321st issue and past issues
— Here at last! The eagerly awaited and muchpublicized Jaguar XKSS was recently delivered to its new Kiwi owner, Michael Giltrap. The keys were handed over at an unveiling by John Edwards, head of Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations, who was in New Zealand to personally deliver the car. Of the initial 25 cars, 16 made it into the original 1957 production run, and nine were lost in a factory fire. A second production run last year produced the remaining nine — each has sold for over £1M.
— The world’s first-ever Mini convertible was the idea of David Mcmullan and Jeffrey Smith, who formed Crayford with a joint investment of £20 and a toolbox each. The first Mini was launched to the national press on June 3, 1963, in the Dailymail motoring page. It was a success, and, very soon, dealers were taking orders to convert used cars. Our feature Crayford Mini has been meticulously restored to original condition, and is indeed an extremely rare sight.
— Most will remember the TV series Magnumpi and the red Ferrari 308 GTS that featured in almost every episode. The car covered in next month’s Kits and Pieces isn’t one of them but a recreation built in Taranaki using a few genuine Ferrari parts. You’d be excused for thinking it’s the real thing, though.