Volkswagen Kombi 1979
For romance and freedom, the Volkswagen Kombi is the quintessential road trip car. Adored in the past by hippies and surfers we love that this nostalgic car has made a comeback! We love their space, vintage look and above all their quirky character. To us, each Kombi has a personality of its own.
In the 1950s and 60s, Melbourne Australia was one of the few places outside of Germany where Volkswagens were locally manufactured. This made them unique to those produced in Europe and the US.
At the time, they were very affordable cars. Now a restored Kombi can sell for as much as $200,000 - and rightfully so. The Kombi is truly a vehicle memories are made of - and you can't put a price on that!
Ford mustang 1966
This car is so popular, it's featured in music and movies - even making an appearance in the James Bond film "Goldfinger". The Ford Mustang first rolled off the assembly line in Michigan in the US on March 9, 1964, but was introduced to the public the following month on April 17 at the "New York World's Fair". Two days later Ford Mustang made an appearance on all three American television networks!
The Mustang is a classic and a beauty. We are not surprised revised versions of the car remain on the market today. "You've been running all over town now. Oh! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground! Mustang Sally now, baby!"
Ford XM ute 1964
Nothing says you're an Aussie like owning a ute. The Ford XM Ute was a classic of its time, the perfect accessory for every farmer or block.
A lot of attention was placed on making the XM series durable for Australian road conditions with models in the past designed and tested in the US. This meant making changes particularly to the ute's suspension and tyres.
Ford has a very proud Australian history and never again will we see an Australian automotive dynasty like the one shared between Ford and Holden. If you have one of these timeless utes sitting around in the backyard, a new set of tyres and a car service will likely bring this classic back to life.
Ford XP coupe 1965
Another Ford classic, the XP Coupe came into production in 1965, a year after the XM Falcon series pictured above. It was the final series of the first-generation Falcon which had been introduced in 1960 as the XP Falcon.
The main change to this car from the previous year's XM series was the 'torque box' steel subframe which was added to help give the car greater structural rigidity to make it more appealing to the Australian market. Aussies needed tough cars to withstand the rough roads. This one lived up to the test!
Daimler MK 11 1963
Check out the wheels on this one! The MK11 was produced by the car company Daimler, one of the oldest automobile companies in the world. Daimler began production in 1896 in the UK making the company and its cars rich in history. The Daimler MK11 was characterised by its smoothness and sound of its V8 engine.
The distinctive interior and exterior luxury fittings also have us head over heels for this classic! Our mechanics loved working on this particular Daimler MK11 from 1963.
Jaguar e type v12 1972
The Jaguar E-Type V12 is a slick, high performance British sports car manufactured from 1961 to 1975. On its release, Enzo Ferrari called it the "most beautiful car ever made".
In 2004 'Sports Car International' magazine placed the car at number one on their list of 'Top Sports Cars of the 1960s'. In 2008 this car ranked number one in 'The Daily Telegraphs' online list of the world's '100 Most Beautiful Cars' of all time. From our end, we can see why! It even made an appearance in the Austin Power TV series. What an honour it is to cruise down the freeway in this one!
When looking back through history, many classic cars fit in with the look and feel of their era of production. They almost become icons or symbols of their time. The Jaguar MK11 is no exception, with a look fitting in perfectly with its production period from 1959 to 1967.
In the media, this car gained a reputation as an accomplished car among criminals and law enforcements alike. It was fast - which made it the perfect getaway car. While its history may not be all that clean, this car is still magnificent and we think the history just adds to its now very charming character.
MG MGB 1969
The MGB is a stunning two door sports car, manufactured between 1962 and 1980. In Australia, it was assembled from 1963 to 1972, during which approximately 9000 were sold. The cars were assembled from complete knock down kits shipped from England.
Remember back in the day or in the movies where you would see young adults jump over the front door and into the front seat without even opening the front door? Or maybe that was you! This car reminds us of that time. We wonder if anyone ever missed the front seat?
Porsche 356 Speedster 1948
Who doesn't love a Porsche! The Porsche 356 Speedster is a luxury sports car that did and still does make heads turn and mouths drop open. It was first produced by an Austrian company from 1948 to 1949, where only 50 cars were made, and then by a German company from 1950 to 1965.
The Porsche 356 Speedstar we worked on is one of the few produced by the Austrian company in 1948. It sure had the delightful attention of our mechanics as a true rarity and honour to work on.
Porsche 911 Carrera S 2005
The Porsche 911 Carrera S is a high-performance sports car that has been around since 1963. A true classic standing the test of time the model pictured in the image above was made in 2005.
This car has been modified by private teams and by the Porsche factory itself for many types of automotive competitions including racing and rallying. If you're lucky enough to have one of the older models (or a newer version - like the one we just worked on) sitting in your garage, our mechanics would love to give it the best of attention.
Buick Riviera 1965
A luxury classic, the Buick Riviera had a successful long lifespan from 1963 to 1999. While earlier models stayed close to its original form, later generations varied substantially.
The name Riviera was chosen to evoke the allure and affluence of the French Riviera. If you have been lucky enough to visit the Mediterranean coastline on the southeast corner of France, you will understand what they were trying to evoke! We think they were incredibly successful, as this classic gets us dreaming about driving it along the French coast...
Volkswagen Caravelle 1985
A hip mini 'bus' that can be used for work or play, the Volkswagen Caravelle is a part of the Volkswagen T3 Transporter series. The T3 series began in 1979 with the Caravelle introduced in 1981.
It's not hard for us to pick our favourite feature of this car. We love that it can seat up to eight people and you can still look like the hippest Dad or Mum driving it around the city or out on the open road with the kids in the back.
Unlike Volkswagens of an earlier time, the Caravelle was not made in Melbourne, but imported. In fact, for most of the 1980s the Caravelle, as well as its T3 Transporter siblings, were the only new Volkswagens Australians could buy. This model came from a long line of Transporter models first introduced in 1950 and still going strong today. In fact, the Transporter is the best-selling van in history with over 12 million units now sold worldwide. Other generations include the T1, T2, T4, T5 and T6.
Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1984
This classics name is so Italian - and we think it even looks Italian. We are talking about the Alfa Romeo or, in Italian, Alfetta which was manufactured from 1972 to 1987. It's an executive four door saloon car or an Italian Berlina with standard five people seating.
It was popular due to its modest weight and powerful engine. With just over 400,000 units sold this car is unique and a true honour to get in for a car service. The one we serviced is from 1984 and we will never forget her! 'Bella'!
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1975
The Rolls Royce Silver to us defines luxury! Produced in the UK in various forms from 1965 to 1980 to date the Silver Shadow has the largest production volume of any Rolls Royce.
Initially this model was planned to be called 'Silver Mist' however the name was changed to 'Silver Shadow' after realising that 'mist' translates in German to manure or rubbish or dirt. Believe us - after working on this car, we can clarify that it is anything but... We are glad Rolls Royce discovered the translation issue before putting this car on the market!
Classic Ford Mustang muscle cars are something special. This 1965 model made it's first debut at the World's Fair in 1964. Also known as pony cars enthusiats refer to this model as a 1964 1/2 Mustang. What a sweet ride.
This stunning Holden Torana XU-1 LC 1971 is arguably the most successful touring and rally car manufatured in Australia. What a beauty! Around 1600 road going GTS were made between 1972 and 1974.
Take a look at this immaculate ETYPE 1973 Jaguar. When the E-Type Jag was first launched in 1961 it caused a sensation. In 1971 the Series 3 came on the scene with a new all-alloy 5.3 ltr V12 engine in a long wheelbase 2+2 coupe or convertable form. Even though this added more overall weight to the vehicle it was still nimble on the road.
What an ageless body style this 1996 BMW 840 has. It is a Grand Tourer and very solid at high speeds. This is so different in design that often people don't thinks it's a BMW. And it is only 1 of 2 models that were made with pop-up headlights.
This 1979 Volkswagon Kombi Transporter is one of our favourites, a great versatile vehicle for work and play.
Think 'Kombi' and you are automatically thinking of the 'Flower Power' movment from the 60's & 70's as well as the iconic aussie 'Surfer'.
This Type 2 model has been continuously manufactured between 1950 to 2021 in various body styles and interior layouts. The Type 2 has 6 generations: T1 - T6 with various nicknames like Transporter, Microbus, Kombi, Bus and Minibus.
Luxury and style are synonymous with Porsche 2 door coupe vehicles. Not ony does Porsche produce luxury vehicles but it has also produced motor racing models as well as designing the iconic VW Beetle. They launched the Classic '911' in 1964 and continue to today now producing SUV's and Hybrid vehicles.
This American Muscle car, the Chevrolet Camaro SS 350 built between 1967 - 1969 has 2 doors, 2 seas and a hardtop. The SS or Super Sport featured non-functional air inlets on the hood, special striping and the SS badge.
We work on so many amazing historical vehicles. Just like this Jaguar Daimler Mark 11, a medium sized luxury sports saloon car produced between 1959 to 1967. It boasts side windows and opening rear 'no draught ventilator' windows. And came standard with Leather Upholstery and polished Walnut tirm.
Stand out with this Orange VW Soft Top Beetle. Origianlly a budget people mover it has risen to star status and graced the cover of many magazines. The iconic shape remains but with modern eye catching styling.
The 'Buick Eight' or 'Super Eight' due to the engravement on the grille, is a full-sized automobile produced by Buick from 1940to 1958. All fitted with a Straight-8 engine. A real pleasure to work on.
Who doesn't love an MG. This MGA Convertable 1955 -1962 is such a classic. This one even sports a stylish luggage rack on the rear.
1957 British legend, Sir Stirling Moss, broke the land speed record in the mid-engined MG EX 181, nicknamed 'Roaring Raindrop', at Salt Flats, Utah. He smashed the previous record, driving at 395.31 km/h, 20% faster than the previous record holder. (mgmotor.com.au History)
1962 The MGA model was strengthened by the addition of the more comfortable MGB model. Great fun to drive with a shorter chassis and larger cabin. Produced until 1980, it was the most successful MG ever made. (mgmotor.com.au History)
Make some room for this Rolls Royce modified to a stretch limousine. We can handle all tpes of vehicle in our automotive workshop. Our Wedding Car Hire client knows they can rely on our servicing and repairs to keep them and their guests safe on the road and we will always get them to the church on time!
We also service, repair and restore motorbikes in our workshop. Check out these two bikes, a Triumph Bonneville 2008 and a Triumph Scrambler 2014. Both individualy built up here at Tembyland. In the background you can see the rear of another collectable sports car, a
Yellow Corvette C5 1998.
This Corvette Stingray 1974 Convertible always turns heads. This model was created with a stronger rear bumper changing it's styling a little while still maintinging it's aerodynamic lines. The addition of resonators on the dual exhaust system reduced the internal cabin noise so you could enjoy the sound system without taking away for the familiar rumble when on the road.
A trio of classic car cool. The past has a strong future in our hands.
Here ia another very desireable Corvette Stingray 1998 Coupe which has graced our workshop. An American Automotive Icon of syle, power and performance. The V8 engine has a fine balance of horsepower, torque, smoothness and durability, providig an exceptional performance and handling.
This white 1980's Mazda RX-7 features a rotary engine and strikes the right balance of sportiness and reliability plus it's low price tag made it a popular vehicle to purchase.
2 Restored cars in front of our Eltham Workshop. A Ferrari Mondial F108 1983 and a Holden Torana X-U1 LC 1971. We service and restore Australian, European and American vehicles.
Here are another 2 vehicles being worked on by our experienced team of mechanics. A stunning Jaguar XJ6 series 111. built in 1989 and a rare Land Rover series 11. built in 1963.
Another classic vehicle, a Holden Utility 1979. It has been heavily modified. One of our experienced technicians, Brad, is in the background admiring this cool car.
The Porsche 356 is a sports car that was first produced in Austrian (1948–1949) then in Germany (1950-1965) The 356 is a lightweight and nimble-handling car with rear-engine, rear-wheel drive and two-doors available both in hardtop coupé and open configurations.
This beautiful soft top, 2 door, Porsche was a pleasure to work on.
Introduced in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type was one of the most desirable 'dream' cars. Over the next 10 years many changes were made to this model with the final version released in 1971. This is an example of the final version, a Jaguar V12 Series 111 Roadster 1973.
Rear view of the Jaguar ETYPE V12 Series 111 Roadster 1973 with fitted luggage rack that we had the pleasure to work on.
2021 Red Chevrolet Corvette 2LT Coupe on show at a recent presentation.
This C8 Corvette is a world class sports car.
Porsche 911 Turbo 2 door, soft top
Launched in 1962 as a 2.5lt V8, it later becamde known as a V8 250. This Daimler, built in 1967, is a compact model with generous Jaguar engine bay and automatic transmission.
Who doesn't love the classic lines of Jaguar and a set of white wall tyres - as Billy Joel sings "Welcome back to the age of style "!
1949 Buick Roadmaster
"Smooth as a bird's flight" was the sales pitch for this gorgeous machine with it's, at the time, pioneering two speed "dynaflow drive" transmission.
1949 Buick Roadmaster - Buick sales increased by more than 100,000 when this baby was released! 0-60mph in 17.1 seconds.
1949 Buick Roadmaster - The buick dynaflow trans was the first to offer a torque converter transmission with advanced fluid couplings.
POrsche 911 SC 1978.