Words: Deshni / Pics: MS Photo
Tony Outar’s interest in cars stemmed from a young age to restoring cars as a hobby. “My love for classic and vintage cars has no bounds”, says Tony” and being in the motor industry has amplified passion and transformed it from a hobby to a business. This fascination led him to Rustenburg in 2011 where he purchased a 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne.
Completely restoring the Biscayne’s body and interior of this beaut saw Tony importing a lot of the parts from abroad. The continental kits for the back was imported from Canada, the 18inch 150-spoke wire wheels and air rides were imported from the US. It has a reupholstered interior; it sports a Chevrolet 282 V8 small-block engine with manual three-speed gearbox and a top of the range sound system installed by Dreamworks Exotic Custom’s.
The car is a real head turner, Tony recalls the countless offers to purchase the Biscayne and says wherever he goes people stream in to catch a glimpse of this mint condition automobile. Outar has enough cars to start a classic car museum showcasing his passion. We asked Tony if he could drive his car on any road in the world, where would he choose to cruise his Chevy, to which he replied, “Any road in the USA.”
It is a showstopper indeed, whether it be day or night, this car has no competition as we discovered doing the shoot at Durban’s Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Passerby’s prolonged the shoot for a good couple hours admiring the red paintwork glowing under the casino lights, it almost seemed as we had been transported to the streets of Las Vegas. We like to think we realized his USA dream, although on a small-scale.
He will never consider selling any of his prized possessions, as he can never price the time and dedication he has put in to restoring all his cars. The Chevy was purchased for R25 000 but to rebuild the car to meet Tony’s standards cost an estimated R280 000.
He has only recently started to take part in show and shine competitions and has always walked away with the first prize. The first show being the popular Cars In The Park and the crowd reaction urged Tony to persevere. In June 2013 she was selected by Top Gear (Souped Up Cars) and was on the circuit. The Chevy also took home the overall first prize for the show and shine category at the 2013 Autostyle Motor show. Tony has other plans to put his cars on the map, one of which being, showcasing his custom rides in a full-length feature film.
His first car was a 1967 Volkswagen Variant, and with a total of 13 cars and growing. We’d say this connoisseur has earned his number one place in the eyes and hearts of motor enthusiasts in and around Durban and abroad. His dream car is a 1959 or 1960 Impala bubble top pillarless to add to his impressive collection, which boasts a 1976 Pontiac Catalina Coupe (pillarless), a 1956 Chevy Truck, a 1972 Toyota Hilux 160, a 1979 VW Beetle, a 1956 Ford F100 truck, a 1933 Chevy Coupe, a 1957 Chev Bel Air sedan, a 1957 Chev Bel Air Coupe (pillarless), a 1940 Pontiac Deluxe to name but a few.