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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

MALAWI

Make AJS motorcycle
History          
Year 1927
Found by Gene Wyngaard of Rhodesia at a mission station in Malawi. Owned by Dennis Campbell of Umniati by about 1968, restored over a year and competed in the 1969 Reliability Run to Umtali. Single cylinder 498cc, SV, driven through a multiplate cork clutch, 3-speed gearbox. Still owned by Dennis in 1980, later owned by Ian Hesketh who sold the motorcycle to someone in South Africa in 2009.
Model
Chassis No. H95388
Engine No. H95388
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers G-1925/SRH
References 2nd Rhodesian National Vintage Motor Rally, 7th Annual VCC Zimbabwe Rally
 
AJS

 

Make AJS
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor
Model 500cc
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers BA-4948/MAL
References Jeremy Taylor
 
AJS 500

 

Make Ariel
History          
Year 1954
Owned by a Mr. Taylor. Registered in Port Herald (now Nsanje). Still owned by Mr. Taylor's son.
Model Red Hunter 350cc
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers PH-13/MAL
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Ariel

 

Make Austin 7
History          
Year
Owned by someone in Malawi in the 1970s, registered in Cholo (Thyolo).
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Yellow with black fenders.
           
Registration Numbers CH-25/MAL
References
 
Austin 7


Make BSA Motorcycle
History          
Year 1930
Obtained in Malawi in 1969, complete but derelict. Rebuilt buy George Campbell of Rhodesia around 1972.
Model
Chassis No. XB124
Engine No. XT1044
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black with green tank
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
 

 

Make Delahaye
History          
Year 1948
Imported into Nyasaland from France in the 1950s by a Mr. Taylor. Used extensively, having covered some 150 000 miles by the early 1980s when it was sold to the UK. Sold again in July 2003 through Bonhams Auction, estimate £50-60,000.
Model 135M
Chassis No. 801445
Engine No. 801445
Coachbuilder Henri Chapron
Body Style Cabriolet
Colours Currently (2013) maroon
           
Registration Numbers 388-DU-75/FRA, BA-1779/MAL, WFO 998
References Jeremy Taylor; Bonhams Auctions
 
135M135M in France

 

Make Delahaye
History          
Year
Joseph Figoni's personal car before being sold to Monsieur Junca on 19/06/1952. Car known as L'Elfe. Owned in Nyasaland by a Mr. Hatton. Sold overseas in the late 1960s or 1970s. Owned in the late 1980s by Jean-Pierre Delavaud of France, who restored the car. Later noted with dealer Christophe Grohe in Switzerland.
Model 235
Chassis No. 818028
Engine No.
Coachbuilder Figoni
Body Style Coupe, body no. 1161
Colours Originally black
           
Registration Numbers 9170-BV-75/FRA, BA-4150?/MAL
References Jeremy Taylor
 
235 &
                      135M

 

Make Ducati
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor
Model 80cc Setter
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Ducati

 

Make Ford History          
Year 1930 Found in Nyasaland (Malawi) in the late 1950s by George Bennett of Rhodesia. Nicknamed Henrietta. Restored by George in green / black livery. Later acquired by John Apps of Bulawayo, car now in Cape Town, South Africa.

George also rebuilt a 1931 Victoria Sedan, given to his daughter, taken to the UK.
Model Model A
Chassis No.  
Engine No. CAO3862
Coachbuilder
Body Style Roadster
Colours Yellow / black then green / black
           
Registration Numbers BT-9124 (Blantyre?), H-17/NYA
References
 
Ford A
 

Make Ford
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor.
Model V8
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Ford V8

 

Make Graham Paige
History          
Year 1930s
Noted in Malawi around the 1960s
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours

         
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 

 

Make Greeves
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor
Model 32A 250cc (villiers engine)
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers BA-7817/MAL
References Jeremy Taylor
 
GreevesGreeves 32A


Make Harley Davidson
History          
Year 1923
Found in Malawi as a complete machine, owned by Vernon Reynolds of Salisbury, Rhodesia from around 1969. Used in the 1st & 2nd Durban - Johannesburg Commemorative Motor Cycle Trials 1970, 1971. Later acquired by G. Wyngaard then Bill North.
Model 1000cc
Chassis No. 23F11396
Engine No. 23F11931
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Cream
           
Registration Numbers RH-1923/SRH
References
 
H-D


Make Honda
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor
Model CB250
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Honda

 

Make Lancia
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor
Model Flaminia
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder Pininfarina
Body Style Coupe
Colours
           
Registration Numbers BC-1872/MAL
References Jeremy Taylor
 
FlaminiaFlaminias

 

Make Mercury?
History          
Year
Owned by a Mr. Taylor
Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Mercury

 

Make MG
History          
Year 1949
Believed imported directly to either Southern Rhodesia or Nyasaland. Registered in Ballantyre, Nyasaland. Owned in 1965 by W.N. Windrim of Limbe, Malawi. Currently in Canada owned by Len Bonnay, currently being restored.
Model TC
Chassis No. TC8154
Engine No. CPAG 8867
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Dark blue? Now green with green interior
           
Registration Numbers BB-1566/MAL
References
 


Make Norton m/c
History          
Year 1956
Acquired in Salisbury, Rhodesia by Jeremy Bromley around 1975, believed to have come from Malawi. Taken to Perth Australia in 1980, where Jeremy still owns the motorcycle.
Model ES2
Chassis No. 51817
Engine No. 54515
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Silver / black
           
Registration Numbers 200-387-L/RHO
References
 
Norton

 

Make Talbot
History          
Year 1933
Licensed in 1934. Delivered new to South Africa to Charles Irvine-Smith of Johannesburg, who imported the car through Tullis SA (Pty.) Ltd. Used in Mr. Irvine-Smith's wedding in 1934. Sold in March 1935 to John Whitelock snr. Later passed onto his son, also John, who lived in Malawi. Acquired in March 1974 by Ted Falcke of Johannesburg. When acquired by Ted the original engine was using up a lot of oil, firing intermittently on 4 & 5 cylinders and the block was porous. It was therefore replaced with engine no. AV684. Acquired by Prof. Sydney Biddulph in 2005. Registration TJ-13 previously fitted to a large green Roesch saloon with a fin down the back, owned by Charles Irvine-Smith's father.
Model AV105
Chassis No. 35464
Engine No. AV684, prev. AV280
Coachbuilder Vanden Plas
Body Style De Luxe Tourer
Colours Cream with apple green wings and green interior; now old English ivory with maroon interior and brake drums
           
Registration Numbers TJ-13/SAF, BB-7616/MAL, TSN-932/SAF, MJR-125-T/SAF, KDH-465-GP/SAF
References
 
Talbot

 

Make Triumph motorcycle
History          
Year 1920
Found in Livinsgstone, Zambia in pieces & minus engine and gearbox. An engine & gearbox were later found in Malawi. Restored over two years by Dennis Campbell. Later acquired by Paul Walker of Bulawayo around 1989.
Model Junior
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black with silver & green tank
           
Registration Numbers 159-042-W/ZIM
References
 
Triumph


Make Triumph or BSA?
History          
Year
In Malawi in the mid 1970s

Model
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Triumph or
                      BSA

 

Make Velocette
History          
Year 1960
Gearbox 12-9903 - Left the factory in March 1960 and was shipped to Jacks Motors in Johannesburg, South Africa. Possibly went to Rhodesia before ending up in Malawi in the late 1970s/early 1980s where it was swapped for another motorbike. Owned by a Mr. Taylor - Currently in the UK awaiting restoration. Unlike UK Venoms of 1960, it has no nacelle type headlight and a 7" brake, 36 spoke front wheel from the old stock MAC Model Velocette.
Model Venom 500cc
Chassis No. VM****
Engine No. RS******
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Jeremy Taylor
 
Velocette

 

Make Wanderer motorcycle
History          
Year 1922
Found in Malawi on a scrapheap in 1963, restored by Frank May of Rhodesia in 1965, non original wheels, tyres and brakes. Later acquired by Bob Southon. Believed to now be in South Africa.
Model
Chassis No. 43155
Engine No. 29424
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Black with brass tank
           
Registration Numbers RSE-75/SRH
References
 
 

 

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