My cars

Cars I have owned over the years, in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

1958 Bond Minicar type D, Southampton UK, owned in 1966. One of those odd UK 3 wheelers, a bit like a biscuit tin with a lawn mower engine. 197cc 2 stroke, kick start, etc. BUT - warmer than a motor bike or scooter.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model and even the same-ish colour.

1948 Morris 8 Series E, Southampton UK, owned in 1967.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model and colour.

1960 Bond Minicar type F, Southampton, UK, owned in 1967-1968. Another of those odd UK 3 wheelers, I used to drive this from Southampton to Canterbury and back every few weeks.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model and colour.

1950 Austin A40 Devon, Southampton and Canterbury UK, owned in 1968. Its in there under all those people. This car was sold on through two other students at Canterbury, driven to Italy and back.

1961 Bond Minicar type E, Southampton, UK, owned in 1969.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1957 Vauxhall Victor F series, Southampton UK, owned in 1969. Died a terrible death on the North Circular Road in London when the bottom hose split. Replaced the engine, finally threw it away when the clutch failed.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1956 Morris Minor 1000, Southampton UK, owned in 1970.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1958 Vauxhall Velox PA series, Southampton UK, owned in 1970. One of the sought after 3-window series. Great car, but I couldn't afford the fuel.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1961 Vauxhall Victor Deluxe F series, Southampton UK, owned in 1971.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1964 Vauxhall Victor FB estate car, Southampton UK, owned in 1972.
1965 Vauxhall Velox PB, Southampton UK, owned in 1972. Sold for 10 pounds, when we reached NZ they were on sale for $2,000 there.
Morris Minor Tourer, Southampton UK, owned in 1972.
Singer SM1500, Auckland NZ, owned in 1973. Expired with rattling and boiling everything.
Peugeot 203, Auckland NZ, owned in 1973. Overheated and died.

1957 Vauxhall Victor F series, Auckland and Wellington NZ, owned in 1973 - 1974. Seen here during our move from Auckland to Wellington, just checking the oil I think because we arrived without incident.

1951 Citroen L15, Auckland 1974-1978 daily driver. There were lots of these cars in NZ at that time.
Austin Tasman, Perth and Melbourne 1978. Very smoky, very roomy.

1970 Holden Kingswood HT, Melbourne 1978-1980.

1976 Volvo 245DL, Melbourne, 1979-1980.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1980 Ford Falcon XD wagon, Melbourne 1980 - 1981. First ever brand new car.
 

1977 Ford Cortina Mk4 Ghia, Melbourne and Perth, 1980 - 1982.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1982 Ford Falcon XD wagon, Perth 1982 - 1983.
1983 Ford Telstar TX5 Ghia, Perth, 1983 - 1986.

1972 Holden Kingswood HQ, Perth 1984 - 1986.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1979 Holden Commodore VB, Perth 1986 - 1988.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1983 Toyota Tarago, Perth 1986 - 1987.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1987 Mitsubishi Magna GLX, Perth 1987 - 1993.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model and colour.

1980 Ford Fairlane ZJ, Perth 1988 - 1991.

1979 Holden Gemini Wagon, Perth 1991 - 1992.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1971 Ford Fairlane ZD, 1992. Only had this car for about 2 weeks, my wife hated it.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1980 Fiat 131 S Mirafiori.

This picture is not of my car, but it is the same model.

1974 Mercedes Benz 230-6.
Citroen CX2400 Pallas, Perth 1993. Great to drive when it went.
1976 Mercedes 450SEL 6.9, Perth 1993-1994. Always regretted selling it, even though it had rust and was a LHD to RHD conversion.
1976 Renault 12 wagon, Perth 1994. Bought as a daily driver because the 6.9 cost too much to run.
1985 Nissan 300ZX, Perth 1994 - 1995. Seen here parked during a Perth - Melbourne - Perth trip. Covered the section of the Nullarbor Plain known as the 100 mile straight in 59 minutes.

1980 Chrysler Sigma 2.0 SE, 1994 - 1995. Bought to use during a visit by overseas relatives, and sold for a slight profit afterwards.

This picture is not of my car, but it is a similar model.

!973 Buick Regal 455, Perth 1995-1996. Beautifully converted to soft top, fabulous to drive. Redundancy present to myself.
1973 Corvette C3, Perth 1996-1997. Needed lots of work I couldn't get to.
1996 Ford Taurus Ghia, Perth 1996 - 1998. A sensible car for a while.
1979 Mercedes Benz 450SEL 6.9, 1998 to 1999.
1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II, 2000-2002. Possibly the most unreliable car I have ever owned. Horrendously expensive, badly built. Wished I'd kept the Mercedes.

1987 Porsche 928 S4, 2002-2004. Beautiful car, very fast, secure, safe. How can the people who built this build that rear engined junk?

Highly practical white interior...

1961 Vauxhall Cresta PA, 2000 to 2006. Lack of time, so I never rebuilt it. Sold to somebody with another Cresta.
1980 Ford Courier ute, 1999 to 2006.
1979 Mercedes 450SEL 6.9, 2003-current. Being progressively restored and modified to my taste. Second time I've owned this car, having traded it on that hideous RR previously.

1979 Holden Commodore VB series, 2005 to 2007. "Inherited" from my daughter-in-law. Being used whenever I need to take the 6.9 off the road for some restoration work. Now passed on to a friend in need of a car.

1974 Mercedes 450SLC - turned up in the local Holden dealer yard. traded with a motorcycle on a new Ute. Not bad now we've put a floor in the driver's side.

The second picture is after sorting out the injectors and ignition - just cleaning up, fixing wires and vacuum lines, etc. - fitting new carpet, and fitted with the Bundt wheels that were originally on the 6.9.

1996 SsangYong Musso IL6 3200, replacing the 450SLC with something a bit more practical. Fitted with MB engine and transmission, surprisingly good so far.
Holden Commodore SV6 ute, 2005, 6 speed manual VZ series. Very nice, but had to go after a short time because an injury means I cannot work a clutch properly for many months to come. Replaced the 6.9 Mercedes. September 2012 to December 2012.

Holden Commodore Ute

Holden Commodore Ute

Ford Territory

Ford Territory

2004 Ford Territory SX AWD, December 2012 - December 2013, started as my car, became my wife's car.
1989 Ford Courier 4WD ute - the new fire engine, November 2013 - current.
Ford Courier
Holden Crewman 2005 Holden Crewman Cross6, a twin cab AWD ute, June 2013 - February 2014.
1985 Toyota Hi Lux 4WD ute, the outgoing fire engine, aout 2010 - November 2013. Finally ran out of brakes, bit difficult when you've got 600 litres of water on the back. Replaced by the Ford Courier above.
Toyota Hi Lux

Audi A6

 

Audi A6

 

Audi A6

 

Audi A6

February 2014, finally back to an ageing German luxury car, a 2000 Audi A6 4.2 quattro. Gone to my son, June 2015.
June 2015, 1999 Mercedes S430L W220 series, from Dublin via Barcelona.

Mercedes S430L W220

Mercedes S430L W220