Sunday, July 25, 2010
The bonnet on Nagari number 1
With all of this discussion on Nagari power bulges, you may have noticed Peter G's comment a few days ago about the scoop on B8/001. To recap, he mentioned that it used the early narrow scoop turned the other way in the style of the Mark 7. Below is the famous release photograph showing a completely flat bonnet, something I, personally, aspire to, using fuel injection in the future. We all know that in order to lock that flat bonnet down they needed to remove the carby so the car wasn't running when the photos were taken. The first official public showing was in January 1970 at the newly opened Doncaster Shopping Town as part of a plastics expo. That was a static display too. Pete recalls seeing it as a 13 y.o. I remember it too just prior to my getting married. Gawd, I must be old.The February 1970 photos in SCW were the first shown with the car under its own power and there was the back to front scoop. The September 1969 SCW article showed the car with the flat bonnet.Below is a page from the February 1970 Motor Manual showing the same car. Well, it had to be - it was the only mobile Nagari at that stage.Here's a picture from Bolwell's archives showing the car on the road, date unknown (well, to me anyway).Finally, here's an excerpt from Pedr Davis' 1979 Australians on the Road. As you can see the colour has changed from white to yellow and it has also acquired a set of wind-up windows.I do remember the car being traded in on a Cortina some years later at a Paramatta Road car yard. Does anybody know where it is now?