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Meet the owner | Guy Anderson

By David Chapman

GUY Anderson can remember his first car for a number of reasons, mainly for the comical way in which he almost lost it one night.

‘‘I personally bought a 750 Renault when I was 18,’’ he said.

‘‘It was so light (in weight).

‘‘One night I parked it and went in to by fish and chips.

‘‘A Volkswagen backed into it and the overriders hooked on to the bumper bar.

‘‘It drove off and was towing the Renault behind it down the road. I was running after it saying ‘Hey, hang on, that’s my car.’’

A motor mechanic by trade, he fell in love with the Triumph automobile early on in his career.

‘‘I could buy them pretty cheap, drive it for five years and sell it for more than I paid for it,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t have much trouble with them.’’

Guy in the Studebaker. Photo: Cath Grey

He has owned a Vanguard Six, which was the first Triumph with a six-cylinder motor, a 1970 Triumph and a 1974 Triumph before the introduction of the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve.

‘‘I had a Morris Minor, a Morris Major and a heap of other things,’’ he said.

He worked at Golden Fleece until he was made redundant when Caltex took over and then moved onto Mercedes Trucks for seven years before a 15-year stint with Neil’s Transport.

A creative and innovative man who seemingly can use a wasted part on one machine to fill a need on another, Guy knows his way around everything from master cylinders to gearboxes, shockers and exhaust systems.

‘‘I had a Mercedes 280S, a full import,’’ he said.

‘‘Geez it could go. Four-speed box, you could really get mobile.

‘‘But like all overseas things rust got into it.’’

The car needed a new exhaust and the quote was $900 but Guy was having none of that.

‘‘I looked in the waste bin at Mercedes where I was working and found an old muffler that had been thrown out,’’ he said.

‘‘So I grabbed it and welded that on instead. That’ll do.’’

THE CARS

According to Guy, his 1963 Studebaker Lark Cruiser was a ‘‘pretty nice sort of car’’ in its day.
It has a 259ci motor with three-speed automatic transmission.

‘‘It is similar to the Fordamatic,’’ he said.

‘‘It starts in second and moves a bit but when you tramp down on it it goes back to first and away you go.’’

There’s a Venetian blind in the rear windscreen and the upholstery is original except for the front seat which had a few cracks in it.

It also has a vanity mirror in the glovebox which the passenger can fold out and check the make-up while the car in is motion.

Photo: Cath Grey.

Another interesting feature is an old 8-track tape player which still works, as Guy was more than happy to prove by reaching under the seat for his 8-track collection and inserting an Elvis Presley tape.

The other car he is proud of is, of course, a Triumph.

‘‘It’s a 1976 Triumph 2500 TC — it’s quite a tidy little bus,’’ Guy said.

‘‘It has six-cylinder engine twin carby, that’s what the TC stands for, and three-speed automatic transmission.’’

WHERE DID YOUR CARS COME FROM?

Guy bought the Studebaker in 1975 courtesy of his wife Noelene.

‘‘Noelene’s dad bought it brand new so it’s been in the family,’’ Guy said.

‘‘When he bought it he drove down to Melbourne himself to pick it up,’’ Guy added, hinting that his father-in-law probably didn’t want to risk anyone else driving his brand new car on the road before he had the chance.

Guy and the Triumph. Photo: Cath Grey.

‘‘I chased around for a Triumph,’’ Guy said.

‘‘The local Caltex agent had quite a few cars so I bought this one off his son four years ago.’’

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE CARS?

Guy loves the fact his Studebaker is so compact.

‘‘The Yankee stuff was always long and heavy but this is compact,’’ he said.

‘‘In its day it was up against the FB and EK Holden and it’s a lot better than they were.’’

He said the Studebaker Lark was popular in its day.

‘‘Coppers used to use them,’’ he said.

Photo: Cath Grey.

‘‘They had 289ci motors whereas this is only a 259ci.

‘‘People would buy them and stroke the engines out which was unreliable.

‘‘It’s not bad for an old car.’’

The Triumph has an EGR valve which means it uses a lot more fuel.

‘‘It’s like the Holden HQ 202 motors — they were hot on fuels,’’ Guy said.

‘‘But I wanted one of these. It’s the fourth Triumph I’ve bought. The others had manual boxes and this is an auto.

‘‘It’s a better ride than the Studebaker because it has an independent back end.

‘‘The suspension is softer riding.’’

Guy also likes the look of the car.

Guy's dog Buster enjoying the comfort of the Triumph. Photo: Cath Grey

‘‘It’s a pretty, sporty looking thing,’’ he said.

‘‘I didn’t realise how low to the ground it was. It takes a bit of getting in and out of at my age.

‘‘It’s quite comfy to sit in.’’

SO WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT CAR?

‘‘Hard to say,’’ Guy said, remaining rather non-committal.

‘‘Personally I like the Benz. It’s one of the nicer cars.’’

AND WHAT’S NEXT?

Nothing at present.

There is an old Triumph on blocks on his property with velour interior but it looks like it’s staying there for a while yet.

In 1995 Guy traded in his MGB for a Toyota HiLux 28D ute which he still uses.

‘‘I drove the MGB for nine years but it was getting a bit of rust in it,’’ Guy said.

Otherwise, he’s simply happy to take his Studebaker or Triumph on outings an even put on show at the Steam Rally Echuca Moama.