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New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes -

Irather en­joyed the Au­gust and Septem­ber is­sues of NZ Clas­sic Car. When in Pa­pua New Guinea in 1968 I brought back into New Zealand a 1968 Toy­ota Corolla Sprinter KE15. World­wide this model is re­ally rare. I would love to have it now to add to what is in the shed.

I re­turned to New Zealand in 1969 with the Corolla, met my wife, and the day af­ter get­ting mar­ried we re­turned to New Guinea, the Corolla hav­ing been sold. This was Jan­uary 1971. I worked for Kala Mo­tors, the Toy­ota Agency.

Toy­ota Ja­pan was re­leas­ing a new-model ve­hi­cle, the Celica. On a brochure, I or­dered one to add to the Corolla SR that I had just bought. A fel­low Aus­tralian me­chanic did the same, and the two cars were de­liv­ered in March. Th­ese were the first two in the south­ern hemi­sphere.

Af­ter trav­el­ling around the world, I re­turned to New Zealand in De­cem­ber 1973. My Celica now has 190,000 miles [305,775km] on the clock, and is used as a fam­ily car ev­ery day. Hav­ing lived in dry cli­mates, there is no rust. The orig­i­nal tool kit, hand­books, and in­spec­tion light in the glove box are still there.

Last week­end, it did 550 miles [885km] on the South­ern Crawl (see my photo of the car by Lake Dun­stan), so it is still out and about.

Parked be­side it in the shed is my 1969 KE10 Corolla, a New Zealand–new ve­hi­cle as­sem­bled in Thames. It now has 83,000 miles [133,576km] on the clock.

I’d love to hear from other own­ers, if they have ve­hi­cles of this pe­riod.

Also, I must make com­ment again on the Bi­mo­tore. Yes, I had my hands on that car when a friend, Mur­ray Dit­ford, had it in Kurow.

I en­joy the mag­a­zine, es­pe­cially on the early Ja­panese ve­hi­cles.

Trevor Ap­pleby, via email

If any early Ja­panese car en­thu­si­asts would like to get in touch with Trevor, drop me a line, and I’ll for­ward any de­tails on. AGW

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