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Dat’s sun collection by Free State’s Oom Freek

DATSUN MUSEUM: Not in the city, but in Bothaville in South Africa’s Free State. Image: Supplied

ROSSLYN, South Africa – Datsun is calling on all fans – new and old – as it announces the opening of car-enthusiast Freek de Kock’s auto museum: about 120 Datsun and Nissan vehicles spanning decades will be accessible to everybody.

The museum, 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 – among them an orange Datsun 240Z, the 1200 GX, the Laurel and the Pulsar.

DATSUN MUSEUM: Not in the city, but in Bothaville in South Africa’s Free State. Image: Supplied

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 he’s 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 the brand in the first place? Read this 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

The address is not yet on Google Maps so 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 on to 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.

DATSUN MUSEUM: Not in the city, but in Bothaville in South Africa’s Free State. Image: Supplied

You can make an appointment by calling Freek de Kock on 082 493-6552 or sending an email to

Entry cost is R40 per adult and R100 for a family of three or more; R20 for children younger than 18, if not accompanied by adults; R10 per person for school groups and under-threes 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 a three-hour 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.


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 play list 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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