10 Vintage Cars Worth Millions Kept Under Wraps in Kenya [PHOTOS]

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    Photo collage of 1951 Rolls Royce and Ford Model A Pickup
  • The Covid-19 pandemic denied Kenyans an opportunity to view some of the vintage and classic cars worth millions which have always been kept under wraps.

    The vehicles can only be spotted during shows like the Concours d'Elegance 2020 which was postponed. The event showcases some of the finest vehicles kept in pristine conditions from back in the day.

    Concours is the classiest event on the Kenya motorsport calendar and has accrued continental status for cars and motorcycles, having been recognized and sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Africa since 2006.

    Vintage cars were made from the period between 1919 to 1930 while classic cars were manufactured after 1930. Pre-1919 cars are known as veteran cars.

    A 1928 Ford Model A Pickup

    1. 1928 Ford Model A Pickup

    This was the Ford Motor Company's second market success. 

    It replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for nearly 18 years.

    It is an all-steel car. Powered by the 201 L-head Inline 4 cylinder that is paired with a 3-speed manual transmission.

     2. 1934 Rolls Royce Boat Tail 

    This is a modernised version of the Phantom 1 available in two chassis lengths, 144ins and 150ins. It has four-speed transmission, right-hand gear change and servomechanical brakes. 

    The engine has seven main bearings and dual ignition.

    The bodies are supplied through numerous coachbuilders. It has a magnificent boat tail. A boat tail is a progressively narrowing rear end of a car. 

    File image of 1934 Rolls Royce Boat Tail

    3. 1951 Rolls Royce

    This was the world's finest touring limousine of its time.

    It was the last of the all-hand-built, all-aluminum, custom-bodied Roll Royces.

    It has a 6 Cylinder Transmission and its price currently stands at Ksh 10 million.

    A 1951 Rolls Royce

    4. 1952 MG TD

    It has the 2dr Roadster body style and can be configured for both right and left-hand drives. 

    It has a rack-and-pinion steering, smaller, 15-inch steel disc wheels and larger bumpers.

    The car sells at prices ranging from $14,600 (Ksh 1.5 million) upwards. 

    A 1952 MG TD

    5. 1959 Volkswagen Beetle

    This classic car has a 4-speed manual transmission and most have 1192 cc 4 Cylinder Engines. 

    It also has an eye-catching two-tone exterior.

    In the 1960s, it cost $2,055 (Ksh 223,000).

    A 1959 Volkswagen Beetle

    6. 1966 Peugeot 404

    It was designed with a 4-door Sedan body type. 

    Has a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and a manual 4-speed gearbox.

    Its top speed stands at 145 km/h. The 404 is fitted with a 1.6-litre petrol engine.

    A 1966 Peugeot 404

    7. 1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider 

    The 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto featured comes equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, dual Weber carburetors, soft top with boot, 4-wheel disc brakes, and solid wheels. 

    It is an Italian sports car with some dealers valuing it at Ksh 5 million.

    A 1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider 

    8. 1971 MGB Roadster

    It is powered by a BMC B-Series engine, producing 95hp. 

    The classic is also one of the first cars to feature controlled crumple zones designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30 mph impact.

    A 1971 MGB Roadster

    9. 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior

    The Alfa Romeo Giulia GT 1600 Junior is a rear-wheel-drive road car, with the engine mounted in the front, and a 2 door coupé body. 

    It is powered with an engine of 1.6-litre capacity. This powerplant features double overhead camshaft valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. 

    The engine drives the wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. 

    Its maximum speed is 185 km/h (115 mph).

    1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior

    10. 1974 Mercedes Benz W114

    W114 models featured six-cylinder engines and were used for a generation of front-engine, rear-drive, five-passenger lovers. 

    It was the first post-war Mercedes-Benz production car to use a newly engineered suspension. 

    A 1974 Mercedes Benz W114