VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CARS SOUTH AFRICA
|Aston Martin - DB 4 GT - 1961|
|Bugatti - Type 49 - 1931|
|Chevrolet - Universal Series AD Six - 1930|
|Chrysler - 72 Six Roadster - 1928|
|DKW - Reichsklasse F5 Cabriolet - 1938|
|FORD MODEL T - Speedster - 1916|
This is a typical “Bitza” to car restorers - having a little bit of this and a little bit of that. This particular car is by no means authentic and is probably the work of an Englishman, who got hold of an old Ford Model T chassis and the engine of a later Model T (hence the different chassis and engine numbers). This car enthusiast tried to create a vehicle never marketed by Ford, a so-called “Speedster”, which resembled those built by the likes of Hudson, Mercer and Stutz. Even more spurious is its grafted on, three-speed gearbox of quite a modern design! Restoration will cost a great deal – more than the current market price of restoring a complete, fully authentic Model T of the same era. This vehicle was part of the Patrick Chapman Collection.
|HUPMOBILE - Eight - 1929|
By 1928 one could buy a pretty Hupmobile. Amos Northup - responsible for the design of some of the most beautiful cars of the 1930’s like the Willys-Knight Great Six, Reo Royale and the Graham Blue Streak - designed very attractive bodies, making the new models look more expensive than they were. The 1930’s hit Hupmobile very hard and by World War II, car production was terminated. The Hupp Corporation still exists today as a major manufacturer of sealed units for refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners.
|Le Zebra - Type A - 1909|
|Protea - 1957|
John Streeter and Ivor Smith produced a handful of crude cycle cars in 1913. These are generally regarded as the first cars to be built in South Africa. Sales were limited to three units only. The next effort to produce a South African car occurred 40 years later. Roland Fincher, Alexander Roy, John Myers and Miriam and Robert Hudson built the Protea. 20 units were produced and the company was incorporated in November 1956. The Protea made its debut at the Rand Spring Motor Show in 1957. Although the Protea won the Pietermaritzburg Six Hours’ Endurance Race, Myers and John Mason-Gordon driving, it was not a financially viable car.
|STUDEBAKER - Hawk Gran Turismo - 1963|
Extensive car design changes were common in the United States in the 1960’s. The basic designs created by Raymond Loewy’s studios for Studebaker were still soldiering on after a decade. In 1962 the coupes had acquired a squared-off roof section to provide better accommodation for rear seat passengers. Brooks Stevens and his small team of stylists were responsible. The Hawk grille had been adapted to create a car that was truly elegant and fast. It was however let down by its somewhat antiquated running-gear and poor marketing.
|Peugeot - Racing Special - 1948|