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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

Make MG
History          
Year
Converted around 1955 from a single seat racer to its current form by Dennis Thorn. Acquired in 1963 by Harry Hendry. Harry owned the car for many years before selling it to Chris Evans. Fitted with a TD engine. This is the J2 later owned by Sam Tingle, who had raced the car in his racing days.
Model J2
Chassis No.  
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers RSB-4238/SRH, 868-S/RHO
References Harry Hendry; Nick Wood; B&W photo Roger Bull
 
J2J2J2MG Tingle

 

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Year 1930
Car no. 2/M/1589. Acquired new by Edward Ernest Turner of Morcombelake, Bridport, Dorset. Left the works in early 1930 as a 1929 model. Imported into Rhodesia in 1961. Taken as payment for some work done, by Bill Wood in 1964 and given to his son Nick to re-build. Later taken over by Joe Skinner of Salisbury who restored the car with his son Tim. Offered for sale by Joe in 1979, used in 1965 Annual Vintage Reliability Run. Sold after Joe died.


Model Midget M Type
Chassis No. 2/M 1589
Engine No. 1367A
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red with black mud guards, silver wheels
           
Registration Numbers MG 557, RSF-732/SRH
References Nick Wood; Automobilist Vol 5/1 p.23; 1965 Annual Vintage Reliability Run
 
 MG MMG M Type
The following photo may be the Skinner Midget, taken in 1968 at the Borrowdale Trust, Marondera
Midget

 

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Year 1930
Car originally from the Cape, South Africa. Found on a scrap heap at a garage in Shabani. Acquired by Neil Clarke. Fitted at some stage with a flat rear and a Singer 4- speed gearbox. Later rebuilt with an MG box and fitted with a boat-tail body. Later acquired by Eric Glasby in Bulawayo. Possibly ended up in Johannesburg?
Model M Type
Chassis No. M1005
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2-seater sports
Colours Green            
Registration Numbers RSB-2500/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
 1930 MG

 

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Year   Owned by the Glasby's in Rhodesia, now in Australia.

Model K3
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Nick Wood
 
 



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Year 1948
Owned by Derek Armstrong, a chiropractor in Bulawayo. Displayed at te Motorama Motor Show in Bulawayo in 1979.

Photo below shows car, second from left
Model YT
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster
Colours White with red wheels
           
Registration Numbers
References Roger Donaldson
 
MG YT
 

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Year 1948
Owned by Peter Flanagan of Chinoyi.
Model Y Type
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers AAW-1139/ZIM
References Eddie Flawn; Viv Westbury
 
MG YMG YMG Y
 

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Year
Photographed in Salisbury in 1972. Possibly the WA owned by Rob Neesham in Harare.
Model SA or WA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 59-403-S/RHO
References David MacKenzie
 
MG
 
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Year
Acquired by Harry Hendry in the mid 1960s.
Model Magnette
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers RSA-3263/RHO
References Harry Hendry
 
Magbette
 


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Year 1956 Acquired by Viv Westbury's father from Dave Storey who had been restoiring the car. Sold on in the Mid 1980s. Later noted with the Late Christian Delville. After he died his Triumph TR3, MG TD and Magnette were sold to David Gazana who lives in America. Unknown if the cars are still in Zimbabwe.

Model ZA Magnette
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 290-673-Y/RHO
References Viv Westbury
 
MG ZA

 

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Year 1958 RHD, believed to have been imported from the UK and not built from a kit in South Africa. Ex Rhodesia, believed to have been owned by a  policeman. The second owner was Mark David Little of Rhodesia and later Pretoria, South Africa. Acquired in the late 1980s by John Monico of Australia, who was resident in South Africa at the time. a restoration was started in South Africa and completed in Canberra, Australia

Model ZB Magnette
Chassis No. KAL21/34152
Engine No. 15GCUH15792
Coachbuilder
Body Style Saloon 4-door
Colours Light blue
           
Registration Numbers MTG-301-T/SAF, DIP-419-D/SAF DIPL, RH-***/RHO, YFK-99-P/AUS
References John Monico
 
MG ZBMG ZB
 


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Year   Owned in Northern Rhodesia by Peter Valk in 1964 - Background shows a MK3 Zephyr that went from the UK to Northern Rhodesia and then Holland, sold in 1969.

Model Midget
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Cream with red interior
           
Registration Numbers
References Peter Valk
 
MidgetMidget
 


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Year   Owner unknown, emigrated and left the car with J. Peters.

Model Midget
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White            
Registration Numbers 289-***-*/RHO
References
 
Midget
 


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Year 1965 First new car owned by Chris Tamm in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia. Chris said it was the worst car he ever owned. In the first 1500 miles he had the engine re-done, suspension replaced and 3 of the 4 wheel bearings failed.



Model Midget
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White            
Registration Numbers EC-7785/NRH
References
 
MG
 


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Year
Acquired in Bulawayo around 1981 by Barry Sargeant. Car came with steel rims and non original alloy wheels. Taken over by Mark Sargeant in 1988. Sold in 2004 to someone in Harare.



Model Midget
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Mark Sargeant
 
MG Midget
 


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Year   Owned by Howard Butler of Harare.

Model Midget
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red            
Registration Numbers ABH-0169/ZIM
References
 
MG MidgetMG
                      Midget
 


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Year
Owned by Rod Wells before being acquired by Ivan Holshausen, seen below alongside his E-Type Jaguar and MG TC. Sold in 1980 and noted in Harare in 2000.
Model MGA twin cam
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 94-994-D/RHO
References Ivan Holshausen
 
MGA
 

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Year
Owner unknown
Model MGA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 290-530-S/RHO
References
 
MGA

 

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Year 1962
Imported into Rhodesia in 1963, believed to have been one of four CKD kits assembled in Port Elizabeth or East London, South Africa. A veterinarian, Dr. Wright, was the first Rhodesian owner. used for racing in Rhodesia and South Africa. Dr. Wright sold the car to Dudley Searle in 1999, milege around 18000. Dudley then did a body off restoration. Acquired by Kevin Peacocke around 2001. Acquired by Buster Bichard by 2014. Now in the UK.
Model MGA 1600 MKII
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers RSB-8801/SRH, 281-700-W/RHO
References
 
MGA



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Year
Owned by Mr. Parker-Weekes in Salisbury, later taken to South Africa, where it was sold in Durban.
Model MGA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours White            
Registration Numbers 88-170-L/RHO
References Joe Parker-Weekes
 
MGAMGA



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Year
Owned by Joe Parker-Weekes?
Model MGA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White            
Registration Numbers H-5323/RHO
References Joe Parker-Weekes
 
MGA



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Year
Noted in Salisbury in the 1970s, possibly owned by Bill Wood?
Model MGA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers S-49555/SRH
References
 
MGA



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Year
Noted in Harare in 2017 with Mark Warhurst.
Model MGA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers 39-764-W/RHO
References Viv W
 
MGAMGA


 
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Year
Given to Barry Sargeant by someone in Bulawayo around 1992. Sold to someone in Harare around 2009.
Model MGA MK1 1500
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 276-990-A/RHO
References Mark Sargeant
 
MGA
 

 
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Year
Noted in Harare in 2014, possibly the car above
Model MGA
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers ACJ-4511/ZIM
References
 
MGA
 

   
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Year
Owned by G. Kirk then S. Philp.
Model MGA 1500
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
mgamga
 

 
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Year 1958

Acquired by Bruce Dixon of South Africa from the Dunstan family of Harare who acquired the car from Ray Robinson. Twin cam body with a 1600cc engine which appears to have been professionally fitted around 1965. Registered 07 April 1962 in Rhodesia.

Model MGA twin cam
Chassis No. YD2-1523
Engine No. 19366
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White            
Registration Numbers 93-138-L/RHO, AAN-4975/ZIM
References Bruxe Dixon
 
MG ATwin
                      Cam
 

 
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Year
Owned by G. Kirk, currently being restored - Raced at some time by a Mr. Olsen. Later acquired by S. Philp.
Model MGA twin cam
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White            
Registration Numbers
References
 
mgamga
 

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Year 1959 Rare twin cam version one of very few imported to Southern Africa. Owned by Anthony Bayley - Photos show car in standard and racing trim. Later fitted with a black vinyl removable hardtop. Raced in the Beira round the houses race around 1970, finished 5th out of 18, which is attributed to the engine rebuilt supervised by Isaac Codron. 
Model MGA twin cam
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster
Colours White , later metallic bronze
           
Registration Numbers RS-8507/SRH
References Anthony Bayley
 
MGAMGA

 

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Year 1959
Car No. 2033. Ex Rhodesia, later in South Africa (registered in Robertson and later Stellenbosch) then Holland where it is now owned by Patrick Van Gelder. A restoration of the car is currently being finished off (Dec 2012). The MGA twin cam is a rare car and this car could well be the car above. 
Model MGA twin cam
Chassis No. AAPV0249870144891
Engine No. 16AMWUH87337
Coachbuilder
Body Style Roadster
Colours Now glacier blue
           
Registration Numbers CL-11939/SAF, CCD-12111/SAF
References Patrick Van Gelder
 
MGA Twin
                      CamTwin Cam



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Year 1963
Owned by Roger Donaldson in Gwelo around 1981-83.
Model MKI
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster
Colours              
Registration Numbers 288-055-C/RHO
References
 
MGBMGBMGB
 


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Year
Owned by Keith Black, then unknown
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours  Blue            
Registration Numbers ACC-9354/ZIM
References
 
MGB
 


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Year
Owned by Norman Smith, ex Howard Butler
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Dark Green
           
Registration Numbers ABW-8463/ZIM
References
 

 


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Year
Owned by Martin Steenkamp
Model GT
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References
 
MGB
 


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Year   Owned by Gary Kirk. Photo shows the car on the 2010 Mutare run.
Model GT
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers AAP-7250/ZIM
References
 
MGB GTMGB GT

 

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Year 1975 Owned by Frank Rae.
Model GT
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers ABT-6622/ZIM
References
 
MGB GTMGB GT

 

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Year
Owned by J Pike in 2015.
Model GT
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers AAJ-0983/ZIM
References
 
MGB GT
 


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Year
Noted in Harare in 2014.
Model 6-cylinder
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers AAO-1228/ZIM
References
 
MGB

 

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Year
Noted in Harare in 2015 with B. Bichard.
Model RV8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers ADB-3246/ZIM
References
 
RV8

 

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