Father’s Day is here and in dedication to all South African dads, we’ve picked the 5 ultimate dad cars in Mzansi.
Dearest uBaba. Liefde Pa. Good ol’ Dad! How much of a typical South African dad are you?
A few weeks ago we conducted research to find out what are the 5 ultimate dad cars in South Africa. It, mixed with a little bit of our own intuition (AKA motoring genius), produced some interesting but expected results that are nothing short of 'Jip, that’s definitely a South African Dad car bro and there is no two ways about it'.
Indeed, we think that these cars are the cars South African dads drive most - most often in these shapes too - so check to see if your Dad makes the list.
Question is bro: Is it a good or a bad thing if he does?
Happy Father’s Day!
5. Single Cab Bakkie – for the working dad!
A working Dad’s favourite is always a single cab Isuzu (usually in a slightly older shape) or a small bakkie. Sometimes a Nissan 1400 or, if Dad's business is doing a little better, then perhaps a new Utility!
Either way, they were built for the hardy Dad – you know, the dad who needs to transport his tools and the occasional fridge, but doesn't care much for you and your sister squeezing into one seat!
4. Toyota Fortuner – the gold one!
Ah yes, the most ugly of all 4X4s is the gold Toyota Fortuner and an absolute winner for many Dad’s the country over – from the high-walled suburbs of Randburg, to the wind-swept plains of Blouberg. We all know a dad who drives a Toyota Fortuner and if he doesn’t, is he even a Dad?
The new shape is prettier than the old one, but not as popular. In gold, the old shape is Dadly heaven!
3. Toyota Hilux – with dried mud!
There’s no arguing about this one: Dad’s all over the country, from Pretoria to PE, from Kimberley to Kwa-Zulu Natal, all love a good ol’ Hilux. But not any old Hilux. Nope, this dad car most often comes with dried mud around the wheel arches – but hey, that’s what makes it even tougher-er.
Most seen in white, Dad's the country over love it to smithereens!
2. BMW 3-series – most Dadly in silver!
If your dad doesn't drive a BMW 3-series, you probably know of a Dad that does. Stern, reliable and best driven with a smirk, the 3 series is always a fatherly winner, from Soweto to Paarl, from Ulamzi to Bloem.
Most often often bought in silver or white, the 3-series is for the Dad who loves his holidays on tar and his cars with a dash of attitude.
1.Toyota Cressida – the one that never dies!
Ah yes, the old square boat. The fatherly Icon. The Toyota before the Corolla became a thing.
Indeed, the Toyota Cressida makes it to number 1 on our list out of South African respect! From Polokwane to Rustenburg, from Katlehong to Langa, the Toyota Cressida has long been a hit with South African Dads.
Sure, it might be disappearing with time, but consider this: With Toyota's extraordinary reliability, will it ever truly die? For Dad’s sake, let’s hope not!