ED­I­TORS’ PICK HIS­TORIC I A40 FA­RINA

1960

New Zealand Classic Car - - TRADE PROFESSIONALS - CLAS­SI­FI­CA­TIONS: ALLCOMER SA­LOON CLAS­SI­FI­CA­TION ‘S’ OSCA CLAS­SI­FI­CA­TION ‘S’ HILL­CLIMB SPE­CIAL COD SCHED­ULE ‘K’ LOG­BOOK 1344 VE­HI­CLE MOD­I­FI­CA­TION DEC­LA­RA­TION ROLL CAGE NZ132 ROAD LEGAL (REGO ON HOLD)

f you’ve al­ways had an yen to go clas­sic-car rac­ing in some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent that also boasts a long rac­ing ca­reer in this coun­try, then read on. This his­toric 1960 Austin A40 Fa­rina was born in Eng­land, one of 14,634 built. It was first reg­is­tered in New Zealand in 1961, and sur­vived 11 pri­vate own­ers as well as serv­ing as a trav­eller’s car for Farm­ers Co-op Haw­era and Sy­den­ham Park Car Sales in Christchurch. The car was re­built as a race- and road-legal com­pe­ti­tion car in 1965, and is pow­ered by a Lo­tus twin-cam 1650cc en­gine — com­plete with gen­uine L block and big-valve head — mated to a five-speed gear­box with short-throw shifter and al­loy bell hous­ing. To en­sure that all power is ef­fec­tively de­liv­ered to the rear wheels, a Ford 315 limited slip dif­fer­en­tial has been fit­ted, and Es­cort quick-rack steer­ing takes care of chang­ing di­rec­tion. Four-wheel disc brakes with four-pot cal­lipers pro­vide the stop­ping power, whilst a MANZap­proved roll cage pro­vides ad­di­tional driver safety re­quired when rac­ing, along with an Au­tosport seat. The A40 Fa­rina body has been com­pletely seam welded for ad­di­tional strength, and in­cludes alu­minium body pan­els along with the cus­tom­made front ‘nose’ to help keep weight to a min­i­mum. This clas­sic race car’s in­cred­i­ble his­tory has seen it com­pete at events and race tracks all over the coun­try since 1965 — in­clud­ing When­u­a­pai, Pukekohe, Hamp­ton Downs, Bay Park, Taupo, Af­ter 30 en­joy­able years of own­er­ship, health rea­sons force the re­gret­ful sale of this iconic clas­sic race car. The price — com­plete with trailer, parts and pa­per­work — can be dis­cussed with the owner. Ph. 04 385 2334 or email lo­tus­fa­rina@gmail.com.

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