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Make De Dion
History          
Year 1903
First car in East Africa (later Kenya) owned by an Australian, George Wilson.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

Make De Soto
History          
Year 1929
Used for many years as a taxi, discovered behind some shops in Naivasha. Wooden wheels, hydraulic brakes. Is this the same two-tone De Soto 6
owned by Guy Bromley? And later by David Hopcraft?
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 

Make Dodge
History          
Year 1925
Acquired by Mr. Boedeker in 1939, still owned by him in 1956. Owned by Mr. R. Patel in 1965.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Box body
Colours
           
Registration Numbers B-5645/KEN
References Esso Rally 1965
 

 

Make Dodge
History          
Year
Owned by R. da Costa, highly polished wooden box body
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Box body
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References EAVCC Newsletter
 

 

Make Dodge
History          
Year 1937
Owned by John Wroe.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours
           
Registration Numbers T-5091/KEN
References
 

 

Make Dodge
History          
Year
Used in the film "White Mischief".
Model Deluxe
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers T-9873/KEN
References
 

 


Make Douglas Motorcycle
History          
Year
Owned by Colin Clinton-Carter. Sold in Kenya and later shipped to New Zealand.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
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Colours
           
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Make Douglas Motorcycle
History          
Year
Acquired by Guy Bromley in Kenya. Taken back to England (packed in cases) and sold c2003.
Model
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Make Douglas Motorcycle
History          
Year
Acquired from Alban Barberton by Guy Bromley in 1976. Later taken to the UK, sold to Peter Low (ex Kenya) around 2006
Model 350cc
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers B-2252 (or 2263?)
References
 

 

Make Essex
History          
Year 1926
First registered in Nairobi on the 4th April 1930 to a Mr. John T. Twoney. Acquired by Pall Singh in 1962 and by A.K. Aziz Tejpar in July 1962. Offered for sale by Aziz Tejpar of Nairobi in 1963, for £50. Owned in 1968 by Donald MacDonald, who apparently gave the car to a road contractor who had tarmaced his driveway. Acquired by John Wroe in 2012.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers B-9850/KEN
References EAVCC Newsletter
 

 

Make Essex
History          
Year 1928
Acquired in a scrapyard in Eastleigh in Kenya in 1956 for £25, with an additional £15 to get it running (in three weeks) for a rally in 1956.
Model Super
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 




Make Ferrari History          
Year 1967
Delivered through Colonel Ronnie Hoare's Maranello Concessionaires to K. Houry of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzanian. Then in Kenya with Robin Houry, who raced the car on at least one occasion. Sold to Brian Lees around 1968 for £1500. Used by Brian in a bet against a friend who was a Pilot of a DC-3. Brian bet the friend that he could beat him to Mombassa, which he did, taking 3hrs 40 minutes along the newly tarmacked and very quite main road. In late 1970 the car was shipped to the UK and sold to Maranello Concessionaires for £3000. Sometime in the 1970s the car was owned by James Allington, restored in 1975 and apparently repainted Red with Black interior, though when sold much later (possibly around 2010)  through Talacrest the car was still Silver with Blue carpets?? The car was certainly Red in later years before being resprayed Blue with Yellow interior, probably for owner Chris Evans. When advertised by Talacrest the car was noted as having been owned at some stage by Eric Clapton. Offered for sale at Christies Auction 02 Dec 2003, Not Sold.
Model 275 GTB/4 RHD
Chassis No. 09261
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Registration Numbers KKT-158/KEN, XNK 3 J,
References Sheenagh Lees; Ferrarichat; Photo off Pinterest
 
275GTB4
 

Make Ferrari History          
Year 1967 Delivered through Colonel Ronnie Hoare's Maranello Concessionaires to Hour. Noted in Kenya with Chris Houry in the late 1960s. Unknown what happened to the car after this.
Model 365 GT 2+2 coupe Pinifarina
Chassis No. 12663
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Azzurro Hyperion with Bleu Scuro interior and Blue carpets.
           
Registration Numbers
References Ferrarichat
 




Make Fiat
History          
Year 1926
Originally owned by Tom Gibbs, then by Maurice Frost's father who acquired the car in 1937 for 300 Kenya Shillings. Pu on blocks during WWII. When Maurice's father passed away, Maurice got the car running and sold it to Per Brockner in 1958 for 600 Kenya Shillings. Per later gave the car to Maurice's Son Richard. Left with Fiat Nairobi for many years for advertising purposes, restored in 1979 by Frank Daykin. Winner of the 1990 Concours in Nairobi. Still owned by Richard Frost in Thika in 2009.
Model 509
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Registration Numbers B-6462/KEN
References EAVCC Newsletter
 

 

Make Ford
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Valpy in 1967.
Model Model A
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Registration Numbers
References EAVCC Newsletter
 

 

Make Ford
History          
Year
See pic of Bromley 2-seater - Body appears to be a pickup with seats in the back covered by a canvas roof up to the windscreen supports.
Model Model A
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers KPX-627/KEN
References
 

 


Make Ford
History          
Year 1928
Canadian built Ford, a very early example, came from South Africa, where it may have been delivered new. Owned by Rev. H.B. Ladbury of Naivasha 1935-1956, T. Rubin Arliss of Naivasha 1956-1962, John Seldon of  Nairobi 1962-1963, A.K. Aziz of Nairobi 1963-70 and Guy Bromley of Nairobi and later UK 1970-date. Dismantled when acquired by Guy Bromley, together with an extensive supply of spares. Restored to concours winning condition, winning the 1983 Car & General Concours in Nairobi and even winning a concours event some 20 years later in 2003. John tried to sell the car to Guy in 1962 for £80. Winner of the 1973 Nairobi to Mombasa event. Now in the UK.
Model Model AR
Chassis No. CA13151
Engine No. CA13151
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Phaeton
Colours Arabian sand over black
           
Registration Numbers C-2138/KEN, SV 4831
References Guy Bromley
 


Make Ford
History          
Year 1928
Owned by Ken Tilley - Noted in 1998 with Phil Tilley in Kenya.
Model Model A
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Box body
Colours Black? over yellow
           
Registration Numbers T-105/KEN
References
 

 


Make Ford
History          
Year 1929
Engine of this car fitted to C-2138. Owned by Hugh Stratford, who sold her to Guy Bromley in 1968 for £25. Sold to Brian Smith in 1972, who passed her onto Robin Schalch around 1974. Around 1978, she was sold to the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, where she is displayed to this day. Was painted dark blue and black in 1956. 
Model Ford A
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2-seater with dickey
Colours Dark brown
           
Registration Numbers B-9414/KEN, KG-204/Trade Plate
References EAVCC Newsletter
 

 


Make Ford
History          
Year 1930
Owned by Guy Bromley, sold to Jimmy Iqbal. Acquired by John Wroe in 1992, who had acquired the car from Choda scrap metal merchants. John had been after the car for many years but they would not sell it, during which time many parts disappeared, including the original seats. When he eventually acquired the car, he had endless problems during the restoration until it was discovered the chassis was twisted. In 2009 the car was with City Panel who had straightened the chassis and were doing the body work prior to upholstering the car.
Model Model A
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours
           
Registration Numbers F-1190/KEN
References
 

 

Make Ford
History          
Year
Used in the Film "White Mischief"
Model Ford A
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers B-5161/KEN
References
 

 


Make Ford
History          
Year 1932
Owned by the Khambhaita family, acquired in 1998 by John Wroe of Nairobi.
Model Model B
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers T-985/KEN
References
 

 

 
Make Ford
History          
Year 1936
Recovered by an employee of Sadolins Paint, from Kajiado where it had apparently been used as a school bus. When acquired by John Wroe from Yusuf Khan on 18 Feb 1993, the engine was siezed solid. John has fitted a similar engine with cast iron heads, but still has the original aluminium head engine. Fitted with a new wooden safari wagon style body.
Model V8
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Wooden safari body
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers KBJ-741/KEN
References
 

 

Make Frazer-Nash
History          
Year 1953
One of eight built, supplied new in March 1953 to Jimmy Moreland in Nairobi, Kenya, who raced the car throughout Africa. Later in South Africa then the UK where it was owned by Frank Sytner (offered for sale in 2002 for £265000). Driven in the 2002 Historic by Sir Stirling Moss. For sale with Gregor Fisken in 2003. Painted Napier green. Entered in the Festival of Motorsport Nov 2004, owned? by Colin Pearcy.

"Frazer Nash Le Mans Mk II. 1953.  This car is one of two narrow body lightweight Mk IIs and was built as a racing car for export to Kenya where it raced from 1953 to 1995." (1995 incorrect as the car was noted in South Africa before that date)
Model Le Mans Replica MKII
Chassis No. 421/200/181
Engine No. FNS1/57
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Napier green
           
Registration Numbers KCD-459/KEN, TSN-1475/SAF
References Gregor Fisken Advert
 

 


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