Classic Cars

Sandstone’s Classic Fords

Sandstones Classic Fords

Sandstone is best known for its 2ft narrow gauge railway but the heritage collection extends to other areas such as classic cars. In this article let’s have a look at the collection of classic Ford cars and pick-up trucks. Click here to read more

MG Car Club visits Sandstone


A variety of beautifully restored MG’s (150 of them) started arriving at Sandstone at 10h30 on a bright and sunny Sunday morning (Friday & Saturday were heavily overcast days so all involved were thrilled with the weather).  They had arrived from Fouriesburg Country Inn where they had enjoyed a cup of coffee with scones.


Man and Machine

At the Sandstone Heritage Trust 365-days of the year, or more particularly when there is an event on such as the Kalahari Sunrise, there will always be this wonderful synergy between man and machine. 

One of our passing photographers came across this interesting scene.  The Model T had broken down but it attracted attention from passing motorists and the Fire Department. 

Everybody piled in to help and the Model T was soon on its way.


The MG Car Club 2012 Indaba

The MG Car Club 2012 Indaba

The MG Car Club of South Africa has announced their 2012 Indaba. This will be based in Clarens but a visit to Sandstone is part of the programme.

Click here for full details:

MG 2012 Indaba Package Options - 292KB (opens in new window) 
MG 2012 Indaba Registration Form - 290KB (opens in new window)

Should you be interested in participating in this event, please contact the MG Car Club direct.

SAVVA visits Sandstone during Steam Gala

South African Veteran and Vintage Association visits Sandstone during Steam Gala.


Calling all Preservationists

The Sandstone Heritage Trust - A unique Eastern Free State destination


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HTN 29 - British Steam Car Challenge

Sandstone Heritage Trust - News

An attempt on the World Land speed record for a Steam Powered Car is being planned in Britain, the car build program is fairly advanced already. The chassis is complete, as are most of the suspension and powertrain components. One of the four boilers is on test and as soon as the optimum output has been established the constructors will be in a position to begin the final assembly of the car. Information regarding the background as well as technical detailsof the vehicle can be found on the website for this project at


HTN 58 - African Odyssey Vintage Car Rally - Johannesburg to Nairobi - September 2006

Sandstone Heritage Trust - News

September 2006

The Sandstone Heritage Trust will be participating in this special overland safari between Johannesburg and Nairobi in September 2006. The vehicle chosen is a 1947 Ford V8 Pickup.

The Sandstone Heritage Trust has a large selection of vehicles to choose from but this particular item has been chosen in order due to the inherent reliability of these vehicles and the fact that it has good clearance and good load carrying capacity. We understand that the tour is fully booked.

HTN 158 - "Thumbs up!" - The MG car club's newsletter - inserts from some of "AFRIOD'S" Participants

HTN 166 - The first item ever acquired by the Sandstone Heritage Trust

Sandstone Heritage Trust - News

14th December 2006

Many people ask us what was the first item ever acquired by the Sandstone Heritage Trust. In fact it is a 1950 Land Rover Series I which has been in the ownership of the Trust, or at least the Trust's benefactors, since 1961. It is still in daily use as these pictures will show. It is a working vehicle at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State. It has great sentimental value to the Trust because it has been in our possession since before many of the people who work on the estate were born.


HTN 178 - 1907 International Harvester Model B Farmer's Auto

Sandstone Heritage Trust - News

24th January 2007

2007 is the year that we bring our classic cars, military vehicles, vintage cars, and old commercial vehicles out of retirement and into the sunlight.
Our completely original 1907 International is in running order and simply needs a good service.

Sadly it is too modern for the London to Brighton Run.

Sandstone Heritage Trust hosts MG Car Club at Hogsville

Heritage - News

6th December 2007

The Sandstone Heritage Trust maintains a collection of vintage tractors and some classic cars on an associated property between Johannesburg and Pretoria.  On this property is a fully restored 1930's Service Station which is completely authentic in all respects. 

We were recently privileged to host the MG Car Club on one of their regular outings on 11th November.  The Club has kindly provided the following pictures which give a good account of the day's activities.  The highlight for many was to drive a number of the many Sandstone Heritage Trust vintage tractors and also to acquaint themselves with our Sentinel S4 Steam Truck.


Vintage Car News

Heritage - News

25th February 2008

This is a well known photograph but we have a copy of it in our archives. We asked Ralph Montagu of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu UK who it is... and he came back immediately.

The car is a Bugatti Cordon Bleu driven by Raymond Mays in about 1923.

So much more interesting than Formula One in our opinion.


Sandstone Heritage Trust participates in 2009 London-Brighton Veteran Car Run

Wilfred and Tamara Mole were the guests of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the UK for this year's event. The Sandstone team had the privilege of driving a 1903 De Dion Bouton car that had been resident at the Beaulieu Estate since it was new. It is a very cherished and much loved icon within this magnificent car collection. After a trial run on Wednesday before the event through the New Forest in beautiful sunny weather the day of the event dawned. Skies were grey when the cars assembled along the Serpentine in Hyde Park at 06h30. Shortly after 07h00 we were off and for the first hour or so the rain stayed away. We whipped along in merry fashion through Westminster, past Buckingham Palace, and then out into the London suburbs. By the time we got to Croydon we weren't being subjected to just rain; we were being subjected to rain and weather of almost hurricane like proportions. It came down in bucket loads and we reconciled ourselves to the fact that we were going to be soaked for the rest of the trip.


Apart from some minor issues the car performed magnificently. This is a 6 hp, 500 cc car with two speeds. However, this little car had great spirit which is a testament to the fine French automotive engineering of the time.

By the time we reached Crawley the weather was starting to improve and shortly thereafter it stopped raining and the last hour and a half of the run through open countryside to Brighton was a delight. Unfortunately due to the fact that we were so wet we could not linger in Brighton for the celebrations.

Although the weather was inclement and apparently one of the worse days in the history of the run in terms of disagreeable weather conditions, we felt that it was a wonderful challenge and it was very satisfying to have completed the run in fine style.

Our sincere thanks to Doug Hill, Ian Stanfield and the fine team at Beaulieu for all their support and for ensuring that at no stage was any detail left unattended to.