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1950 Ducati Cucciolo

1950 Ducati Cucciolo Ducati is one of the most famous and valuable motorcycle brands in the world, but it wasn’t always thus. Established in Bologna, Italy, in 1926 by Antonio Cavalieri Ducati and his sons Adriano, Marcello and Bruno, Societа Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati manufactured a range of vacuum tubes and other radio components until the factory was flattened by US bombers in October, 1944.More

1941 Ford V8 Super Deluxe Coupe

1941 Ford V8 Super Deluxe Coupe Ford Coupe American Beauty - “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” — Henry Ford. Feature: 1941 Ford V8 Super Deluxe Coupe Ford was on a roll in the mid-1930s, despite the Depression years. His cars were selling well and his new ‘flattie’ V8 was setting the standards for performance, reliability, and smoothness.More

150bhp tuned 1978 Mini Clubman Saloon Watsons K-Series conversion kit

150bhp tuned 1978 Mini Clubman Saloon Watsons K-Series conversion kit A long time interest in Minis has led Gareth Freeman to build a thriving business – and this stunning VVC Clubman… CLUB CLASS K-SERIES CLUBMAN Gareth Freeman has a life long connection with Minis, and his latest project is this smooth K-Series Clubman. Gareth Freeman’s association with the classic Mini goes back a number of years. It’s a family association too. One that actually started thanks to his sister. “It was a family thing,” recalls Gareth smiling.More

Marcus Lord`s 1978 Toyota Corolla Levin TE37 (Replica)

Marcus Lord`s 1978 Toyota Corolla Levin TE37 (Replica) As a holistic ‘car scene’, we’ve become so wrapped up in slapping labels on everything: it’s a sleeper; it’s a restomod; it’s stanced; and so on it goes. There’s a box to fit every taste, every style. There is one train of thought, however, that transcends any tag clipped onto a build in an attempt to explain it. Coolness. It’s inexplicable, totally subjective, and invites further scrutiny, with an endgame aimed at enriching one’s own automotive experience.More

My favourite movie car 1988 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary edition

My favourite movie car 1988 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary edition The 1980s: a decade defined by excess. Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street encapsulates this era to a T. Based on infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s (played by Leonardo Di Caprio) memoir of the same name, most of the events portrayed in this Oscar-nominated movie did take place … Unbelievable, yes, but true.More

Chrysler Crossfire 2004-2008

Chrysler Crossfire 2004-2008 They may not have captured our hearts when new, but with the unpleasantries of depreciation behind them, these underrated cars now warrant a closer look. Touted as a “merger of equals” that would usher in an age of platform and technology sharing between automotive giants, the Daimler-Chrysler union between 1998 and 2007 was seen by most as an unholy marriage that spawned more record-breaking lawsuits than co-developed automobiles.More

Stuart Pankhurst 1976 XB Ford Falcon Hardtop

Stuart Pankhurst 1976 XB Ford Falcon Hardtop Like many car builds here, the first step was taken via a local online auction site. From what he saw, Stuart Pankhurst thought he’d found the perfect muscle car. The big Aussie coupe was just what he was looking for, from the ‘sawn-off’ front to the curved and voluptuous rear flanks, it ticked all the right boxes for the Christchurch local. A bid was made and soon after the ’76 XB Falcon Hardtop was his.More

1987 Ford Escort XR3i Sometimes dreams do come true

1987 Ford Escort XR3i Sometimes dreams do come true I only bought the car in February this year, but it is a car I have fond memories of when I was younger and poorer in the UK. Daily DriverThe XR3i was one of the cult hot hatchbacks, and the cabriolet version was the icing on the cake in those days. I could never have afforded it back then, so to own one now is really special to me. When I saw it in the show room of O’Reilly’s Cars in Lower Hutt, I couldn’t believe the condition it was in.More

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Martyn Jagusch didn’t intend to carry out a ground-up restoration on his 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8. Yet one glance at the car’s pristine condition shows he definitely changed his mind — or had it changed for him, which is nearer the truth. GENTLEMAN’S EXPRESS ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 BRUTE IN A SUIT The Aston Martin DBS V8 is a handsome car that only looks better with age.More

Jaguar E-typeCouncil alerts make a salt-free diet easier 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC

Council alerts make a salt-free diet easier 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC Like a teenager, I’ve become addicted to my smartphone lately. Not for its ability to tempt with apparently bargain classics, period racing footage or interesting hypotheses on how the Covid-19 vaccines are part of a plot to control us, but for the email alerts I get from Central Bedfordshire Council. Each time the big yellow trucks are scheduled to season the local roads with rocksalt, I get a few hours’ warning.More

Steve Bartie`s 1994 Holden VR Commodore SS

Steve Bartie`s 1994 Holden VR Commodore SS It isn’t often we’ll feature a plastic-bumper ’90s taxi, so when we do you know it’s going to be something special. They’re not yet old enough for the nostalgia of being a classic, and not modern enough to be new and exciting. Everything is just a little too familiar, and in the world of modifying cars familiarity is boring. There are exceptions to the rule, of course, and here’s one.More

Deidre Mckinley`s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback ‘Alenor’

Deidre Mckinley`s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback ‘Alenor’ This profession — automotive media, that is — is always full of surprises. Sometimes they’re good surprises and other times, well, it can be a bit of a shitshow. You might get an assignment to shoot a car or event, then when you turn up, before you’ve even pulled out the camera gear, you realize that it’s going to be a complete bust.More

Matt Elliot`s 1979 Chevrolet C10

Matt Elliot`s 1979 Chevrolet C10 While you could call it a comeback, that would really be underselling the extent of the work that’s gone into Matt Elliott’s jaw-dropping ’79 C10 since it last graced these pages. Sure, it’s still the same vehicle that wowed people a decade ago, but in reality there’s very little left of it in the guise in which it graced the cover of NZV8 back in 2010. While Matt never intended the rebuild to take as long as it did, plenty of good has come of the situation.More

Greg Burrus' 1989 Japanese-spec Rover Mini

Greg Burrus' 1989 Japanese-spec Rover Mini The earliest I remember having an interest in cars was 1978. We were living just outside of Detroit, USA, as my father worked for General Motors. From my view in the back seat of my parents’ 1975 Chevrolet Vega wagon I saw all the shiny new vehicles driving around town. The 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car was my favourite to spot and it was those early years in Michigan that cemented my affinity with cars.More

Nigel Wakeford`s Modified 1980 Mini 1000

Nigel Wakeford`s Modified 1980 Mini 1000 Long-term Mini fan Shaun Stephenson bought a oneowner 1980 Mini in April 2014 as the basis of a modification project. The Pageant Blue Mini, which was originally destined for Ireland but instead went to the island of Jersey, returned to the British mainland in 1998. Incredibly, it was in very good condition. “I missed out on buying it on eBay and then saw it advertised in the local paper, which was a real bonus,” recalls Shaun.More
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