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More cars coming out of ‘Uncle Louis’ Coetzer collection

Second sales round set for South African car collection


Back in late 2020, records were set for a collector car auction in South Africa when nearly 140 vehicles from the Louis Coetzer estate were sold by High Street Auctions and Creative Rides. But that was only the first round of the dispersal of the collection.

A second round of sales is scheduled for December 4, when around 50 vehicles from the Coetzer collection will be among the more than 100 vehicles up for bidding at the annual year-end sale by High Street and Creative Rides.

“This is the second tranche of cars from ‘Uncle Louis’ collection,” Creative Rides chief executive Kevin Derrick told the news24.com website. “He had 450-odd vehicles in garages upon garages, with about 50 to 60 going on auction come 4 December. 

“What’s great is that many of the vehicles have been recommissioned by us and are reasonably good running conditions. 

Auction, More cars coming out of ‘Uncle Louis’ Coetzer collection, ClassicCars.com Journal
1971 Ford Capri Perana V8
Auction, More cars coming out of ‘Uncle Louis’ Coetzer collection, ClassicCars.com Journal
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer
Auction, More cars coming out of ‘Uncle Louis’ Coetzer collection, ClassicCars.com Journal
Alfa Romeo GTV6

Some of the cars have not been seen by public eyes, and only a few people have had the privilege of seeing uncle Louis’ collection in the flesh. The auctioned cars will end up on the road. By bringing these unique vehicles to the market, it is a great tribute to Uncle Louis.”

The Coetzer cars will be part of the South African Legends & Classics by High Street Auctions at the Creative Rides facility in Johannesburg. 

Cars from the collection going into this round of sales include a 1960 MGA, a 1971 Buick Riviera, a 15-window Volkswagen Safari van with sunroof, a V8-powered Ford Fairmont GT, 1971 Ford Capri Perana V8, and several Mercedes, including a 1953 Ardenhauer and a 1957 ponton-fendered station wagon, and a 1925 Studebaker Phaeton.

“Fifty years ago, the iconic Capri Perana, one of the legends in South Africa’s motoring heritage, was conceived by master engineer and car builder Basil Green,” Derrick is quoted in a news release. “It was a homologation model utilizing the 302 Windsor engine used also in Mustangs at that time. The use of such a powerful engine in a very small car provided astounding performance.”

Another star car is the 1970 Ford Fairmont GT, he said.

“Known internally at Ford as the ‘Big Daddy’… the ‘Super Rhino,’ as it became known, was a tremendous performance car, rocketing from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, and topping the speedo and around 210km/h, which at the time made it the fastest production car in the world. Since it was only produced for three years, it was and remains an extremely rare car and a collector’s dream find.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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