Category: Car stories

1968 Humber Super Snipe 5A – Annette and Ron Scattergood

Owner: Annette Scattergood There were four makes of cars that Anne and I wished to own. Hudson and Studebaker had been in the family for almost 50 years. The two remaining were a Humber Super Snipe and a Leyland P76.

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1924 Sunbeam LWB Tourer – Ross Nerdal

I have no idea who originally brought the car into Tasmania. There is still a faint chance that the second owner’s wife may hold a clue. Her son David Hutchison will ask next time he visits. I wait with hope.

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1938 Austin 7 – Geoff Hall

This 1938 Austin 7 started its working life being registered to Wilbur Walker, at the Police Station in Dimboola Victoria. I’m not sure if it was the pursuit vehicle, or just his mode of transport to get to and from

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Capricorn Birdie Deluxe Caravan – Joe and Maureen Vavra

Our Capricorn Birdie Deluxe Caravan—Saved from the Grave A Brief History. Capricorn Caravans, East Bentleigh Victoria. In 1950 Joe Postner decided that he had enough of living conditions in the Communist controlled Czechoslovakia and chose Australia for his new home. He

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1959 FC Holden – Dick stubbs

A SECOND LIFE FOR MY 1959 FC HOLDEN? With all the recent doom and gloom we’ve been hearing about Australia losing our locally car industry, I wondered how this was likely to impact on those of us, who are still

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1976 Bolwell – Graham Waite

I first became interested in Bolwells around about 1970. I went to the factory in Melbourne to have a look and collected price lists and advice. I was working in Lithgow NSW at the time so I also talked to

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Mustang makes 50 – Graham Bigg

The FORD Mustang was introduced to the public by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca at the New York World’s Fair on the 17th April 1964.  On the evening of the 16th April FORD had bought the 9pm time slot

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1966 Volvo 122s – James Redding

JMV-031 – The Victorian number plate that my Grandpa’s Volvo 122s wore for almost all of its life. My grandpa’s name was James, so his red 1966 Volvo 122s was fondly referred to by everyone as ‘Jimmy’s motor vehicle’. Pa

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1957 Chevrolet 210 – Phillip Hopkins

Christine Initially, General Motors executives wanted an entirely new car for 1957, but production delays necessitated the 1955-56 design for one more year. Ed Cole, chief engineer for Chevrolet, dictated a series of changes that significantly increased the cost of

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1975 Citroen Pallas – Harry Crawford

I have always been mad about old cars – I think I must have owned quite a fleet last life time and have been trying to recover it ever since. I remember as a 10 year old reading an early Wheels

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1973 Volvo 164e sedan – Greg Munro

My Volvo story (don’t roll your eyes!) and how I got to own my 164E   I recall my first contact with Volvo was back in the early 70’s. My father brought one home on a test drive, we were

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1972 Vanden Plas Princess 1300 Mk3 – Dave Byers

Vanden Plas Vanden Plas is the name of a company of coachbuilders which produced bodies for specialist and upmarket automobile manufacturers.  Later the name became a top-end luxury model designation for cars of various subsidiaries of BMC, British Leyland and

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1972 Austin 3-Litre – Ray Gallagher

Last year, after 17 years of service from our 1959 Austin A60, we decided to change cars as we felt we should have a car that both of us could drive. Having made that decision the next hurdle was to

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1971 MGB Roadster – Dave Bennett

The Bennett Clan has a new addition. A 40-year-old MGB Roadster has been placed under the care of Tora. How did the acquisition take place? Well, it was a present for her 21st Birthday Party. How can that be, some

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1971 Ford Fairlane ZD – Daniel Wyatt

This vehicle was purchased by club member Daniel Wyatt sometime close to 2006, repaired and resprayed by a shop in Queanbeyan called Classic Colour and immediately became one of the many cars used as workhorses for the club, towing the

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1968 Ford Mustang Convertible – Dick Rowe

I bought this car after seeing photos of it on EBay in January 2010 and finally got it to Canberra in June. At the time of purchase it was owned by an elderly lady in Riverside in Los Angeles, however

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1964 Humber Vogue Estate – Chris Berry

  OK so you have a vehicle to restore. It has four wheels—glass—gearbox—engine—sort of. The body looks straight—has no brightwork—has no interior—or dash. It is a basic shell. So let us remove the glass, door handles, etc and take the

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1963 Fiat 1500

My first car was a white 1963 Fiat 1500. I bought it for $130 in 1988. I had always liked Fiats as my uncle had a 124BC and a 500. My dad also had a good friend who owned numerous

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1962 EK Holden Special – Graeme Evans

The 1962 EK that we write about is the second such model owned by us. We purchased the first second hand from a dealer in Ashfield, Sydney after returning from the United States where we spent about 20 months in

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1956 Hillman Husky – Chris Berry

  The Husky was resurrected from a watercourse in Queanbeyan and towed home with the idea of “doing it up” as a knock about car. It was in a sad and sorry state with a seized engine block, no glass

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1956 AC Aceca – Peter Hoskin

MY EXPERIENCE WITH AC CARS by Peter Hoskin In UK most schoolboys (and lots of grown men) made a Mecca of the annual British Motor Show held at Earls Court. I was one and made a visit in about 1955

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1956 Buick Special Sedan – Ken Herne

  Purchasing Our 1956 Buick Special My wife Judy and I have owned a 1936 Chevrolet Roadster and a 1937 Chevrolet Master Sedan since 1994. We have toured around Eastern Australia in our cars and shown our girls Emily and

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1954 Mercedes Benz Type 220 – Murray Mules

My 1954 Mercedes_Benz Type 220 sedan is quite a rare car – only 16,154 sedans were produced 1951 – 1954, 214 produced in 1954. The car was also available in coupe, 2 seat convertible, 4 seat convertible and 41 open

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1954 Triumph TR2 – Graham Bigg

Some of you may remember this car as I have owned it since 1996 and used it regularly including participating in the 1997 “BAY to BIRDWOOD”. Sometime in 2001 the engine started making rattling sounds, which were traced to a

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1937 Vauxhall – Roger Amos

I first saw Vonny Vauxhall as she arrived in Millthorpe for a display on Redmond Oval. The Bush Council rally in April 2012 had come to town having driven out from Orange for the day in Millthorpe. I was astonished

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1946 Ford Mercury Ute – Albert Neuss

I have always had an interest in older American vehicles and rare ones at that. In the 80/ 90s, my wife Faye and I had a caravan down the bay where we used to spend many a relaxing weekend away

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1951 Lagonda 2.6 Litre sedan – Alec McKernan

In December 2009 we bought a 1951 2.6 litre twin cam 6 cylinder Lagonda sedan from a Bowral deceased estate the owner of which had commenced taking the car apart to restore. All doors, mudguards, seats and body panels had

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1950 Studebaker Champion – Charlie Adams

A very long tale of a distinctive tail.   My ‘coming or going’ 1950 Studebaker Champion started off with my going to a clearing sale in 1988 out back of Crookwell and picking up a collection of bits for $10

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1948 DE36 Royal Daimler – National Museum

Let’s make the Royal Daimler fit for a queen again   ‘A shout went up: “Here she comes.” Within seconds, a storm of cheering swept through the crowd. Then round the bend swung the Royal Daimler … The cheering exploded

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1948 Plymouth Coupe – Brian McKay

A NEW STABLE MATE   – BY BRIAN McKAY 1948 Plymouth Coupe Most club members will be familiar with my two “rag top” vintage cars (1929 Chev Tourer and 1930 Model A Ford Roadster) which I have owned and rallied for much

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1947 Rover 16 sedan – Joe Micallef

I’m not one of those that are good at writing stories but since it has been three years since I joined the club, I will try to put few words together and hope that it will make a story about

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1930 Model A Ford Coupe – Michael Gifford

I am a 1930 ‘improved’ Model A Ford 5 window coupe loved and used by Michael Gifford. Why did Henry label me improved? It’s because I have a taller body and radiator to my 28 & 29 older brothers. I

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1929 Buick Sports Coupe – Graham Boyce

1929 BUICK SPORTS COUPE – FISHER BODY  MODEL 54 CC, MASTER 6  The Buick, Sports Coupe is owned by two generations of the BOYCE family being Barry and Graham. How this Buick come to light was a life long mate,

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1928 Austin 7 – Harry Crawford

Helen, our illustrious Editor, to whom we should all be very grateful, happened to mention that she was out of My Car stories and was going to switch over to flowers on the cover so she could pursue her big love. I

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1928 Studebaker Commander Regal

See Allan Martin interviewed about CACMC Last year on the club’s trip to the Binalong Motor Museum, I recall saying to Chris Berry and Charlie Adams that I would like classy restored earlier model car. In December’s Just Cars issue

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1926 Bullnose Morris Cowley runabout “Little Olive”

The Bullnose Morris depicted [below] and proudly owned by John Tilbrook at Tuross Head NSW was acquired from W.A. in 2011. John was a former member of the CACMC from the mid 1980’s until 1996 when he relocated from Kaleen

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1927 Model T Tourer

THE STORY OF MY CAR – 1927 Model T Ford – Ollie Walker The history that I know of this car started from Kevin Downing of Canberra who owned it for approximately 13 years from 1948 to 1961, doing farm

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1925 Bullnose Morris – Old Number 1

It was the dream of Canberra Antique and Classic Motor Club member, the late Jim Bruce, to build a replica of the father of the MG Cecil Kimber’s, Old Number One racing special. Cecil Kimber desired to win some motor

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1924 Vauxhall 23/60 Kington Tourer

Many of you in the CACMC would have known Peter Barges before his passing in 2006. Upon bumping into the Listons at Classic Yass this year [2012] it was requested that I write a short history of the Vauxhall 23/60 that

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