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SA classic car auction to attract 3.3 million views from 93 countries

This coming Saturday, 3 December, there will be an auction in South Africa's financial capital of Johannesburg of more than 65 superlative classic cars that has drawn attention from more than 3.3 million gearheads in upwards of 600 locations scattered across an astonishing 93 countries.
1991 BMW E30 325iS EVO2 | image supplied
1991 BMW E30 325iS EVO2 | image supplied

It is by far the largest ever online audience for cars on offer in a South African classic car auction, according to Creative Rides Auctions CEO Kevin Derrick, and has resulted in inquiries from interested collectors in 40 countries.

Derrick says a highlight of this Saturday’s auction at the Creative Rides Showroom in Bryanston is one of the rarest and most iconic cars ever built – a 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage, of which only 72 right-hand drives were ever built.

“The auction has been dubbed the ‘British Invasion’ because of the vast number of pristine UK-manufactured masterpieces on the block, but the sale will also feature South African collector gems, European classics and the perennial local buyer favourites – V8 muscle cars with lots of grunt.

“Local petrolheads are going especially nuts over the South African collector cult classic, a BMW E30 325iS EVO2, otherwise known as the ‘Gusheshe’.”

Derrick says the Creative Rides admin team is currently processing roughly 140 bidder registrations, “with substantially more last-minute registrations expected if past auctions are anything to go by.”

“The majority of qualified bidders so far are South African. Looking at the national breakdown by numbers, some 75% are from Gauteng, followed by KZN, then the Western Cape.

“Internationally, bidding countries most strongly represented are the USA, UK, Australia, Namibia, Angola, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.

“We also fielded inquiries, though, from regions as far flung as Brazil, Kazakhstan, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia.”

Derrick says what’s been evident from the international inquiries is that America remains the biggest classic car market in the world.

“In June the Hagerty Market Rating, which measures US classic car sales, reached 78.22 – an all-time high after 15 consecutive months of climbing.

“We’ve seen that appetite reflected in the interest in our auction cars, which has come from across the States. Collectors from California to Florida have been viewing the online auction catalogue.”

Derrick says star lots among the British Invasion classics on auction this Saturday are:

  • A red 1962 Austin Healey 3000S BN7 Roadster. Austin Healeys epitomised British sports cars of the period and were the High Society rides of choice. The 3000 model was the best known “Big Healey”, and with fewer than 2,900 ever made, are in as much demand now as when they were first released. The 3l3000 was also a highly successful competition car in the 1960s, winning numerous European rallies. These roadsters are now extremely rare and highly desirable as both collector and investment cars.
  • A 1963 MGA Twin Cam Le Mans Roadster, which among collectors is considered the rarest and most desirable MG of the post-World War Two era. A design masterpiece, only 2,111 of these exotic high-performance sports cars were ever produced. The model on auction has a beautiful interior and body, and has been well maintained – a striking road and investment car.
  • A big bang in a (beautiful) small box comes in the form of the 1967 Sunbeam Tiger V8 Roadster, which isn’t large as convertible roadsters go, but with a V8 under the hood performs like a jet-propelled rocket. The transformation from sedate little English roadster to fire-breathing dragon happened with the help of the legendary Carroll Shelby, and if you can find one on the market today, it’s ultra-collectible.
  • A red 1958 Triumph TR3A Roadster, that looks as good on the outside as under the glossy bonnet. This classic British sports car features a large 2.2,four-cylinder engine and with remarkable handling, runs like a dream.

  • Among the American muscle V8s, stand-out auction lots are:

    • A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Fastback;
    • A 1956 Chevrolet 210 two-door post Restomod;
    • A 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible; and
    • A 1956 Chevrolet V8 3600 truck.
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