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Year 1912
Remains of a chassis, axles, wheels and most mechanical stuff were recovered by the late Dave Forbes around 1965/7. Sold in the 90's to a guy in South Africa who had a tourer body. Believed to have ended up at Sandstone Estates in South Africa and made into a period railcar.
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Year  
Owned by Tim George in the 1960s. Found dismantled in the Burma Road Barracks (Lusaka?). Chassis original with a body belived to have been built in Salisbury in the 1950s.
Model Seven
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Registration Numbers EU-555/NRH References NRH Magazine, title unknown
 
 

 

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Year  
Raced by Chris North in the Mashonaland 500 in 1964 and 65. Fuel and services sponsered by Lochinvar Service Station. Both races won by someone driving a Morris Minor with FJ 100 engine.
Model 105
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Registration Numbers RS-93/SRH References C North
 
 

 

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Year 1925
Imported from the UK to Rhodesia, owned by Barney Enslin. Later acquired by a Mr. Jansen who took the car to South Africa. Photo taken at the car park, Kingsway, Salisbury
Model Seven
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers X-54808 (temporary number valid for one trip) References Nick Wood
 
Austin
                      1925 Seven

 

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Year 1926
Owned by R. Byng in 1965 and later by G. Acutt. Later believed to have been acquired by Roy Collins.
Model 12 Safari
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 24093
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Blue / grey
           
Registration Numbers S-59892/SRH
References
 
 


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Year 1927
Owned by Ken Goosen in 1980
Model 12/4
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Dark blue
           
Registration Numbers   References 7th Annual VCC Zim Rally
 
Austin 12


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Year 1927
Car no. 4TT20508. Owned by Geoff Meadows of Salisbury in 1965. Car later owned by someone in Bulawayo.
Model 12
Chassis No. 35347
Engine No. 354901
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers S-5706/SRH
References
 
 


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Year 1927 or 28
Called Poppet when owned by Julius Rudolph of Harare. Later passed onto his daughter, Della, who had the car resprayed. Taken to the UK around 2000.
Model Seven
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Maroon and black, later green and black
           
Registration Numbers
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Year 1927/29
Racing body with tapered bonnet. Acquired by Jeremy Bromley around 1977/78. Utilises a 1929 chassis with a 1927 motor, has a peculiar hunched appearance, short sloping bonnet, bulbous fibreglass tail. Acquired in 1979 by Douglas Boswell. Taken to South Africa, partly restored, in 1980. Sold to someone in Durban who has converted the car into a Gordon England Cup model.
Model Seven
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Green with red upholstery
           
Registration Numbers 13-044-C/RHO References The Herald (Rhod.) June 1 1979.
 
Austin 7A7 Boswell
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Year 1928
Car found in Tete without a body, though some pieces of timber body frame were acquired. The Tete owner had owned the car since 1949. Car rebuilt by Tony Izon of Mashaba around 1969. Body rebuilt based on the remaining pieces and the original owner's description of what was believed to have been an Arrow Works design. The body was covered in hessian and aircraft dope, up to the bulkhead, which was sprayed black. The boot is in the curve of the body, accessed from behind the seats. A spare wheel was to be mounted to the body but it is unknown if this was done. Unusually the engine and chassis numbers are stamped on the chassis frame and the pistons bore the engine number. Possibly later acquired by a Mr. Bromley (could this be the Jeremy Bromley car above?)
Model Seven
Chassis No. 72593
Engine No. 72840
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2-seater tourer
Colours midnight blue, red upholstery
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
 

 

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Year 1928
Owned by Ian Hesketh of Bulawayo?
Model Chummy
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Registration Numbers RBC-859/RHO References
 
1928 Austin

 

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Year 1928
Belonged to Derick Friend who owned a company called Humpty Dumpty Walls about thirty years ago and swapped it for an E Type jag with Eddie Hindmarsh, who also owned an old chevrolet landau. Acquired by Bobby Van der Merwe in May 2016. Rebuild started in July 2016.
Model Chummy
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Colours              
Registration Numbers EX-1928/NRH
References Bobby Van der Merwe
 
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Year 1928
Car no. A7-805. Owned by Eugene Wyngaard in 1965. Owned by Ian Hesketh in 1969/70, Competed in the 1969 National Rally from Johannesburg to Lorenco Marques. Later noted with a Mr. Taylor in Durban, South Africa.
Model Seven
Chassis No. 68430
Engine No. M68575
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Yellow / black
           
Registration Numbers A-1928
References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally
 
Austin

 

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Year 1928
Car no. STT29709. Owned by Paul Walker in 1968.
Model 12
Chassis No. 59468
Engine No.
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Body Style Tourer
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

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Year 1929
Owned by Eric Greig of Bulawayo around 1969/70, car discovered in Zambia. Took part in the Flame Lily run to Victoria Falls and the 1969 South African National.
Model Clifton
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally
 
1929 Austin

 

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Year 1929
Ex Harry Boyer, who had built a rough Gordon England replica body. Owned c1965-1969 by Harold Barnes of Salisbury, no body fitted at that stage.
Model Seven
Chassis No. C 84129
Engine No. M 84377
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports
Colours              
Registration Numbers RSD-1199/SRH References
 
 

 

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Year 1930
Built up from a collection of parts by Michele Alfero in the 1960s, self built 2-seater body fitted.Used on the 1968 Beira run. Photo c1970. Later taken to South Africa by Michele.
Model Seven
Chassis No. C95716
Engine No. M112282
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers RSG-8934/SRH References Nick Wood
 
Austin A7

 

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Year 1929
Owned by Bob Southon in 1980, acquired as a rolling chassis in Salisbury, engine and gearbox located after a ten month search in 1975. Body built by owner from drawings. Competed in 1976 Rhodesia Rally. Later in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Model Seven chummy
Chassis No. C86429
Engine No. 68575M
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports tourer
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers CB-*320/SAF References 11th Milligan Rally
 
1929 7

 

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Year 1929
Imported into Zimbabwe in the 1990s by Keith Dobinson. Later returned to the UK with Keith.
Model Seven
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder Gordon England
Body Style sports
Colours Green
           
Registration Numbers 559-118-L/ZIM
References
 
Austin 7Austin
                      7

 

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Year 1930
Rebuilt by Bob Southon in 1975 with a self built body, later sold and believed to still be in Harare with Mike Bardell. Noted in 2017 with Dr. R. Glieman.
Model Ulster
Chassis No. 112324
Engine No. 111931
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers CB-4320/SAF
References
 
Austin 7

 

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Year 1928
Noted in the Umtali (Mutare) Museum - Owned by the Scott family
Model Seven
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Blue and black
           
Registration Numbers A-1929/SRH
References Brian Goodall
 
Austin 7

 

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Year 1925
Noted in the Umtali (Mutare) Museum - Owned by the Scott family
Model Seven
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Blue and black
           
Registration Numbers 341-931-N/RHO
References Brian Goodall
 
Austin 7

 

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Year 1930 Car was at some stage in the Montague Motor Museum? Registered in the UK  on 05/06/1930. Driven by a group of students from Bristol to Cape Town and by UNiversity of Cape Town students back to Bristol in 1963/64. Car nicknamed MUGWUMP (Montagu's University Group With Unlimited Means of Propulsion). Vehicle ended up back in Rhodesia, where it was owned by Albert Oswald Craxford of Salisbury in 1974. Later bought back by one of the students, Roger D.B. Freshman of Cape Town (certainly by 1978), and believed to have been taken back to the UK. 
Model Sixteen light six
Chassis No. 17669/6
Engine No. 17899/6
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Maroon / black
           
Registration Numbers GJ 5936
References
 
MUGWUMP

 

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Year 1930/31
Car no. 21981. Owned by Charles Griffith Hampton of Salisbury who restored or rebuilt the car. Later owned by Colin Black who again restored the car around 1965/66. Believed to have gone to South Africa.
Model Seven
Chassis No. 119007
Engine No. M119508
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers RSA-29/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
Austin
                      1930 Seven1930-31
                      Austin

 

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Year 1931
Acquired by George Rickards of Harare from John Jackson around 2003. John had bought it in pieces in the late 70s / early 80s from Dennis Charlesworth when he left the country. John had rebuilt most of the mechanicals, but it still needed a lot of work to finish it, was still being rebuilt about 2009. 
Model Seven
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Body Style Sports body
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Registration Numbers
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Year 1930
Metal & fabric body built by Cambridge Engineering Co, on Austin 7 chassis, no doors fitted. Brought in from a farm and offered for sale, unsold for some time as it was thought the car was a 1931 model. After some research by Nobby Clarke it was found out to be a late 1930 model. Acquired and rebuilt by Nobby's son Malcolm around 1969. Acquired by Mike Frudd in around 1976. Sold to Jimmy Drummond in the late 1970s? Later acquired by Heath Hargeaves and his family. Car now in South Africa, restored over seven years.
Model Seven
Chassis No. 115*90
Engine No. M117430
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2-seater (Cambridge special)
Colours Red with black interior            
Registration Numbers S-422/SR, 278-115-Y/RHO References The Herald (Rhodesia) June 01 1979.
 
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History          
Year 1930
Owned by Caval P. Barratt of Salisbury since the 1960s, built up from parts. Driven from Salisbury to Cape Town in 1968 to take part in the International Rally from Cape Town to Durban, and then back to Salisbury, a round trip of 4500 miles without any troubles. Taken to South Africa in the 1980s, believed to still be owned by Caval.
Model Seven Chummy
Chassis No. 90509
Engine No. M117497
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Yellow / black            
Registration Numbers RSF-1930/SRH, 484-A/RHO References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally; 1972 AVRR
 
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Year 1932
Owned in Northern Rhodesia by Don Christie, a Clerk of Works. Given to Reg Futcher, a supervisor at the Mufulira mine apprentice training school, in a dreadful state. Apprentice at the school completely rebuilt the car . The dented body was rebuilt and Mr. Futcher found five tyres and four tubes in Bulawayo. Registered in Broken Hill after the restorarion.
Model Seven
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours murky custard before rebuild            
Registration Numbers BH-648/NRH References NRH Magazine, title unknown
 
1932 7


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Year 1932
Car no. 6TC/3715/6. Delivered in England and imported to Rhodesia in 1930, where it was used regularly until 1957. Restoration was begun by Geoff Meadows and the car was given to Mrs. Yvonne Symmonds by her husband as a birthday present, around 1960. The Symmonds family were very well known in Vintage Motoring circles in Rhodesia. Entered in the 1965 and 1969 National rallies as well as numerous other events. For sale in South Africa in December 2006 for R70 000.
Model 16 Light 6
Chassis No. 15522/6
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style Burnham saloon
Colours Black            
Registration Numbers S-5059/SRH References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally
 
Austin
                      1932 16 Light 6Austin
                      16

 

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Year 1933
Car no. GC18697. Found in a tribal trust land between Fort Victoria and Umvuma by James Mason. Restored around 1975, later taken to South Africa, said to be in Johannesburg.

Also owned a second Austin 10 saloon, blue / black, sold in Salisbury in 1981 as well as a 1937 Chev coupe, maroon / cream, taken to South Africa and sold in Johannesburg in 1983.
Model 10
Chassis No. G22883
Engine No. G9027
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Maroon / black
           
Registration Numbers   References
 
Austin 10Austin
                      10

 

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Year 1933
Bought in 1963 from Gaika mine Que Que, body altered to coupe imperial. Rebuilt by the Roe family, around 1976. Now owned by Timothy Stamps in Harare.
Model Seven
Chassis No. 168541
Engine No. M168572
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe imperial
Colours Golden brown / black
           
Registration Numbers RQ-566/SRH, 303-000-X/RHO
References Photo possibly shows this car
 
1933 Austin 71933 A71933 A7

 

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Year 1934
Owned by G.T. Kirk of Salisbury in 1970. Imported into Rhodesia by a Hartley resident, from Cape Town and from whom Mr. Kirk acquired the car.
Model Nippy
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Registration Numbers   References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally; 1972 AVRR
 
 

 

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Year 1934
Acquired by Peter Brewer of Borrowdale. Sold to Mike Frudd around 1990. Later owned by Paul Domoney before being acquired by Rinus Grau in Noveber 2016.
Model 10
Chassis No. G49244
Engine No. IG51997
Coachbuilder Litchfield
Body Style Sedan
Colours White with maroon fenders and roof, resprayed royal blue with black fenders in 2009.
           
Registration Numbers 230-511-E/RHO, ABP-9654/ZIM
References VCCZ Newsletter July 1990.
 
Austin 101934

 

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Year 1936
Owned by A. Whitehead in 1980, later by Roy Waterworth of Harare.
Model 10 Sherbourne
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers  250-886-B/RHO References 7th Annual VCC Zim Rally
 
Austin 1010


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Year 1935
Owned by Ron Barter from around 1984, used in many classic car runs. Sold in the 1990s, acquired by Lloyd Manhopi Snr in 2013.
Model Light 12/4
Chassis No. H20922
Engine No. 1H20869
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Ascot Sedan
Colours Blue / black
           
Registration Numbers 22-779-R/RHO, 229-947-R/RHO
References David MacKenzie, VCCZ Newsletter Aug-Sept 1990.
 
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Year 1936
Built as a military vehicle for submission to the British Military Tender Board in 1936. They assumed they would be awarded the tender as before but did not with this car. Shipped out to the colonies where it ended up in Zambia. Belonged to a Mr. Koviac in Livingstone, car was later in Kitwe, Bwane Mkubwa then Ndola. Owned by a Mrs. Acton who latyer moved to Bathurst in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), where it stood unused till 1985. Purchased by Eric McQuillian, who restored the car.  
Model Seven
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Body Style  
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Registration Numbers LPZ-073-GP/SAF References Photo VVC of South Africa
 
1936 Austin



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Year 1946
Owned and restored by Alistair Squires around 2000. Taken to Australia or New Zealand by Mr. Squires.
Model 8
Chassis No.  ASI 090533
Engine No. IA 118622
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Blue with black fenders
           
Registration Numbers 451-058-E/ZIM
References
 
 


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Year 1947
Rebuilt by David Duff around 1983. Later sold to Ranier Krueger then to a Mr. Masvikeni.
Model 16
Chassis No. BS23458
Engine No. B28625
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers S-17048/SRH
References
 
 


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Year 1951
Owned by Mr. Stamps, belonged to the Mother of the late Thora Schoeman.
Model A40
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Pickup
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers AUS-1951/ZIM
References
 
A40


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Year
Owned by a Mr. Coates in Bulawayo in 1962.
Model A70 Hereford
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers B-23005/SRH
References Lorraine Coates
 
A70


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Year
Owned by Fred Punter 1955 (A40) and 1956 (A30).
Model A30 & A40
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Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Fred Punter
 
A30A30A40


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Year 1953
Owned by Glynn Morris in 1993.
Model A40 Somerset
Chassis No. 776456
Engine No. 14-880492
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers 35-693-W/RHO
References
 
 


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Year
Mashvingo (Fort Victoria) Mayoral car, noted at the Bulawayo Trade Fair in 2015.
Model Princess
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers AAE-58*4/ZIM
References
 
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Year 1960
Owned by Keith Murrell in 1987, later inherited by his sons who still own the car in Harare.
Model A40
Chassis No. A-A256-33098
Engine No. 9A-U-U 34585
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Grey & blue
Colours Sedan
           
Registration Numbers 294-450-D/ZIM
References
 
 


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Year
Noted for sale in Bulawayo 2015 owned by a Mr. Fitzpatrick. Bought as a spares car.
Model A70 Hereford
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Sedan
           
Registration Numbers B-22408/RHO
References
 
A70


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Year
First registered on 25/02/1953. Noted for sale in Bulawayo 2015 owned by a Mr. Fitzpatrick. Was running when parked in the lean to.
Model A70 Hereford
Chassis No. B53-100280
Engine No. IBI68848
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Sedan
           
Registration Numbers 11-297-J/RHO, ABA-3762/ZIM
References
 
A70A70


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Year
Noted at Ruwa in 2014
Model Cambridge
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Station wagon
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers 482-756-J/RHO
References
 
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Year 1964
Acquired by Fred van Coller from the original owner and owned by him for many years, until he passed away. Now owned by Austin Whitehead in Harare.
Model Princess 1100 Vanden Plas
Chassis No. 448
Engine No. 33041
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Grey green
           
Registration Numbers 6-761-Y/RHO
References
 
 

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