From a very large mystery last month to a very small one this time, who can identify this little jigger, from the early ’50s? Don’t be misled by the tractor-type wheels, which we believe were available as a standard option, this vehicle was quite definitely road legal when equipped with its standard wheels. Send your solution, by email or snail mail, to Mystery Cars No. 237, NZ Classic Car, PO Box 46 020, Herne Bay, Auckland, by mid-october. Last month’s mystery was the Chinese-built Hong-ki (variously found spelled as Honq’ki), known also as the Red Flag. This one we believe to be the CA770 model, which was the second version of the vehicle, built from the late 1960s in small numbers (low hundreds) as transport for officials, dignitaries, and visiting statesmen or politicians in mainland China.
------ Park was a popular NSW racing circuit, used from 1967 to 1998 (6) Chrysler Corporation marque in the mid-price range, sold from 1928/’29 through to 1960/’61 (6 or 2,4) 10. Alpine pass, used as a model name by Riley and Bugatti (Type 57) in the ’30s (7) 11. British automotive electrical company, with ‘King of the road’ one of its oftremembered sales tags (5) 12. Racing-car marque originating in ’50s Australia but better remembered for very successful racing cars from 1974 onwards (4) 13. Outward sign of engine problems, or overstressed tyres (5) 17. Czech marque, with history back to 1895, today owned by VW — some now reckon it builds a better VW than VW does! (5) 18. UK racing- and sports-car maker, always underfunded but remained active from 1929 to the late ’50s, latterly as an engine supplier (4) 22. Mazda kei car built from 1962 to 1970, and one of the bestsellers in the category (5) 23. Vehicle built to copy, with some degree of authenticity, an original or genuine car, or, more loosely, to resemble such a vehicle (7) 24. Opel’s mid-size car range from 1970 to 1988 in three generations — we saw a variant version over here as the Holden Camira (6) 25. Model name applied to several classic Lagonda models, pre– and post–world War II (6).