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Classic Cars in Rhodesia



Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1960 Acquired around 1964 by Dave Lurie from George Watson, a farmer in Trelawny. Owned by Dave for many years, often seen parked outside his
second hand tyre shop in Pioneer street, Salisbury. 4-speed with Carbs in place of the fuel injection. Painted white around 1970 and later the coves were painted red. Later acquired by Mike Wesson, who fitted wide rims, with the original hubcaps. In 1994 the car was with Brian Evans in South Africa.

 
Model Corvette
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Silver, later white, then white with red coves
           
Registration Numbers RSA-32/SRH, 35-210-W/RHO
References Nick Wood; photo CAR (SA) Oct 1994; Jack Lurie
 
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Make Chevrolet History          
Year   Photographed at a race meet in Salisbury in the 1950s with Sir Roy Wellensky
in the passenger seat, possibly the Dave Laurie car?
Model Corvette
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Photo Morag McDonald Tritt
 
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                      in Corvette
 


Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1958 Owned by Rob Stirling before being acquired by John Hunter, then sold to Malcolm Laing, followed by Nigel Knight. Acquired from Nigel by Georgia Hoffman and her husband Gary around 1975/76 for Rh$300 and a BMW engine. Stripped down completely - body off the chassis, stripped all the upholstery etc. Rebuilt it and even had to make the taillight lenses because when they were dismantling, one crumbled. Front and rear windscreens made out of Perspex in their kitchen as they were not able to get foreign currency to import replacement ones from the States. Sold to Ron Lupson in Salisbury around 1979.
Model Corvette
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 103-401-R/RHO
References Georgia Hoffman
 
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Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1966
Used for drag racing in the US, fitted with a 454ci motor. Owned by James Logan before being sold to Dave Lurie. Sold later to Tony and Roy two Portugese panel beaters who owned Flame Lily Panelbeaters. They sold it to Rob Henwood who took it to Bulawayo where the 454 engine got damaged, a 283 or 327 was then fitted. The car stood in Bulawayo for some years and is now believed to be owned by Ralph Stead in Harare.
Model Corvette
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Originally yellow with black on bonnet and side vents - Later white
           
Registration Numbers 160-772-B/RHO
References Jack Lurie
 
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Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1966
Imported into Zimbabwe by the late David Wade. Acquired from his estate by Stephanie Malachie. Later owned by Buster Bichard.
Model Corvette
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Convertible
Colours Blue with white roof
           
Registration Numbers 66-VETTE/ZIM
References
 
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Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1969?
Owned for many years by Ralph Stead of Harare.
Model Corvette
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers ABR-8021/ZIM
References
 
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Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1969
Fitted with an LS6 454 cu. in. big block motor, 550 bhp with nitrous oxide for extra boost. Bought to Zimbabwe from South Africa by Rob Westons who has owned the car for many years.
Model Corvette
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours Red with black roof
           
Registration Numbers 434-648-S/ZIM
References last two photos courtesy of Roger Luigino Scott
 
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Make Chevrolet History          
Year 1963
Split rear window Corvette, very rare as they were only built for one year. Owned by John Hayward of Bulawayo in 2011. Later noted in Harare with Buster Bichard.
Model Corvette Stingray
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours Blue then Gold
           
Registration Numbers ADT-4851/ZIM
References
 
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Photos above show the car in Harare
Corvette
Photo above shows the car in Bulawayo with John Hayward: Photo Gary Hoffman
 

Make Chevrolet History          
Year
Owned by the Winterboer family in Bulawayo
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

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