Bloemfontein resident Fanie du Preez and his family’s passion for cars run deep but, surprisingly, it grew from a business that specialises in … trucks.
THE entrance to Fanie du Preez’s garage is lined with neat glass cases exhibiting a collection of model cars. In an impromptu fit of nostalgia, Fanie shows me the exact car he played with as a boy: a 1950s Mercedes-Benz 219. He even has pictures of him as a six-year-old playing in the gravel with that exact model car.
As we wander through his collection, it’s evident Fanie has a predilection for Mercedes-Benzes from the ‘50s to the early 2000s, but there are a number of other carmakers’ wares scattered among the battery of Benzes.
One of those which catches my eye is a 1970 Basil Green Ford Capri Perana; the engine bay was signed by none other than Mr Green himself. Two other Fords in the collection include a 1970 Fairmont GT with its 5,7-litre V8 engine and a run-of-the-mill (but perfectly preserved) 1984 Ford Cortina bakkie.
The oldest car in the collection is a 1947 Willys Jeep and, for Fanie, it serves as a reminder of the first six years of his life, when his father farmed in Kenya.
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