When you think of classic cars, you probably think of elite marques like MG, Aston Martin and Jaguar, and you also probably think of fifty years ago. But Jeff Osborne of Gumtree SA Autos says there’s now a serious market for what’s called the ‘new classics’ – popular runarounds from as little as 25 years ago.
In 1984, South Africa’s roads were full of Mark V Ford Cortinas (which were soon to be phased out), Mazda 323s and fifth generation Toyota Corollas, as well as the (then) new VW CitiGolfs. At that time, the popular Datsun Skyline was about to be re-branded as Nissan and the BMW-3 series had just introduced a four-door version.
According to Osborne any of these vehicles from that vintage can now fetch some decent money if they’re in good condition or, if they need some work, they can represent an excellent restoration opportunity for enthusiasts.
Osborne did some time-travelling on the Gumtree Autos site and found these examples of 1984 ‘new classics’.