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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

Make Lagonda History          
Year 1932 Low chassis car. Acquired around 1959 by Jack Honeywill, a tobacco farmer from Rusape. Rebuilt in 1962/63, body made of hardboard painted yellow. Finished 28th in the Total Chatfield Rally in 1964 and highly placed in the Mashonaland Sundowner Rally about the same time with navigator P. Claridge. Fitted at some stage with a Buick engine. Owned later by Jimmy Shields, who it is believed was the person who fitted the car with a Riley 2.5-litre engine. The car appears to have been stolen from the Shields' garage and was later recovered in Rusape. Rebuilt again around 1979. Acquired by David Stronge who then sold it to Nigel Launder in 1988. Nigel rebuilt the car, re-lengthening the chassis that had been shortened by 10", fitting a replica body, correct headlights, shocks, windscreen and seats amongst other parts. Sold to Keith Dobinson who took the car to the UK, still fitted with the Riley engine. Later sold to J.G. MacDonald, a specialist in racing Lagonda's. Subsequently sold to Mr. P. Chubb of Norwich, from whom it was acquired by Martin Tinsley around 2011.
Model 2-litre supercharged
Chassis No. OH10284
Engine No. 5457 Riley 2.5-litre, prev. 4485989 1942 Buick
Body Style
Registration Numbers RUA-3605/RHO, 321-642-K/RHO, HSL 177
References Martin Tinsley, Nigel Launder, Lagonda Club
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As acquired by Nigel Launder                                      Fitting a new body
                                                                                 As sold to Keith Dobinson

Make Lagonda History          
Year 1934 Delivered Sept. 1934. Owned from around June 1958 by D.H. Stowell, Headlands, Southern Rhodesia. Later owned by A.A. Middleton then R.A.J. Michaels before being acquired from Bulawayo by Rick Aldred (Alfred?) in 1960 and taken to Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia. Acquired around 1963 by Dr. Frank W. Hanford, Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia. Partially rebuilt in Salisbury in 1962, the remainder of the rebuild being carried out by Dr. Hanford. Returned to England in 1971 with Dr. Hanford. Current wings most likely manufactured in S. Rhodesia or Zambia. Owned in 1978 by J.K. Butler of Buckinghamshire, then Nov 2002 by Geoffrey Pritchard of Hatch End, Middx. In 2006 noted with Rod Scholey of Warwickshire.
Model M45
Chassis No. Z10703
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder Vanden Plas
Body Style Tourer
Registration Numbers FS 9171, S-49962/SRH,  C-4789/NRH, 6830 PP
References 1st Rhod NR; MotorHistorica, Lagonda Club


Make  Lagonda History          
Year 1934 Imported into South Africa around 1947/48. Sold to a Rhodesian owner from South Africa in the early 1950s. Owned by Mr. E.B. Deacon of Salisbury 1965-1975. Competed in the 1965 and 1969 National Rallies, the 1966 Independence Rally and the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Run in 1968. Returned to the UK in 1982, owned by Michael Nicholson of Kew, Surrey. To a new owner in Switzerland in 1996, still in Switzerland in 2003.
Model M45
Chassis No. Z10957
Engine No. M45.8055 (now 9582)
Coachbuilder Tourer, swept tail with rear spare
Body Style
Registration Numbers B-3958/SRH
References 2RIR; AM1-3; photo Chris Corry-Thomas, Lagonda Club



Make  Lagonda History          
Year 1936 10th car built, exported new to Rhodesia. Noted in Cape Town in Nov 1954 with F.E. Thompson, fitted with a Rover 20 saloon body. Owned by E. Chalenor-Barson,  Cape Town c1965, used in Camps Bay Hillclimb and other speed events prior to 1948. Much modified by Chalenor-Barson, fitted with a Riley RM saloon body.  Nov 1985 with Dave Stronge of Zimbabwe, Returned to the UK in 1989 (1993?), and fully rebuilt to Rapide specification including a new body. Sold by Coys in 1995 for £45200 (estimate £50000-£55000 lot 016. Owned by Paul Tregeser of Surrey in 1995. Offered again for sale by Coys 1st December 2005 lot 451, estimate £85000-£110000. Did not sell.
Model LG45
Chassis No. 12009
Engine No. S1170
Body Style Rover 20 Saloon body, Riley RM saloon body, Rapide tourer
Colours Regal red bodywork, leather hide interior (2005)            
Registration Numbers VFF 975 (2005)
References Crankhandle c1965; Coys 1995 and 01/12/2005, Lagonda Club


Make Lagonda History          
Year 1936 Supplied to Lagonda concessionnaire Kevill-Davies & March on 6th June 1936, appears to be one of only twenty five LG45 cars built to Sanction 2 Spec. Originally owned by Charles Barwell-Ewins of Marston Trussell Hall, Leicestershire. Originally dark grey with blue leather upholstery. Owned by Roy Galway of London around 1938, R, Napier Martin, Great Bromley Lodge, Essex 1947. Last serviced by the factory on 6th July 1948. Noted in Southern Rhodesia owned by Peter Swain of Salisbury in the late 1950s, with Tim Savory, Monze, Northern Rhodesia 1961/2, later Ian McLean. Acquired in Lusaka in 1964 by Doug Mitchell, of the Engineering Dept of the Government Post Office, Kafue, who discovered the car in a garden in Olympia Park, Lusaka. Rebuilt over the next four years and then used regularly on events in Northern Rhodesia/Zambia. Shipped back to England in 1972 (with a lengthy detour via Venezuela). Passed through dealer Rod Leach and auctioneer Mike Carter in the mid 1970s. Also resprayed dark green and re trimmed in beige leather in the mid 1970s, appearing with Paradise Garage in 1978. Next owner, who was the son of the original owner acquired the car in 1979 and owned it
until 2007 when it was auctioned by H&H Auctions on 20th June. Used
extensively in the UK and Europe. Lot no. 52, estimate £45000 - 55000 - Sold for £80000.
Model LG45
Chassis No. 12086
Engine No. LG45/254/S2
Body Style Tourer, body no. 7213
Colours Dark Grey with Blue upholstery; Yellow & Black; Dark Green            
Registration Numbers B-5445 Poss. Bulawayo SRH, DE 444,
References Lagonda Club


Make Lagonda History          
Year   Acquired as a wreck by Alex Atkinson from Jack Turner in Sinoia. Sold to David Lee who restored the car, later taking it to Cape Town around 1980.
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Body Style Convertible sports saloon
Registration Numbers
References Henry Atkinson

Make  Lagonda History          
Year 1938 Originally delivered to Lauchlan Rose on 23 December 1938. Taken off the road for the duration of WWII, the car was returned to Lagondas for a major engine overhaul around in 1946, during which a new engine was fitted. At the previous service in June 1945 when the car was 7 years old the mileage was recorded as being just 4,520, exactly one year later when the engine overhaul was performed it had covered another 5,645 miles. Owned by O.P. Lowther of Surrey in 1954, T.L.B. Huskinson of Berkshire in 1957. Taken to Rhodesian by Stephen Courtauld in 1964. Acquired in 1970 by Bill Player of Umtali. From the early 1970s Bill Player began to maintain a log of all work carried out on the car. This commenced with a major rebuild in 1972 a detailed breakdown of which is recorded in the file. Much major surgery was undertaken, with the car being completely stripped, the body frame was rebuilt and repanelled, the coachwork was retrimmed and repainted and the whole meticulously and methodically reassembled. With the work complete the car was used for several years in Zimbabwe, before being repatriated in 1982. Inherited by Bill's brother, John Dane Player, when Bill was murdered in Zimbabwe, offered for sale through Coys Auction 15 May 2000 (lot 31) but not sold. Later acquired by a German enthusiast.
Model V12, short chassis
Chassis No. 14048
Engine No. 14048, V12/99 fitted by factory in Jun 1946 at 10,000 miles
Body Style Drophead coupe
Colours  Dark green
Registration Numbers EYW 785, RSH-8984/SRH, 325-278-M/RHO
References MotorHistorica, Lagonda Club
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Make Lagonda History          
Year 1947 Apparently the first production DB 2.6 saloon, owned by Robin Savory in Rhodesia. Owned by Joan Savory in Oxford in the 1990s. Later owners include Roger Wheldon of Bucks, then in Jan 2008 James Pratt of Oxfordshire.
Model DB 2.6
Chassis No. LAG/48/4
Engine No.  
Body Style 4 door Saloon
Registration Numbers
References Nick Wood, Lagonda Club


Make Lagonda History          
Year 1955 19 Aug 1955 RHD 3-litre saloon. Delivered to H. Reedman of Rhodesia.  Owned by Dr. Louis McEwan of Gwelo, Rhodesia for many years. When he passed away in the 1990s, the car was owned by his son who took the car to Canada in the mid 1990s. Sold in 2008. Later noted in California. For sale with Kent Car Collection around 2010 for £29,950. Also on sale on eBay for $34,500 apparently not sold. Also noticed for sale with Fantasy Junction in California. In Seattle since 2014.

Probably the car that lay in Harry Reedman's yard for some years.
Model 3-litre
Chassis No. LB/290/1//138
Engine No. VB6H/460
Coachbuilder Tickford
Body Style 4-door Saloon
Colours Shell Grey and Tudor Grey, Two tone Green, Green interior
Registration Numbers 289-978-/RHO References www.KentCarCollection.com; Fantasy Junction.com, Lagonda Club
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