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Quick overview of South Africa

Car of the Week

1963 Porsche 351 - built in South Africa

Ferdinand Porsche, born in 1875 is without doubt one of the greatest engineers in the
developments of the motorcar. He was the lead engineer in many famous projects, the
best known are the Austro-Daimler Prinz Heinrich, the Mercedes-Benz 38/250, The
Auto Union Grand Prix with 16 cylinders and of course the legendary Volkswagen.

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4 Classic Cars & Bikes
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Rare Classic Car Books
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Wedding Cars 
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, George & Port Elizabeth

Important Classic
Car Events

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Classic Car Clubs
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DKW, Auto Union & Audi
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Ford 1903 - 1980
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Rolls Royce & Bentley
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Mercedes Benz
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1898 - 1920
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1921 - 1930
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1931 - 1940
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1941 - 1950
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1951 - 1960
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1961 - 1970
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1971 - 1999
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Interesting Old Cars & Info
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Our Car Friends
& their Cars

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Fun & Practical
Internet Links

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Dixieland Band arrives in Style

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Our regular Dixieland Band arrives in style at one 
of our Crankhandle Club meetings in Cape Town

First Car in Southern Hemisphere

As early as 1896, in what is believed to have been the first car in the Southern
Hemisphere, Mr John Percy Hess of Pretoria made the decision to import
a Benz "Velo" from Benz & Co of Mannheim Germany to South Africa. During
the same year this car was shipped to Port Elizabeth and then transported to
Pretoria. It was the start of a business relationship which lead to Mr Hess
becoming the sole agent for Benz & Co in South Africa.

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On Monday, January 4th at 4pm.1897 at Berea Park in Pretoria, in a widely
advertised event, Mr John Percy Hess first drove the car with a Mr A.E. Reno
(his business Partner and co-founder of the Pretoria News), and a Dr W.J. Leyds,

then State Secretary of the Transvaal, as passengers. President Paul Kruger
was also invited to ride on the car, but he preferred to just watch the event.

In honour of President Paul Kruger attendance a "vierkleur" flag was attached
to a pole on the carriage and a gold medal was minted to commemorate this
occasion. A large number of spectators who came to see this spectacle had to
pay an entrance fee of 2 shillings and 6 pennies.

The following week, the Benz was shown at the Wanderers in Johannesburg
and then sold to Mr A.H. Jacobs, a coffee importer. Every customer who

purchased 500g of coffee from his shop in Pritchard Street was allowed to see
his car. Unfortunately, some months later, this car was destroyed in a fire.

First Ford exported to a country outside North America

The first Ford to arrive in South Africa was a 1903 Ford Model A, which was
imported by Mr Arthur Youldon of Johannesburg.

In September 1903 Mr Youldon, an importer, was in New York where he saw
Henry Ford demonstrate his new car. He immediately placed his order with
Henry Ford, who informed him that it would be the first Ford to be sold

outside North America. The Ford Motor Company was founded earlier that
year, on 16 June 1903.

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The car only arrived in February 1904 in Port Elizabeth from where it had to
be transported by train to Johannesburg. This car survived to this day and
can be viewed at the Franschhoek Motor Museum in the Cape, which has a 
large display covering 100 years of motoring in SA.

The first two Ford agents in South Africa are believed to be Arkell & Douglas
of Port Elizabeth and Georges Chapart of Durban. Mr Chapard, a Frenchman,
travelled throughout Natal and later also the Orange Free State, selling the
popular Ford Model N, the predecessor of the Model T.

Other early Ford dealers followed such as Mr H.G. Holmes of Kimberley who
later moved to Cape Town and Atkinson's Motor Garages of Bloemfontein,
which much later were incorporated in the McCarthy Group of companies.

 Since Ford's inception in 1904, Ford of Canada was given the task by Henry 
Ford of supplying right-hand drive vehicles to all the British colonies, 
possessions and protectorates. Ford USA never supplied rhd kits because 
the US factories were geared solely to lhd production.

During July 1923 Mr Charles Holmes and Mr H.F.A. Stockelbach visited the 
Ford factory in Canada to investigate the possibility of starting an assembly 
plant in South Africa, as preferential tax and duty applied to Commonwealth 
Countries, it was advantageous to assemble Canadian kits in South Africa.

This was realised in February 1924, when an old wool packing shed in Port
Elizabeth was used to start the assembly of the Ford Model Ts.

Oldest Cars in South Africa

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1899 Benz Comfort

1901 Benz Ideal

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1901 Albion
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1902 Wolseley

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South Africa's Own Successful Cars

GSM Dart & Flamingo

Bob van Niekerk, Willie Meissner and Vester de Wit conceived and designed this
car during 1956. Then they formed the GSM company and started manufacturing 
the first two prototypes during 1957. The car proved to be almost unbeatable in 
South Africa as well as various racing circuits in Europe.

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1959 GSM Dart
(Sold as a Delta 
in the UK)

1964 GSM

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The cars were launched as open cars and a removable hardtop only followed later.
The Flamingo was a further development and differed in many respects. 

A good number of these cars have survived in South Africa, as well as in the UK, 
USA and Canada!


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1961 Protea

Later Model

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This Ford engined sports car made its first official appearance at the Spring Motor 
Show at Milner Park Johannesburg in 1957.
The car was conceived and developed 
by John Myers, Robert Hudson and Dr Alan Roy.

Caracal Sports

Caracal Sports 1970's
Caracal Sports

During the 1970’s, a Cape Town firm called InterMotorMakers (IMM) became
known for the assembly of Lamborghini and Lotus cars from CKD kits.

The main driving force behind IMM was an archtect named Gerrie Steenkamp
who, together with well-known National Rally driver Nic de Waal (an Engineer
who today practises as a naval architect) set about to create a two-seater sports
car. This is known today as the Caracal.

The car is built on a VW Golf GTi 16V platform and uses VW mecanicals. An
interesting fact is that the Caracal is built “back-to-front” – i.e. the Caracal’s rear
end was the Golf’s front end before the “conversion” – resulting in a mid-engined
lay-out. The cabin is also done with the Golf’s interior (seats, dashboard, etc)
resulting in a truly professional, market-ready product.

I believe that some 4 of these beautiful cars were made:  one was destruction-
tested by Volkswagen, one was sent off to VW Germany, one was destroyed in
an accident and the “show-model” survived.

When I bought the Caracal, it was in a fairly good, road-going condition. Because
of the car’s huge importance to South Africa’s motoring history however, I decided
to put the car through a complete restoration. This, regrettably, turned sour and
I have to re-do almost the entire job! Currently, I’m hoping to get the restoration
done soon – and properly this time!

Old Car definitions
Antique Cars - Built before 31st December 1904 
Veteran Cars - Built between 1st Jan 1905 & 31st Dec 1918 
Vintage Cars - Built between 1st Jan 1919 & 31st Dec 1930 
Post-Vintage Cars - Built between 1st Jan 1931 & 31st Dec 1945 
Post-45 Cars - Built between 1st Jan 1946 & 31st Dec 1960 
Post-60 Cars - Built after 1st Jan 1961


During the war years he was involved in the construction of military vehicles, which
caused him to be jailed in France for two years. During this period he assisted Renault
with the development of the 4CV with the rear motor.

On his release he moved to the Austrian town of Gmünd, where he with the help of
his son Ferry and one Karl Rabe developed the first car named after him, the Porsche
356, which was initially equipped with a 1086cc four cylinder boxer motor. Due to a
shortage of skilled workmen and materials he only built 50 cars there, before moving
to a new factory in Suttgart-Zuffenhausen. There the size of the engine was also
gradually increased to 1966cc. In 1965 the new model 912 was released with a
1582cc motor.

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