Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hard to believe they're 15 years old.

Another Clemente comes on the market.
Ben Finnis, down at Strath has this red one for sale for slightly under $25K.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

That radical J&S Hunter again.

Lotus Cortina from Ikea.

Comes complete with allen key and instruction sheet with poor spelling.

Spy cam.

That's a better idea.

For Bill

Holden Torana GTR-X restoration: Part 1

By Scott Newman, 19 Sep 2018 Features

Holden Torana GTR-X restoration Part 1feature
Bringing Holden’s stillborn sports car to life
According to Holden insiders, three Holden Torana GTR-Xs were built.
One you’ll be familiar with, the white-then-silver-then-white concept that wowed all who saw it in 1970 and has shared its time since between Holden HQ and the Birdwood Motor Museum.
Another suffered the all-too-familiar fate for stillborn concepts, a date with the crusher. This is the third and it’s about to be restored.
It was owned for decades by long-time Holden employee Ray D’Alton, who sadly passed away earlier this year. As a tribute to his father, son Mark and Dromana workshop Creative Custom Cars (CCC) will bring this Torana GTR-X to life.
Legend Series: Holden Hurricane concept
Any restoration project is a huge undertaking, but this will be more difficult than most. In virtually all cases, a restoration either returns a car to its former glory or copies another example that’s in excellent condition.
Copying Holden’s GTR-X concept would be of little use, as according to Mark this Lone O’Ranger GTR-X was effectively a pilot build car, used to figure out how to convert concept car fantasy into production reality.
For example, the concept’s taillights were to make way for HQ units, a larger fuel tank required the repositioning of the spare wheel and there’s every chance the LC XU-1’s 119kW 186ci six-cylinder would’ve made way for the LJ’s more potent 142kW 202ci.
Possibly the hardest part will be figuring out what the end result is meant to look like. The GTR-X got so close to production that promotional brochures were printed, so it’s almost certain the decisions had been made, but finding the people who would know is another matter.
This is where MOTOR comes in. Hopefully articles like this encourage people and information out of the woodwork. Our intention is to follow the car through each stage of its lengthy restoration process culminating in hopefully a ride…or maybe we can beg a steer?
For now, CCC boss Alan How explains the first step: “We’ll scan the whole car then convert that into a CAD drawing. From that we’ll render from what we’ve got and draw the parts. Those parts will then be sent out and we’ll get one-off moulds CNC-milled and we’ll make pieces out of those moulds. We’ll probably 3D print some parts, too, because it’s only one-of-(one).”
Alan knows it’ll be tricky – “we have to create it from a drawing, a photo!” – but the effort will be worth it to create what will be the only ‘production’ Torana GTR-X, a truly unique car and a piece of Australian automotive history.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Feel the urge to have a brand new VN?

Then go to China.
You can have the choice of a 4-cylinder petrol or electric power. The station wagon was chosen because the load area was needed to house the battery pack.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


retro Mini
retro Beetle
retro Fiat 500
retro Nagari
retro Mayflower

Monday, September 10, 2018

Not the Lone Ranger.

I've had this Datsun 280C for about 3 years now.
It's been mainly a pleasant relationship. In that time I've never seen another example of this particular model, except for a wreck on a farm just out of Robertstown where I managed to pick up some usable parts. So it was a surprise when the owner of this car visited his mum just around the corner from Andrew's place on the weekend.
Looking at those wing mirrors I'd say it was a private import.
Now, blow me down if another one hasn't turned up on Gumtree in NSW.
Quite common.

Saturday, September 8, 2018


This is Capricornia 1.
And this is Capricornia 3, later renamed the Ricardian.
As mentioned before the Capriconias were the creation of Albert Ludgate (in the white shirt).
Albert was the designer and engineer at Lea Francis before coming to live in South Australia in the early 50s. As well as the Capricornias he made advanced heads for Austin 7 racers, designed engines for speedcars and made a VW powered Zeta sports for hillclimbs (among other things). Anyway, in 1963 a couple of us Unley High students who used to hang on his every word, witnessed the completion of Capricornia 2.  I wish I had taken photographs. All of these cars were grey Holden powered. Not long after that I saw Ron Tonkin competing in his Triden at Collingrove and recognised Capricornia 2 immediately. I was under the impression that Ron had made only one of those bodies. Well, they were 2 separate cars. Tonkin bodies have been bobbing up from time to time and I think we are up to 6 at the last count and there were probably more. Albert bought outside bodies for his Capricornias. Number 1 was a body from a sports body manufacturer in the Eastern states whose name just won't come to me at the moment, number 2 was a Ron Tonkin body and number 3 was a Buchanan body (shortened a bit).

This is a Tonkin body.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The great unveiling.

What a masterpiece! Come and give us a hand at the end of the Bay to Birdwood at the end of the month and see the Chamberlain at the same time.   Cheers Larry.

Slick camera work.

Nice job Neale Bayliss.
Gerard's Plymouth, my favourite of the Hartwig specials.
Here's what happened.

Tough Cars exhibition.

Adelaide built sports cars. Two different eras. Elfin on the left representing the past. Ultra Race Cars on the right representing the present.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Check this.

A Charger and a 120Y at exactly the same price. Which one would you choose?
Must have been a long time ago.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

What a cute little Mini sports.

A different nose treatment.

Doesn't it make a difference?

Something different.

Lea Francis - last of the line.

Rob Turner - photos of my mum and dad.

........and the Mk.4 at Hume Weir.
1. Pat Turner.  That must be the most comfortable Mark 4 I've seen.
2. John Turner.

Just like a real one.

Only it's fibreglass. 44 year old fibreglass.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The multiple Bolwell owner.

B8/47. Incredible progress.

Rob Wragg snr is doing a remarkable job on the restoration of the very first Nagari sports and the originality has not gone un-noticed either.
Chassis complete, now for the bodywork.