Story: Cars and the motor industry

Sources of cars, 1914–1968

The source countries of imported cars have varied over time, whether they arrived ready to drive or unassembled. Canada and the US were the major sources until the 1930s. British cars then dominated until the 1960s. With imports from Commonwealth countries receiving preferential treatment, Australia emerged as another important source in the 1960s.

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Source: T. T. N. Coleridge, Our motoring heritage. Wellington: T. T. N. Coleridge, 1973, p. 36

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Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 15 Dec 2014