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Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year 1935
A rare car imported into Rhodesia early in its life. Acquired by Rob Green in the 1970s, possibly from the person who imported the car, a relative of his. Later sold to David Stronge, then John Jeeves then Rainer Kruger. Sold around 2005 to someone in the Anglican Church in London. Apparently this car was later sold to someone in Europe who had the chassis shortened and the car rebodied as a sports car.
Model Special Six
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Blue & white
           
Registration Numbers 648-479-S/ZIM
References David MacKenzie
 
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                      Siddeley

 

Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year c1929
Owned at some stage by John Gasston in Bulawayo. Purchased from an auction room in Grey Street, Bulawayo for around £25. After wheeling it out into the parking, the tyres were pumped up and with
a fresh charge in the battery and some petrol, it was ready to go. The car  was then driven out to the Acutt’s farm near Bulawayo Airport, where it was parked up for quite a few years. The car was painted black and had a Miller pre-selector gearbox and possibly Bulawayo number plates, however under the back seat were a set of Petermarizburg plates (NPN) from South Africa. The car was subsequently sold to Louis Van Rooyen of Van Rooyen Motorcycles, for £35.00.

It is unknown what happened to it after that but John suspects that someone bought it and restored it as he recalls seeing such a car in Glenara Service Station in Salisbury, it was owned by the late Crackers Craxford and was light yellow or white with black fenders


Model
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers
References John Gasston
 

 

Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year 1953
Acquired by David Carser in 2015 from a collector in Meyerton who had stored the car for 15 years. He had acquired the car from a collector in Sasolburg. The collector had apparently rescued the car from a scrap heap in Henley on Klip. Originally delivered via the Rhodesian agents, Marston Motors, to Andy's Garage of Bulawayo on 20 August 1953.

If anyone has any information on the history of this car, especially its time in Rhodesia please email me via the webmaster link at the bottom of this page.
Model Sapphire 346 (MkI)
Chassis No. 340683
Engine No. E340625
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan, body no. 25-1-0625
Colours Light metallic grey, originally black, dark red interior
           
Registration Numbers OIL-10436/SAF
References David Carser
 
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Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year 1957
Hydromatic automatic. Owned new by a Bulawayo doctor who then sold it to the Umgusa Water Baliff. Bought from him by Colin Bailes who stripped it down to rebuild it. It was loosely assembled by Colin when he went overseas in the 80's. It then sat in storage until Maurice Beckley swopped his 1970 Jaguar XJ6 (4.2 MOD) for it. Proved to be a very difficult car as everything had been apart so trying to finish it off proved impossible - lots of missing brackets, nuts, bolts and clips. He had to take the head off, flush the engine (rebuilt but assembled dirty...) and managed to get it running well - then the gearbox went so that was a couple of rebuilds later to get it right. Then the paint started falling off (assume age and then exposure to the sun) so Maurice then had to have it resprayed - which is how you see it below. Sold in about 2001/2002 to a British expat in Bulawayo - he then sold it on to Tendai Mlilo in Bulawayo who has it on the road and apparently going well. 
Model Sapphire
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Grey
           
Registration Numbers 416-241-K/ZIM
References
 
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Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year
Owned and restored by John Jackson in the 1980s. Later sold to Dave McIntosh.


Model Sapphire
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year
Noted at Sadie Motors in Harare.


Model Sapphire
Chassis No.
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Grey
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

Make Armstrong Siddeley
History          
Year
Originally used by the Mayor of Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia. Owned by Garth Pullar in the 1970s in Rhodesia.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Cream
           
Registration Numbers 99-280-M/RHO
References Garth Pullar
 
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