Edi­tors’ pick N MACHSR7

2009

New Zealand Classic Car - - TRADE PROFESSIONALS - As fea­tured in Nz­clas­sic Car, Is­sue No. 247

ew Zealan­ders have al­ways em­braced kit-car builds de­signed for con­struc­tion by the home me­chanic, with fam­ily and mates of­ten wan­der­ing over to lend a hand with any such pro­ject. Many lo­cal com­pa­nies pro­vided not only kits but also fully fac­tory-built cus­tom mod­els of Lotus’ ev­er­green Su­per Seven.

Cus­tom-built in Christchurch by Mark and Robert at Mcgre­gor Mo­tor­sport, this unique eye-catch­ing sports car — aptly named by its owner the ‘MACHSR7’ — has been a true tour­ing car. The day af­ter its un­veil­ing, its new owner, Bruce, drove it from Christchurch to Auck­land. Bruce lives in Ja­pan, but, at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, he re­turns to New Zealand to sim­ply drive and en­joy the true spirit of open-cock­pit tour­ing.

So, what makes this stun­ning or­ange replica dif­fer­ent? Its Mazda 1800cc twin-cam en­gine, cou­pled to an MX-5 ri­fle-bolt five-speed gear­box, al­lows for easy cruis­ing down to the lo­cal café or restau­rant with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance on open coun­try roads.

The car fea­tures in­de­pen­dent and fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion, al­loy wheels firmly shod with Toyo R88 tyres, cus­tom leather seats, a car­bon-fi­bre dash­board, and a fully wa­ter­proof top, which Bruce says is very use­ful when driv­ing in and around Auck­land!

Fully garaged and metic­u­lously main­tained, the MACHSR7 comes with a full build his­tory in­clud­ing all in­voices, and a daily logbook of all drives (in­clud­ing kilo­me­tres trav­elled and petrol us­age). Even more ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion can be viewed at Bruce’s blog — kit­carnz.com.

The MACHSR7 is garaged in Auck­land. Test drives are avail­able for se­ri­ous pur­chasers and, if out of town, the suc­cess­ful buyer can have all travel costs cov­ered as well as free de­liv­ery. This is your chance to be­come an owner of part of New Zealand’s hand-built cus­tom-car his­tory.

The ask­ing price is $40K. This unique ve­hi­cle was also fea­tured in the July 2011 edi­tion of NZ Clas­sic Car. For fur­ther en­quiries and test drives, con­tact Mark by phone on 021 649 749 or via email at kit­carnz@gmail.com.

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