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Explore the vintage charm of the Model T Ford in Wellington

Step back in time and delve into the captivating world of the Model T Ford, lovingly restored and showcased by Ford enthusiast André Wessels in the picturesque town of Wellington.

Nestled amid the scenic winelands, Wellington beckons motoring enthusiasts with its rich history and, notably, as the gateway to the famed Bain’s Kloof Pass. Yet, beyond its natural allure, Wellington boasts another captivating gem – André Wessels and his remarkable collection of Ford Model T cars, each a testament to an era of automotive simplicity and ingenuity.

1930 Ford Salt Pan racer.

His journey

For Wessels, the allure of classic cars began early, guided by his father’s passion for restoration. From childhood days spent in his father’s workshop to later years as a dedicated Ford enthusiast, Wessels’s journey led him to the iconic Model T.

Inspired by Henry Ford’s vision of affordable mobility, Wessels’s collection embodies the essence of a bygone era, where simplicity in design meets enduring craftsmanship.

1922 Model T Pick Up.

Restoration and reverence

With meticulous attention to detail, Wessels breathes new life into each Model T, preserving its authenticity and historical significance. From sourcing rare parts to crafting bespoke components, every restoration is a labour of love, guided by his unwavering dedication to accuracy and period correctness.

Community and camaraderie

In the vibrant community of Model T enthusiasts, Wessels finds camaraderie and support, sharing knowledge and resources to keep the legacy alive. With a network of fellow enthusiasts and mentors like Philip Kuschke, Wessels navigates the complexities of restoration with finesse and expertise.

1915 Speedster collection.

Driving the legacy

For Wessels, these vintage treasures are more than mere relics – they’re meant to be driven, cherished and shared. From leisurely drives through scenic routes to participating in iconic events like the Veteran Run, Wessels embraces the spirit of adventure, inviting others to experience the joy of Model T motoring.

Visit the Model T Museum

Discover Wessels’s extraordinary collection of Ford Model Ts at The Old Tannery in Wellington, where each car tells a story of innovation and craftsmanship. Be part of this captivating journey through automotive history, and immerse yourself in the timeless charm of the Model T Ford.

 Source: MotorPress

 

 

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