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In a barn estimated to be the size of at least three tennis courts, South Africa’s biggest car collection is hidden under a cloud of dust.

The collection was once owned by avid vintage car collector Louis Coetzer. He died tragically when he was killed in a car accident alongside his wife in 2020.

Since then, his children have struggled to maintain the upkeeping of the cars and have subsequently asked an auctioneer to step in and assist them with the selling of the cars.

With more than 600 cars forming part of the collection, it’s a sight to see.

Auctioneer Joffe van Reenen told IOL that it was emotional seeing all those cars together.

“It’s difficult to put into words the emotion I felt taking those first steps over the threshold into the dim expanse of a barn at least the size of three tennis courts, and seeing row after row of cars disappearing into the distance like a slumbering regiment awaiting a call to arms.”

When the auctioneering team started their massive task of drawing up the catalogue, the dust lay so thick on the cars that it was almost impossible to guess the paint colours of the cars, never mind the makes or models.

After closer investigation, it turns out the collection includes Fintails, Pontons, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, Ford Fairlanes and various Pontiacs and Holdens.

Image credit: Sandton Times

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