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‘Girly’ hot rod mak­ing de­but at Beach Hop

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Di­a­monds are for­ever, so they say, and Lisa Sawyer has found her ”for­ever car” in a di­a­mond-en­crusted Ford Model A coupe.

Lisa, from Tau­ranga, has been get­ting lots of at­ten­tion in her 1930 coupe with a glam­our theme of “di­a­monds are a girl’s best friend” (made fa­mous by Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s Gentle­men Pre­fer Blon­des char­ac­ter Lorelei Lee).

Lisa has had the car since June af­ter more than a two-year build and is “be­yond rapt” with it. She can’t wait to show it off at the Beach Hop.

“I am over the moon with it and I’m blown away with all the pos­i­tive com­ments and all the won­der­ful feed­back.”

It has a 350cu in Chevro­let mo­tor and was built by a child­hood friend.

Lisa had al­ways loved the smaller Model A shape and is a big Chevy fan.

Ev­ery fea­ture is geared to­wards the “di­a­monds are a girl’s best friend” theme. Lisa wanted it white — dif­fer­ent from the usual brightly coloured hot rod. The paint­work sparkles and the in­te­rior is en­crusted with di­a­mond-look tuft­ing.

Lisa se­lected per­son­alised num­ber plate “A Girls”. She put the word­ing “Di­a­monds are” and “best friend” around it. The car is dec­o­rated with Model A badges and has a retro chilly bin in the back con­tain­ing the bat­tery.

The car has al­ready won the top hot rod accolade at the re­cent New Zealand Hot Rod As­so­ci­a­tion event.

“It was mind­blow­ing, I was up against some re­ally ex­pen­sive cars.

“I didn’t think a girly car would get so much at­ten­tion, women just love it be­cause of the Mar­i­lyn theme but the guys still have re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back. It sur­prises me that guys re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it as well.”

Lisa and Keith at­tend Repco Beach Hop ev­ery year. It co­in­cides with their wed­ding an­niver­sary so it’s a spe­cial time for them.

Keith will be bring­ing his bright blue 1947 Chevro­let coupe too. He bought the car four years ago by chance from a man who had been work­ing on it for 20 years.

“I was fix­ing the guy’s dish­washer and his wife says ‘you don’t know any­one who wants a project, do you?”’ Keith says. He ended up buy­ing the hot rod and fin­ished it him­self.

“What I like about is, it’s dif­fer­ent from oth­ers. I have never seen an­other one the same at a show.”

The Model A will make its first ap­pear­ance at Repco Beach Hop 20 - the third time for the Chevy.

They’ve spent $75,000 on Lisa’s sparkly Model A, but she has no re­grets. “I think it’s go­ing to be my for­ever car.”

 ?? Photo / Re­becca Mauger ?? Lisa Sawyer and her Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe-themed Model A Coupe is mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance at Beach Hop.
Photo / Re­becca Mauger Lisa Sawyer and her Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe-themed Model A Coupe is mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance at Beach Hop.

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