1983 Holden Statesman Deville
Oamaru residents Andrew Watson and Anita Lindsay are working a couple of ongoing projects that should interest our readers. After owning their very original 1983 Holden Statesman Deville for just a short period — and having only driven it six times — its engine developed a rather nasty noise after having a new exhaust fitted.
The initial diagnosis seemed to point to a camshaft or possibly a lifter issue, before further investigation revealed a smashed piston had caused unrepairable damage.
Another 308ci (5.0-litre) Holden V8 engine was purchased, and has been rebuilt and installed into the car. This luxury Aussie classic now runs as good as new, and with an original set of wheel trims fitted, looks every bit as good as it runs.
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Andrew and Anita are also working on their extremely rare 1983 Pontiac Transam 25th Anniversary Daytona 500 Edition. For 1983, Pontiac’s Transam was again chosen to pace the iconic Daytona 500 — with a total of 2500 Limited Edition Transams being subsequently produced in the colours and decal scheme of the actual pace cars. The paint scheme mimicked the 1981 Transam Pace Car graphics, and the total production number also reflected the Daytona 500’s 25th anniversary.
The plan is to semi-restore the Transam back to its original glory, and the couple are in the process of preparing the car for compliance. According to Andrew and Anita, there’s only one other example in the country.