LOCK­ING UP A CLAS­SIC OR TWO

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers’ Writes -

In your ed­i­to­rial com­ment en­ti­tled Clas­sics of To­mor­row, part of it reads: “If you’re cer­tain you know which model, go and buy it now and put it away for your grand­chil­dren.” This is pre­cisely what I have done. Seven years ago, I pur­chased a one-lady-owner 1992 Ford Fes­tiva in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion. Now, I know this seems mun­dane and rather new, but in four years’ time, with the VCC [ Vin­tage Car Club] slid­ing 30-years rule, the Ford will be el­i­gi­ble to en­ter their events. My 21-year-old grand­daugh­ter and I have twice brought it out of stor­age in that seven years and en­tered the Henry Ford Me­mo­rial Rally, here in North Can­ter­bury, and in Oc­to­ber of this year, the 31st Can­ter­bury All Bri­tish Day.

Two years ago, I pur­chased a very rare car for fu­ture use in vin­tage and clas­sic events for my el­der grand­daugh­ter. This is a 1982 Hyundai coupé 1200. Re­search has proved it to be the only one known in the South Is­land, maybe New Zealand. The orig­i­nal in­te­rior is like new, still hav­ing the fac­tory-fit­ted clear plas­tic on most of the up­hol­stery. [It’s] cur­rently un­der­go­ing a bare-bodyshell re­paint and ex­ten­sive de­tail­ing. I’m look­ing for­ward to the day that both girls are in a rally with their cars while I am in my 1965(?) XP Fal­con. (Also a one-lady-owner car). Now, let’s see, my great-grand­son is 18 months old. What shall I put away for him? Maybe an MG Rover 216 Cabri­o­let?

Trevor Stan­ley-joblin Am­ber­ley, North Can­ter­bury

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