Classic Cars galore at Knysna Motor Show


Labelled South Africa's premier motor show, the Knysna Motor Show looks set to draw 400 classic and vintage cars to the Knysna High School Sports Fields this weekend (Sunday, April 28).

This, the eighth Knysna Motor Show, is organised by the Garden Route Motor Club and sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth. The glamorous event takes place on Sunday 28 April from 9am to 4pm and prices for tickets are very reasonable at R50 (adults), R10 (teenagers under 18) and kids under 12 are admitted free. The setting is close to the picture-perfect Knysna lagoon and the vehicles on display are there on invitation... so expect to see some of the finest machinery in all the land. Besides the cars, you can also expect to see some rare vintage motorcycles.

“The wonderful thing about this show is that, as far as possible, it caters for everyone’s motorised tastes. The cars range from the mega-expensive to affordable, as do the motorcycles. From the dawn of the motorised age 100 years ago and more, to the techno marvels of more recent times. But they have all been chosen because there is something about them that gives them a unique place in motoring history,” says chief organiser Peter Pretorius,

Show highlights

The only Pagani Zonda in South Africa will be on display.

Whether you like modern exotics such as the Pagani Zonda or Lexus LFA, or you fancy the older classics more, there will be something for everyone in Knysna this weekend. Expect to see up to 6 examples of Mercedes-Benz's marvellous '50s 300SLs on display, joined by up to 10 of the marque's fabulous 190SLs! 

Bentley is celebrating its centenary this year, and suitably there will be more than 20 vintage and classic Bentleys on display, the earliest being the 3.0L examples from 1922. Bentley South Africa will also be showing off some of its new models, such as the Bentayga and Continental GT.

Another major anniversary this year is the 60th birthday of Mini. Again, there will be more than 20 Minis, including the iconic Cooper S model that was so successful in rallying between 1964 and 1967.

But that's not all. Morgan turns 110 this year, so organisers expect around 18 of these iconic cars to be on display.

This 1958 Pontiac Bonneville is likely to be one of the main attractions.

Showgoers always seem to love the American cars from the 1940s and 1950s, particularly those that display lots of fin and chrome. Cars on display will include a beautiful 1958 Pontiac Bonneville, a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and movie star classics such as the late 1960s Plymouth Road Runner and a Hudson Hornet from the 1950s.

If you love your cars to be even older, there will also be a colourful display of pre-1945 cars.

For more information contact Peter Pretorius (email on, or cell phone on 082 321 4724).

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