, Subaru created a genre that's now threatening to take over the automotive world.

What will Malcolm Bricklin do next?

The Bricklin SV-1 - a so-called safety sports car that was neither safe nor sporty.

He may be "somewhat of a visionary", but he also sold the "worst car in the world" to the Americans.

Shelby magic recreated

All six original Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupes on the grid at Goodwood.

A never-before-seen collection of Shelby Cobra Daytona coupes has headlined a classic car festival in the UK.

Modern classic: Audi RS2

Audi's now-classic RS2 from 1994.

Want to know where Audi's obsession with super-practical supercars started? Here, with the 1994 RS2.

Old hog makes $674,800 video


Rusty, dusty, unrestored 90-year-old Harley-Davidson with dented wheels and flat tyres sells for NZ$674,800 in Melbourne.

Fancy a famous psychedelic Porsche?

A file photo of Janis Joplin with her psychedelic Porsche.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me, a Porsche 356?

General Lee with flag off to auction

A Dodge Charger "General Lee'' that starred in the Dukes of Hazzard.

One of the many old Dodge Chargers that starred as the General Lee in the 1970s-era TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, is coming to auction.

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