Automobilia mod­els

F rom the grandiose pro­por­tions of the Roll­sRoyce Phan­tom to the sporty and very de­sir­able Volk­swa­gen Golf MKII GTI 16V, we take a closer look at two very nice mod­els cour­tesy of the good folks at Toy­mod Ltd.

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia - Down 2.

Our mys­tery no. 247 this month ap­pears rather fa­mil­iar, but if you look more closely, and you’ll find it’s dif­fer­ent. Not a back­yard con­ver­sion, this was a fac­tory-pro­duced ve­hi­cle, but the mys­tery here lies in the de­tail — so, we’re ask­ing, what, where, and when? Send your so­lu­tion to edi­tor@clas­s­ic­ by Septem­ber 2 with ‘Mys­tery Car 247’ in the sub­ject line.

Our mys­tery last month was the Stan­dard At­las for­ward-con­trol van, prob­a­bly the first 1958 ver­sion, we think, which was (un­der) pow­ered by the 948cc Stan­dard 10 en­gine. So un­der­pow­ered was this ve­hi­cle that the fi­nal-drive ra­tio had to be set to a low 6.66:1 to al­low the van to drag it­self along, never mind its abil­ity to han­dle any sort of load. Un­sur­pris­ingly, sales were slug­gish, and were prob­a­bly not helped by the pro­mo­tional lit­er­a­ture from which our pic­ture came. How­ever, when the big­ger 1670cc en­gine from Stan­dard’s En­sign sa­loon was in­stalled in 1961, sales picked up, as this was ac­tu­ally a ca­pa­ble ve­hi­cle, built on a very solid chas­sis, that could take a bash­ing and keep chug­ging along. I re­call some late 1970s rides in a beat-up and rather rusty 15-yearold ex­am­ple of very con­sid­er­able mileage, but it was still do­ing very well what it had been de­signed to do. From 1961, the van was still avail­able with the small en­gine, though en­larged to 1147cc as in the Tri­umph Herald 1200.

The At­las was pro­duced in sev­eral ver­sions, in­clud­ing a pickup, and, for a while, was a pop­u­lar ve­hi­cle for mo­tor car­a­van and camper­van con­ver­sions — some of them, amaz­ingly, sold with the small en­gine — they must have been painfully slow ve­hi­cles.

In 1964, the At­las was re­badged as the Ley­land 15 or 20, fit­ted with a 2138cc mo­tor, with load ca­pac­ity up­rated to 762 or 1016kg (15 or 20cwt), and it sol­diered on un­til 1968, when Bri­tish Ley­land, or BLMC, ra­tion­al­ized its van pro­duc­tion and pen­sioned off the At­las — though, for my money, it was a bet­ter ve­hi­cle than the com­pet­ing Bmc-de­signed vans that got the nod for con­tin­ued man­u­fac­ture. How­ever, the tool­ing was sold off to In­dia, and, a cou­ple of years later, it resur­faced for sale over there and achieved an­other few years of pro­duc­tion through to 1980.

We in­clude here an ad­di­tional pic­ture of a con­tem­po­rary ad­vert, this time, per­haps, hit­ting a more suit­able note in terms of pub­lic­ity.

Method of tyre con­struc­tion with car­cass plies ly­ing di­ag­o­nally (5-3) 3. Alfa Romeo’s 1970–’77 mini su­per­car, with 2.6-litre V8 mo­tor in a Ber­tone­bod­ied 105-se­ries Gi­u­lia chas­sis (8) 4. Three-wheel mo­tor­ized (small two-stroke) ve­hi­cle used in Thai­land as a taxi; the name sup­pos­edly im­i­tates the en­gine’s sound (3-3) 5. Model name shared by a Chevro­let sta­tion wagon, a BMC Aus­tralia Mor­ris hatch­back, and a present-day Ariel fun buggy (5) 6. Opel’s ri­val to the Ford Capri; it sold rather fewer than the Ford, but 1 mil­lion–plus units is a

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