Thursday, October 15, 2015

Australian Tempo Wrecks

Tempo Matadors first went on sale in Australia in 1949. The Volkswagen engined Mk1 Matador was quite a popular vehicle and sold well. However, when the Volkwagen contract ended in 1952, exports to Australia stopped. Matador exports to Australia did not resume until the late 1950s when Tempo secured an engine contract with Austin.

Several surviving Volkswagen engined Matadors exist and are under restoration in Australia. Some examples however are beyond saving. This example below was found in country Queensland. Some elements, such as the chassis and axles may be salvageable.

These two Austin engined Matador IIs are also located in country Queensland. Both have badly damaged by bushfire, but some trim elements, such as badges look to be useable.

This Matador II also lives in Queensland. It's had an interesting life. It was originally Austin engined but at some point the engine failed and a Holden 179 red motor was installed. This required a new radiator to be installed. It was used as a vehicle carrier so the rear axle was replaced with a double axle. The truck is in rough condition but still functional and the owner intends to restore it 'as is.'