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321st is­sue and past is­sues

New Zealand Classic Car - - EDITORIAL -

JAGUAR XKSS

— Here at last! The ea­gerly awaited and much­pub­li­cized Jaguar XKSS was re­cently de­liv­ered to its new Kiwi owner, Michael Gil­trap. The keys were handed over at an un­veil­ing by John Ed­wards, head of Jaguar Spe­cial Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions, who was in New Zealand to per­son­ally de­liver the car. Of the ini­tial 25 cars, 16 made it into the orig­i­nal 1957 pro­duc­tion run, and nine were lost in a fac­tory fire. A se­cond pro­duc­tion run last year pro­duced the re­main­ing nine — each has sold for over £1M.

CRAYFORD MINI

— The world’s first-ever Mini con­vert­ible was the idea of David Mc­mul­lan and Jef­frey Smith, who formed Crayford with a joint in­vest­ment of £20 and a tool­box each. The first Mini was launched to the na­tional press on June 3, 1963, in the Dai­ly­mail mo­tor­ing page. It was a suc­cess, and, very soon, deal­ers were tak­ing or­ders to con­vert used cars. Our fea­ture Crayford Mini has been metic­u­lously re­stored to orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and is in­deed an ex­tremely rare sight.

MAGNUM FER­RARI

— Most will re­mem­ber the TV se­ries Mag­numpi and the red Fer­rari 308 GTS that fea­tured in al­most ev­ery episode. The car cov­ered in next month’s Kits and Pieces isn’t one of them but a recre­ation built in Taranaki us­ing a few gen­uine Fer­rari parts. You’d be ex­cused for think­ing it’s the real thing, though.

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