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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

Make Dodge History          
Year 1917 Purchased from a J.S. Holland auction by Fred van Coller of Umtali in 1968. Previous owner was a Mr. Gill. Rebuilt by Fred in the 1970s. Photo taken on a Shell Umtali run. Sold to Mr. Farai Masvikeni in the late 1980s, still with this owner in 2016.
Model
Chassis No. 183538
Engine No. 439422
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Green / black
           
Registration Numbers 317-299-P/RHO
References Nick Wood
 
 1917
                      Dodge

 

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Year 1925 Owned by Latt Fuller, put together from parts of various cars, the main parts found on a scrap heap behind the Mashaba service station in 1981. Collected whilst on an AA Great Zimbabwe Run. Restoration completed around 1989. The colours were not by choice but by necessity as there was a shortage of paint in Zimbabwe, nicknamed the Avocado Dodge. Later (after 1990) sold to Wally Hankey then onto someone else.
Model
Chassis No.  A343-069
Engine No. A552-844
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Avocado & Green
           
Registration Numbers
References VCCZ Newsletter July 1990
 
Dodge

 

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Year 1926 Belonged to Brain Bam, part restored, taken to South Africa in the early 1980s.

Similar models were owned by
1) Robin Powell, who was a scuba diver, car went to South Africa in 1980.
2) Des Bawden, a farmer in Shangani who uses the car for hunting and carrying the buck he shot, rear doors removed to help load the car. When the rear wooden wheels collapsed they were rebuilt with plough discs.
3) Owned by Dave Potter of Bulawayo, needs restoring
4) John Leggatt, owner of the Bronte Hotel in Harare, mid 20s tourer
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Year Mid 1920s
Owned by Dave Potter of Bulawayo.






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References
 
mid 20s Dodge
 


Make Dodge History          
Year 1928 Owned by F.M. Nicholson in 1965, engine rebuilt, painted green and black. Owned by Ron Bird, then Alex Mckay in the late 1960s. Colour photo taken at Bill Wood's residence, Salisbury 1968.
Model 6
Chassis No. M 50928
Engine No. M67-244
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Green            
Registration Numbers S-31213/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
 1928
                      Dodge#Dodge
                      1928

 

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Year 1928 Rhodesian history unknown, owned in 1984 by Keith Blazey of Johannesburg.
Restored by Keith Blazey and Dick Martin.
Model Victory 6
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon, body no. D391
Colours              
Registration Numbers HDP-008-T/SAF
References 15th Milligan Rally
 
 

 

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Year 1929 Built up using the remains of two vehicles. The first vehicle was originally used as the first Cecil Taxi in Umtali, used solely to go from the Cecil Hotel to the railway station and back. Later acquired by a Mr. Batley, a farmer, who converted it into a fire truck for his farm. When the farm and equipment were  sold by auction the car was acquired by Mr. J. Franklyn of Adzani who used it as a hunting vehicle. Sold to Mike Angell of Umtali by which time the car had done some 27000 miles. The remains of a second vehicle, chassis DA82244, were acquired from Mr. Donald Scott, a Chipinga farmer. Most of the mechanical parts were missing but the body was used for the rebuild. Photo taken on a Shell Umtali Run. Car took a direct hit from a mortar or rocket whilst in Mick's garage in the late 1970s and was destroyed. Remains acquired by Chris Walker who rebuilt the car and then took it to South Africa in 1981, where it was sold in Johannesburg in the late 1980s.
Model DA
Chassis No. DA 57219
Engine No. H97-668
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Dark green / black
           
Registration Numbers 6-999-G/RHO
References Nick Wood
 
 1929
                      Dodge


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Year 1929 Remains owned by Bill North of Gwelo, chassis cut in half. Later in Umvurwi with Sid Moorcroft, then with Don Walker who used it for parts for his 1929 DeSoto - Left overs believed scrapped.
Model DA
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References
 
 


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Year 1930 Double side mounted spare wheels. Owned by Pete Oosthuizen who rebuilt the car. Owned by Alan Phillips in 1964. Photo taken around 1970 in
Salisbury. Possibly the car used by Chris Phillips in the 7th Annual VCC Zimbabwe Rally 1980. Taken to Durban by Chris in 1981, later sold to a car sales company in Durban who displayed the car in their showroom.
Model DD6
Chassis No.  
Engine No. B DD 34151 A
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe with rumble seat, body no.2726
Colours Green with black wings            
Registration Numbers S-4986/SRH
References Nick Wood; 7th Annual VCC Zimbabwe Rally
 
 1929
                      Dodge
 


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Year 1930 Wooden wheels. Owned by A.C. Van Den Berg in 1965, later sold to George Walmsley-Moss. Noted with D.F. Van der Heever of Concession in 1969. Car went to the UK in the 1970s.

Model DD6
Chassis No. DD24714S
Engine No. DD26813
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe with rumble seat
Colours Maroon / beige
           
Registration Numbers RSE-29/SRH
References
 
 
 


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Year 1934
Owned by Bob Southon, sold to Uli Meiners in Harare.
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Body Style Sedan
Colours Green, later Maroon with white wheels
           
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References
 
1934 Dodge1934
                      Dodge

 

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Year 1936
Owned by Dawie Erasmus, ex Lloyd Clarke who had owned the car for many years.
Model Deluxe Six
Chassis No. 9317893
Engine No. P2305008
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Silver with maroon fenders
           
Registration Numbers 773-400-B/ZIM, AAE-4323/ZIM
References
 
1936 Dodge1936
                      Dodge
 

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Year 1937 Recently (2017) discvovered in Zimbabwe.
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Body Style Coupe
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers 94-068-X/RHO
References
 
19371937

 

Make Dodge History          
Year   Owner unknown
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Colours
           
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References Nick Wood
 
 Dodge

 

Make Dodge History          
Year   Owner unknown
Model
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References Nick Wood
 
 Dodge
                      truck

 

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Year 1955 Owned by Bob Rankin - fitted with a Red Ram V8 motor. Acquired for R$100 from an Irishman.
Model Custom Royal
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Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers RUA-1382/SRH
References Bob Rankin
 
DodgeDodge

 

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Year 1957 Automatic, owned by Harry Hendry.
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Light blue
           
Registration Numbers V-3765/SRH
References Harry Hendry
 
Dodge

 

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Year 1957/58 Being restored by Cornelius Kube in Zimbabwe
Model Kingsway pillarless coupe
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References Cornelius Kube
 
Kingsway

 

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Year 1965
Acquired by Mike Hopkins from a small dealer in Salisbury in early 1972 for £1100. Sold to someone in Umtali in 1979 for the same price. Car was spotted in a caravan site in South Africa in that year. A few years ago the car was seen in an Umtali car breakers yard.

Model Polara, 6.2-litre V8 automatic
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Body Style
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Registration Numbers 92-529-Z/RHO
References Photo Mike Hopkins (Umtali 1977)
 
1965 Polara1965
                      Polara1965 Polara

 


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