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Dave Morgan, whose father owned Dominion Garages in Salisbury, S. Rhod, believes that 3 Cord and 14 Auburn were delivered new to Rhodesia. To date only two of these Auburn's have been identified. A picture of a 653 sedan was published in the Herald newspaper, showing the car in the Nairobi to Johannesburg race of 1936, sponsored with the logo "read the NEW RHODESIA", probably a newspaper of the time. An advert was also run in the 1937 Coronation supplement of the Herald by Dominion Motors advertising Cord and BSA cars.

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Year 1928
Apparently only twelve 890s were built, when found this was one of three known examples. Originally a RHD car, it had been originally owned by a Doctor in Beira. Later sold to a group of sailors in Lorenco Marques, who blew the engine and fitted a 1934 Buick 6-cylinder unit. The car was discovered in a scrapyard in Lorenco Marques by Mario Lupini and acquired by his brother Italo in 1964. Subsequently owned by Rudi Van den Bergh in Rhodesia. In 1976 it was noted that the car needed an engine, gearbox and 2 wheels. Later owned by a Mr. Visser, Brian Tyler, David Woods, from whose estate it was acquired by Richard Dismore in 1991, currently under restoration with the correct motive parts.
Model 890
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Boat-tail speedster
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References Automobilist 2/3, 3/3; POMC1998 Members List; R Dismore
 
As found in 1964

 

Make Auburn History          
Year 1928
Owned by Nick Wood's Grandfather, J.H. Vorster from new in Rhodesia. Photo below taken in South Africa. Possibly delivered through Dominion Garage, the Auburn, Cord and BSA Agents in Southern Rhodesia.
Model 6-75?
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours              
Registration Numbers S-3051?/RHO References  
 
JH Vorsters
                      Auburn

 

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Year 1935
Body no. C79-2120. Delivered through Dominion Garage, the Auburn,
Cord and BSA Agents in Southern Rhodesia, to J.K. Jackson of Que Que.
Used until the 1950s, when the car was laid up with only 44000 miles on
the clock. Bought by Viv Westbury in 1981 and restored, Sold to Rainer
Kruger in Harare around 1997. Originally dark blue with tan leather. Owned at some stage by Skatie Fourie of Bulawayo, a founder member of the Matabeleland Vintage Car Club. First of the differential lock models, the rear boot did not open and luggage was passed over the back seat by tilting the back rest forward.
Model 653
Chassis No. 5496A
Engine No. WF7443
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Shadowlite with blue interior            
Registration Numbers  757-385-T/ZIM References Viv Westbury
 
1935 Auburn

 

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Year 1935
Delivered through Dominion Garage, the Auburn, Cord and BSA Agents in Southern Rhodesia. Found in the Donga communal lands near Selukwe (now Shurugwi) by Rudi Van den Bergh in the 1960s, raided for spares and remains left in the communal lands. Recovered in terrible condition by Viv Westbury of Harare in 1982. Viv has subsequently collected sufficient parts to rebuilt the car, which was a major undertaking. The one surviving front door has an aluminium monogrammed plate rivetted through the centre of the outer door panel, with the letters A F S superimposed over each other, much as someone would do with their initials. Viv has often wondered if this car may have also been owned by the Strickel family. Later sold to someone in Sweden.
Model 653
Chassis No.  
Engine No. WF7383
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Cabriolet
Colours Originally Shadowlite            
Registration Numbers   References 14th V&V National Rally, Viv Westbury
 
1935 Auburn1935
                      Auburn

 

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Year 1935
Body no. C81-1134. Ex Donald Wolvaardt of Pretoria, sold to Viv
Westbury of Harare, Zimbabwe. Partly rebuilt by 2003. Originally dawn grey light with cream or straw broadcloth with maroon moquette piping. Later sold to someone in Norway.
Model 653
Chassis No. 4608B
Engine No. WF7271
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2-door Brougham Sedan
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References V Westbury
 

 

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Year 1936
Remains of the car discovered on a farm in Swartrukens North of Pretoria by Donald Wolvaardt of Pretoria, who believd the car was the last 654 built. Later owned by Jolyon Simpson c1992, who sold the car to Viv Westbury in Harare, Zimbabwe. Partly rebuilt in 2003. Later sold to someone in Sweden. 
Model 654
Chassis No.  
Engine No. WF7222
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Cabriolet
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References V Westbury, J Simpson
 
1936 Auburn1936
                      Auburn

 

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Year 1936
It would seem that this car was delivered new to the Strickel family who farmed in the midlands of Southern Rhodesia. The car was used for some time and then parked on their farm, until acquired by Rudi van den Burg of Umvuma in the 1960s. Taken to South Africa by Rudi. In later years this car was acquired by Bertie Bester from the Van den Bergh estate, and was restored to a high standard, except for the non original colour of pale blue. In 2003 the car was owned by Oliver Gerondeanos. Apparently entered in the 1937 Cairo to Cape Race by Kingstons Motors of Salisbury, unknown where it finished. 14th V&V National Rally programme states '1936 Auburn 852 S/C, R.J. Van den Bergh. Imported especially for the 1937 Cairo to Cape Town race, found in poor condition in 1965'. Also completed the 1969 National Rally and Polana Hill Climb. (The car featured in a write up in the Herald in the early 1970s, if anyone has this issue I would be most grateful for a copy of the article please).
Model 852 Supercharged
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Cabriolet
Colours              
Registration Numbers E-10/SRH, RE-231/RHO References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally, Automobilist 2/3 p.18; R Dismore; David MacKenzie
 
AuburnAuburnVan der
                      Berg Auburn

 

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Year  
Body no. C80-1081. Remains of owned by Viv Westbury ex Don Wolvaardt, ex Henry Bessinger, ex Dr, Anderson of Johannesburg. Car scrapped, parts to be used in the restoration of Viv's 1935 Cabrio. Later sold to someone in Sweden.
Model  
Chassis No. 3687A
Engine No. WF5199
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References  
 
 

 

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Year  
Body no. C80-1347. Bits of this car are owned by Viv Westbury in Harare, Zimbabwe. Will probably be used in the rebuild of his 1936 Cabriolet. Later sold to someone in Sweden.
Model 653
Chassis No. 5262A
Engine No. WF7280
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References  
 
 

 

Make Auburn History          
Year  
Engine only ex South Africa owned by Viv Westbury. Later sold to someone in Sweden.
Model  
Chassis No.  
Engine No. WF3402
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References  
 
 

 

Make Auburn History          
Year  
Engine only ex South Africa owned by Viv Westbury. Later sold to someone in Sweden.
Model  
Chassis No.  
Engine No. WF 3771
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References  
 
 

 

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