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Protea 1957 has racing heritage

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Protea 1957 has racing heritage

It appears that the Museum’s Protea 1957 has racing heritage. Ian Schwartz who is currently writing a book about South Africa’s first car made this discovery recently and has sent on this photo and information to Εναρκτ?ρια us at FMM. Needless to say we are all very excited about this news.


Piet BezuidenhoutJanuary 7, 2013 at 5:35 pmReply

Ek was die trotse eienaar van n Protea motor in 1965 en het hom baie geniet. Gelukkig is hy vir die nageslag bewaar. Die laaste keer wat ek dit gesien het was by Heidelberg museum.

Ian SchwartzFebruary 3, 2014 at 8:54 pmReply

Hi Piet
Die baaie mooi foto is deur Tim Cooke geneem by Grand Central. Tim het die eerste Protea No.1 in 1957 gekoop, maar was ook ‘n bekwaamde fotograaf. Die Heidelberg museum het eintlik twee Proteas gehad, eers ‘my’ Protea wat rooi is en wat ‘n Rover V8 gekry het, (No.9) en toe die geele (No. 4) in die foto bo. Die rooie is van die hand gewys toe hulle die baie beter No.4 gekry het. Het U die rooie in 1965 besit of die geele? Ek sal baaie bly wees om van jou tee hoor want No.9 se geskiedenis het verdwn tussen Aug. 158 toe dit aan ‘n R. De Villiers Du Plessis in Vanderbijlpark verkoop is, en die 1990’s toe dit in die Hedeilberg museum beland het.

Johan SmitOctober 20, 2013 at 2:44 pmReply

My vriend, Charles Brittz besit 2 Protea sportmotors. Een het nog sy oorsronklik enjin in en by die ander is dit vervang met die van ‘n Alfa Romeo.

Paul FairhurstMarch 11, 2015 at 5:45 pmReply

Hi, Its good to see and hear of different Proteas being preserved in SA.
I have a Protea Jaguar which was acquired from Des Fenning in Johannesburg and painstakingly restored and painted red.
It has an aluminium body and steel wheels but looks just like the yellow car in the pictures.

Brian HowseAugust 16, 2016 at 1:52 pmReply

A friend of mine recently passed away and I have discovered a fibreglass body of what looks like a Protea in his garden. His wife does not know the history, or where it came from. I have taken some photos and can forward them if anybody is interested.

adminAugust 31, 2016 at 5:09 amReply

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bramOctober 7, 2017 at 6:36 pmReply

i also have a mystery fibreglass racecar that has always been around in johannesburg from 1950 till 2015
can you send me the pict.