Maserati’s 100th birthday — plenty to celebrate
This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance saw Maserati celebrating its 100th anniversary by being recognized as the honoured marque of the 64th annual event. Maserati ...full story
Art Deco era kept alive with 1931 Bugatti Type 50 S
  The Art Deco era is alive and well at the Mullin Automotive Museum and one debut of a striking restored vehicle from this era ...full story

McLaren P1 GTR concept unveiled

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The vehicle that has the one goal — to be the best driver’s car in the world on track — has been unveiled.

The McLaren P1 GTR design concept was unveiled at Pebble Beach earlier this month and is based on the McLaren P1 road car. However it further optimizes  the aerodynamically “shrink-wrapped” body shape to allow for maximum performance, superior handling, and optimized driver engagement on the track.

The bodywork is shrink-wrapped around the carbon fibre MonoCage chassis behind the front wheels, and is designed to channel the air from around the wheel well. The blade located behind the wheel arch is there to clean the air from the front tyres.  Read full story…

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Sneak peek: Porsche 911 Targa

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Here at New Zealand Classic Car, we’re the first to get behind the wheel of the latest Porsche 911 Targa in New Zealand.

The open-top model has the coupe style with the convertible option for those who aren’t after the full convertible experience.

Find out what we thought about this stunner of a vehicle in the next issue, on sale September 15 — not too far away now!

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Video: 2014 Aston Martin Vantage N430 Coupe

Developed at the Nurburgring, the Vantage N430 is a thoroughbred sports car with a motor sport–derived heart.

For Issue No. 285 we decided to head down to Auckland’s waterfront and check out the impressive line-up of helicopters available for private charter from Inflite. This seemed appropriate as we were test-driving the latest Aston Martin N430, and the waterfront heliport was the perfect destination to snap a few shots, thanks to the cooperation of Jan Hayes and her Inflite team.  Read full story…

1930 OM 665 S S Superba auctioned at Goodwood Revival

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The historically significant 1930 OM 665 S S MM Superba will be offered at auction on Saturday, September 13. The pre-war Superba has an impeccable competitive career, being highly successful in the brutal Mille Miglia 1000 race around Italy in 1930. The Superba also took part in other iconic races of the time, Targa Florio and Tourist Trophy.

Originally a locomotive and rolling stock manufacturer, OM, which stands for Officine Meccaniche (Mechanical Workshops), brought its skills into the motor car industry. The company’s four- and six-cylinder vehicles produced in the 1920s and 1930s proved to be particularly competitive. Numerous wins were had in the national and regional events with first, second, and third place finishes in the 1927 Mille Miglia. Read full story…

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Orders almost full for Lister ‘Knobbly’

Lister, 27 March 2014 Photograph: James Lipman // jameslipman.com

Photo: James Lipman

Late last year it was announced that 10 Lister ‘Knobbly’ Jaguars would be created as part of Lister Motor Company’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Eight of those 10 have already been snapped up leaving only two left for interested parties to secure for themselves.

The vehicles will be built with continuation chassis numbers and will be built in an identical manner to those built back in 1958. The race-specification vehicle is priced at £249,000 (roughly NZD$491,000), while the road-going vehicle has a price tag of £259,000 (roughly NZD$511,000). Read full story…

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Timelines: September 1914, 1939, 1964, and 1989

Once again, Graeme Rice looks back on the motoring worlds of 100, 75, 50, and 25 years ago

September 1914

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To the front please cabbie …

By September 5th, the Germans had almost reached Paris, the speed of their advance taking the Allies by surprise. One million French and British troops were facing 1.5 million Germans across the front. General Joseph Gallieni, the Military Governor of Paris called up 10,000 reserve troops to assist the French Sixth Army which was rushing from Paris to the front. He also called up the entire Parisian fleet of about 600 Renault taxis to transport around 6000 troops to the front line. The Germans retreated and both sides, having lost around a quarter of a million troops each, dug in, barely changing their positions for the next four years.

Historians point out the fact that the Renaults didn’t exactly win the battle, but acknowledge the tremendous boost to morale the Taxis of the Marne would bring. Their achievement was to become a symbol of French unity and solidarity.

For the Germans it was already the beginning of the end. They abandoned their Schlieffen Plan leaving their Chief of General Staff to advise the Kaiser “We have lost the war.” Read full story…

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