This or that: classic Chev showdown

Posted in Opinion, Cars

Over the years we’ve featured some amazing cars in NZV8 magazine, and with our next issue being our 10th Birthday Special, we decided to try and pick some favourites from the archives. Of course with so many cars to choose from it wasn’t easy to get a consensus, but below is what we here in the office voted as our favorite car from the seventh and eighth year of the magazine.

We’d love to know which one of these you like the best though, so let us know in the comments below, and you’ll go in the draw to win a hardcover copy of our NZV8 Top 100 Cars — The Editor’s Pick book! The winner will be drawn on Wednesday morning New Zealand time, and contacted via Facebook.

2011–2012: 1955 Chevrolet Truck (Ivan Jujnovich)
75th issue — Issue No. 75. Back issue available here

Ivan Jujnovich’s 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck is, to this day, the single most immaculate vehicle we’ve featured in NZV8 — period. The attention to detail, and sheer build quality is absolutely mind-boggling. For example, the brake booster and master cylinder were still sent away for chroming, despite being hidden behind the firewall. Inside, custom leather was imported from Italy for the seats, doors, roof, custom flat floor, and rear panel — there’s no carpet anywhere, just metal and leather. It runs an LS1 and 4L60E, with fully independent airbag suspension, but this truck is so much more than the sum of its parts — see it to believe it.

2012–2013: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette (Dave Best)
Issue No. 86. Back issue available here

Dave Best’s track-attacking 1965 Corvette doesn’t look too worked, from the outside — not a bad thing, given the Corvette’s beautiful lines. Underneath, though, it has been transformed into a circuit weapon, with completely redesigned suspension geometry and components, Wilwood brakes, and fantastic-looking American Racing wheels wrapped in sticky Nitto rubber. The crowning jewel is the 410ci mechanically fuel-injected small block, backed by a Jerico dogbox with straight-cut gears, laying 700 raucous horses to the tarmac. Track cars just should not look this good.

Todd Wylie

Todd Wylie has been involved with NZV8 magazine since before the first issue was printed, and has been the editor for the last eight years. Growing up in the heyday of the Jap-import scene, he's not adverse to Japanese vehicles, having worked for NZ Performance Car previously, as well as owning a few well-known examples. These days he cruises at a slower pace in a 1956 Cadillac Coupe and dreams of building a Model A tudor.