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Classic Cars in Rhodesia



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Year
Various MGs outside the Bulawayo City Hall around 1961.
L-R Mick Davies (TD), Paul Walker (TD), Unknown (TC), Buddy Coates (TC), Dave Haikney (TC)

Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Lorraine Coates
 
MGs

 

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Year 1938
Registered in the UK as JRL 932 on 24/10/1938. Owned for 50 years by Dick Campbell of Umtali. Displayed in the Mutare museum before being acquired by Tony Woods of Harare as a non runner. Tony remanufactured and fitted numerous parts before selling the car to John McFadyean in Harare, who then got the car running.
Model TA
Chassis No. TA2834
Engine No. MPJG 3095
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Silver grey
           
Registration Numbers ABK 3143, S-4407/SRH, 196-860-C/RHO
References
 
MG TA


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Year   Bulawayo registered, owner unknown

Model TA or TB
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers B-12713/SRH
References Nick Wood
 
 MG TA or
                      TB

 


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Year   Acquired in 1964 by Ivan Holshausen as a collection of parts as the car had been taken apart and dumped on a lawn, covered in plastic sheeting. White ants had eaten most of the wooodwork, so Ivan made up new pieces. Taken to Cape Town in 1980, sold on in the mid 1980s. Seen below alongside his E-Type Jaguar and MGA Twin Cam.


Model TC
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 5-255-L/RHO
References Ivan Holshausen
 
MG TC5-255-L
 

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Year 1946
Acquired in the late 1970s by Richard Laurie who farmed near Mazoe. Stabled together with an MG TD and a TF. This car remained on the farm till 2000 when it was towed to Harare during farm take overs and shipped to South Africa and then Colorado, USA. Noted for sale on eBay in Feb 2015. Restoration begun in the 1980s but never completed.

Model TC
Chassis No. TC0539
Engine No. XPAG1246
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Roadster
Colours Red with tan interior
           
Registration Numbers
References Charles Laurie - White car in one of the photos is an MG TD
 
MG TCMG TCMG TCMG TCMG TCMG TC
 

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Year 1946

Acquired by Bruce Dixon of South Africa from the Dunstan family of Harare who have owned the car since at least the early 1970s when it was noted with Joan Edith Dunstan. Was yellow, repainted red in the 1990s. First registered 11 December 1967 in Rhodesia.

Model TC
Chassis No. TC1690
Engine No. XPA2369
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Yellow, now red
           
Registration Numbers 122-926-P/RHO, AAN-4976/ZIM,  References Bruce Dixon
 
MG TC

 

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Year 1946 Owned at some stage by Peter Haydock, noted with M.J. Gardiner in 1981, Richard Short in 1991. Now in South Africa.
Model TC
Chassis No. TC2323
Engine No. XPAG 3061 later XPAG 587?
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Body 12278 / 82092
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers S-13040/SRH, 78-278-J/RHO References
 
MG TC
 


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Year 1947 Owned by Hilton Goodall in 1979, taken to Australia.
Model TC
Chassis No. TC4919
Engine No. XPAG 5607
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours White, now green with beige interior
           
Registration Numbers OSR-000/AUS
References Brian Goodall
 
MG

 

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Year 1949 Noted for sale in South Africa in 2010, ex Zimbabwean car
Model TC
Chassis No. TC7974
Engine No. XPAG/TD/8734
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Green with beige interior
           
Registration Numbers NKR-2222/SAF
References Carandclassic.co.uk
 
 1948
                      MGTC

 

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Year
Last recorded with C.J. McCormack in Harare in 1987. Believed sold to Mark Roelefse then someone else in Harare after that.
Model TC4051
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References MG T Register
 
 

 

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Year
Last recorded with Michal Clinton in Harare in 2009
Model TC4343
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References MG T Register
 
 

 

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Year
Owned by Joe Parker-Weekes
Model TC
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers 19-742-H/RHO
References Jope Parker-Weekes
 
MGTCMGTC
 


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Year
Noted in Rhodesia in the late 1970s
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers 45-718-S/RHO
References Brian Goodall
 
MG

 

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Year
Last recorded with Bernard Bottes in Harare in 1993. Sent to the UK for restoration after which it is believed the car went to France with Bernard.
Model TC4530
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References MG T Register
 
 



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Year 1950s
Spotted in Harare in 2015


Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers
References Peter Watt
 
MG TD
 

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Year
Owned by Joe Parker-Weekes
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers S-29727/SRH
References
 
MG

 

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History          
Year
Acquired in 1959 by Peter Huson of Bulawayo, from the owner of the Hillside Service Station in part exchange for his Austin A70. In 1961 Peter acquired a load of spares whilst in the UK including competition head, cam, crank, con-rods, valves and shocks. He then rebuilt the car over six months to compete in short circuit meets held by the Bulawayo Motoring Club. Sold in 1964 to Eric Glasby, together with an MG J1 and a TD 1, both of which he had been rebuilding. Noted with a new owner in 1973/74 fitted with an MG Magnette engine. The original engine had been amongst the last batch of factory approved XPAG engines, before the TF came out with the XPEG engine.   
Model TD 2
Chassis No.
Engine No. XPAG/TD2/1154
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours
           
Registration Numbers B-5415/SRH References Peter Huson
 
 MG TD
                      IIMG TDII

 

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Year 1951 Owned by Basil Schreiber, sold to Christian Delville around 2000. Sold by his widow around 2004, still in Harare.
Model TD
Chassis No. TD6137
Engine No.
XPAG/TD/6369 now TD/1354
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Green
           
Registration Numbers 211-781-W/RHO
References
 
 

 

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Year
Restored, noted in Harare in 2017, owned by Len Thomas
Model TD
Chassis No.
Engine No.

Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers S-33-503/ZIM
References Viv W
 
MG TDMG TDMG TD
 

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Year
Owned by Malcolm Uys in 2015, ex Mike Hollinshead. Now in South Africa.
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.

Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
MGTDMGTD

 

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Year 1951 Acquired by Bruce Beckley from Paul Walker of Bulawayo.
Model TD
Chassis No. TD9822
Engine No. XPAG/TD2/10137
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red with red interior
           
Registration Numbers 292-292-H/RHO
References
 
MG TDMG TDBeckley
                      MG TD

 

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History          
Year 1951
Believed to have been rebuilt by Martin Hobbs for Sandy Irving. Bought by Tony Woods in Harare.
Model TD 2
Chassis No. TD11056
Engine No. XPAG/TD2/11493
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Off white
           
Registration Numbers 466-625-A/ZIM
References
 
MG TDMG TD
 


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History          
Year 1951
It appears this car was imported into Rhodesia by Scott Honey of Umtali. Later acquired by Frank Reay who took the car to Australia when he emigrated there.
Model TD
Chassis No. TD11174
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers 1-AKE-299/AUS
References Randall Everson
 
MGTDMGTD
 


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History          
Year 1952
K was the original prefix for Lusaka. Owned in N. Rhodesia by Chris Cantrell.
Model TD
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers K-95/NRH
References Chris Cantrell
 
K-95
 


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History          
Year 1952
Owned for many years by Stuart Mattinson. In the UK by 2014 being rebuilt.
Model TD
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 

 


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History          
Year 1952
Owned by Paul Domoney in 2010, ex Tony Woods. Later sold.

'52 MG TD K-95. K was the original prefix for Lusaka. Chris Cantrell FB
Model TD
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers ABL-3800/ZIM
References
 
TD 1952
 


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History          
Year 1952
Owned by a Mr. Saunders of Salisbury in 1964. Acquired that year by R. Kilner of Salisbury. Parked in 1974 after an apparent engine seizure, the car stood there till 2008 when it was acquired by Randall Everson in South Africa. The restoration was completed around 2011. Sold to Cliff Reynolds of Kenton-on-sea, Eastern Cape in 2013.
Model TD
Chassis No. TD17904
Engine No. XPAG/TD2/18032
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Ivory with green interior as it was delivered
           
Registration Numbers ND-174-477/SAF, BHJ-54-PS-GP/SAF
References Randall Everson
 
MG as FoundMG as
                      FoundMG
                      restoredMG
                      restored
 

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Year 1952 Owned by Dan Eardley in 1980. Later sold by his widow to Mandy Gaskin, together with a 1960s MG Midget. Possibly sold to someone in Gweru.

Model TD
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References 7th Ann VCC Zimbabwe Rally
 
 

 

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Year 1953
Owned in Zambia by Stewart Charlton. Sold on when he left Zambia in 1972.
Model TD
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers NN-3342/NRH
References Stewart Charlton
 
 1953 TD

 

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Year 1954
Acquired by Peter Hills from Richard Dismore in 1971 in Kitwe. Sold to Colin Norman in 1974 due to insufficient space to garage this car and his 1929 Morris which was under restoration. Colin completely renovated the car, painting it pillar box red. Believed taken to Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1976.  
Model TF - 1750
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Open sports
Colours Maroon            
Registration Numbers C-6134/NRH
References Peter W. Hills
 
MG TF 1954

 

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Year 1954
Noted in Rhodesia in the early 1970s with a Mrs. Carol G. Higgins of Waterfalls, Salisbury. Sold to a Mr. P.A. Sanders of Salisbury in December 1972 for $900. It appears he took the car to the UK in 1988, still owned by Mr. Sanders in the UK in 1999.  Sold through Moto Build of Middlesex in 2000. Owned by C. Galjaard of the Netherlands 2000, Mrs. M. Hartgers 2005, and Hub Gloaguen from 2014.

Does anyone know anything about this car's history in Rhodesia please
Model TF
Chassis No. TF3723
Engine No. XPAG/TF/33654
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Open sports
Colours Green, now black
           
Registration Numbers RSB-8539/SRH, 156-647-S/RHO, AH-60-94/NET
References
 
MG TF
 

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Year
Believed to have been acquired new by Chris Theodosius of Car Mart in Bulawayo. Acquired in late 1955, with 7000 M, by Colin Lambon. Traded in around 1959 for a Fiat Nuova 500 Abarth. Colin reacquired the car in 1960. After over polishing the car through to the undercoat, Colin had the car resprayed in a lighter green (a Nash Rambler colour). Later traded in for a 1963 Austin Mini Cooper. 
Model TF 1500
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers B-28428/SRH
References Colin Lambon
 
MG TF

 

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Year 1955
Owned in Zambia by Stewart Charlton. Sold on when he left in 1972.
Model TF
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Green with black? interior            
Registration Numbers EC-5244/NRH
References Stewart Charlton
 
 1955 TF

 

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Year 1954
Built for the export market, not to the USA or Canada. Believed to be ex Zimbabwe, now in Canada
Model TF
Chassis No. TF3864
Engine No. XPAG/TF/34045
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Originally ivory
           
Registration Numbers
References Randall Everson
 
 
 

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Year 1955
Built for the export market, not to the USA or Canada. Owned in Harare by Mike Hollinshead. Photo below taken at the 2000 Old Hararians Motor Show. Sold to someone in South Africa, but whilst being transported there the A-frame broke and the car rolled. Taken back to Harare and rebuilt, then taken to South Africa.
Model TF
Chassis No. TF9952
Engine No. XPEG/TF/3836
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Ivory
           
Registration Numbers 112-548-J/RHO
References David MacKenzie
 
MG TF
 

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