Exclusive vintage cars and bikes auction zooms to Cape Town

Date:22 April 2022 Author: Olwethu Mpeshe Tags:, , , , , , ,

A collection of classic cars and bikes, some dating back to the early 1920s will be on auction this Saturday at an exclusive International auction in Cape Town, and our excitement engines are positively revving.

The auction, which will be live at 179 Albert Road in Woodstock, can also be virtually live-streamed to bidders across the world on High Street’s website or keep up on its social media channels, Youtube and the High Street app. The event starts at noon on 23 April, and here are some of the vintage dream cars enthusiasts can look forward to seeing:

Vintage car fanatics have described one of the classics that will be on auction to be the rare 1957 Daimler Conquest Drophead Coupé. It’s a rare vintage icon, with fewer than 120 made, and is expected to go for more than R1 million.

The auction will see 30 “extraordinary automotive gems” with the 65 year old Daimler Drophead Coupé as the headliner. Stef Olivier, the High Street Auctions Cape Town Director and Auctioneer, expects this gem to “provoke an inter-continental bidding battle”.

He added that international and local collectors were eager to get their hands on this luxury car due to its rarity and described the auction catalogue to contain the most breathtaking collections of care automobiles he has ever seen.

“That’s not something I say lightly. I’ve auctioned collector cars for years, so I can say with authority that the sale this weekend features some of the most outstanding vehicles I’ve ever seen.”

Olivier says the specific Coupé going under the hammer on Saturday has been authenticated through matching engine and VIN numbers, “something upon which we insisted because in our wildest dreams we never thought we’d see a real 1957 Daimler Conquest Drophead Coupé come up for auction.”

“In fact, very few ever left the UK and as far as we know, this is the only one in South Africa.”

Olivier says another obtrude lot at the exclusive auction is the 1968 Triumph Bond Equipe GT which was a revolutionary sporty design manufactured also described as ” a Ford Cortina II-meets-Singer Chamois, with a bit of Aston Martin DBS thrown in.”

It’s most outstanding feature is an Addison to the Equipe of Triumph’s compact straight-six-cylinder engine, which provides a drive 160 km/h on the floor and a 0-100 km/h time of around 12 seconds.

The major departure for Bond was the addition to the Equipe of Triumph’s compact straight-six-cylinder engine, which offered drivers 160km/h on the floor and a 0-100km/h time of around 12 seconds.

The 1968 Triumph Bond Equipe GT which will also be on auction is licensed and has a Certificate of Road Worthiness.

“This siren red sensation is as striking today as it was when it first came to market 54 years ago and best of all, after the auction the new owner will able to get behind the wheel and power his new baby straight off the lot, because it runs like a dream.”

Another oldie on auction will be the 1928 Austin 16-6 Doctors Coupe, a 1928 Willys Whippet Truck and a 1931 Ford Model-T.

“Another vehicle attracting a lot of bidder interest is the 1970 VW split-window Combi. I think over the years ‘Volksie buses’ have become as much part of South Africa’s cultural DNA as boerewors and as such there’s huge nostalgia among collectors.

“The split-window combis are rare, though, and therefore command much higher prices when they come up for auction.” said Olivier.

“I will be accepting bids from the floor, telephonic bids, as well as bids via the app and other pre-arranged digital platforms. It’s also essential to pre-register to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime auction. Only registered bidders will be allowed to participate in the sale,” said Olivier.


  • Registration details and the download link for auction catalogue can be found here.
  • You can also contact High Street Auctions Cape Town on 021 569 0660.

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