DUZGO: AP­PROVED BY BILLY CON­NOLLY

New Zealand Classic Car - - Trade Professionals -

Lfor some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent? This un­usual-look­ing ve­hi­cle was built in 1978 by Giles En­gi­neer­ing in Whataroa, South West­land. Th­ese lit­tle on-/off-road ve­hi­cles were built for the farm­ing com­mu­nity, and though only two-wheel drive, their range of gear­ing — 12 for­ward and three re­verse — meant they could tra­verse the harsh­est ter­rain. Con­struc­tion of the first Duzgo be­gan in the early 1970s, and Giles En­gi­neer­ing went on to pro­duce 10 of th­ese ve­hi­cles, each one in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered. This Duzgo is num­ber eight. There were or­ders for an­other 13, when Giles was vis­ited by the men in suits from Welling­ton who, be­cause they saw them as new ve­hi­cles, de­manded pay­ment of ex­cise tax, which was placed on new ve­hi­cles at that time. The com­pany was forced to close. Though of­fi­cially seen as new, they were built pri­mar­ily from sec­ond-hand parts. For ex­am­ple, the two gear boxes in­ter­meshed, to give it the wide range of gears, were from Mor­ris Mi­nor and Ford Anglia. This Duzgo has only had two own­ers since new, as once you own one it is hard to part with it. It has also fea­tured in a num­ber of TV doc­u­men­taries, one of which was Billy Con­nolly’stourofnewzealand, in which Billy de­scribed it as his favourite car in the world.

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