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41 ABOVE: Dorry Govender with the 1975 HiAce he has owned since new. D orry Govender from Merebank in Durban, now aged 87, has owned a 1975 HiAce Super 10 since new. Now four decades old, the HiAce came with Toyota’s 12R 1600 petrol motor and cost the princely sum of R3 000. Dorry spent most of his working career as a driver, so he knew all about comfort, reliability and the like when it came to choosing a personal car. He retired at 65, and kept the HiAce. He loved touring with his family and friends, so a car of this type was high on the agenda when he was on the lookout for a passenger vehicle. In the 1970s, vehicles of this minibus type were hard to come by. In fact, Toyota was one of the first manufacturers to offer this kind of transport. His closest friend worked in the quality department at Toyota’s Durban assembly plant at the time and was instrumental in convincing Dorry to choose the HiAce over anything else. He didn’t have much choice in the colour, though, as the caramel tone was one of a limited range at the time. Faithfully serving a Durban family for more than 40 years, a 1975 HiAce still looks as good as new. Now with ‘only’ 532 000km on the clock – an average of just over 1 000km for each month of Dorry’s ownership – the Hiace does faithful duty as a family car. It has had its regular services done by McCarthy Toyota Mobeni and has had one accident repair in the form of a new side panel after a side-swipe. The engine was overhauled once. Even after 40 years, Dorry will not part with the HiAce and trade it for any other model. His four children, together with their spouses and nine grandchildren, dubbed the HiAce ‘The Venga Bus’ and enjoy touring different parts of the country and neighbouring regions. From the Govender home in Durban it has been to Cape Town, Joburg, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. On its maiden trip to Cape Town, it was loaded to the hilt with 10 occupants – staying true to its Super 10 nomenclature – with luggage loaded onto a self-made carrier mounted on the roof. The family considers it very spacious and comfortable, and its reliability speaks for itself.


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