The Hazendal classic car collection is a little like the olive in a perfectly dry martini - it might not be the only reason why you ordered the martini in the first place, but it just adds that little something irresistible to the mix that makes the entire experience something truly special.
See, the classic car pavilion at Hazendal might not be the only reason you choose to visit the estate, but once you get an eyeful of the amazing vehicles Dr Mark Voloshin, the owner of Hazendal, has collected over the years it is pretty likely to beguile you nonetheless. Yes - beguile. It’s that gorgeous.
Here are five amazing facts about the extraordinary car collection that never fails to impress our guests:
1. The classic cars were all collected right here in South Africa
Dr Voloshin spent some time in Germany and the United States in the late-70s and early-80s, and this is where his love for classic cars really took hold. However, all of the cars that currently form part of the Hazendal classic car collection were sourced and purchased from collectors and dealers right here in sunny SA.
The collection started with a 1978 Rolls Royce Corniche, which Dr Voloshin has owned for the longest period of time. This exquisite vehicle has a soft top and features a powerful V8 engine that makes for a fantastically smooth ride, even after all these years.
2. The 1956 Bentley Continental took the longest to find
Even though South Africa has a vibrant classic-car collector community, not all cars are that simple to find. Case in point, the 1956 Bentley Continental took Dr Voloshin and his team a full three years to find. It is currently being restored before being added to the classic car pavilion.
Dr Voloshin has a very soft spot for a Bentley because he has a sincere appreciation for quality engineering and beautiful design. He believes that this automotive brand brings an unmistakable timeless quality to its vehicles that sets it apart from its competitors in a big way.
3. The 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith is Dr Voloshin's favourite (but shhh!)
Okay, so asking a classic-car collector to pick his favourite is a lot like asking a mother to tell you which child is her favourite - it feels completely wrong, and there are so many factors to consider! However, if he had to choose (under duress!), Dr Voloshin would have to go with the 1948 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith.
These amazing vehicles were the very first models to roll off the Rolls Royce production line after the Second World War. In fact, the chassis it still has was constructed in the very same factory where the engines for the notorious Spitfire aircraft were crafted during the war.
The Rolls Royce Silver Wraith was long the official vehicle of choice for kings and queens, and the model that came after it (the majestic Phantom IV) was only ever purpose-built for royalty, and only if the brand deemed them worthy of the honour! This included the likes of Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, the Prince of Saudi Arabia and Queen Elizabeth herself (she still owns one to this day!).
4. There were only (EVER!) 35 1956 Bentley S1 cars made
The striking 1956 Bentley S1 that graces the pavilion at Hazendal is one of 35 that were ever built! Of those, only 12 had the coachwork body such as the one seen in the Hazendal model. This particular car had a huge restoration, which included fitment with a stunning ox-blood interior and a custom shade of gold that was crafted to respray the car. In short - it’s the rarest of the rare!
5. You can hire the classic car pavilion (and cars!) for a function
Yes, that’s right - the Hazendal classic car pavilion can be used as a beautiful backdrop for smaller, luxurious events such as fashion shows, bespoke music evenings or even a glittering brand launch.
Our talented events team has supported an array of businesses and private individuals to use this unique space in interesting ways and can help you to do the same. So if you love the idea of these classic vehicles in the mix when you host your next fabulous occasion, it’s completely possible to make that happen for you...
But wait, there’s more. If you would like to use one or more of the classic vehicles for your wedding or simply as a prop during a photoshoot, it is available for charter hire on the estate. We can also remove the vehicles from the pavilion if the space is to your liking, but you’d rather not have the cars there on the day.
Now you know! To find out more about the Hazendal classic car collection or renting the space to host an event, get in touch with our team via email@example.com or +27(0)21 903 5034. We look forward to plopping the proverbial olive in your Hazendal martini.