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New Zealand Classic Car - - CONTENTS - By David Cass

Clues across: 4. French car­maker, its main claim to fame came from very suc­cess­ful 1920s sports and rac­ing 1100cc voiturettes (7) 8. Lo­tus mid- en­gine sports car of the mid ’60s with its ini­tial power unit be­ing the light­weight Re­nault 16 en­gine (6) 9. Pop­u­lar US rac­ing se­ries that gave its name to a suc­cess­ful Pon­tiac Fire­bird V8 coupé (5,2) 10. Honda’s pres­tige sa­loon, sold in four gen­er­a­tions from 1985 on — never a huge seller but a good car nonethe­less (6) 11. Horse­power rat­ing (RAC style) for 3.0- to 3.5-litre cars of the 1920s and ’30s (6) 12. Pres­ti­gious US truck­maker, still a leader of the pack af­ter 100 years of suc­cess (8) 18. Daim­ler sa­loon, its sell­ing price of £1066 in Bri­tain gave it its model name (8) 20. Aus­tralian rac­ing driver and con­struc­tor, very suc­cess­ful in Aussie rac­ing in the ’60s and ’70s (6) 21. Ford’s 1982–’93 ‘jelly-mould’ sa­loon — clas­sic vari­ants from the range are the top- end GT, turbo, and com­pe­ti­tion cars (6) 22. The long­bon­neted vari­ant of the Mini range, with over half a mil­lion sold from 1969 to 1980 (7) 23. Ital­ian ver­sion of the Chris­tian name Hec­tor — best known for a cer­tain Mon­sieur Bu­gatti (6) 24. The Beach Boys’ Lit­tle Deuce Coupe was “ported and re­lieved, and she’s ------- and bored” (7)

Clues down: 1. Bri­tish tun­ing ex­pert (1897–1978), best known for tun­ing ex­per­tise, cylin­der-head and en­gine de­sign from the 1920s through to 1978 (7) 2. V8 coupé built by the UK GT car– spe­cial­ist Bris­tol from 1982 to 1994, which ceased pro­duc­tion in 2011 af­ter some 63 years of low vol­ume suc­cess (7) 3. Ital­ian ad­jec­tive from the mu­si­cal world but has been ap­plied to tuned tour­ing cars such as the faster ver­sion of the clas­sic Isotta Fras­chini in the 1920s (6) 5. This fa­mous Bel­gian rally start­ing and fin­ish­ing at Liége was known as “-------- De La Route” (8) 6. This suc­cess­ful small-to-mid­size model range for Mit­subishi included some clas­sic sports sa­loons (6) 7. Ital­ian per­for­mance car and tun­ing-gear spe­cial­ist, for many years closely al­lied with Fiat (6) 13. Bri­tish kit- car builder, its best-re­mem­bered car was the Olympic GT with glass-fi­bre mono­coque body (8) 14. Ma­jor part of a ve­hi­cle trans­mis­sion, op­er­at­ing un­der driver con­trol or au­to­mat­i­cally to match en­gine speed and torque to road conditions (7) 15. One of the more suc­cess­ful early al­ter­na­tives to the gaso­line en­gine au­to­mo­bile was the Stan­ley ------- (7) 16. French maker of fine sport­ing and tour­ing cars, ac­tive from just af­ter World War I through to 1932, with a suc­cess­ful early ’20s rac­ing his­tory (6) 17. Lam­borgh­ini’s su­per car suc­ces­sor (1990– 2001) to the Coun­tach — just as awe­some! (6) 19. Sur­name of the noted hu­mor­ous col­umn writer for Wheels mag­a­zine in the 1960s to early ’80s (6)

An­swers to last month’s crossword Across: 4. Mclaren 8. Naudin 9. Mi­ra­mas 10. Ardita 11. Es­tate 12. Diplo­mat 18. Sting Ray 20. De­lage 21. Wraith 22. Mis­tral 23. Toledo 24. Kham­sin Down: 1. An­saldo 2. Zun­dapp 3. Di­atto 5. Chinetti 6. Abarth 7. Evante 13. Maserati 14. Cruiser 15. Typhoon 16. Zenith 17. Ban­tam 19. Nor­ton

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