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Some­times you feel like get­ting your hands dirty, but not al­ways. This 1963 Corvette by AMT lets you achieve your de­sire to work on the Amer­i­can icon, while let­ting you keep a cup of tea and a heater within arm’s reach. The beau­ti­ful 1:25-scale kit boasts ex­cep­tional de­tail, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple en­gine-in­take op­tions, clear red tail lights, stock and cus­tom wheels, retro drag-rac­ing panel de­cals, vin­tage Street Rods Se­ries pack­ag­ing, wa­ter-slide de­cals, and il­lus­trated instructions, all of which will guar­an­tee to keep idle hands at work for many hours. Our give­away this month is a stun­ning or­ange Fair­lady Z. Call it a ‘Datsun’ or a ‘Nis­san’, call it a ‘240Z’, call it a ‘Fair­lady’, this Ja­panese icon is now a main­stay among a dif­fer­ent breed of clas­sic car lovers, ones who look to the land of the ris­ing sun for some of the ahead-of-their-time en­gi­neer­ing the Ja­panese were putting out in the 1960s and ’70s. The Fair­lady pre­sented an in­ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tive to the Euro­pean MG, Tri­umph, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo sports cars. The line be­gan with the 1959 S211, and con­tin­ued through 1970 with the SP311 and SR311 lines. In Ja­pan, it rep­re­sented one of three core prod­ucts of­fered by Nis­san at Ja­panese Nis­san deal­er­ships called ‘Nis­san Shop’, along­side the Datsun Truck and the Datsun 1000. Paul New­man started his rac­ing in a Fair­lady, with a good win­ning record in class. The MSRP (Man­u­fac­turer’s Sug­gested Re­tail Price) was less than an MGB, but had a po­tent 1982cc over­head-cam en­gine with dual Su-type side-draught carbs and a five-speed trans­mis­sion, all of which meant the Fair­lady had the per­for­mance and pedi­gree the MGB could only dream of.


Le Mans 1966 went down in Kiwi and Ford his­tory as the best ever, when Bruce Mclaren and Chris Amon took out first place, with Denny Hulme in se­cond along­side Ken Miles. All the Ki­wis achieved the feat in the cock­pit of a GT40. So, of course, it’s easy to for­get that there were plenty of other peo­ple in the race, in­clud­ing Jacky Ickx and Jochen Neerpasch in the No. 60 car. The Es­sex Wire Cor­po­ra­tion car un­for­tu­nately didn’t get across the fin­ish­ing line in 1966, man­ag­ing just 27th be­fore re­tir­ing. Stock ver­sions of the Fair­lady would climb up to 200kph, with race ver­sions of­ten hit­ting up­wards of 240kph.

To win this month’s prize, sim­ply an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion and send your answers by email to ed­i­tor@clas­s­ic­, or by post to PO Box 46,020, Herne Bay, Auck­land. En­tries close Au­gust 18.

Q: Name the iconic Bri­tish car the Fair­lady was likened to when it was re­leased in 1969.

All these mod­els are avail­able at good model shops. Visit toy­, or call 09 527 0122 for your near­est re­tailer.

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