PROTEA - THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN CAR
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In 1955, a Johannesburg group of friends decided to design, build and then mass-produce a ‘special’. This was to be a modern lightweight sportscar which could be successfully raced on the weekends, yet also reliably transport its owner to and from work during the week. Within two years, a prototype had been completed and exhibited to great acclaim, and a proud owner had taken delivery of South Africa’s first production car – the Protea MkII.
Protea – The Story of an African Car is 160 pages of good reading. Well laid-out with masses of previously unseen archive colour and black-and-white images, the book works through from the founders’ backgrounds, to the development of an idea, the hassles of design with mass production as an aim, the fire hazards of working with the new fandangled fibreglass technology and dodging the Booysens Reserve feral mine dogs on the prowl at night.
It’s a must-have book for any local motorist or collector of South African history. Just 1 000 copies have been printed.
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