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Reliability trials

Reliability trials

Austin agent Clive Crozier behind the wheel of an Austin 7 car during a 1930 reliability trial in which he drove from Invercargill to Auckland, using Castrol products. Reliability trials and long-distance proving runs were widely reported in the media, and were used to advertise design improvements. Agents often took their cars on back-country roads – an Austin was even driven to the top of Rangitoto as a publicity stunt.

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Sources of cars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22836/reliability-trials (accessed 16 June 2021)

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