Monday, January 20, 2014

cars in Lower Queen Street, Auckland, late 1950s

Nearly all British with the obvious exception of the VW Beetle.  In this era Britain was the destination of about two thirds of NZ's exports so the Government had very low taxes on British cars compared to those from elsewhere.  That changed after Britain joined the EEC (now EU) in 1973.

The two-tone paint scheme on the Ford Prefect behind the Beetle is idiosyncratic; rather than chrome the grille has been painted red.

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