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
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.