I have recently returned from a trip to Port Elizabeth and Durban where I looked at many classic cars that are for sale.Most of the owners respond to my adverts looking for cars or have heard about me over the years. Contrary to popular belief these enthusiasts usually sell them due to the onset of old age or health problems and not because they need the money.It is quite an emotional experience for the owner when he sells a car that he has restored and owned for many years.
With the help of my GPS I visited many homes in PE and Durban where I would take photographs,drive around the block and get as much information on the cars as possible.Once back in Knysna I follow up with existing customers and put them on my website.In this way the car stays with the owner until I have sold it and he has paid out in full.I really enjoy visiting the owners homes as I get to met some real characters with vast amounts of knowledge about their particular cars.
I also went to the “Pietermaritzburg Cars In The Park Show” that has a great laid back atmosphere and many interesting cars on display.While on my “house calls”I looked at amongst others a 1934 Singer Le Mans Speed Special,a 1940 Ford V8 Coupe,a 1963 Mercedes Benz 220SE Manual Coupe and a 1926 Armstrong Siddeley Doctors Coupe.On my last day having not yet bought myself a car I went to see a 1958 MGA Roadster made to look like a Le Mans/Sebring racer.Well I fell in love with it,bought it and drove it back via Golden Gate in the Free State,the Karoo passing through Graaf Reinet and back to Knysna.
Luckily I had family in Northern Natal to borrow some much needed warm clothes and a helmet with visor as the car has no softtop and a cut down windscreen.The Free State tends to get rather cold at this time of the year!The car which is fitted with an MGB motor and a 5-speed gearbox didn’t miss a beat.The owner who restored the car over the last four years is a true professional and unfortunately part of a dying breed.