Experiencing the passion for the Gusheshe
Mark Smyth drove some BMW SA icons, including the very special Gusheshe
What is the most sought-after car in SA? Is it a Porsche, a Ferrari or a Lamborghini? These might be the most valuable, but the most sought-after car is one which requires a couple of armed bodyguards and an escort car, one which ensures no one can get near you as you drive through iconic parts of Johannesburg. That car is the famous Gusheshe, the BMW 325iS for those who don’t know. It is a car that attracts a great deal of attention, as we found out recently while driving from Constitution Hill in Joburg, through the CBD into Soweto, back to Parkhurst and to the Voortrekker Monument. To the uninitiated it just looks like an old E30 BMW, but this car is a global legend and a South African icon. Last year we drove the 333i, another icon produced only at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, and while we drove it again recently — and it is still my favourite of the two — it was the Gusheshe that created the most excitement. Wherever we went, people waved, shouted and whistled. People tried to gat...