Jan
04
1972 Chevrolet Komando, South African Car Ads

1972 Chevrolet Kommando

It’s sort of like a strange dream. Everything feels familiar, but somehow changed, in strange and wonderful ways. That’s how I feel whenever I revisit the cars of Australia, and also the vehicles of South Africa.

I draw the Australia/South Africa comparison for two reasons: First, automakers in both countries were keen to sell market-exclusive models, and, second, because both of these markets seem too a little too small to have enjoyed so much unique automotive history.

For the record, about 500,000 cars are sold annually in South Africa–considerably fewer than the 900,000 or so retailed in Australia every year. Still, South Africa drew the interest of most major automakers, and remains to this day a production hub for cars and trucks.

Perusing the ads below, I took note of the following:

1971 Rambler ad text

1971 Rambler ad text

  • Mitsubishi, for a while, did business in South Africa using the Sigma brand
  • A company called Basil Green Motors not only distributed Ford vehicles in South Africa, but also modified them, in a manner similar to Roush Performance in the U.S.
  • Toyota once built and distributed American Motors vehicles in South Africa using the Rambler brand
  • General Motors sold cars in South Africa using the Ranger Brand (The briefly popped up in a few European markets as well)
  • The term “six cylinder” was once used in South Africa to describe an entire class of “intermediate” cars

Check out the ads below and tell us what you find interesting. The place to leave comments is down below.

Droëwors?

 

Classic South African Car Ads

1958 Ford

1958 Ford Ad

1958 Ford Ad

Aussie Madness! A Gallery of Australian Car Ads

 

1959 Ford

1959 Ford Ad

1959 Ford Ad

Forgotten Concept: Holden Efijy

 

1963 Vauxhall Viva

1963 Vauxhall Viva Ad

1963 Vauxhall Viva Ad

The Last Holdens

 

1965 Ford Anglia

1965 Ford Anglia Ad

1965 Ford Anglia Ad

Aussie Madness! 12 Classic Ute Ads

 

1966 Chrysler Valiant

1966 Chrysler Valiant Ad

1966 Chrysler Valiant Ad

Aussie Unicorn: What, Exactly, Was The Kelpie Kargo?

 

Basil Green Motors/Perana

1968 Ford Capris Perana Ad

Basil Green Motors/Perana Ad

Goodbye Holden: GM Aussie and Kiwi Brand Going Sales-Only

 

1969 Ford Cortina

1969 Ford Cortina Ad

1969 Ford Cortina Ad

Favorite Car Ads: 1934 Tatra 77

 

1970 Ranger Ad

1970 Ranger Ad, South Africa, General Motors

1970 Ranger Ad

Forgotten Concept: ZIL-4102

 

1971 Rambler Hornet Ad

1971 Rambler Hornet Ad

1971 Rambler Hornet Ad

Cars of Cuba: A Gallery

 

1972 Chevrolet Kommando

1972 Chevrolet Komando Ad

1972 Chevrolet Kommando Ad

4WD Madness! 10 Classic Lada Niva Ads

 

1973 Austin Apache

1973 Austin Apache Ad

1973 Austin Apache Ad

What Was The Volkswagen SP2?

 

1977 Ford Granada Perana

1977 Ford Granada Ad

1977 Ford Granada Perana Ad

What Was The Hindustan Ambassador?

 

1979 Sigma Colt Galant

1979 Sigma Colt Galant

1979 Sigma Colt Galant Ad

Canadian Export: 2011-2014 Lancia Thema

 

1985 Nissan Skyline

1985 Nissan Skyline Ad

1985 Nissan Skyline Ad

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And, regarding droëwors…