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Make Austin Healey History          
Year  
Modified for racing by Fred Punter (BSAP). uprated front suspension with antiroll bars, uprated front brakes by substituting Austin A40 drums and progressive linings. Skimmed head to raise compression ratio, competition valves with double springs, competition cam shaft, polished ports, polished head chambers, banana bunch exhaust, retained 1.125inch twin SUs but removed pancake air filters, fitted custom made stainless steel plenum chamber with  forced air feed, modified silencer and tuned on dynamometer (rolling road) at  Eric Glasby's garage, competition 9 spring clutch, quite a bit of body lightening,  removing windscreen and susbstituting small aero screen. Ate up half shafts, with the increased power, competition clutch and gearbox, the back axle could  not take the strain and the outer ends of the half shafts twisted off, leaving Fred standing at thestarting line, engine revving (rather embarassing). With codriver Peter Huson (BSAP),they won the Sports Car Class in the Rhodesian 6 hour race at Marlborough. Also raced in the 1963 Rhodesian GP at Kumalo, Bulawayo. Sold in 1965 to a dealer in Bulawayo, to help finance the purchase of a new Fiat 1500 which Fred took deliveryof in Rome and did 15,000 miles  in it before crossing into Rhodesia at Biet Bridge,having brought it out on a  Union Castle boat to Cape Town. Acquired by Peter Huson who resprayed it  light blue. Sold on and believed purchased by a schoolteacher who took it to  Australia. The standard car's manufacturers top speed was 82.5mph, Fred  managed to get over 105mph with the same engine but racing camshaft. racing
gearbox, oil cooler. Fred worked and polished the combustion chambers and the inlet and exhaust ports, fitted a three branch exhaust manifold, had the head skimmed to raise the compression ratio to 10 to 1. Once broke the main leaf in one of the rear quarter eliptical springs due to axle tramp. At the Marlborough track he was faster than MGA's with 1600cc engines and a twin cam Triumph Spitfire plus several specials. Back on the road on an pleasant afternoon drive out to Matopos or Essexvale it would do well over 45 miles per gallon. It never needed the fan blades, which were taken off to save horse power at speed but the fan belt was still needed because this drove the water pump and the generator (no alternators in those days). [BSAP = British South Africa Police the Rhodesia Police Force]
Model Sprite
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Registration Numbers   References  Fred Punter, Peter Huson
 
 A-H Fred
                      Punter Peter HusonA-H Fred
                      Punter, Peter Huson

 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
Owned by Mark Benzon of Harare in 2011.
Model Sprite
Chassis No.
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Green
           
Registration Numbers AAK-2732/ZIM
References
 
 A-H
                      SpriteA-H
                      Sprite
 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
Owned by Mark Benzon of Harare in 2011.
Model Sprite
Chassis No.
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours White with two blue stripes down the centre
           
Registration Numbers AAP-9260/ZIM
References
 
A-H
                      Sprite
 


Make Austin Healey History          
Year 1960 Registered in Rhodesia on 1 July 1967. License last renewed in February 1989. Owned by Graham Elston (or Eiston) of Bulawayo. Later acquired by Randall Everson in South Africa. Currently under restoration.

Model Frogeye Sprite
Chassis No. AN5 8700
Engine No. 8371
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Body No. 8358
Colours Red            
Registration Numbers 23-696-F/RHO, RB-8312/RHO
References Randall Everson
 
MG Sprite
 


Make Austin Healey History          
Year
Noted in Harare in 2015.

Model Frogeye Sprite
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Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 37-395-W/RHO
References Randall Everson
 
SpriteSprite
 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1954 Owned by Gordon Crichton 1959 - 61. The car later ended up at the bottom of the escarpment near Chirundu, when the new owner stopped to enjoy the view and forgot to put on the hand-brake.
Model 100
Chassis No. 46671243
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Charcoal and red
           
Registration Numbers S-37919/SRH References Gordon Crichton
 
 
 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1955 Owned by Nick Wood in 1970. Photo shows car during fitting of Jaguar motor.
Model 100/4
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Registration Numbers   References Nick Wood
 
 Unknown
                      A-H

 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1955
Owned by Johnny Britz, later acquired by Noel Hunt who had the Hickman brothers fit a V8 engine (the first one of these conversions they did). The car later went to Cape Town where it was acquired by Dougie Muir. Sold in 1979 to someone in Johannesburg who was going to restore the car to standard specs. Chev 283 with double Healey flywheel, fitted with 100M bonnet. Photo shows this car on the left with Gordon Crichton's car.


Model  
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Registration Numbers S-42167/SRH
References Gordon Crichton
 
A-H Rhodesia


Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1956
Owned by Gordon Crichton, fitted with a Chev V8, built by the Hickman brothers. Take to Johannesburg when Gordon moved there, believed to have been acquired by Mike Hoffman ex Salisbury, who fitted an automatic box anbd then took the car to Zambia. Chev 283 bored to max, cam from 327 corvette, 4 barrel Rochester carb, rack and pinion steering, teleflo front shocks, rotoflo on the back, Alfa sports seats, Les Leston wooden steering wheel rim, hardtop ex Gordon McPherson's 100S, 4-speed box overdrive on 3rd and 4th. Photo left taken at Concours d'Elegance at Salisbury Gardens where the car came 2nd to a nearly new E-Type Jaguar.
Model  
Chassis No. BM 1229744
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Body Style  
Colours Various colours over the years incl. blue, orange, green, brown and slate
           
Registration Numbers B-31444/SRH, 291-130-V/RHO
References Nick Wood, Gordon Crichton
 
 Unknown
                      A-HA-H



Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1954
Built 4th may 1954, imported to Salisbury, Rhodesia. Ex Gordon McPherson, a photographer in Salisbury who raced the car. Purchased in 1965 by Malcolm McBride. During Malcolm's ownership the original 100/4 type windscreen was replaced and the car was resprayed red with a white side panel and was reupholstered. Acquired in 1968 by Bruce Harrison who was in the Rhodesian Air Force. Sold to Ivan Holtzhausen in the late 1970s. Owned by Jim H. Cousins of Cape Town around 1986 to 2002. Owned in recent years by Eugene Treherne of Witbank, South Africa.
Model 100/4
Chassis No. BN1/155297
Engine No. 1B/213250
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports, body no. 3136
Colours Blue, later red with white panel then white and currently white over blue
           
Registration Numbers S-39432/SRH, CA-100-4/SAF
References Eugene Treherne
 
GuthrieTreherne

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
One of 3 or 4 Austin Healey 100Ms imported into Rhodesia for racing. Owned in South Africa by Stewart Cunningham, who acquired the car in 1970. The following drivers are known to have raced 100Ms in Rhodesia; George Pfaff, J.H.S. Guthrie, C.D. Le Clus.
Model 100M
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Body Style  
Colours Red, now silver
           
Registration Numbers LXW-330-T/SAF
References Photo Paul Cowie
 
 A-H
                      100M
 


Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1957 Owned by Rod Winter in 1990, later acquired by Mike Longhurst.
Model Frog eye
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Colours              
Registration Numbers   References VCCZ Newsletter July 1990.
 
 
 


Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1957 Owned by G. MacPherson in 1985
Model 100S?
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 1B/222712
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Body 3902
Colours              
Registration Numbers S-56383/RHO
References
 
 
 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
Owned by Ivan Holshausen in the 1970s. Seen below alongside his MG TC and MGA twin cam
Model
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Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 168-996-Q/RHO
References Ivan Holshausen
 
A-H
 


Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
Rebuilt by Paul Sims, later acquired by Andy Justice in Harare. Car later acquired by B. Bichard.
Model 100/4S
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Body Style  
Colours Black and red
           
Registration Numbers   References
 
100-4
 


Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
Owned by Brian Stead, still owned by his widow Cherie.
Model 100/4
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Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1958
Owned by Dave Cooper. Photo shows car awaiting fitting of Jaguar motor c1970.
Model 100/6
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Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers S-62067/SRH References Nick Wood
 
 Unknown
                      A-H
 


Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1961
Acquired from Logan Motors, Jameson Avenue by Peter Grove in 1964. Sold on in 1966
Model 3000 MKI BN7
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Metallic steel blue with white insets
           
Registration Numbers RUA-3831/SRH
References Peter Grove
 
MKI BN7
 

Make Austin Healey                                         
History          
Year   Owned by Geoff Frizzel. Originally LHD till crashed by Geoff in Mozambique around 1964 - He then rebuilt the car and converted it to RHD. Ex Pat Burke of the Rhodesian Band 'The Gentlemen".
Model 3000 BN7
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Registration Numbers RSA-2850/SRH
References Geoff Frizzel, Peter Burgess
A-HA-HA-HA-H
 
 

Make Austin Healey                                         
History          
Year   Purchased in England in 1960 by Neil Campbell (known as Moose Campbell) who worked on the Rhokana Corporation. He shipped the car out to Africa and then drove it to Northern Rhodesia. It was sold to Mike Walker who traded it in to a Car dealer in Kitwe. Acquired in 1962 by Steven de Lange, who traded it for an MG 1100 in 1963 at Northern Motors. White, with a red detachable fibre glass hardtop and a black soft top. It also came with a Radiomobile multi band shortwave radio and a Lacock de Normanville overdrive. Photo shows the car at Steven's parents house in Garneton
Model 3000
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours White, with a red detachable fibre glass hardtop and a black soft top            
Registration Numbers EA-1807/NRH References Steven de Lange
 
 A-H 3000
                      Stephen de Lange

 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1964 Dave Cooper in Rhodesia and then Australia. Ex Pete Grove.
Model 3000 BJ8
Chassis No. HBJ8/27827
Engine No. BJ872749
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Body 3186
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References Nick Wood
 
 Unknown
                      A-H

 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1965 Fitted with triple SU carbs and racing exhaust manifold. Acquired from a Mr. Swigman of Bulawayo in 1967 by Peter Grove. Peter won the 1971 Rhodesian Production Car Drag Championships. Sold in 1974 to Sam Cooper who took the car to Australia.
Model 3000 BJ8 MKIII
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours British racing green, later Metallic gold / brown with black upholstery
           
Registration Numbers RBB-6363/SRH
References Peter Grove
 
BJ8 MKIII
 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year
Owned by John Andrews of Salisbury, who was possibly an instructor with the British South Africa Police Driving School.
Model 3000 MKIII
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Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White with chrome wheels
           
Registration Numbers   References Gordon Crichton
 
 

 

Make Austin Healey
History          
Year 1961
Owned by Richard Fenner, disk wheels.
Model 3000 MKII 2+2 BT7
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Battleship grey over dove grey side panels, black interior
           
Registration Numbers   References
 
 

 

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