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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

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Year 1920
Exported from Zimbabwe in 1985 by Gideon Tait
Model 490
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 7542
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Body Style Roadster
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Year 1920/21 Ex Ralph Wallace 'Punch' Norton of Salisbury. Remains later acquired by Des Nugent, then by B. Bichard.
Model 490
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Year 1927 Ex South Africa, owned by Ralph Wallace 'Punch' Norton of Salisbury in 1964-65, having been acquired from a Mr. Posselt. Later acquired by Des Nugent who also acquired Punch's 1920/21 490 (remains of), 1927, 1928 and 1947 Coupe Imperial Chevrolets. Acquired by B. Bichard in 2013.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 3118538
Coachbuilder Fisher
Body Style 4-seater tourer
Colours Blue / black
           
Registration Numbers CA-95957/SAF, RSD-123/SRH
References 1st Rhodesian National Rally
 
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Year 1927 Owned by Des Nugent, then B. Bichard.
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Engine No. R2991217
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Year 1928 Ex Ralph Wallace 'Punch' Norton of Salisbury. Later acquired by Des Nugent, then B. Bichard.
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Engine No. R4536252
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1928



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Year 1928 Ex Ralph Wallace 'Punch' Norton of Salisbury. Later acquired by Des Nugent, then B. Bichard.
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Chassis No.  
Engine No. R4056331
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1928



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Year 1928 Remains found by M. Sherfield in Bulawayo
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1928

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Year 1928 Acquired in 1957 by Dick Thompson, with a wood truck back fitted. Competed in 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Shell reliability runs. Sold around 1964, passing through several owners before being bought back by Dick in October 1969 when it was restored back to its original tourer form. Taken to South Africa in the early 1980s..
Model
Chassis No. XGAB1899
Engine No. R4080960
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Pick-up
Colours Blue / black at some stage
           
Registration Numbers E-178/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
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Year 1928 Was being rebuilt by Peter Blignaut, later, around 1965,  owned by Arthur Classen of Bulawayo.
Model National
Chassis No. XGAB11271
Engine No. R4079326
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Green / black
           
Registration Numbers RBA-6895/SRH
References
 
 
 


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Year 1928 Owned in Chinoyi (previously Sinoia) by Peter Flanagan.
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Body Style Tourer
Colours Blue with black wings and hood
           
Registration Numbers 239-551-F/RHO
References Viv Westbury
 
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Year 1928 Believed to have been purchased new from Motor & Cycle Suppliers Ltd. in Bulawayo by K.N. Naik, who used the car until his death, possibly around 1962 as the car was licensed till 31/03/1962. Then acquired by Bill North of Gwelo, who sold the car in September 1965 to P.W. Tippets of Bulawayo.
Model
Chassis No. XGAB 12096
Engine No. R3972373
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers B-2026/SRH
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Year 1929 Owned by Arthur Rutherford-Jones in 1980. Acquired by Arthur Rutherford-Jones' s father when new. Sold by his mother in 1940. When Arthur returned to Rhodesia in 1967 he contacted the buyers of the car to enquire as to whether it still existed. This it did, however it had been dismantled in 1949. In 1970 Arthur took a trip to Gutu to acquire what remained of the car, which conistsed of the engine, generator, gearbox, radiator and scuttle. A 1929 chassis was acquired outside Bulawayo, together with mudguards running baords and some other parts. Arthur was determined that a sedan body be acquired as that was the type of body originally fitted. Some body parts were acquired in Rangemore and elsewhere, mostly without the timber frame, and the restoration began.  The car waas ready by January 1973 when it was used for the wedding of Arthur's eldest daughter. Later taken to South Africa. Acquired by Tobie Du Plessis, a relative of the Rutherford-Jones' in 2011.
Model
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Body Style Sedan
Colours Romany red and black
           
Registration Numbers CMT-588-FS/SAF
References 7th Annual VCC Zimbabwe Rally
 
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Year 1929 Owned from new by Mr. Charles Webb, who imported the car into Portuguese Territory. Registered in Salisbury in 1939, the car was in use until 1955, when it was parked in a Hatfield lot and dismantled. It was presented by Mr.  Webb to Joe Skinner in 1959, who rebuilt it by 1962. Competed in the 10th South African National Vintage Rally in 1963, still owned by Joe in 1979 when it was offered for sale. Car later went to South Africa.
Model
Chassis No. XGAC28327
Engine No. 83550
Coachbuilder Fisher
Body Style Sedan
Colours Maroon and beige
           
Registration Numbers S-7606/SRH
References 18 National Vintage & Veteran Rally, Automobilist vol 5/1 p.23; 2nd Rhodesian International Rally
 
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Year 1929 Disc wheels. Registered in Gwanda in 1929 by a miner who later transferred to Shabani. Later acquired by Peter Bartlett of Bulawayo. Swapped with Graham Gentles for a Ford Model T in 1960. After passing through four owners in 1960, the car was acquired in 1961 by John Goodall, who had a body built by Bill Wood. By 1970 the car was with S. Paul Walker of Bulawayo. Frequent rally competitor in the 1960s and 70s. Acquired more recently by Ken Goosen of Bulawayo, who restored the car and uses it regularly in Bulawayo.
Model International
Chassis No. R118131
Engine No. R118131
Coachbuilder
Body Style Tourer
Colours Green/black, yellow striping and wheels
           
Registration Numbers S-58746/SRH, 308-000-G/SAF, ABF-7563/ZIM
References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally; 1961 AVRR; Bruce Beckley
 
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Year 1929 Tourer (canvas top, four doors), 26 hp. was the first of the famous six cylinders, in line engine which proved so reliable. Owned by Skatie Fourie of Bulawayo, a founder member of the Matabeleland Vintage Car Club.
Model 26hp
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Red over black
           
Registration Numbers U-1168/SRH
References Craig Fourie; Skatie Fourie
 
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Year 1929 Found in Borrowdale, believed to have been ex John Goodall. Sold to a fridge company, then to H. Butler then to Rob Weston, car in pieces.
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Body Style Tourer
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Year 1929 Owned by Inspector Easton of the B.S.A.P. in 1978.
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Body Style Truck
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References Outpost June 1978 p.5
 
 
 

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Year 1929 Owned by Rainer Krueger then Ken Arnold. Ex A.J. Motorways in Bulawayo. Later acquired by B. Bichard.
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1929
 

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Year 1930 Remains acquired, together with a cut up seden body, by Clive Thompson in the 1980s. Later owned by Ken Arnold then B. Bichard.Not enough remains to build a car at present.
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Year 1930 Owned by Arthur Rutherford-Jones, taken to South Africa when he emigrated there in the early 1980s.
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Body Style Roadster
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Year 1930 Believed to have been imported into Rhodesia by an American missionary in 1931. American not South African assembled. Owned by Mick Angell of Umtali since around 1962, having been purchased for £10 in poor condition, and restored over 5 years. Possibly sold to someone in South Africa. It is possible the engine is a replacement as an engine number with an R prefix shows it was built in South Africa.
Model Deluxe
Chassis No. 2AE/11/122765
Engine No. R/2513424
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports Roadster
Colours Sherwood green / black
           
Registration Numbers RUA-9816/SRH, 7-000-H/RHO
References 2nd Rhodesian International Rally
 
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Year 1930
Wire wheels. Built by General Motors in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Owned by M.A. Probert in 1965, later sold to Gerry Morgan. Sold to Martin Sherfield in Bulawayo around 2008, now being restored.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No. R 1956468
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Maroon / black
           
Registration Numbers G-1495/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
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Year 1930 Owned by Gideon Tait of Greendale. Taken to South Africa in the mid 1980s together with a 1920 Chevrolet 490.
Model AD
Chassis No. XGAD31731
Engine No. XGAD31731
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Maroon / black
           
Registration Numbers U-312/SRH, 71-162-Z/RHO
References Cutting date unknown.
 
 

 

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Owned by Ron Bird in 1968.
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Year 1930
Noted for sale on the internet. Canadian built export model, shipped to Africa where it was owned by a Doctor (possibly Dr. Bird) in Rhodesia for many years. Sold to Bruce Kilfoil, a tobacco buyer, in the 1960s. Ron Bird owned the car in 1968. Rarely used and stored for many years in a barn. Spotted in the late 1980s by Ewen Conacher, a Shropshire policeman who was posted to Zimbabwe. Taken back to England in 1991, acquired by a new owner around 2001 who used the car as a showroom attraction at his garage.
Model
Chassis No. XGAE32844
Engine No. R2167669
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 4-door sedan
Colours Maroon / black, later yellow / brown
           
Registration Numbers H-1325/SRH, SV 9229
References Internet
 
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Year 1932 Ex Boksburg, South Africa, taken to Rhodesia in 1950 by J.P. Botha. Later acquired by a Mr. Van Helsdingen, then a Mr. Cormack, last licensed in 1954.  Restored by Stuart Rutherford-Jones around 1972. Taken to South Africa where the car was sold. Now believed to be in Portugal. .
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No. N3164518
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Phaeton
Colours Yellow / black
           
Registration Numbers TB-395/SAF, V-1493/SRH, 109-379-P/RHO
References 7th Annual VCC Zimbabwe Rally
 
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Year 1932 Owned by Les Arnold , restoration now being finished by his son Ken in Pietermaritsburg, South Africa. Car believed to have come from the Mazoe area.

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Body Style Tourer
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Year 1932 Owned by Hollands Auctioneers in Mutare, then acquired by Kevin Shadwell in the 1990s. Car for sale at Haddon Motors in Harare in 2010. Believed sold to an ex Macheke farmer.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 836578
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours              
Registration Numbers 7091-G/RHO, AAQ-9148/ZIM
References
 
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Year 1933 2nd owner J.H. Mussman of Rustenburg, then Rhodesia, where car was imported on 16/04/1968. Owned by Thordan Schoeman in 1972.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No. RM4799749
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours Maroon            
Registration Numbers 37-028-X/RHO
References
 
 
 

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Year 1934 Noted at Arkie Kassim's yard, since sold on, possibly to a Mr. Clarke.
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Body Style Sedan
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Year 1934 Acquired by current owner from Bulawayo. Owned around the 1970s by Rudi Van Den Berg, then pat Bowden, Allan in Binga, unknown in Bulawayo. Originally a roadster pickup.
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Year 1935 Acquired by Colin Sapsford as a running car in the 1990s. Restoration was started before Colin moved to South Africa. Later acquired by Mike Asher then John Hunt who is building the car into a retro hot-rod. Now in Canada.
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Year 1938
Owned by Wally Lacey of Bulawayo in 2011. Fitted with 283 V8 motor.
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Body Style 2 door sedan
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Year 1939
Owned by the Van Leeuwens. Used for many years by Willie van Leeuwen tow motor bikes to races.
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Engine No.
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Body Style
Colours Green, now White over Black
           
Registration Numbers AAI-4712/ZIM
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