Car (South Africa) - - CREDITS -

On page 110 of last month’s is­sue, you showed a photo of beach bug­gies un­der con­struc­tion, with a re­quest for read­ers to as­sist in iden­ti­fy­ing the fa­cil­ity.

It was, in fact, the Cap­i­tal Mo­tors work­shop in Pre­to­ria in 1970/’1, where the Sand­kat buggy was built. I re­mem­ber this be­cause my now 92-year-old father was the parts di­rec­tor for Cap­i­tal Mo­tors, the Volk­swa­gen/ Audi/porsche deal­er­ship, which built the buggy us­ing all-new Beetle parts and en­gines.

As an 18-year-old, I of­ten drove the Sand­kat, much to the envy of my mates. At that stage, I had a 1967 Beetle, which was modi ed with many Empi and Speed­well ac­ces­sories, for which Cap­i­tal Mo­tors was the SA im­porter and dis­trib­u­tor. It may also be of in­ter­est to note the late Gra­ham Hill was the owner of Speed­well in the UK and he and my father had a spe­cial friend­ship. I re­mem­ber CAR do­ing a road test of the Speed­well Beetle in about 1966/’7. It would be in­ter­est­ing to see that again, as I was driven many times in that par­tic­u­lar car. It was quite spe­cial for a 1300 Beetle.

As an aside, in 1966 Cap­i­tal Mo­tors sold the new Porsche 912 for the princely sum of R6 000. In 1968, the new Beetle 1500 was in­tro­duced to SA at the in­cred­i­ble price of R1 499 (R1/cm3) and the new Audi Su­per 90, of which I owned one, was an ex­pen­sive R3 150, ri­valling the much less ex­pen­sive Dat­sun 1600 SSS from a per­for­mance per­spec­tive. MIKE BROWN Sea Point [Thanks for lling in the miss­ing links, Mike. About 15 years ago, I nearly bought a 912 for R80 000 but de­cided it was a bit too pricey. I could kick my­self given the prices old Porsches fetch these days. That Speed­well Beetle test was in our June 1967 is­sue – ed­i­tor.]

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