MOSSEL BAY NEWS & VIDEO - Visiting the Kobus Halliday Car Museum near Reebok is a must for people who either love vintage cars, engineering, design or taking photographs.
As you enter, the smell of car polish hits you. The chrome and bodywork gleam. Predominantly from the 1950s, the vehicle designs are awe-inspiring and the attention to detail amazing.
Some of the vehicles are truly works of art. The long, smooth aerodynamic designs of the vehicles remind one of aeroplanes.
One car boasts lights inside the doors near one's feet. Many of the vehicles have unusual, unique features. Imagine changing gears using square, chrome buttons on the dashboard. Elegance, style and excellence in manufacturing abound.
There is a pink Cadillac and a range of other colours: pastel blues, caramel and cream, mint and several shades of green.
There are 105 cars in total, housed in two spotless premises. You will not find a scratch or dent on the vehicles.
First car of collection
In 1985 Kobus Halliday bought his first car of the collection - a 1964 Jaguar 3.8S. Many of the cars he has bought via a car trading magazine and through car clubs.
"I've loved cars since I was small," Kobus says. I tried to buy the cars I played with as toys when I was a child. Fords are the easiest to come by."
His vehicles range in value from about R350 000 to R2.1 million.
Kobus' favourite is a 1932 Chevrolet five-window coupé with a dicky seat at the back for children.
It looks like a shiny butterscotch and cream sweet.
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One is tempted to try eating it. Hiring a car for a wedding or other special occasion will cost you R2 500 to R4 500. Only Kobus drives the cars for his clients. Three to six months before the wedding couples come by to choose their vehicle for the special day, Kobus says. Any good mechanic can work on the cars.
"But it's hard to find good mechanics," he says.
Kobus also has vintage bicycles, motorcycles, small model cars and his wife's doll collection on show. There is even a restaurant with a kitchen overlooking the main showroom, where Kobus hosts car club functions. To book to visit the museum, call Nelma Ruschioni (082 9707 213).
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