DUZGO: APPROVED BY BILLY CONNOLLY
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.