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This 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was one of the classic cars on sale in 2020. Image: Supplied

Riding in style: 2020 a stellar year for classic car sales

For those who like to splash out on rare and collectible cars, 2020 has thrown up some real gems.

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This 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL was one of the classic cars on sale in 2020. Image: Supplied

While there are typically many classic cars available for sale in South Africa each year, some very notable rare and sought-after vehicles came up for sale in 2020.

An analysis of sales data from the online site AutoTrader, covering the period 1 January to 30 November, has revealed a treasure trove of automotive beauties.

AutoTrader CEO George Mienie said 2020 had seen an impressive line-up of cars for sale on the platform.

“We have seen some sought-after classic cars come onto the market,” he said.

Some of the coolest classic cars of 2020

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This 1983 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer was put up for sale at almost R6m. Image: Supplied

Classic cars that entered the market ranged from a 1982 Lamborghini Countach S to a 1970 Ferrari 246 Dino, both extremely sought after by collectors.

The Lamborghini boasts stunning styling by Bertone‘s Marcello Gandini and an aggressive geometric design in what really is a quintessential supercar. According to legend, the car got its name from a staff member who, on seeing the vehicle for the first time, said “Countach!”

The closest translation of this word from the local Piedmontese dialect is “Wow!”

The Dino, however, was borne out of the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that resulted in the company launching a so-called “junior” Ferrari (because it only had a V6 engine and not a V12).

Like the Countach, there is a story behind this vehicle’s name. It was named after Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari’s son, Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, who was tasked with designing the V6 engine.

The selling price for the Lamborghini was R6.75m while the Ferrari was priced at just under R6m.

Another incredible classic car that became available to South African collectors in 2020 was a 1971 Bentley Corniche Convertible.

This baby is said to be the first Bentley Corniche convertible to leave the production line in 1971. Image: Supplied

This car is notable because only 140 Corniches were produced between 1971 and 1984. Out of those only 77 were ragtops. The Bentley that was available to South African collectors had a selling price of just under R4m.

Classic cars that went on sale in 2020*

MakeModelVariantBody TypeTransmissionDoorsReg. YearMileage (km)Selling Price (R)
Mercedes-Benz220S Ponton CabrioletCabrioletManual21958137,0003,095,000
Mercedes-BenzSL190 SLCabrioletManual2195840,7162,999,999
Porsche356B 1600 CabrioletCabrioletManual2196294,0002,995,000
Rolls-RoyceSilver CloudiSedanAutomatic41964131,5002,595,000
Mercedes-Benz280 SLPagoda AutoCabrioletAutomatic2197052,0002,999,999
Ferrari512Berlinetta BoxerCoupéManual219838,7505,800,000

* AutoTrader, 1 January to 30 November 2020.