Concours South Africa took place from 10 to 12 August at Steyn City, Midrand
Concours South Africa once again brought together the finest classic, luxury and sports cars from pre-war vintage to the modern era. This is a replication of the Concours d’Elegance, which started in 17th century France, when the aristocracy would parade their horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. Over time, with the advent of the car, it evolved into a competition. Cars are judged on the quality of presentation, historical accuracy, technical merit and style. While over 75 cars entered the Concours South Africa in 2017, over 100 vehicles competed this year, making the event the biggest car competition in South Africa to date.
The international and local judges included Wayne Harley, the curator of the Franschhoek Motor Museum in the Winelands, and Marius Malherbe, the former managing director of Lamborghini in South Africa and an arch classic car and motorcycle collector.
In addition to providing pleasure, classic cars offer an interesting investment opportunity
Nedbank Private Wealth partnered with Concours South Africa at this exclusive event, showing our support of the classic car market as a unique investment proposition.
‘By partnering with Concours South Africa, we’re delighted that we can reach out to our clients in an event that is unique in the South African market,’ says Sheldon Halcrow, Head: Central Region at Nedbank Private Wealth. ‘We are committed to helping our clients make the most of their wealth in a way that meets their unique goals and lifestyle, and this event resembles that.’
The year’s event included the first ever international car auction in South Africa
The auction, which was held on Saturday 11 August, was presented by Coys of London. The Coys Catalogue was distributed to 25 000 of their clients internationally, enabling enthusiasts all over the world to bid online on the night of the auction, in addition to the bidding on the floor. The auction was headlined by 50 cars from The Plit Portfolio, the collection from Johannesburg-based classic enthusiast Wayne Plit that he began in the late 1980s. Some of the highlights of the auction included a 1935 Singer Le Mans, a completely original un-restored 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500, a 1950 Jaguar XK120, a 1990 Porsche 964 RS N-GT, and a 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS 1600.
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