Westrand Car Show - 1935 Avon Standard Special 1600cc

New Avon Coach Builders

Ever since the first horse was hitched to a cart coach builders have been around. Most of us have never met a coach builder. We call them panel beaters. Even then, then modern panel beater is not the same as the panel beaters of the 1940’s 50’s and 60’s. The metal used on cars was much thicker than today’s lightweight alloys and it’s just cheaper and quicker to take off a damaged component and replace it with a new part.

Pannekoek Stalletjie Poeding en Koek

The original coach builders started off as cabinet makers. Horse drawn coaches and carriages were all made of wood by real craftsmen and, with the help of a blacksmith doing a little metal work for strength here and there these carriages lasted for years and years.

Coach building then became completely different as a shift from wood to metal and even fabric was made. One such Coach Building company was Avon, which was formed in 1919 and then in 1922 changed its name to New Avon.

Westrand Car Show - 1928 Austin Seven Avon Sportsman's two seater

This is a 1928 Austin 7 Sportsman 2 seater with coach building by New Avon.

Westrand Car Show - 1929 Lea-Francis 12 hp O type

A 1929 Lea-Francis 12 hp type O with New Avon Coach building.

Westrand Car Show - 1936 Avon Standard Sixteen Saloon

A 1936 Avon Standard Sixteen Saloon using a Standard Motor Company chassis and engine

New Avon built custom models for Austin, a company called Lea-Francis, as well as the Standard Motor Company. They also built some of their own branded cars. Coach builders used someone else’s engine and chassis and fits the body and all the finishing touches.

That sometimes makes it difficult for people to accurately identify certain cars in those years as each coach builder would make subtle changes as they went along.

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

Competition Classes Enter Your Vehicle

1928 Austin Seven Avon Sportsman’s two seater – Clive Barker from Selsey, West Sussex, U.K. [CC BY-SA 2.0]
1929 Lea-Francis 12 hp O type – emdjt42 [CC BY 2.0]
1936 Avon Standard Sixteen Saloon -Thomas’s Pics [CC BY 2.0]
1935 Avon Standard Special 1600cc (FEATURED IMAGE) – Charles01 [CC BY-SA 4.0]