- Growing up in a family that loved classic cars roused Anthony Sandiah’s passion for them
- To date, he owns five vintage cars of his own
- Unfortunately, the car collector cannot collect any more due to space limitations
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By Neesha Maharaj - Freelance Journalist
While Anthony Sandiah's modern-day cars – an X5 BMW and C-Class Mercedes – are parked outdoors, his classic cars are parked in his garages safely away from the elements.
The medical orthoptist's (eye specialist's) first classic car was a 1949 Ford Mercury which stood for a while due to lack of finances until he was able to restore it.
The rest of his collection comprises a 1949 Austin A4 Devon; 1957 Chev Bellair; 1955 Studio Baker Champion; and a 1951 Ford Mercury.
The Cowie’s Hill, Durban man, who also has an affinity for acting and features in a local stage production called The Durban Passion Play, said he is passionate about classic cars and is meticulous when it comes to maintenance of his vehicles.
“There is only one panel beater in Johannesburg I trust with fixing my vehicles. My classic vehicles are my pride and joy. My 1951 Ford Mercury had been a complex conversion. It used to be a four-door vehicle which I converted into a two-door.
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“Owning classic cars is my passion but it comes at a high price. I take them for a drive once a week. I do exhibit my vehicles at car shows, but I’m cautious about who the beneficiaries of such shows are. Only if a charity benefits will I participate in car shows,” said Sandiah.
Taking his cars out in public attracts much attention with many people wanting to know how he keeps them in pristine condition or wanting to know if the cars are up for sale.
Sandiah’s Chev Bellair boasts the number plate A TEAM 1-ZN. Adorning his vehicle with this number plate has nothing to do with the TV series the A-Team but signifies an important belief he holds in life.
“All together everyone achieves more. That’s the meaning of the number plate. In every aspect of life you can’t be an island. We depend on other people. Everything in life is interlinked,” said Sandiah.
Not only is he a keen car collector, but Sandiah also has a passion for acting.
A devout Catholic, Sandiah, who has a love for drama, has appeared in The Passion Play, staged at the Durban Playhouse Theatre since 1987. His first role was that of Simon of Serene and his second role was of a rabbi. Since 1997 he has played the part of Judas and has done so for seven consecutive years.
Sandiah said he acts in the play because he loves conveying the messages about the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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