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The 50-years-old Mustang GT 500 goes under the hammer

Original engine and paint 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 will go under the hammer at Concours South Africa 2018.

The three-day auction at Steyn City, on Saturday evening, August 11 is organised by Coys of Kensington, an Auction house specialising in classic exotic racing cars and motorcycles.

Organisers say they are expecting an enormous interest.

Concours South Africa organiser  Greg Marucchi said they would love to see it entered, as sold, at Concours South Africa 2019.


Coys have officially distributed their catalogue to approximately 25 000 of their customers and they anticipate that worldwide offering will be extreme for the auction which will include nearly 80 cars and some rare bikes.

The Shelby GT 500 is one of the 75 cars forming the Plit Portfolio, and features at the Concours South Africa 2018 spectacle.

Johannesburg collector Wayne Plit is the third owner of the Shelby, he got it new while going to the US in 1968.

He drove the car around in the US, including a trek to Disneyland in 1969, before being dispatched out to South Africa in 1970

Not long after it touched base here it was acquired by its second owner, Johannesburg enthusiast Francois Lamprecht who possessed the car for four decades before selling it to Wayne Plit.

The car still wears its unique Wimbledon White paintwork with Guardsman Blue door still striping.

The first owner requested it with high- horsepower KR-specification 428 cubic-inch V8, and furthermore KR-spec double fuel tanks.

It still wears its original, unrestored 10-spoke alloy Shelby wheels T-bar Hurst shifter (also plant original) for its four-speed gearbox.

The engine is still original and the original extra wheel still lives in the boot.

This car was super-quick in its era, with a 0-100 km/h time under six seconds.

Every single piece of trim and Shelby-specific equipment is present on the car, which has only covered 67 300 miles.

Despite being half a century old, and we would advise the new owner who acquires it at Steyn City on August 11 to preserve its originality as an absolute priority.”

“A car is only original once. As soon as they have restored, it loses that factory-built originality which is irreplaceable.

The wonderful thing about this Shelby is that it is still presentable in its original paint and trim, said Marucchi.

“We would love to see it entered, as sold, at Concours South Africa 2019,” added Marucchi.

Each and every bit of trim and Shelby-specific equipment is present on the car, which has only covered 67 300 miles!

“This car may well be the only original, un-reestablished Shelby GT 500 in existence.

In spite of being 50 years old, and we would advice the new owner who buys it at Steyn City on August 11 to save its innovation as an outright need.”

Numerous more rarities on offer from the Plit Portfolio

Apart from the Mustang, there are numerous uncommon cars being sold at the Concours South Africa celebration.

They incorporate Renault Alpine A110 in an exceptionally uncommon 1600 S specification, which again makes it desirable on the worldwide market.

Classic car racer Brian Evans once owned the car as 1973 model, he lived in Angola and afterward Rhodesia before touching base in South Africa.

Evans sold the car on to a well-known motorsport photographer taker Danie van Jaarsveld, who then sold it to auctioneer  and notable racer, Shannon Winterstein.

The current owner purchased the car at a Johannesburg auction in 2016, and is exceptionally original, still with its facory facility fitted roll cage and wonderful Alpine-spec alloy wheels.

Rare motorcycles

Those with inside knowledge value the first Honda CB 750 K0 and K1 series models, propelled in 1969, as among the most collectable superbikes on the planet.

At least one of these will be up for auction on August 11 at Steyn City as part of the Plit Portfolio, and other rarities will include a mid-1960’s Honda CB450 “Black Bomber” in café racer guise, and a Ducati 750 GT.

There will also be rare BMWs on the auction and Harley Davidsons.

And for those hipsters and mods out there, a pair of original Vespas will also be on the auction, along with many more rare, classic motorcycles.

Heavenly Alfa Romeos

A standout amongst the most wonderful Alfa Romeo sports cars ever is the Giulia SS display with streaming Pininfarina coachwork.

A red Giulia Sprint Speciale 1600 (to give the auto its full title) will be on the Concours South Africa 2018 Auction, alongside a Giulietta Sprint Veloce from 1962 and a trio of Alfa Romeo Spiders from the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

Every one of these autos highlights the classic Alfa Romeo Twin cam all alloy motor that built the marque its gigantic reputation for affordable sporting motoring, particularly from the 1950’s through to the 1970’s.

One of these is the very collectable 1600 Duetto round-back version.

And for Olde English lovers

Lovers of classic British cars will not be disappointed.

Featuring the selection of rare Britons will be a mid-1930’s Singer le Mans, of which only three were ever built.

Another beautiful British classic is the Alvis TD21 Saloon.

This 1961 model features coachwork styled by the Swiss specialist Graber and crafted by Park Ward.

And the Alvis features wire wheels and an enticing wood-panelled dashboard! Also on offer will be an Austin Healey BN1, one of the early Healeys that gained such a good reputation here in South Africa, a Jaguar XK120, a Triumph Spitfire, a Triumph GT6, and a number of TVR’s.

There will also be a couple of original-spec Mini Cooper S models on offer.

*Those wishing to attend Concours South Africa should be advised that there will be no entry tickets sold at the gate. Enthusiasts planning to attend as day guests, or to purchase exclusive hospitality packages, should visit www.concourssouthafrica.com  or contact organiser Paul Kennard on paul@concourssouthafrica.com or by telephone on 082 851 3300.

To register to attend the CSA Auction, email auction@concourssouthafrica.com to book your seat.

Tickets will not be available on the day!


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