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This or that: Chevrolet semi-final showdown

15 April 2015

Over the years we’ve featured some amazing cars in NZV8 magazine, and with our current 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 from a pool of cars chosen by us here in the NZV8 office, here’s the car you picked as the best from our fifth and sixth year and the car you picked from our seventh and eighth year.

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 — Editor’s Pick book!

2009–2010: 1950 Chevrolet Business Coupe (Ian Rainbow)
Published in Issue 53. Back issue available here

If your car resembles a giant Snifter lolly, it’s probably nothing tough — unless you’re Ian Rainbow, that is. Ian’s peppermint green 1950 Chevrolet Business Coupe looks smooth as silk, from its glossy paintwork to the comfortably upholstered interior. Outside, the huge 15×15-inch Centreline Convo Pro rears are all that hint at the 572ci of World Products big block Chev beneath the bonnet, that (with the help of a NOS 400hp nitrous system) has hustled the vehicle down the quarter-mile in nine seconds. The Chev isn’t just fast, it’s also comfortable and reliable, and Ian and his wife Trish drive it all over the country, including road trips around the South Island!

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.