Meet South Africa’s oldest Isuzu bakkie

2012-11-28 00:00

SHE’S an old workhorse who has the mileage to prove it. And she’s officially the oldest of her kind in South Africa.

“She” is a bakkie and the pride and joy of owner Singh Samsunder, from Marburg near Port Shepstone.

With 537 670 km to her name, Samsunder has developed a special bond with his Isuzu KB.

He bought the vehicle in 1979 when he owned Shepstone Battery Works.

It was used every day to transport batteries.

He describes his bakkie as a “samurai warrior” that has indeed lived up to that reputation.

“I bought the bakkie for R3 850. It was a demo model and only had done about 1 000 kilometres,” he said.

Everything in the bakkie is still original and in good condition.

“The only thing I changed was the tyres. If you take care of something properly, it will last,” said Samsunder.

When he retired from business, he decided to keep the bakkie as it was part of the family.

“I feel like it will last forever,” he said fondly.

Earlier this year General Motors South Africa set out to find two special vehicles to celebrate the brand’s heritage.

Samsunder entered his trusty steed in the category for the oldest bakkie in South Africa.

He was placed first and earned a R25 000 fuel voucher, which means the old girl has the juice for many more thousands of kilometres.

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