Rob & Sonya Jones
P76 Deluxe 6 cylinder 3 speed column change manual in Am Eye Blue. The H
J Jones Motor Co in Masterton sold this car new to Mr Dan Harte.
Masterton policeman, George Watt, who was a Club member for many years,
then bought it. While George lived in Carterton the car was resident in
Masterton almost every week outside the Police Station.
We bought the car from George in October 2001 and took it south to
Wainuiomata and guess what, we later moved to Masterton with the car.
The car has benefited from continual improvements with all its owners.
Dan fitted a Super dash with niceties like vacuum, amp and oil pressure
gauges along with an electric fuel pump. George had the head overhauled
and added hardened valve seats and a modified oil pressure by pass
system. We replaced the by now tatty rubber floor mat with dark blue
carpet and new reclining buckets and back seat, all finished in a dark
blue fabric to compliment the Casino Blue interior of the car. The
original bench seat was no longer ergonomic!
I have just refitted the correct wheels so the car Will sport Deluxe
hubcaps with Vidas wheel bands as in the seventies and unlike it appears
in the photo. The photo was taken along the beach front at Cape Foulwind
on the West Coast of the South Island, near Westport. The gate was open
and the terrain looked to interesting to pass up. This old Leyland will
go almost anywhere.
(Below Left) The Jones car in the gorge at the end of Ruahine Road, the
northern end of Route
54 shortly before you re-join SH1 just north of Mangaweka, July 2015
This shows the AEB D6 outside the locally
famous Leyland Shed of Frank and Robyn Waghorn in Reefton, just to show
the car gets around.
Rob and Sonya negotiate a narrow bridge inland from the Hurunui Pub in a
quest to find an historic homestead shown on their map.
They never did find it and the road turned to paddock!
Below Left: Rob and Sonya's P76 at Denniston Incline. Middle: Ron and Rob with their cars at Bluff. Right: Rob and Sonya's P76 at that famous pub. Damn good lunch too.