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2014-10-17 08:44

JOZI CLASSIC-CAR SHOW: Visitors to the Classic Car Show in December 2014 can expect to see plenty of US pick-ups such as this restored 1940's Chevrolet. Image: Classic Car Show

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The 2014 Classic Car Show, claimed to be Gauteng’s largest gathering of classic cars, will receive a major boost for American pick-ups. US muscle appears to be a trend among collectors.

The show, to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from December 4. will also have Volkswagen and motorcycle displays.

Show organiser Paulo Calisto told Wheels24: “There has never been more interest in classic cars. That’s why I'm expecting our December show to be even bigger than our July event, which was the biggest so far!”

It had more than 1000 classic and modified vehicles.


Calisto said: “Located as we are on the southern side of Johannesburg, our show is all about muscle. Muscle cars, and V8 pick-ups - that’s the trend I’ve been spotting.

IMAGE GALLERY: Classic car show preview

Spectators can look forward to hot-rod American pick-ups which, Calisto says, is the fastest-growing sub-genre in the classic/customising movement.


Pick-ups from 1948-65, he added, were the most sought-after. South Africa has a wealth of such pick-ups on farms and in the ubiquitous “barns” that classic-car owners like to talk about. Big sedans of the era "are beautiful in their art-deco splendour but are difficult and costly to restore".

Pick-ups, he said, were simple... a cab, a plain steel dashboard with one instrument pod, a bench seat. "Trim such as bumpers and grilles can be painted rather than chromed, there are no costly side flashings, few badges need restoration."


Calisto, owner of a mid-1960s Chevrolet pick-up fitted with a 5.7 V8, said: “With a pick-up you have two options: go the classic restored route, which means retaining originality and sticking to a six-cylinder Chevy engine or a V8 in the case of some Fords.

"Or you can go radical: lower the suspension, re-do the interior with bucket seats, chrome the grille, do a wild paint-job. Both schools are growing in South Africa, so I expect the December show to be something of a pick-up fest.”

Apart from classic and hot-rod pick-ups, expect to see a huge variety of cars ranging from classics such as Jaguars, MG's, Ford Cortinas and Mustangs, Minis, VW Beetles and Kombis and classic 1955-57 Chevrolets.

There will, Calisto said, be a kiddies' section with various entertainments to make show a family affair. There will also be tasteful rock music - and plenty to eat and drink.

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