TAKE A LOOK | Inside Jozi’s newest collectors’ car showroom, with a R12 million Aston Martin
- A showroom for classic cars has opened in Hyde Park Corner, Zebra Square Gallery.
- The most expensive car on display is a 1983 Aston Martin that costs R12 million, it's also the gallery's oldest vehicle.
- It has a range of collectible cars including from Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar, among others.
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A classic collectors’ vehicle showroom where car enthusiasts can shop for and exchange some of the most sought-after cars has opened in Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg.
Zebra Square Gallery also has operations in Dubai and is owned by Klaus Grogor, who has been in the business of collecting cars since 1975. Grogor is also a racer.
The showroom has a range of classic vehicles on display. Grogor says they are modern classic cars which are typically limited-edition and are often from a famed brand. The value of most of the cars has more than doubled over the last ten years, he adds.
The most expensive car in the showroom is also the oldest on show, a 1983 Aston Martin which costs R12 million and has clocked 39,000 km. When it first came out in the 80s, the Aston Martin sold for R280,000; it is also one of only 3 worldwide.
The newest vehicle on show is a limited edition 2009 Porsche GT2. The German car maker only produced approximately 1,000 units and only about 10 exist in South Africa.
Grogor said the Porsche 928 from 1990 was one of the least sought-after models during its time but has become a valuable collectors’ item.
“Two years ago you could have bought that car for about R400,000; today you will pay a million rand. It just accelerated in demand and there are not many of them,” he said.
The much more modern 1997 Ferari model on show has only driven 20,000 km and costs R3.8 million.
The Jaguar XJS, is a perfect example of a classic car, Grogor said. The model, which is currently selling for R360,000 was produced in 1990 and has driven 65,000 km.
“That car has slowly gone up in value; It still has so much future value, it’s a very good investment,” he said.
This Bentley Continental T is a 1998 model and was the manufacturer’s sportier iteration. It was the world’s most expensive car in 1997. It fetched over £300,000.
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