BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR Get me to the church on time

Once again, we take a peek at a hand­ful of your on­go­ing clas­sic car restora­tion projects

New Zealand Classic Car - - News: Basis Events Diary -

The owner of this restora­tion pro­ject is from a fam­ily with a long re­la­tion­ship with Vaux­halls. He owned an FD Vic­tor 1600 when court­ing his wife and up­graded to a Vic­tor 2000 when they mar­ried: while he des­per­ately wanted a six-cylin­der Vic­tor 3300, his wife thought he just wanted it to show off, so they made do with the 2000.

From that time, 30 years passed be­fore he man­aged to achieve his long-held am­bi­tion to own a Vic­tor 3300.

The car is an English-as­sem­bled 1969 Ven­tora 2, a four-speed man­ual model that was sold new in New Zealand by then–auck­land GM dealer Tap­pen­den Mo­tors. It has just ticked over 60,000 miles (96,500km) and is be­ing re­stored to be used as a wed­ding car for the owner’s daugh­ter. It’s had a bare-metal re­spray and re­quired only a small amount of rust re­moval. The Vic­tor is care­fully be­ing re­built to orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tions — al­though the com­pleted car will in­clude an ‘aah-oo-gah’ horn, ap­par­ently a spe­cial ad­di­tion for the grand­chil­dren.

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