La Lan­cia

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers Writes Letters -

We were sur­prised and de­lighted when we re­ceived an email re­fer­ring to an ar­ti­cle in your magazine ( NZ Clas­sic Car, July 2013) and the ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on a Lan­cia 2000 HF coupé — A Car For All Rea­sons.

We are Ki­wis and the proud orig­i­nal own­ers of this Lan­cia. We loved our car and are thrilled to see she is still loved. It was a very sad day when we had to sell her for a de­posit on our first home.

We or­dered the car from South Africa, two young Ki­wis do­ing the OE thing to save enough for a fancy car, and took de­liv­ery in Rome in April 1973. Rome traf­fic in our brand-new car was a night­mare even in 1973, so we parked her in an un­der­ground car park un­til we left Rome at 4am a week later. I note that the writer, Gor­don Camp­bell, com­mented on the size of the boot — back then, that boot held all the worldly goods — in­clud­ing a gui­tar on the back shelf — of four Ki­wis for three months as we trav­elled through Italy, Greece, Aus­tria, Ger­many, Spain, An­dorra, France and on to the UK in 1973.

The Lan­cia looks as beau­ti­ful as ever, only miss­ing her front bumper. We have lived in Syd­ney since 1980, and thank Brian Tot­ten­ham who re­mem­bered our Lan­cia in Eng­land, and sent emails to mu­tual friends hop­ing to ad­vise us of your ar­ti­cle. We visit New Zealand at least twice a year, and would love to have a look at this old friend. The in­cluded pho­to­graph shows the Lan­cia in Florence, 1973. Si­mon and Mandy Mount­fort, via email

Well, Gor­don got that one right! Talk about bou­quets and brick­bats! We’ve al­ready passed Si­mon and Mandy’s de­tails over to Alex Carteroni and, hope­fully, there’ll be a happy re­union the next time the Mount­forts visit NZ. AGW

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