Welcome to the Hooters fleet...
A fleet of American and European Vintage and Classic cars that are available for a range of chauffeur driven City and Winery tours, self-drive rentals, weddings and special events.
1923 Hupmobile Model R - 'Shades'
'Shades' is now the oldest car in our fleet taking the title from Turk by just a few months!
Shades arrived on a car transporter from Christchurch and has since undergone a light mechanical restoration and modernisation to get her ready for a busy summer season running Art Deco tours around Napier.
Shades is the fourth Hupmobile in the collection, evidence of the Brock-Jest passion for the marque.
1924 Hupmobile Model R - 'Turk'
Turk is the car in our fleet which has under gone the most extensive restoration.
We found Turk, stored in a barn , in Napier having been off the road for over 25 years after suffering a crack in the engine block.
The restoration took over 2 years and included a full bare metal respray and a rebuilt engine with an uncracked block, which handily had been sourced by the previous owner!
1925 Hupmobile Model R - 'MyHupp'
All of the cars in the Hooters fleet have names, just as they all have individual characters.
This is the very first Hupmobile that Ana has owned, her father has procured many over the years, becoming quite a fan of the marque.
Since its arrival, Ana has always referred to it as 'My Hupp' and so the name stuck!
'MyHupp' is rather well known in New Zealand as the car that Tony Murrell drove around Napier, hooting and waving in a segment on TV One's Kiwi Living programme.
1925 Hudson Super Six Truck - 'Sunny'
The infamous 'Hooters Truck' is not available for tours or self-drive hire but is a great addition to any event and is always keen to get into any parade!
Sunny would originally have been a 7 seat sedan and was converted to a truck by an ingenious farmer years ago.
No fancy spray job for this utility vehicle, instead David brush painted it in Sunshine Yellow and had the livery added in the traditional manner, taking well over a week!
1926 Dodge Model 4 - 'Clyde'
Clyde is a mainstay of the Hooters fleet and is particularly popular for touring the city, both with one of our experienced guides and as a self-drive rental.
Having made it all the way down from Whangerei, Clyde who is also known as our little tractor rarely leaves Napier city limits due to the top speed of just 45 kmph.
However what a way to get around, with a beautiful tan interior and a canvas roof.
1927 Buick Master Six - 'Bonnie'
Bonnie was the first vintage car in the Hooters New Zealand fleet and was named by a close friend of the family who, after taking it for a drive, exclaimed "oh, isn't she a bonnie ride!" and so the name stuck!
Bonnie has proved to be one of the most popular cars in the Hooters fleet, and with a superbly smooth over-head valve straight-six engine, burbling exhaust note and acres of rear legroom truly lives up to the old advertising slogan.
"If a better car is built, Buick will build it!"
1930 Willys Whippet - 'Betsy'
This Willys-Overland Whippet has been lovingly restored and rallied around New Zealand by her previous owner, a former engineering lecturer at Auckland University.
Although 'Betsy' isn't quite as long as the other cars, she certainly has a beautifully curved body and makes for a lovely intimate and comfortable ride.
From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second-largest producer of automobiles in the United States after Ford Motor Company.
1929 Oldsmobile - 'Adele'
'Adele' joined us from North of Auckland in 2016.
A six-cylinder inline engine with a 5 seat soft top tourer body by Holden's of Australia, she could be thought of as a very early Commodore!
'Adele' is one of our vintage cars with her pedals in the modern order, with the accelerator on the right rather than the centre, making her much easier for a novice to get to grips with driving.
1930 Oldsmobile 30F - 'Bugsy'
'Bugsy' is one of our most popular vintage wedding cars, with her beautiful cream and chocolate paint and of course, the hardtop affords much more protection for carefully manicured hairdos!
Certainly not just for weddings though, 'Bugsy' is great for City & Winery tours, or for those days that the weather doesn't play fair and definitely for our younger guests who, due to the lack of seat belts, can't ride in the open tops.
1930 Ford Model A Bus - 'Monte'
Finally, after years of searching Hooters has managed to find a cracking vintage bus! 'Monte' is currently the only fully restored 'pre-war' bus operating in New Zealand.
Seating for 9 passengers makes this a versatile vehicle and while he definitely won't win any awards for high speeds the absolute uniqueness of this vehicle is sure to catch anybody's eye!
1937 Dodge D5 - 'Charlie'
'Charlie', our late 30's Dodge has a charm very much of her own, with a plush interior and spacious rear seat she is probably one of the most comfortable of the fleet. Great for airport transfers and winery tours with a large boot for luggage or wine supplies!
'Charlie' retains all the glamour of Art Deco but is much easier to drive than the older vehicles in the fleet making her an excellent self-drive option.
1938 Lagonda V12 Le Mans
The 'Lag', as it is often referred to, is far and away the star of the fleet, only 150 of these fantastic V12 engines were ever built and this Le Mans style racer is one of only a dozen scattered around the globe and the only one based here in New Zealand.
This Lagonda has been raced and rallied all over the world by owner and driver David Brock-Jest and the stories he has to tell could fill a dozen books, just don't ask what it is worth as his reply is always "a gentleman never tells!"
Whilst driving this beautiful machine is reserved exclusively for David and daughter Ana, the 'Lag' is only available as a display vehicle for events and film work, if you are interested please email your request for consideration.
1953 Citroën Big 15 - 'Rene'
'Rene' was an early acquisition to the fleet coming up to Napier from sunny Nelson and undergoing a light restoration. Designed in the mid-thirties, this car was revolutionary with its monocoque design and front-wheel drive. Andre Citroën had taken the design of the 34 Ford and created a car with a roofline that was 8 inches lower!
French elegance and innovation make this a lovely car to drive and be driven in.