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Classic Cars in Rhodesia


Make Bentley
History          
Year 1925
Delivered to its original owner in Inverness, Scotland, fitted with a Croall 4-seater body - Shipped to Rhodesia in 970 with Ken Rhys-Maitland - Restored in 1977. Acquired by Sam Tingle in 1979 as a 25th wedding anniversary present for his wife. Used extensively by Sam and Mary. Later taken to South Africa, the car is now with the Tingle's daughter in America.
Model 3-litre
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Green
           
Registration Numbers 306-036-X/RHO
References

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Make Bentley
History          
Year 1930
Speed Six 12’8½” chassis. Built for stock for the Bentley showrooms. First owned by M.W. Heneage of Ayrshire, who took delivery in July 1930. The car was acquired in 1942 by D. Basil Miles in Rhodesia, just before he returned to the UK. Sadly in his absence, the body was stripped, leaving only the bonnet and front wings. On his return, Basil Miles obtained a beetle-tail 2-seater body by Vickers of Johannesburg, ex a 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and after rebuilding the scuttle, fitted this body to the car. In about 1957, the car was exchanged for a 1936 Rolls-Royce (possibly GRF5). Noted back in the UK by 1980 when the car was offered for sale by Stanley Mann. Rebuilt with a replica Le Mans tourer body, mechanically very original. 
Model Speed Six
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder Gurney Nutting; Vickers (South Africa); Unknown
Body Style Coupe; 2-seater; Tourer
Colours
           
Registration Numbers B-4990/SRH
References Late D. Basil Miles; Pic Viv Westbury
 
Speed Six

 

Make Bentley
History          
Year 1949
Stripped whilst being restored in Zimbabwe - body believed now scrapped
Model MKVI
Chassis No. B130FV
Engine No. B65F
Coachbuilder Bentley Motors
Body Style Saloon
Colours Valentines jewellessence khaki; Silver
           
Registration Numbers 73-883-G/RHO
References
 
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Make Bentley
History          
Year 1958
Delivered to Mrs. Jane Redrup (nee Meikle). Later acquired by Rob Ecob and his father and taken to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa around 1980. Acquired minus the gearbox which has failed and been lost in Johannesburg when the company it was sent to closed down. A spare was acquired in the UK. Car in Johannesburg since around 1987.
Model S1
Chassis No. B481FD
Engine No. BF565
Coachbuilder Rolls Royce
Body Style Saloon
Colours Shell grey & black pearl
           
Registration Numbers RB-960/SRH, WDG-811-GP/SAF
References Rob Ecob; Recent photo KC Saayman
 
S1S1B481FD

 

Make Bentley
History          
Year S1 or S2
Noted in Lusaka in 2016, has been in the country since at least the early 1960s.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder Bentley Motors
Body Style Saloon
Colours Black over silver
           
Registration Numbers ET-3000/NRH
References

S1 or S2

 


Make Bentley
History          
Year
One of only two Bentley Corniches believed to have been owned in Africa, the other one owned in South Africa. Sold in 2009 to someone in South Africa.
Model Corniche
Chassis No. CBH20605
Engine No. 20605
Coachbuilder Bentley Motors
Body Style Coupe
Colours Brown with tan roof
           
Registration Numbers 419-334-X/ZIM
References Berry Brown
 
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