Integrity is the most important single aspect of buying a classic car, says Brian Bruce, custodian of one of the major classic car collections in the Southern Cape. Speaking at the VCCM (value in the classic car market) Conference at The Capital on the Park hotel in Sandton, Bruce was a keynote speaker at the second annual event organised by Historic Automobile Group International, which drew classic car collectors from around the country. "Classic or vintage cars can generally be described as artefacts, rare objects from the past that are handmade. And in the acquisition of these artefacts, the process we follow needs to be rigorous," says Bruce. As an example of the type of automotive integrity he is after, Bruce cites the case of one of his favourite cars, a 1934 Jensen Ford prototype, one of three produced, and one of only two that exist today. "This car has total integrity. Everything about the car is correct. It came with all its original correspondence, documentation and adve...

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