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This 1982 Hyundai 1238cc Pony TLS is pos­si­bly the last of the rear-wheel-drive mod­els. Re­search has re­vealed that they were first im­ported into New Zealand in Septem­ber of 1982, re­tail­ing at $10,990. This car may well prove to be the old­est Hyundai in New Zealand.

Dis­cov­ered in an old 1950s–’60s ser­vice sta­tion that had been closed for decades, the car has only had three own­ers since new, the last of which in­her­ited it from his mother, who had owned the three-door hatch since 1984.

The in­te­rior is mid blue and is vir­tu­ally like new, with the fac­to­ry­fit­ted clear plas­tic still cov­er­ing the door pan­els. The front and back seats, which are trimmed in a cor­duroy-type cloth, were also cov­ered from new with rugs, re­sult­ing in not a trace of fad­ing.

The Hyundai is cur­rently un­der­go­ing an ex­ten­sive makeover by the owner in Am­ber­ley, North Can­ter­bury, but not a full restoration, as he wishes to re­tain as much orig­i­nal­ity as pos­si­ble. The front sus­pen­sion and steer­ing mech­a­nism have been re­moved and dis­as­sem­bled, sand blasted, primed and sprayed in a black gloss for ease of clean­ing when back on the road. The rear sus­pen­sion will re­ceive the same at­ten­tion. It is aimed to be en­joyed at clas­sic car events in about two years or less. The owner would like to learn of any other pre1990 Hyundais in New Zealand. He can be con­tacted at stan­car­_nzcc@hot­mail.com.

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