Rod Tempero is a third generation New Zealand coach builder that builds replicas and performs high-end restorations in Oamaru, NZ. His grandfather Alan established a coach building business, teaching Rod’s father, Errol, everything he knew, and overseeing the training of the next generation when Rod joined the company in 1979. Together they produced replicas of Jaguar’s C- and D-Type, XJ13, and XK180; Aston Martin DB2; and Ferrari 250TR and California spiders. Eventually, his father sold the business, and Rod stuck it out for a time before striking out on his own.
Today, Rod and his two-man crew replicate the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1953 Maserati A6GCS, 1957 3.8 Lister Jaguar, Ferrari P4, and the Jaguar D-Type and its XKSS road going twin. What is even more interesting is that they do so without the use of original blueprints or factory drawings. The 250 GTO, for example, was built using reference books, pictures, and Tempero’s incredible eye for design and detail. And like its siblings, it was built from scratch in a chicken shed in Oamaru, New Zealand.
Should you ever sit and wonder what has happened to true craftsmanship and artistry, consider that shed in Oamaru. There three guys build automotive works of art, finishing each project when everything is “just right” and not a moment before. — CAS