Scratch the surface of South Africa and you will find diamonds and gold.
But on July 2nd you will find something equally fascinating and as valuable and in some cases, certainly very, very rare. From our friend and ‘Man in South Africa’ Aubrey Malden.
A whole treasure chest of Classic and Collectibles is being unearthed and unlocked by well-respected international dealer, Creative Rides. In fact they have spent some time assembling an auction of true gems, from some of the best Collectors in South Africa, and now they are being released in a one-day 100-multi faceted car auction held at the prestigious Monte Casino Hotel, in Johannesburg.
The Auction is both live and virtual
Martyn asked me, to select my 5 favourite cars from the 100 or so on auction (difficult to do) but here goes: –
- First I very nearly opted for the very rare BMW 850. One of only 7 RHD left in the world. But settled instead for the 325 IS. The interior has been redone in stunning oxblood red. The white exterior is near spotless. She goes like a rocket (note her engine is not numbers matching but is of the right period and type). Est.£ 20-30K.
- At the other end of the power spectrum is a charming and immaculate MG TF. She has around 18,000 miles on the clock. Nut and bolt restoration aero screens, and side screens and a neat soft top. All upholstery, bright work and paint are as it should be. In short, she looks like she has just rolled off the factory floor at Abington. A stunner. Sure to make everyone smile. Est. 20-28K
3. The manual 3.2 V8 Ferrari 328 GTS has the Rosso Corsa exterior with a contrasting and comfortable tan leather interior. She’s a rare beast, 1 of 292 ABS versions produced. She runs and drives well, paintwork and interior are in fair condition. Partial service and ownership history. Est £65-75K.
4. The 360 Ferrari coupe has an extravagant vinyl Stradale stripe dipping down her sleek dipping ‘lid.’ Something the Italians are good at, along with smokey graphite wheels. Inside she wears nero leather and nero carpets. She comes with a set of books, the original service books, a handbook and pouch. She’s rare in SA. Manual. Worth hunting down at an Est of £55-65K.
5. The 348 Spider also wears the Rosso Corsa coat and is in good condition and is attractive as she is one of 68 Right hand drive 348 Spiders in the world. She comes with a full-service history with the cam belt being replaced in 2021. Roof, bodywork and interior are in good condition. Est £65-£75K
The expected prices of others in the 100?
With the broad range of cars, prices are expected to reflect this, and are likely to span from, £3,750 to £250,000. Importantly as South Africa is a right drive country nearly all cars on auction are ‘right-hookers.’
Fly or go virtual?
You can of course virtually attend on the web, or fly over and stay in the 5 star Monte Casino, or nearby hostelry, and take just a few short steps to be amongst these gems of cars.
To browse and buy?
For Full details go to the Creative Rides Auction website which should be up at the end of this week, June 3rd a ‘month’ ahead of the auction on July 2nd.
To transport your buy?
Contact our man in South Africa, firstname.lastname@example.org if you need transport and export, or information on any particular car.
SVA Says: Our thanks to Aubrey Malden for his advice and this blog. Dealers and interested owners wishing to buy South African stock, all of which are Right-Hand drives and excellent comparative value, please get in touch with the SVA. We have a range of International transporters to manage all aspects of importation.