BE­COM­ING A SWAN

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

This New Zealand–new Daim­ler SP250 is in the fi­nal stages of restora­tion. Kevin Lind­sell found the car on Trade Me in 2015, lo­cated in Wanaka. It was a 1960 match­ing-num­bers model, with a fac­tory hard­top and new wire wheels, and, at least from the pho­tos, looked to be in rea­son­able con­di­tion — and it had a WOF. Never buy a car un­seen! The worst sur­prise was a Ford diff with drums, but there were many more! The car was orig­i­nally regis­tered on 19 De­cem­ber 1960 and sold by Coutts of New­mar­ket. Kevin pur­chased the car on 8 Au­gust 2015 and drove it back to Auck­land from Wanaka. It was road­wor­thy (just), but had the afore­men­tioned wrong diff, petrol leak­ing from both ends, bolt-on wires, and a host of other prob­lems. It is now back to its orig­i­nal colour (it was black when Kevin bought it but Ivory White when it left the fac­tory).

Kevin at­tended the 2016 Eller­slie Clas­sic Car Show and the Daim­ler SP250 Club stand with Si­mon Crispe’s beau­ti­ful car, as fea­tured in the July 2016 edi­tion of this mag­a­zine (Is­sue No. 307). He sourced a com­plete diff unit with brakes through the club, but it was his neigh­bour Steve Marten who in­spired him to do a to­tal re­build. A re­tired su­per-yacht builder (he worked on the Amer­ica’s Cup yacht on the hard­stand in Auck­land Har­bour), Steve of­fered to help with the fi­bre­glass body shell, and also ended up do­ing the paint. With most of the work be­ing done by Kevin and Steve, the ugly duck­ling is be­com­ing a swan.

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