The Extraordinary XJ6

THE EXTRAORDINARY XJ6

The Extraordinary XJ6

The beautiful shape provokes instant appeal and fitted beneath that body, was a mighty 350 Chev Engine.

You know that feeling you get when you see a cold frothy beer on a hot summer day? That’s how Neil Huddy felt when he first laid eyes on a Jaguar XJ12; it was love at first sight. The beautiful shape provokes instant appeal and fitted beneath that body, was a mighty 350 Chev Engine. From that moment, it was clear that the elegant XJ was more than just a pretty ride and Neil began his journey to find his very own Jaguar XJ.

The eXperimental Jaguar

The name XJ stems from eXperimental Jaguar; an experiment that shaped Jaguar for generations to come. The Jaguar XJ6 was the first model in the XJ series 1 and the last car to be designed by Founder, Sir William Lyons. It was a testament to his bold touch.

Upgraded from its iconic cousin, the Jaguar E-Type, the interior of the XJ6 offered significant improvements, including face-level ventilation, foam padding to the instrument panel, flush rocker switches that replaced the toggles and many more optional extras that Jaguar lovers could relish in. The performance of the vehicle was nonetheless superb; the petrol engine produced up to 183kW of power with some models hitting a top speed of 204 km/hr. Acceleration was also a standout, being able to go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 9.1 seconds.

The XJ6 was set to make its mark, and it was evident that Sir Lyons was proud of his last creation to which he appeared in multiple advertising campaigns stating that the XJ6 was “the greatest Jaguar ever”.

From eXperimental to eXtraordinary

The Jaguar XJ6 was launched to the public in 1968 at the Paris Motor Show. The vehicle was announced, the world loved it, and it was named ‘Car of the Year’ by Car Magazine. Sir Lyons’ vision for the XJ6 became a reality when it started replacing Jaguar’s existing saloon range and went on to become Sir Lyons’ longest-lived creation.

Since then the XJ Series has successfully expanded to include Series 2, Series 3 and other modern variations of the XJ model. There’s no denying that the XJ Series have passionate lovers from all over the globe and has even been labelled the best saloon car in the world by many motoring enthusiasts. The model has been featured in countless media and high-profile appearances, such as movies and TV Series. Click here to see the list.

Makeover Memories

As for Neil, his search for a Jaguar XJ ended in 2011, when he came across a 4-door auto XJ6 while browsing online. Previously owned by a Jaguar spare part dealership, Neil couldn’t pass up this opportunity and needed to take this beauty home.

Since joining the family, the XJ6 has undergone some well-deserved restorations. This included the installation of a 6 litre, 8-cylinder Chevy LS engine, full bare metal resprayed in the colour Original Tudor White, upgraded panels, interior fully trimmed to factory look and all timber strips on the top of the doors were sanded and re-varnished.

Neil’s favourite memory with his XJ6 was: “The whole overhaul process, turning something ordinary into something that is admired by all walks of life”. And when asked what he loves most about his XJ6, he replied, “Absolutely everything but installing the LS V8 is a standout for me. It’s reliable, powerful and surprisingly economical; and it doesn’t leak oil”.

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Classic Conversations

CLASSIC CONVERSATIONS

Classic Conversations

"Every dent and scratch has a story" - Harley Barkowski

If this 1967 C10 Chevrolet could talk, there might be more stories than owner Harley Barkowski would know what to do with. Discovered in Boise Idaho in 2016 by Harley’s mate Rob, the Chevy was spotted – rusting away in a paddock, after its original owners had discarded it some 18 years earlier.

THE C10 CHEVROLET RESTORATION

With the newly purchased truck in tow, Rob returned to Australia and commissioned Harley to its repair. With strict instructions to make it ‘low with big brakes and horsepower – but don’t touch the paint’, new life was breathed into this hardworking classic.

“As I was building, I sort of developed a relationship with it,” says Harley, and in 2019 he jumped at the chance to buy the Chevy. Finally, he was able to put his ‘own spin’ on the restoration and despite replacing the 20-inch steel wheels with a more traditional 15 inch Torq Thrust set, adding chrome bumpers and upgrading the interior, Harley faithfully left the paint in its near original purchase condition. “It’s liberating” he explains, and unlike the other classics he owns, does not require the constant upkeep to maintain a pristine exterior.

CHEVROLET - THEN AND NOW

The Chevrolet motor company was the brainchild of ex GM boss William Durant and Swiss automotive engineer and namesake, Louis Chevrolet.  After a slow start with their first and overpriced Series C, Chevrolet finally gained momentum in the competitive car market in 1915, with the launch of its more affordable Series 490.

Within two years the company was booming – so successful in fact, owner William Durant was able to regain his control of then competitor General Motors for a merger. It was Chevrolet who finally bought out GM – the company Durant had ironically been ousted from less than a decade earlier. In 1918 Chevrolet, now a division of General Motors, rolled its first truck off the assembly line – a one-tonne, 4 cylinder two-wheel drive Model T with a 36 horsepower engine and a payload of a little under a tonne. 

Fast forward to 1960 and the decade of Harley’s Chevy. This period saw the introduction of the popular C/K line of trucks – ‘C’ denoting a two-wheel drive and ‘K’ a four-wheel drive. Affectionately nicknamed ‘glamour pickups’ they brought with them a number of firsts – most notably a lower cab, independent front suspension and a more modern shape. Chevrolet was giving the American public an ‘almost car-like ride in a truck’, and it was fair to say they were utterly besotted. 

Despite becoming one of the top-selling vehicles in the US, it took GM another three decades to produce a left-hand drive Chevrolet truck. Launching under the HSV badge, the Silverado 2500 made its debut in Australia in 2018, followed by the 1500 pick-up earlier this year. Positioned against its big brash American cousin RAM, the Silverado retails on either side of $100k – depending on the model.

For the Australian market, these trucks are big – seriously big – measuring over 6 metres in length, 2 metres in height and just under 2 and a half metres in width. Although they mightn’t be the best vehicle for a crowded shopping centre car park, they’re fitted with enough kit to handle most offroad challenges and can literally tow a small house.

WHAT'S NEXT

For Harley, there’s no chance he’ll be trading in any of his 5 – yes 5 – vintage Chevys for one of these new Silverados. Still in the ‘phase two’ of the restoration on his C10, he’s enjoying the challenge of what has ultimately become his new career. So, outside of his obvious love of Chevrolets, what is Harley’s dream car? A 1968 Dodge Charger … or a ‘64 Corvette … or perhaps ‘67 Plymouth Barracuda – there are just so many to choose from he says, but these are for another day.



References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_C/K
https://www.cjponyparts.com/

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Best of Both Worlds

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Best of Both Worlds

Tom Wilkinson’s remarkable custom pickup, built with his own two hands from the ground up.

What do you get when you take a 1947 GMC and attach to a 1974 Holden one-tonner chassis? The result is none other than Tom Wilkinson’s remarkable custom pickup, built with his own two hands from the ground up. It was one of the biggest challenges he’s pushed himself to complete, and after many (many!) years of hard work, his masterpiece finally made its debut. And we’re all for it!

ICONIC STYLING

The body of the 1947 GMC pickup is not one to be disputed. The signature headlights, grille and pronounced bonnet, are all elements of what we love about the iconic vintage. This particular pickup design had been in the works at GM’s styling department as early as 1942. Talk about getting it right! Clay models from 1943 laid the foundation for the 1947 model, with features like headlights integrated into the front fenders, tall hood, and split windshields. These models were referred to as GMC’s “Advance-Design” and were introduced after World War II as a new and completely restyled line. Production of the Chevrolet/GMC pickups began in May 1947 and was ready for consumer purchase by June.

ONE-TONNER WONDER

The Holden one-tonner is still considered a legend to most Australians, popularly known for carrying the ute variation of icons like the HQ and HJ. The name itself carries its purpose and beauty. With a full-length perimeter chassis, leaf springs, longer wheelbase, and unique cab design, this hardy one-tonner is invincible to long hours of hard work and roughing it out – pulling its weight while also taking on yours! Despite the decades since it was first released, many tradies would still consider the one-tonner a heavy-duty machine even today. Its durable design was referenced for contemporary models of Holden’s utes and trucks until production ceased in 2017.

So, when it came down to a chassis that would be hardy enough to support a custom pickup, what better choice than the trusty one-tonner?

47FAT "AUSTRA-MERICAN" COMBO

Living on the central coast of New South Wales, Tom did not recall seeing many pickups on the road. This spurred him to kickstart passion project “47FAT”. His mission? To build a pickup from the ground up using a 1947 GMC frame supported by a 1974 Holden one-tonner chassis. Obtaining the parts was the easy bit; he bought the GMC off a mate and purchased the one-tonner from the local wreckers.

The real work began when it was time to put everything together. Tom built this pickup in his single car garage space, so you can probably imagine how tight it was to store parts, let alone assemble everything in place! The matte black look and the bright orange dashboard added a modern twist to the vintage icon, also done by Tom himself. This build took him 8 long years to complete, and he says that finishing it remains one of the biggest highlights of his life.

You may think the years invested into getting 47FAT up and running has probably put him off another build. Nope! He’s got another project up his sleeve, and this time it’s a ute for his other pride and joy, his daughter. Last time we asked, nothing was set in stone, but we’re excited to see what Tom has in store next!

If you’ve got yourself a custom pickup like Tom, we would love to provide you with a quote! Simply follow this link to fill out the form: https://www.rynoinsurance.com.au/motor/submit-a-quote/

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Underdog Champion

UNDERDOG CHAMPION

Underdog Champion

When you bring up some of the best cars Britain has to offer, it’s easy to mention names like Triumph, Mini, Vauxhall, MG, and Rolls-Royce - just to name a few.

Sitting amongst these British giants is a seasoned forerunner that strikes a chord in people’s minds whenever its name is brought up. Rover has been around since 1878 and is easily one of the oldest automobile companies to date. Initially focused on manufacturing bicycles, supply and demand moved Rover into the car industry making them one of the leading automobile companies in the game.

SUBTLE BEAUTY

To describe Luke Thorneycroft as a Rover fan would be an understatement. His first ever classic was a 1975 Rover 3500 automatic, but it was sold in 2013. Since then, the desire for another classic was a hard itch not to scratch.

“I was lost without [a] classic. I needed a hobby, so I was constantly looking on the web tossing between an XJ6 Jaguar and a WB Holden Statesman…”

And then, there it was…

The 4-seater sedan equipped with leather seating, 4-speed manual transmission, V8 configuration, and cast-iron headers with a stainless-steel exhaust remain true to the original 1974 Rover 3500S.

Luke first fell in love with the 3500S owned by his next-door neighbour. “It was hearing him come and go, the burble of the V8, and the sharp lines down the side of the car that got me interested,” he recalls.

It was no turning back when Luke spotted this classic in arctic white and he knew he had to have it. What you see here is exactly what Luke saw in the advertisement—mint and in pristine condition. The car’s previous owner, Trevor Tyrrell (former WA Rover Club President), owned it for 25 years and carried out a full restoration, even supplying receipts and photos of all the work he undertook.

It didn’t take much before Luke was on a plane to Western Australia to see her in the flesh. In that trip, he secured the 3500S to have it brought back to Melbourne within the week – just before his wedding! “I have a very understanding wife as she let me buy a car instead of booking [the] honeymoon!”

Since he’s bought it, Luke made a few more touch-ups of his own. The most recent upgrade he had done was the installation of a new fuse box, just so his Rover would be up-to-date with a modern system. He also had the original 4-speed gearbox rebuilt and the radiator recored to a 3 bar to improve cooling performance. Apart from the necessary maintenance measures, Luke hasn’t had any major modifications done to it.

AWARD WINNER

If there’s another reason for Luke to be proud of, it’s the numerous awards this car has participated in and won.

They are the:

National Rover Rally – Outstanding Presentation 1998
West Australian Rover Owners Club Pride of Ownership – Best Original Car 2000
West Australian Rover Owners Club Pride of Ownership – Best P6 2000-2001
West Australian Rover Owners Club People’s Choice 2010
West Australian Rover Owners Club Best P6 – 2014/2015

Despite its many recognitions, the term ‘simple is best’ rings ever so strongly when reflecting on the 3500S. Luke describes the Rover as a decent car that’s still well respected today. “[It] epitomises quality and sophistication [that] you can feel in the drive and handle.

“The Rover is an under-valued car… and is a great classic for any motoring enthusiast”.

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Super Light Pagoda

SUPER LIGHT PAGODA

Super Light Pagoda

This is the kind of car that’ll make you feel like a million dollars each time you hop in.

The cool roadster profile and convertible top, who wouldn’t want to be seen cruising down in this stellar classic? Lucky for Bill, who patiently waited and scoured the web for the perfect SL 113 series, he finally landed himself behind the wheel and the proud owner of this very special 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL.

SEHR LEICHT

The year was 1963, and up until then the 190SL and 300SL have been the leading powerhouses of the marque. When it was decided that these models would terminate production in that same year, Mercedes-Benz needed a new face to take over the reins. The SL moniker was already popular and established, so there was no need to convince the audience of its reputation.

The 230SL was one of three series that made up the third generation of the Sehr Leicht (translated as Super Light). The big debut took place at the Geneva Auto Show in March to roaring success. Design wise, it was Mercedes’ signature to use bulbous curves to characterise its vehicles. However, the launch of the 230SL took on a new body aesthetic; with a squarish shape, clean lines and a removable hardtop, also known as the ‘Pagoda’. Though only a “spiritual descendant” of the previous cars, the 230SL managed to surpass expectations by doubling sales and even topping the 190SL when compared to its best year.

THE SUPREME SPORTING CAR

The third generation SL was mechanised by a straight-6 cylinder engine and equipped with front disc brakes and a single pivot independent rear suspension. The 230SL could hit up to 200km/h, and for the first time, the SL presented buyers with a choice between an automatic or 4-speed manual transmission. Interior refinement also sets the 230SL apart from its competitors. These cabin upgrades include luxurious leather seats, big clear gauges, a Blaupunkt radio system, and more refined craftsmanship throughout.

While looks did play an important role, it was the car’s performing ability that really skyrocketed the SL to greater heights. Bill Boddy, a MotorSport journalist back in the day who had the privilege of test-driving the 230SL in 1965, described it as a “supreme sporting car” with an “impeccable finish”. Handling was regarded as neutral, with light, easy steering even at the speed limit. Though it was not built for the racecourse, the reliability and robustness of the 230SL made it a suitable car for rally races. It even won the championship at the 1963 Spa-Sofia-Liege Rally.

ONE OF STUTTGART'S FINEST

As for Bill, a vehicle’s history and provenance are the most important. Right now, he’s got nine classics secured in his garage, including a 1993 limited edition Mazda MX5 (1 of 100) and a 2002 Mazda Motorsport MX5 SP (1 of 100).

Not much is known about his 230SL in particular, except that it has made several appearances in movies and TV shows (though the owner has not specified the titles). Bill purchased the car in 2014 in near original condition, and the only modification – or in this case, reversion – made by him so far was replacing the modern audio system to one that is period correct.

The timeless elegance and comfort are just some of the reasons why Bill loves his 230SL. We asked what his favourite memories are, to which he replied, “too many”. Of course, with a car that was regarded as “one of the finest from the Stuttgart firm”, making memories will come easy.

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Meguiar’s MotorEx 2020

MEGUIAR'S MOTOREX 2020 MELBOURNE

Date: 16 – 17 May  2020
Time: 10am – 6pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Location: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epson Road, Ascot Vale VIC 3022
More information: http://www.motorex.com.au/#top

MotorEx is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Each year the show attracts the country’s best custom and modified cars, which travel from all over Australia to create an amazing visual spectacle of colour, chrome, and individual style.

Covering over 40,000 square metres, it features 700+ vehicles with a whopping collective value of over $50 million dollars! The country’s best automotive businesses are also invited along to showcase the industry’s newest and most exciting products.

Meguiar’s MotorEx is a crazy car experience not to be missed!

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Millennial Falcons

MILLENIAL FALCONS

Ford Better or For Worse

You’ve heard of his and her towels, mugs, and even jewellery; but this may be a first for you – his and hers Ford Falcons.

The stunning duo you see here belong to Anthony and Chrisy Haber, a husband and wife team with a supercharged enthusiasm for Falcons. So of course, what better way to celebrate one another than with a pair of FPVs? For Chrisy, the show-stopping 2012 Falcon GT GT-P, a homage to her Ford Fairlane heyday, and for Anthony, the fast and furious Falcon RSPEC. Both vehicles joined the family at different times, having landed into the hands of the Habers in second-hand conditions, but there’s no doubt these two will ride together for a long time coming.

RED & BLACK

The launch of 2012 GT was no quiet affair. The new kid on the block was the first supercharged V8-powered GT in the Falcon’s 43-year history. Boasting 335kW of peak power and an impressive 570Nm of turbo torque, drivers are spoilt for choice with four variants – the GS, GT, GT-P, and GT E.  And even better? The cost to own one is much more affordable compared to similar cars from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, with a range between $60,000 to $83,000.

You can’t unleash a new GT without first upping the ante on its technology. The new 335 kW engine was the brainchild of a $40 million program by Australian-based company, ProDrive, a leader in FPV organisation at the time. Inspired by the Coyote V8 found in the contemporary American Ford Mustang, the base of this new FPV engine was brought in from the United States and then put together by hand using top grade Aussie-made components.

The drive does not fail to impress either, regardless of what driving appetite you have. It’s perfectly adaptable as a city car and will oblige you the short drive to the shops without any fuss. However, plant your foot on the accelerator and you’re just asking for it. The power that roars to life is instantaneous and the GT-P will happily show-off what it was designed to do. It’s a beautiful drive on cruise mode, with the hum of the V8 filling the interior with its muted beat. Not to anyone’s surprise, fuel consumption of the GT-P isn’t the most efficient, but that isn’t a deal-breaker.

CODE NAME 'PANTHER'

If there’s a worthy cruising partner for the GT-P to ride alongside, it’s the GT RSPEC. FPV engineers nicknamed it “The Panther”, and the public soon chimed in. A limited-edition model, the RSPEC had only 350 units manufactured, making this something of an experience if you ever manage to catch one on the road. The wow factor of the Panther is, of course, the 5-litre supercharged V8 engine, making it Australia’s fastest accelerating car ever produced. Initially tagged at 335kW, actual engine outputs were close to 420kW, with many production models hitting 330kW at the rear wheels during tests. Chrisy has even fitted her GTP with the RSPEC, giving her Falcon the same turbo power to zoom down the quarter mile alongside her husband.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Being husband and wife with the same taste in cars reap its own reward. When asked what she loves most about the couple’s Falcons, she replied, “There are no arguments between [us] as we both have matching V8 supercharged [cars]!”

And if you’re going to have matching red and black vixens, then all the more reason to show them off together side-by-side. The couple enjoys taking the twins out for cruises and car meets where they receive lots of looks from fascinated passersby.

But we know this won’t be the last we hear from the Habers. Under wraps are two more Falcons that are currently being restored and dressing up for their debut. One, a GT XY Ute that once belonged to Chrisy’s father, and the other a GT Wagon. No news as to when these Ford classics will be ready, but until then we’ve got the twins here to keep us busy.

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Darling Downs Veteran & Vintage Motor Club

TOOWOOMBA SWAP MEET

Date:  01 – 02 February 2020
Location: Toowoomba Showgrounds, Frank Thomas Ave, Glenvale QLD 
More information: https://www.ddvvmc.com.au/home 

The Toowoomba Swap Meet is proudly brought to you by the Darling Downs Veteran & Vintage Motor Club Inc (DDVVMC). The event takes place every year on the first full weekend in February and is counted among the biggest three swap meets in Australia. 

Up to 12,000 people attend the swap meet, including approximately 1,750 site holders. 

The Ryno team will be at booth #103 at the Founders Pavilion! 

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Ryno Report #27

RYNO REPORT #27

RYNO REPORT #27

Check out January’s Ryno Report for an update of events that we have attended! Also, stay tuned for the next edition of Ryno Rides!

IN THIS EDITION

  • Happy New Year!
  • Your favourites from 2019
  • Upcoming events
  • Ryno Rides

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Cars & Coffee Jindalee January

CARS & COFFEE JINDALEE

Date:  18 Jan 2020
Location: Jindalee, Queensland
More information: http://www.carsandcoffeebrisbane.com.au

Ryno Insurance are proud sponsors of Cars & Coffee Jindalee. Bring along your rare, classic, vintage, historic, exotic or race vehicles from 6:30 am January 18, 2020. Enjoy a hot coffee and bacon sandwich while checking out what Queensland has in store for you!

Keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event, so please drive and behave responsibly.

See you all there, rain or shine!

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