But although the Mustang has never been freely available in South Africa - except as a special import - thousands have made their way here since late 1965 and indeed some 80 examples of the original model were made available through Ford dealerships in that year.
The ’65 ‘Stang is the iconic all-time great amongst the Mustang pantheon, but in South Africa, there are fanatics who worship models from each ensuing generation. Notable amongst these are the ’67 GT models, which have spawned hundreds of Eleanor “clones” worldwide, styled after the famous movie car that Nicholas Cage drove in the movie, Gone in 60 Seconds. That original movie car sold for a million dollars at auction in the US, earlier this year.
Vying for Nasrec show-goers attentions will be a host of rival muscle-cars, such as Dodge Chargers (think Dukes of Hazard), Chevrolet Camaros, and Pontiac Firebirds and, currently, even more fashionable than these muscle-cars may well be the host of early Chevy and Ford pick-up trucks that are proving to be 2015’s hot restoration items.
1968 Dodge Charger
Equally in favour right now are Cadillacs from the 1959 to 1975 era. Chevrolets from the famous 1955-1957 years, and mid-1960s Ford Fairlanes and Galaxies. Expect tasty examples of these to make the run to Nasrec on the 6th December.
The Euro-classic restoration movement is as strong as ever, and Minis have made a huge comeback on the classic car scene. These little British front-wheel-drive cars, which set the pattern for the modern city car back in 1959, are popping up at shows more and more regularly. The same goes for the Ford Escort, possibly the most collectible British classic in South Africa right now, supported by an extremely strong Ford Escort Club, which always has a presence at The Classic Car Show.
MK1 Ford Escourt
The hardcore street rod movement will also be well represented, and many street rod builders use the Classic Car Show as a venue to launch their new creations. And, of course, early VW Beetles and Kombis will be out in force.
In addition to the classics and street rods, the show is being organised to once again coincide with the show for earlier cars. These will feature all manner of modified Golfs and Jettas from the front-wheel-drive era. Expect lots of turbo-popping sounds to issue from the VW area at the show, and feast upon all the tasty trends that the Golf and Jetta boys and girls are styling with their steeds. Big wheels - as they say - keep on turning.
In addition, show organiser, Paulo Calisto, is also organising a Bikers’ Charity Run, which is expected to draw 500 bikes to the event.
While tickets are available now through Ticketpro at R60 for adults and R20 for children 11 years old and younger, tickets will also be on sale at Gate 5 at Nasrec on the day at R70 for adults and R30 for children under 12.
There will be a range of stalls selling merchandise, food and drink, live music and plenty of entertainment for children. No weapons, alcohol, soft beverages, or picnic baskets will be allowed into the show area.
For more information, visit www.classiccars.co.za, or call 082 0608129.
Information source: Stuart Johnston Communications