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Make Daimler History          
Year 1926 Delivered new in Johannesburg to Joseph Griffen who fitted Solex carburettors. Later passed onto his daughter, the car remaining in the family till1952 when it was sold in Salisbury. Owned by Somerset Holdings in 1952, Robert Eaton 1952-1955, S&S Cars 1955-58  Acquired by Peter Bartlett of Bulawayo in 1958, with a broken piston and four broken sleeves and restored by Peter. Basketware seats upholstered in leather
Model 25/85
Chassis No. S225-24790
Engine No. 47190
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon, body no S2.6.25
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers TJ-25766/SAF, S-31450/SRH, 10-712-*/RHO
References  2nd Rhodesia International Rally, Automobilist Vol. 3/1; David MacKenzie
 
 1926
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Make Daimler History          
Year 1936
Owned by Dennis Dunn (later Mitchell), sold to a Mr. Stevenson at the University of Rhodesia, then to Stewart Reeve and then in March 1979 to John Goodall. Believed sold to a Dr. Crossley in Gwelo, later seen for sale at Steve Attwell's car lot in Harare.
Model  
Chassis No. 42362
Engine No. 25557
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Blue / black
           
Registration Numbers S-35393/SRH
References
 
 

 

Make Daimler History          
Year 1937
Remains owned by B. Bichard, possibly ex Ralph Abdullah
Model 15HP
Chassis No. 39948
Engine No. 74951
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Was possibly a two seater
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
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Make Daimler History          
Year 1939
Ex Zambia, the car was found in Hatfield Harare by Dan Van der Byl. Sold from his estate to Dennis Green, then to Ralph Abdulla. Being restored in 2015 by Shaheen Abdulla. Believed to be one of four in the world (around 8 built?)
Model L18T / DB18?
Chassis No. 47368
Engine No. 27513
Coachbuilder Salmon & Sons
Body Style Drophead coupe
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers K-1314/NRH
References Photos: Shaheen Abdulla
 
Daimler
                      L18T Daimler
                      L18T

 

Make Daimler History          
Year 1955
Owned by Rob Ecob's father in Bulawayo, possibly painted Light Grey. Later acquired by Keith Stewart of Bulawayo.
Model Conquest
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Convertible
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 214-245-A/RHO
References Keith Stewart
 
1955
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Make Daimler History          
Year 1955
Owned in the late 1970s by Keith Stewart of Bulawayo.
Model DJ 52 Conquest
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Keith Stewart
 

 

Make Daimler History          
Year 1958
One of two 1958 Lady's Models delivered new to Wests Motors Bulawayo. Noted in Arkie Kassim's yard in the 2000s. Rescued by Tony Jordan along with two Studebakers, a Hawk and a Daytona. Fitted with automatic transmission instead of the usual Wilson Pre-select box.
Model 104 Lady's Model
Chassis No. 96895
Engine No. 87767
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Silver and Blue
           
Registration Numbers 274-801-D/RHO
References Shown on page 816 of Volume 2 of "Daimler Days"
 
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Make Daimler History          
Year 1962
B spec car, ordered on 30 October 1962 by Sagers Motors (Pty) Ltd of Bulawayo and Salisbury. It is unknown as to which branch the car was delivered to. This car was the second SP250 imported by Sagers, the other being chassis 104050. Fitted with laminated screen, adjustable steering column, wire wheels, heater and demister, cigar lighter, hard and soft top. Fitted at some stage with engine 89935 ex chassis 101491 a UK SP250. Believed to have been owned at some stage by G.J. Christie of Salisbury. In the mid 1990s this car was in running order. It was then sent to a garage to be serviced. The Manager dismantled the car hoping to sell off the parts, as he had done with various Jaguar MKII parts off customers cars, but the parts languished at the garage until acquired by a Mr. J.K. Sinns. Acquired by Alistair Fawcett in 2011, who is currently rebuilding the car.
Model SP250 Dart
Chassis No. 104108
Engine No. 97247 now 89935
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports, body no. 737-2258 (2259?)
Colours Ivory with red interior and black soft top, later sprayed British racing green
           
Registration Numbers 165-D/SRH?
References Alistair Fawcett
 
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Make Daimler History          
Year 1962
Delivered originally to Rhodesia. In Southern Australia in 2013.

Model SP250 Dart
Chassis No. 104050
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sports, body no. 737-2191
Colours
Ivory with black interior
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

Make Daimler History          
Year 1963
Registered in the UK on 4th April 1963. Later noted in Zimbabwe with Norman Mendel. This may be one of the cars destroyed by Mr. Mendel in Zimbabwe, possibly around 2006.

It appears that there were three SP250s in Zimbabwe in the 1980s/1990s all eventually owned by Mr Norman Mendel. One was a light electric blue car, the others possibly green.  It appears that at least two of the Mendel cars were destroyed by Mr. Mendel before he left Zimbabwe. He certainly took at least one car car to South Africa and then New Zealand, later taking it back to South Africa?


Model SP250 Dart
Chassis No. 104197
Engine No. 97412
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours

           
Registration Numbers 786 JOB
References SP250 Club of New Zealand
 
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Make Daimler History          
Year 1963
Registered in the UK on 8th July 1963 Later noted in Zimbabwe with Norman Mendel. This may be one of the cars destroyed by Mr. Mendel in Zimbabwe, possibly around 2006.


Model SP250 Dart
Chassis No. 104248
Engine No. 97479
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours

           
Registration Numbers 858 WOO
References SP250 Club of New Zealand
 

 

Make Daimler History          
Year 1956 Noted in Arkie Kassim's yard in Harare, since sold on.
Model Conquest
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 274-801-D/RHO
References
 
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Make Daimler History          
Year   Owned by a Mr. Barnard in Northern Rhodesia, who was a press room foreman in Nkana. Often used for fishing trips.
Model  
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Two tone blue            
Registration Numbers NK-7649 References Bob Summers
 
 Daimler
                      in Nkana

 

Make Daimler History          
Year   Bulawayo Mayoral car, still in use in 2011.

Another photograph of the Daimler
Model DS420
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers
References Dino Androuliakos, Peter Watt
 
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