Random Retro Snap

Now I’ve seen everything. Brand new old stock Skyline RS cufflinks and matching tie clip for the discerning enthusiast. Perfect for your next formal outing, and they even come in a fancy velvet-lined box to impress your girlfriend.

Mont Blanc, eat your heart out.

Or at least she will be, until you tell her you dropped 15,000 yen (NZ$230) on these puppies; for the price one would expect just a bit more lushness than that. hell, they’re not even 9k gold or anything, and those are probably fake diamond studs on the clip.

Rusting in peace…

August 3, 2009
resting amongst the trees (by decypher the code)

Let's go sunning, it's so good for you!

The abandoned remains of a 1950s International R190 sit peacefully under a tree. Amazingly, the owner claims the engine still starts and runs, but due to time constraints I wasn’t able to witness this spectacle for myself. Perhaps I’ll take him up on that offer next time I’m down that way – there are a few other rusting hulks dotted around his property which I’d like to trek back to and photograph at some stage.

So melancholic, yet… somewhat dignified.

rusting hulk (by decypher the code)

Pretty flowers need the sun, this applies to everyone!

Mini flickr set here »

C110 Progress

July 30, 2009

Can you imagine?!

Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery

Forced heart surgery, the 5spd attached to the back of the L24 came out of my brother’s old 280ZX (S130) and the gearbox in his 240Z (s30) is giving him grief so I had to quickly remove the box from my car to aid his.  So at the same time, I figured I’d pull the engine too.  Had to come out at some stage anyway, might as well be now.  If the weather keeps up I might well start stripping the interior and exterior panels off too now that it’s got a nice safe garage to sit in.


…it’s almost like a barn find, but not quite.

The background: my friend’s father (who’s a bit of a tinkerer) recently did a bit of maintenance work on a vehicle for a lady he knew, and she happened to mention that it was probably time for her to retire said vehicle in order to get something slightly more modern. To cut a long story short, it turns out her car is a 1981 DR30 Skyline RS sedan with the FJ20E naturally aspirated engine – she’s the 2nd NZ owner and has owned it for a number of years blissfully unaware of any “significance” it may have had!

DR30 Skyline sedan (by decypher the code)

genuine DR30, it is!

The car: Judging from the manufacture date and build number it’s one of the very first RS models made, as they were released in October 1981. The car itself is a bit rough around the edges but I’m confident it will clean up well with some effort. The important thing is that it still drives well, and the FJ20E is still as smooth and perky as one might expect for a twin cam 4-valver (although it’s no match for the turbo version). To me, it was surreal seeing another genuine DR30 on the ground here in NZ, and cool yet strange to see one that’s been here living a very honest life for the last 20-odd years and hasn’t been destroyed yet.

Anyway, enjoy a selection of photos after the jump, and if anyone happens to be interested in purchasing this DR30, give us a yell and arrangements can be made on your behalf – I’m fairly sure its current owner would appreciate it going to a worthy home.

Alert readers will note the absence of the tell-tale 3 slat front grille in the following photos; the only plausible explanation is that sometime in the past it was stolen or broken and thus replaced with a regular HR30 honeycomb (because DR30 grilles aren’t exactly common here). It sure helps disguise the fact that this is the real deal from far away, as only the badging remains (and the paint scheme, if you know what to look for).


Part IV of this brings it to an end, this final day involved the majority of the cars being parked in some sports grounds for the public to oggle at.  It was a good day, sadly I didn’t have the time to take photos of everything that was there but I did take as many as I could in the time I had.  I think there’s a pretty decent selection to have a squiz at.  One of my favourite, if not my favourite of the whole she-bang, I didn’t stumble upon until the show/display and that was this car…

1935 Aubern Speedster

1935 Auburn Speedster

The information on carjam.co.nz would indicate that this is in fact a Custom-built, so it’s either a replica or there was some strange dealings done in getting it onto the road.  Whatever the case, be it replica or not, it’s an amazing machine.  What’s not to like?  It’s a truly amazing machine, the whole sculpted body is just craftsmanship perfected, I’d own one in a heartbeat if I could, here’s some more shots and some of what else was on display including the link to the flickr Gallery with 95 images… (more…)