am much enjoying April’s edition of New Zealand Classic Car, kindly sent to me by my oldest school friend, who now lives in Auckland with his New Zealand wife.
I always TRY to identify the cars shown in ‘clips’ in your Automobilia section, and I hope that you don’t think I am being a clever-clogs Brit when I say that Ithink that while all of this month’s selection are rear-engined, they are not all air cooled.
1. Is a VW 1600TL, air cooled.
2. Is an NSU Prinz 1000, water cooled.
3. Has the look of Bertone, to me, MAYBE a Simca 1000 Bertone, water cooled.
4. Is an original Fiat 500, air cooled.
5. Is an early Fiat 850 coupé, water cooled.
6. Is a Fiat 600 Abarth, water cooled.
7. Is a Hillman Imp, water cooled.
8. Is a Renault Floride, water cooled.
9. Is a Renault Dauphine, water cooled.
10. Is a Tucker, either a 48 or a Torpedo, water-cooled.
Perhaps some of your readers may be interested to know that a friend in the village where I live, in England, has a 1939 Rover 20hp with unusual two-door drophead bodywork by the coachbuilder Tickford.
Howard restored and re-upholstered it, to a high standard, around 10 years ago, and he will never sell it. It was registered originally on the day the Wehrmacht marched into Czechoslovakia, to a retired American Brigadier with a distinguished army record, and he was allowed an allocation of petrol for it during the war because he had an administrative job in London.
Howard knows part, but not all, of its history since the war.
Do any of your readers know of any pre-war two-door Rover dropheads, by Tickford, still existing in New Zealand?
William Standerwick, Isham, Northamptonshire, England
Thank you for pointing out our error. The question was supposed to read ‘ rear- engined cars’. A few of our other knowledgeable readers have also pointed out the mistake.
The Rover sounds very interesting indeed. Let’s see if any of our readers can help out. AFW