The Register of RHD Veloces shows only 601 cars being manufactured (numbered 1470001 to 1470601. This car is numbered 1470540 – towards the end of the range and only 61 cars were made after this one. Of this number only about 60 remain on Britain’s roads.
The only paperwork from the African period of ownership shows that the car was based in “Randburg”, a suburb of Johannesburg.
The car was then imported from South Africa to England in early 1990. The history files include a vehicle export certificate signed by the South Africa police dated 18 January 1990 and quoting the correct chassis/engine numbers.
The vehicle was imported by Mr. Joseph Pollock who lived in Linton, Cambridgeshire and the current owner purchased it from Mr Pollock on 3 May 2002. At this time the current MOT certificate shows mileage of approximately 85,000. Whilst this cannot be warranted, it appears reasonable for a 33 year old classic car, particularly that the car’s life in South Africa would have seen it remain in or around Johannesburg for most of its life.
Soon after the current owner acquired the car, it was the subject of a major restoration, although the body was still in exceptional condition. The mechanics, body and the re- furbishment were attended to regardless of cost, the engine being totally stripped down and reassembled by a master technician from the local Mercedes Benz dealership, Stuart Smith. This included new pistons, all main bearings and valves.
All the required mechanical and body parts were available and acquired for its restoration, including replacing suspension system parts. With the engine and suspension removed, the body was treated to a bare metal respray by Colin Taylor of Brighton Road, Southport. The steel road wheels were also totally refurbished at this time and fitted with new tyres. The interior was re-upholstered and re-carpeted to a very high standard by Phil Dixon of Southport Trimmers. The resultant historic and tax free vehicle must present as one of the best Veloce Round Tails in Britain. The car handles extremely well on the road and is a delight to drive. The bodywork and mechanics are faultless – a stunning example of this classic marque.