PICTURES | From Gqeberha to Hollywood: SA Group cars are in high demand in the United States

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Most of Hi-Tech Automotive’s production capacity is occupied by export orders. (Photo: Carin Smith, Fin24)

  • A company in Gqeberha has built 6,000 high-performance replicas of famous car models.
  • The majority of cars are exported to the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • The Hollywood movie Ford versus Ferrari showcased various Shelby models built by Hi-Tech at Gqeberha.

A company in Gqeberha has built thousands of replicas of famous car models – and they are in high demand in the UK and USA.

Founded in the mid-1980s, Hi-Tech Automotive specializes in building and customizing replicas of iconic cars, such as the AC Cobra, Daytona Coupe, MKII and Ford GT40.

Hi-Tech car manufacturing plant near Gqeber

(Photo: Hi-Tech Automotive)

These cars are reinvented versions of historic models, made with the latest materials and new technologies.

Hi-Tech built around 6,000 of these cars, with the majority being exported to the US and UK.

high-tech car factory near PE

Most of Hi-Tech Automotive’s production capacity is occupied by export orders. (Photo: Carin Smith, Fin24)

The cars are certified by legendary American automobile manufacturer Shelby, founded by former racing driver Carroll Shelby in Las Vegas in 1962.. Its high-end upgrades to Ford Mustangs and improved Shelby vehicles are considered collector’s items. Shelby confirms the authenticity of the performance-enhanced vehicles.

Hi-Tech car manufacturing plant near Gqeber

Hi-Tech Automotive manufacturing plant near Gqeberha (Photo: Hi-Tech Automotive)

Approved Cobras and Daytona Coupes are also supplied with official Shelby chassis plates and the cars are registered on the Shelby Registry, which authenticates them as meeting the strict approval process of the Shelby Global Registry.

Hi-Tech car manufacturing plant near Gqeber

(Photo: Hi-Tech Automotive)

Each of these special Shelby Heritage cars can take up to 2,000 hours and is handcrafted to the customer’s personal preferences to ensure a unique product tailored to the driving enthusiast.

Hi-Tech car manufacturing plant near Gqeber

Hi-Tech Automotive manufacturing plant near Gqeberha (Pci: Hi-Tech Automotive)

All vehicles produced by Hi-Tech Automotive, which has approximately 300 employees in its 25,000 m2 factory, leave the factory as a rolling chassis without an engine or gearbox.

Hi-Tech car manufacturing plant near Gqeber

(Photo: Hi-Tech Automotive)

Hi-Tech Automotive’s business partners, such as Shelby in South Africa or Superformance in the United States, supply and install the engine and gearbox selected by the new owner.

The Hollywood movie Ford versus Ferrari showcased various Shelby models built by Hi-Tech at Gqeberha.

The South African company is the result of a years-long collaboration between Jimmy Price, founder of Hi-Tech Automotive, and motorsport legend Peter Lindenberg, owner of Shelby South Africa.

The two met during Lindenberg’s boating and waterskiing days in the 1980s, and the friendship soon turned into car racing. Lindenberg has won two SA National Oval Championships as well as two SASCAR Championships in cars built by Hi-Tech.

Lindenberg, with the help of Price, managed to obtain the license to produce all right-hand drive Shelby Heritage cars for retail sale worldwide.

In addition to Shelby SA, run by Lindenberg, Shelby American has modification centers in Canada, Australia, China, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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