Take a trip down memory lane at the Datsun Heritage Museum, now open to all, in Bothaville

Datsun is calling on all fans - new and old - as it announces the public opening of the famous museum of car-enthusiast, Freek de Kock.

Datsun 200L at the Datsun Heritage Museum
Image Supplied by Datsun South Africa

For the first time, de Kock’s collection of more than 118 Datsun and Nissan vehicles - spanning decades - will be accessible to everyone.

The museum, located in Bothaville, South Africa, was started by de Kock in 2007. It claims to be the largest private collection of Nissan and Datsun vehicles outside Japan and features a number of world-renowned models including an orange Datsun 240Z, the 1200 GX, the Laurel and the Pulsar.

Freek is a life-long Datsun fan and started collecting vehicles nearly a decade ago, when his two sons took over the family business, giving him more time to focus on his passions in his spare time. Now, de Kock is ready to share his passion with fellow car enthusiasts and passers-by.

What can you expect to see when visiting the museum:

Wondering what made de Kock fall in love with in the first place? Check out a list of just a few of the models on display that will surely turn heads:

  • 1968 Fairlady Roadster
  • 1974 1200 GX Coupé
  • 1974 240Z
  • 1981 280Z
  • 1980 160Z
  • 1977 140Z
  • 1975 160U Coupé
  • 1973 1600SSS Coupé
  • 1971 GTR Hakosuka
  • 1997 GTR R34

Yes, you’re right, the address is not yet on google maps – here’s how to get there and how to make an appointment:

We’re sure most of you know the famous Nampo Park. As you exit Nampo Park turn left onto the R30 and head south on the R30 for 17.9km. Once you’ve gone over the bridge, turn right onto Jan Coetzee Avenue and the museum will be on your right.

Entry fees are R40 per adult and R100 for a family of three or more; R20 for children under the age of 18, if not accompanied by adults; R10 per person for school groups and small children three years and younger can enter for free.

Some tips for your road-trip to Bothaville:

What better way to be inspired on your way to a Datsun museum than to ensure you drive your very own Datsun there. There’s nothing like comparing your new model to the golden oldies.

If you didn’t know, Bothaville is just 3-hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, and that’s why road snacks are essential. Coffee in a flask and a few Ouma rusks will be the order of the day on your road-trip.

If you’d like to stretch your legs on the drive, Potchefstroom is about 120km from Johannesburg and on your way to Bothaville. Whether you’re a bird-lover or you’re just in the mood to take a time-out, the Potchefstroom Botanical Gardens will be the perfect spot.

Finally, ensure you have a great playlist in the car to keep you going on your drive. Here are some suggestions:

  • Beyonce – End of time
  • Prince – Little red corvette
  • Lauryn Hills – To Zion
  • Ray Charles – Hit the road Jack
  • Freshly Ground – Do be doo
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