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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

Make Chrysler                                                        
History          
Year 1926 The car was originally supplied to the First Governor of Rhodesia, Sir John Robert Chancellor. The car was then acquired in 1955 by Mr. K.B. 'Nobby' Clarke of Salisbury who bought the car from the Rhodesian Government CMED sale. At this stage the car had been converted into a pick-up. Hickman built a 2-seater body, using part of a VW roof for the rear deck. Later the car was fitted with a tourer body using the rear section off a Willys Knight, that was modified by a panel beater from Bill Wood's Panel & Spray shop, WEVCO. Still owned by Mr. Clarke in 1970, by 1978 the car was owned by Joe T. Skinner of Salisbury, offered for sale by Joe in 1979. Owned by Bill Francis, a farmer in Umvukwes, later taken to South Africa, last noted in the Pietersburg area around 2000, with a cracked head? The right hand photo is believed to show the Imperial before it was rebodied as a tourer.
Model Imperial 80
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  E7348
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 7-s phaeton, body No WWW628R, now tourer
Colours Beige and black
           
Registration Numbers S-47603/SRH, 38-833-J/RHO
References Automobilist 5/1 p.23, 2nd Rhodesian International Rally
 
 1936
                      Chrysler Imperial 80Chrsyler
                      roadster

 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1926 Owned by Tommy Lemon from around 1977, dated as a 1926 model 60, but thought to actually be a 1928 model 62. Sold around 2005, the car went to South Africa.


Model 60
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 56529-7/A9772
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster, body no. *C203S (* missing digit)
Colours Desert grey with black fenders
           
Registration Numbers B-374/SRH, 312-945-G/RHO
References
 
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                      Chrysler
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1926 Wooden wheels. Owned by John Gordon Smith in 1965, later acquired by Adrian van Coller. Acquired in recent years by Ross Muir. Though to be the car owned used by Barry Bakewell in the first Reliability Run in 1959.


Model 60
Chassis No. 583936
Engine No. H42593E
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer, body no. YE393S
Colours Pale yellow with green fenders
           
Registration Numbers S-254/SRH
References
 
 
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1926/27 Owned by Tommy Lemon, acquired at a Bulawayo Municipal auction in the 1950s. Model was complete when acquired. Parts were given to other owners to fix their cars, body disappeared. Differential used to fix Tommy's model 60. Almost complete running chassis with rare Buffalo wire wheels acquired by Viv Westbury in the mid 1980s. Itthen went to Bruce Hart-Davies, Viv Westbury, some one in Mabelreign and back to Viv westbury in 2007. Awaiting collection of sufficient parts to be restored.
Model G70
Chassis No.  
Engine No. G101050
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours
           
Registration Numbers BM-1416/RHO Municipal Number
References Viv Westbury
 
G70
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1927
Owned by Des Munch of Rusape, who had bought the car new. Used on Sundays to go church. During WWII the car was converted into a truck by Italian Prisoners of War. In 1978 the car was restored by Viv Westbury for Des' son Adrian. Car taken to Port Alfred, South Africa in 1982 and sold there.


Model Model 50
Chassis No. FY 237E
Engine No. 57039A
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Grey / black
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
Model 50
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1927
Owned by Stowe Philp of Concession, later acquired by Mike Males, sold in his estate sale around 1979/80. Acquired by Brian Craig who took the car to Chipinga, current whereabouts unknown.
Model Model 60?
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Viv Westbury
 
 
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1928 Owned by Tommy Lemon, acquired in Bulawayo with a tree growing through it. Later sold on, the car surfaced in the Mike Males estate after he was killed in the war. Remains acquired by Viv Westbury and then sold to Keith Pollard in 1980. Bought back by Viv in 1989, now in the UK being restored.


Model 52
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer, body no. HH959P
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Viv Westbury
 
1928 Chev
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1928 Owner unknown, photo possibly from 1930s.


Model 52
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
Chrysler 52
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year 1928
Fitted with rare 4 wheel hydraulic brakes. Acquired new by E. Owen Martyn of Danga Lima farm in the Melfort / Bromley area. Last licensed in Dec 1927. Alan Phillips acquired most of the parts from Owen except the engine, which was mounted in a barn on steel railway sleepers to run a maize grinder. Viv Westbury acquired the engine and the remains of the car from Alan in 1973. The car was rebuilt over a period of eight years and was ready in 1981. TAken to the UK in 2005.

Owen Martin also had a 1927 Model 52 tourer, some remains were recovered but not enough to restore. The engine is now in a car in India. 


Model 52 4-cylinder
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 133504A
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer, body no. HR947E
Colours Dawn grey / black with blue panel in each door
           
Registration Numbers S-2805/SRH, 396-687-F/RHO
References
 
1928 Chrysler
 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1929 Owned by Alex M. Orr of Salisbury in 1965. Originally registered in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, found in a bedraggled state in Que-Que, Southern Rhodesia. After passing through several owners the car was acquired by Mr. Orr, who restored the car.
Model 6-cylinder
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Light green over black,
red wheels
           
Registration Numbers
References 1st Rhodesian Natational Rally
 
 1929
                      Chrsyler sedan

 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1929 Owned by Jacob Van den Berg of Salisbury in 1965. Noted as going to a Mrs. I. Gunther of Bulawayo. Owned by Bruce Kilfoil in 1969.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No. P 216032
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster
Colours              
Registration Numbers RS-441/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
1930 Chrysler
 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1930 Car serial no 6513701 (r/f door pillar). Twin side mounts. Owned by A.M. Orr in 1964, later sold to Ken Stowel before being acquired by Dave R. Schoeman of Salisbury, restored by Dave c1968, took part in the 1969 South African National Rally, covering 2700 miles  without trouble. Possibly the car driven by Thorden Schoeman in the 7th Annual VCC Zim Rally in 1980. Car taken to South Africa by Dave's daughter, where it was later sold to a cousin of Jodie Scheckter.
Model 75
Chassis No. 31030
Engine No. 310229-2
Coachbuilder Briggs, body no. 390-8990
Body Style Sedan
Colours Blue / black, later Brown with black fenders
           
Registration Numbers B-5114/SRH, 286-515-D/RHO.
References 7th Annual VCC Zim Rally, Photo 14th Annual V&V Nat Rally
 
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                      31030
1930
                      Chrysler

 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1932 Budd Bros all steel body. Believed to have originally been owned by a manager or director of Wilson & Rowntree in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Acquired around 1935 by Roger Jakins' uncles father-in-law. Later acquired by Roger's uncle, Ken Jakins in the late 1950s. Taken over by Roger in 1962, used by Roger whilst at school. Last run in 1982 when acquired by a Mr. Judson? Acquired by Fergus Chance of Harare in 2012. To be restored at some stage.


Model CP8
Chassis No. 7527271
Engine No. CP3594 (B)?
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan, body no. 2454CP 
Colours Green, possibly with black wings
           
Registration Numbers S-8025/SRH
References Photos: Fergus Chance
 
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Make Chrysler History          
Year 1932 Owned for many years by Stan Dent and now by his son Chris.


Model CI 6-cyl
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Maroon and black
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
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                      1932
 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1938 One of a handful built with division, believed to be the only RHD example produced. Originally delivered to Sir Herbert Stanley, Governor of Rhodesia, and used for official duties, this car also retains a floor-mounted safe used for the carriage of a revolver to protect its occupants. Later exported to Natal, South Africa, where during the 1980s it is reported to have covered just 1,000 miles, part of that being on a 1985 post-Vintage Rally organised by the Border Klaxon Club. Imported to the UK in 1991and subsequently restored retaining all the original features, is finished in silver grey metallic with Royal blue metallic to the wings, excellent order throughout.The interior is finished in blue leather -cloth while the dash and door cappings are wood grained. The dash itself features square framed instruments and ‘Art Deco’ style chrome detailing and radio front. Weather equipment consists of a blue canvas duck hood made from the original pattern and steel pillar sections clamp in between the front and rear wind-up windows when the convertible top is in place. Offered for sale by BCA Auctions at the Brooklands Museum 2nd June 2005, Estimate: £13,000 - £15,000 - Sold for £12 093.
Model Royal
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 4 door Convertible
Colours Silver grey metallic over royal blue            
Registration Numbers
References BCA Catalogue 02/06/2005.
 
 1938
                      Chrysler

 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1939 1 of 255 built, of which 16 were for export. Ex Mike Chilcott now with B. Bichard.


Model Royal 6-cylinder
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Victoria coupe
Colours
           
Registration Numbers S-1261-SRH
References
 
1939 Victoria Coupe1939
                      Victoria Coupe
 


Make Chrysler History          
Year
Owned by Lionel Noble


Model Valiant
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Pale yellow
           
Registration Numbers AAJ-5918/ZIM
References Sharleen Boyce Sher
 
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Make Chrysler History          
Year 1967
C. Green, ex Stead, ex Rennison ex T. Bond being rebuilt orig motor missing, fitted with a Chev 283 motor.


Model Imperial
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Convertible
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers 13-549-B/RHO
References
 
ImperialImperial
 

Make Chrysler History          
Year 1973?
1ex Colin Bales of Bulawayo, noted in Harare in 2014


Model Town & Country
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Station wagon
Colours Yellow
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
Town &
                      Country
 



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