Unique to South Africa The GSM Flamingo, 1962-1965

Unique to South Africa The GSM Flamingo, 1962-1965

A stand-out feature of the 2018 Knysna Motor Show that was held on April 29, 2018 was an historical display of production sedans and sports cars only available in South Africa.

We at Ultimate drive have been covering these unique cars, starting with the Protea manufactured from 1956 to 1958. Not too long after the Protea, the GSM Dart broke cover early in 1958, also featuring a glass-fibre body and Ford 100E mechanicals.

The GSM Flamingo came about as Bob van Niekerk realised that many South Africans would want a more sophisticated sports car. Thus the GSM Flamingo was born in 1962, initially featuring a 1.7-litre Ford Taunus engine.

Later, racier Ford Cortina GT 1500 cc units were fitted, and a one-off V8 model was also built and raced successfully by Bob van Niekerk. The Flamingo featured a distinctive split-window rear window design, actually pre-dating the famous 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window model.

A total of 128 Flamingos were built at GSM’s factory in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. Production ceased in 1965.