Our mystery this month brings us a little closer to home, with a production line dating back to 1957. What is the vehicle being assembled, and what is the story behind this picture? Send your solution to editor@ classiccar.co.nz, or mail to Mystery Car 261, November 2017, New Zealand Classic Car, PO Box 46 020, Herne Bay, Auckland by mid December. Our Mystery last month, the just pre-war fastback coupé, was a one-off project from HRG in England, the 1938 HRG Airline coupé. It seems this rather pretty little car was a pet project of the HRG company’s chief designer, Major Edward Halford. It was based on a widened HRG special ladder-type chassis with cross bracing, using a Triumph Dolomite/gloria engine/gearbox instead of the regular HRG’S Meadows engine. The body evolved from an Airline coupé body fitted to a Pa-series MG Midget, originally an HW Allingham–designed body built by Carbodies as fitted to the PA Midget. One source says the coupé part of the body came from the PA Airline Midget, though from personal observation it is certainly not the same — it’s noticeably different in the sunroof to the 1934–’5 Airline PA that has been in our family for some 50 years. The longer bonnet of the HRG and long front wings were built by a different coachbuilder, Crofts of Croydon. To a critical eye they are perhaps too long, as it somehow unbalances the lines a little. The special HRG coupé was eventually sold in Britain, but finally ended up in the USA. In 2000 it was given a thorough and sympathetic restoration in the USA, well documented in several articles that recount in considerable detail the pitfalls of one-off vehicle restorations — the best article is from the February 2013 issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car. The body in particular, though clearly based on the MG PA version of the Airline body, has several subtle variations necessitated by being installed on a different chassis by Crofts, the alternative coachwork company. Our thanks should go both to the long-time owners who kept the car together, and the restoration experts who made such a good job of bringing it back to life again. Writing to an early deadline, I have no recent info on the winner of the last Mystery Car — we will catch up next time, all being well.