Motoring Years


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The Tasmanian Police Museum has proven a veritable gold mine of classic car pictures, and we have Tony Grincais to thank for sending these through to us. Above we feature a couple of traffic policemen in the Hobart tram depot with their ‘54 Humpy. Over to the right we see a quartet of G-men with their lovely ‘Tank’ Fairlanes from 1952. We particularly like the shot of the sharply-dressed gent about to provide unmarked escort car duties for the Governor. Back in those days you got out of the way of any black EH Special with a flag on the front.


If you were standing in the car park of Melbourne’s Chadstone shopping complex back in 1963 and weren’t quite sure where you parked your pale blue Holden, you were in lumber.

Back then you couldn’t just plip the key to spot your lights flashing, so it would have been a long and laborious process of checking number plates.

Alternatively, you could have just tried the key in a few. Chances are it would have opened and started more than a few!

Just kidding, we don’t recommend car theft here at Unique. Anyone spot the silver Daimler Conquest Century?


We featured a few pictures from the well-travelled Geoff Green in the last issue of Unique Cars, but the sheer quantity of pictures he sent us merited a few more to include. We’re also going to go out on a bit of a limb here. Whereas many of the pictures in Motoring Years feature noteworthy vehicles, the cars in these three shots aren’t really anything special. These three pics are all hire cars, rented on various American vacations, but we love the feel of these snapshots in time from 1975. Anything that transports us to the side of a road with your girl by your side, a tank full of gas, a map on your lap and a head full of possibilities is no bad thing with us. Geoff’s not so sure about the fashion though. “How about those flared pants? Today you would be asked where the rest of the circus was but at that time these were the norm.” Good on ya, Geoff.


Taken shortly after he finished serving in the British Army, here we have a young John Enright in London back in 1965, with a rather lovely Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, a car that was used by Reggie and Ronnie Kray as they ran their underworld network at the start of the Swinging Sixties. John looks as if he’d pass for a henchman himself, but he assures us his business in town was strictly legitimate.