Glimmering in the winter sun, a 1960 Morris Minor 1000 pulls up into the parking lot. A vintage beauty which talks of a bygone era.
An era where cars were more than a form of transport, but rather vehicles that brought a sense of pride to its owners. Vehicles which resonated with class.
Cisca and Vic Rogers are the proud owners of the Morris Minor 1000. A vehicle which has led them on a brand-new adventure.
As members of the Old Tooters Club, Cisca explains their journey in the vintage car world began a year ago. “I work with Johannes van Vuuren and Vos Vosloo, both of whom belong to the Old Tooters Club. They were talking about old cars and with my granddaughter going into matric, I thought investing in an old car was something to look into.”
Cisca and her husband, Vic, immediately began searching for an old car. After a thorough search, they acquired their 1960 Morris Minor 1000.
The Morris Minor is a British car that made its debut at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, on 20 September 1948. Designed under the leadership of Alec Issigonis, more than 1.6 million were manufactured between 1948 and 1972 in three series: the MM (1948 to 1953), the Series II (1952 to 1956), and the 1000 series (1956 to 1971).
In an era of technology, where cars sport high-tech accessories and features, what enjoyment does one experience in owning a vintage car?
“It is the feel and vibe that goes with the car. It is the memories associated with the car, especially the memories and occurrences that took place the year the car came out. They are also sturdier than new cars and stand out,” says Cisca.
Then there is driving, Vic says. “It is a wonderful feeling seeing all the smiles, the waves and people telling you, how nice your car is. It makes you feel so proud.”
But is owning a vintage car an expensive hobby?
Vic explains it all depends on what you intend to use the vehicle for. “If you are just going to use it to the shops, try and get a smaller vintage. However, if you want to use it for the open roads, then bigger is better,” he explains.
Furthermore, Vic says that if you can acquire a vintage car which is good condition, it is not an expensive hobby.
“However, ordering parts can become costly. This is because the spares are usually imported and the prices will fluctuate according to the Rand/Dollar value. “
Despite this, Cisca and Vic emphasis the satisfaction involved in owning a vintage car far outweighs the potential costs. It is a satisfaction which sees one’s vehicle standing in a class of its own from the masses.