SA's 'worst car' impounded

2012-02-16 10:27

Johannesburg - Northern Cape police in Kimberley have impounded a 1976 Toyota bakkie whose only roadworthy part was its windscreen, Beeld reported on Thursday.

"In my 40 years as a traffic policeman, it was the worst car I've ever seen on the road," head licensing officer for the Sol Plaatje municipality, Moses Alfonse, told the newspaper.

The bakkie had only two gears, the tyres were completely smooth, the shock absorbers had been tied into position with wire, and the driver had been using a leaking five-litre plastic bottle, which he had mounted in the engine, as a petrol tank.

"Nothing worked. It had no lights, no wipers and only rudimentary car seats," Alfonse said after the car was pulled off the road on Wednesday.

The owner, a Zimbabwean, told police that he had bought the car for R5 000 from a South African in 2011. He was fined, and the car was permanently impounded.

  • mabanana001 - 2012-02-16 10:33


      Ian - 2012-02-16 11:13

      I disagree, a good salesman would have sold a maintenance plan with it!

      yolie.Landa - 2012-02-16 11:27

      I thought Zimbabweans were smart. why the hell did he buy such an old car for R5000

      John - 2012-02-16 11:40

      or the bakkie was still in perfect condition last year.

      TheRealWarrenB - 2012-02-16 12:14

      It was probably un-roadworthy since 1978!

      Olivia - 2012-02-16 12:37

      or a VERY VERY STUPID guy who purchased it!

      Ja - 2012-02-16 12:46

      The only down fall is that the thing only does 50 km on a tank ..

      Sean - 2012-02-16 13:30

      Hats off , the car still drove , LOL !

      allan.ryan - 2012-02-16 14:09

      Give that man a Bell's!!!

      Dirk - 2012-02-16 14:51

      Sounds almost as bad as the ANC "government" Another 2 yrs, and that is what SA will look like.

      david.streicher - 2012-02-16 19:34

      Alles loop reg, nie altyd reg, toyota..

      Gary - 2012-02-16 23:37

      I agree @Mabanana: We really need that of sales men and ladies so that our economy can grow. It's amazing how this Godzilla ever survived. Wearing our most respected simble of our country( Number plate).

      David - 2012-02-17 08:49

      I think we should call in west coast customs and let them pimp his ride...

  • oddearring - 2012-02-16 10:33

    This is actually the "Best Car in SA". If it can still run after all that, it is seriously reliable.

      Janice - 2012-02-16 11:02

      And its been around since the seventies, hahahahaha.

      Hans - 2012-02-16 11:10

      This proves how strong the engine is. Good advertising for Toyota.

      Fredster - 2012-02-16 11:24

      Everything keeps going (in this case, not right) Toyota!!!

      John - 2012-02-16 11:43

      Well, apparently the Top Gear hilux was stolen a while back...

      Janice - 2012-02-16 12:11

      Its so nice to see so many people getting a good chuckle out of this one.

      Spotty - 2012-02-16 16:23

      Hans, only problem is that nowdays Toyota have dropped in terms of reliability and running costs are high. No longer the stalwart of old.

      fredahsm - 2012-02-16 17:37

      Skills right there: someone tht can upgrade a toyota, with a plastic petrol tank *wonder how the key looks like* and a great sales person as well.....we dont have skills shortages This person can sell anything............classic Oh! and managed to organise a license disc as well........lolest

  • J-Man - 2012-02-16 10:36

    Only a Hilux that runs that long...

  • Alex - 2012-02-16 10:42


  • solverman - 2012-02-16 10:48

    Why was it not being used as a Taxi.... that Toyota bakkie is in better condition than a lot of Taxis I have seen..

  • dlawre30 - 2012-02-16 10:49

    Just about the same condition as most of the Taxis I see on the roads.

  • Christina - 2012-02-16 10:50

    yah neh, ZAR5000. this is classic!!

  • Moss - 2012-02-16 10:50

    As usual, Zimbabwean think they will get away with it .check N1 north ,you will always see their bakkie full more than thier requires capacity( as long as Diff does not break,it is fit for the trip) 2nd most pof them drive unroadworthy car from naoubouring countries to avoid anual lisence disc fees ,traffic fine detection via numberplate etc

      Vinesh - 2012-02-16 11:43

      Good lord! Your spelling is as rotten as the bakkie! Must be a UKZN graduate.

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-16 11:49

      You killed me Vinesh, UKZN where you can buy the blanks to complete yourself!

      Ashley - 2012-02-16 14:12

      Vinesh, classic buddy, LMAO

  • thozi - 2012-02-16 10:50

    I'm prepared to buy that vehicle for R5,000 - not to drive though. just to keep as a show-piece and good invest. Who can I contact?

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-02-16 11:36

      U can contact " Ghostbusters " 0800 ghost Lol

      Vinesh - 2012-02-16 11:47

      Contact robert mugabe. I believe the bakkie would have been considered exotic in Zimbabwe! Remove the petrol container and you can have it for R500.

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-16 15:06

      Thozi - I can get you the bakkie but its going to cost a bit more, after all the paperwork, middleman fees I could let you have it for R10k. Do you want me to send you banking details?

      thozi - 2012-02-17 00:21

      Well, I'll get it via a tender. Who can assist me... Oh yes, Juju of course - the tender prince of Limpopo. Why didn't I think of him! Perhaps we can strike a deal before he goes to jail...

  • Charl - 2012-02-16 10:50


  • Hennie - 2012-02-16 10:50

    There are lots of those on our roads.The police must just open their eyes.

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-16 11:13

      Why not do it ourselves!!! Report them on

  • Lloyd Lucas - 2012-02-16 10:53

    It can only be a Toyota...never say die!

  • Nherera Lovemore - 2012-02-16 10:54

    come on guys why impounding a mobile monument.

      Allen - 2012-02-16 14:40


  • Bernard - 2012-02-16 10:57

    I had a landrover like this...

      Piet - 2012-02-16 11:00

      Dont lie!!! Landies do not last that long!

      Bernard - 2012-02-16 11:14

      Piet, my mid-70's landrover was like this 20 years ago!

      oddearring - 2012-02-16 11:15

      I grew up in Zululand in the 60's and ALL the landies were like that.

      Rye - 2012-02-16 11:41

      Yes the only thing roadworthy on a Landie is the windscreen.

  • Pietertjie - 2012-02-16 11:04

    I mean why do they have to do surch a thing, that was probably the guys first car, give it back,Toyota must go copy the disighn from the oak. Toyota lead the way. Take it to the musium.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-16 11:04

    Wow, the ANC should employ this dude, he'd be able to run the country on a shoe string budget !

  • Phumudzo - 2012-02-16 11:08

    hey you go Toyota for Life!!!

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-02-16 11:11

    @Thozi, I agree, the thing is 36 years old, and it still starts!! What a find as an investment.

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-16 11:12

    the guy that sold this car can definately sell ice to an Eskimo! i would love to meet him!

  • iGeorge_S - 2012-02-16 11:13

    hahaha Ah man its nice to read something like this for a change. They should put that car in a museum somewhere. Did it have 1st and 2nd gear or just 1st and reverse?

      Brett - 2012-02-16 11:22

      reverse and neutral.

      Dianne - 2012-02-16 14:09

      Excellent comeback Brett 10/10

      Allen - 2012-02-16 14:43

      Brett - Bwwaahhaaa!

  • clivegoss - 2012-02-16 11:20

    SPEAK TO ME WHEELS ! ! Could the driver not afford the bribe? A serious case of zenephobia ? Vehecles like that (taxi's) are dime a dozen on our roads. Difference is they are all overloaded with paying passengers and are the drivers licenced? Dont think so , the way they drive confirms that they hae no knowledge of the basic rules of the road

  • Steph - 2012-02-16 11:24

    Who said we're not industrious in Zim! Always a Zimbo to make a plan!

  • Thapelo - 2012-02-16 11:42

    How could the only roadworthy part on a car be a windscreen, lol

  • Dave - 2012-02-16 11:48

    Dunno, I think I saw a contender yesterday afternoon. Cnr Riverbend and Witkoppen, this piece of metal on 4 wheels came flying through a red robot onto Witkoppen, I actually thought it was going to roll, 4 occupants, no doors, no boot, tail lights smashed, bonnet crushed up so how the driver could see I dont know. He then flew off onto the grass and drove along the verge bouncing up and down until Malibongwe, I swear, never seen anything like that before

      Thebe Tau - 2012-02-16 12:16

      Dave u cannot be serious, maybe it was a UDO (unidentified driving object)

      Dave - 2012-02-16 12:29

      @Thebe, lol, true man. I was first at the lights, no one moved when our light changed, we all just stared, the driver next to me also had the biggest grin....only in could actually see the guys inside bouncing up and down

      fredahsm - 2012-02-16 17:51

      The bonnet was see through, this is classic, its bringing most of us together. let's all have a good laugh while we can

      Dave - 2012-02-16 19:40

      lol Freda, it was one of those truly African moments you could never find anywhere else in the world, there were smiles all round, not the usual 5 o├žlock, the traffic lights were out in Malibongwe, took me another 25 minutes to get through....our friends got there in 2 minutes flat...

  • Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-16 11:58

    Brilliant! News that makes you laugh for a change

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-16 12:00

    Where's Top Gear when you need them:-)

  • Tebalo - 2012-02-16 12:01

    Hai suka all the taxis are like this car mos!!!!!!! not that it's right,.....maar i'm just saying....

  • tmunotsiwa - 2012-02-16 12:04

    how do u buy a carcass for R5000.00 sum pple no

  • PatPion - 2012-02-16 12:10


  • Thebe Tau - 2012-02-16 12:14

    Wasnt this supposed to be on Wheels24

  • philatom - 2012-02-16 12:22


  • Zimbobwe - 2012-02-16 12:28

    Did the idiot police check if he was here legally or not. Most of them breaking the law came here on the back of a crocodile and they know they won't be caught.

  • Dianne - 2012-02-16 12:28

    Damn...this has mucked up my wedding day! Now who is going to drive me to the church!

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-02-16 12:30

    Toyota's are reliable, what can I say?

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-02-16 12:31

    He should have said he is on his way to fixing with the mechanic

  • Mike - 2012-02-16 12:36

    The Zimbabweans we are SMART, he bought it as a Soveurnier(never mind the spelling).He will go back ho,me and narrate the long history about the car and we will all be beaming and smiling behind a large warm witer fire in the Kitchen....How about that!

  • Olivia - 2012-02-16 12:37

    That car should be burned up

  • Rishi - 2012-02-16 12:40

    I never laughed so hard before. Sitting at my desk and reading this, the rest of the office will think I am insane. Wonder how he fills petrol - call the attendant, open the bonnet, and say "full tank please, but watch for the air lock."

  • dnt07 - 2012-02-16 12:42

    If this was the DRC it would be just under par for the course! The cars and taxis you see driving around there really changes your perspective. At least we have law enforcement in SA trying to keep things on the right path. What was the saying about "n boer maak n plan"? That boer has obviously never met a Zimbabwean!

  • garethallison - 2012-02-16 12:45

    My VW Golf is a convertible sports car compared to this! Ladies...climb aboard :)

  • Emile - 2012-02-16 12:51

    GREAT advertisement for Toyota, engine still running!!!

  • brad.schafer3 - 2012-02-16 12:52

    nothing was said about the brakes..... typical zimbo. when yo uhave no parts you make a plan

  • Barefoot - 2012-02-16 13:04

    That car is older than me, wow i want it too

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-16 13:09

    Permanently impounded? Bet the cops will sell it back to the owner soon.

  • Tasneem - 2012-02-16 13:11

    thats very funny, only in South Africa..

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-02-16 13:11

    That Zim boytjie can't be such a bright spark then. R5,000 for a death trap on wheels! WOW

  • Iain - 2012-02-16 13:14


  • william.chabant - 2012-02-16 13:14

    The battery looks pretty good :-)

  • Dianne - 2012-02-16 13:24

    Wonder how many passengers he was carrying......! Plus a pig, 2 sheep and a cow.....

  • Johann - 2012-02-16 13:36

    The R5000 is probably a lie. I think he hijacked it....

      Barefoot - 2012-02-16 16:05

      Lol i almost dropped this stolen t.v because of your comment