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Tailored . . . Graham Baird has customised his 1959 Plymouth Suburban. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON

Graham Baird’s 1959 Plymouth Suburban started its life in New Zealand working as a hearse in Auckland, and then Wellington.

Later, it was bought by a building business in Wyndham.

Fifteen years ago, Mr Baird, of Gore, bought it and he has since restored and customised it and put it back on the road.

Mr Baird added different touches, including upgrades to the front, a sun visor and exhausts out to the side.

The six-seater vehicle had been rechromed.

He replaced the six-cylinder engine with a V8 and re-upholstered the interior with vinyl.

The 5.6m-long vehicle features an “envy green” paint job done by Mr Baird’s friend Thomas Morris, of Gore.

Mr Baird said they went through a lot of colours to find the perfect one, including reds and oranges.

Go the distance . . .The 1959 Plymouth Suburban is powered by a V8 engine. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON
Go the distance . . .The 1959 Plymouth Suburban is powered by a V8 engine. PHOTO: AMANDA CARRINGTON

He said he had always liked green.

“It’s a good stand-out colour,” Mr Baird said.

The Suburban had a two-stage push-button transmission that was completely thief-proof, he said.

The tinted glass came from the United States.

The Suburban was back on the road six months ago.

Mr Baird entered it in the Great USA Day car show in Dunedin this year.

It placed in the top 10 and featured in the New Zealand Rodder magazine.