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Classic Cars in Rhodesia


Make Mini
History          
Year 1961
Picked up in late 1961 by Peter Huson whilst on leave in England, having been purchased through Car Mart in Bulawayo. The car was to be used for racing and Peter was advised to modify the mini in stage to keep ahead of the handicapper, going for wins in the 1000cc class. In the end  the car ended up with a fully skimmed and polished cylinder head, matched and polished inlet manifold, competition valves and valve springs, twin S.U. carburettors, banana branch exhaust manifold, competition nine spring clutch, close ratio gearbox, electronic rev counter , oil cooler, competition fan, competition wheels with Michelin X tyres, Mintex brake linings and bespoke sump guard for rallies. I am told the mini was very quick and in the end was showing a clean pair of heels to standard mini Coopers. With its excellent handling on dirt roads, the car made a very good rally car, and did well in its class in Club Race Meetings, Sprints, Hill Climbs, Driving Tests and Rallies as well as National Events. Part exchanged in 1965 for a Ford Cortina GT that was also collected in the UK whilst on leave.
Model 850 Traveller
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Estate
Colours              
Registration Numbers RBA-4293/RHO
References Peter Huson

Mini 850Mini 850Mini 850
 

Make Mini
History          
Year 1965
Assembled in Rhodesia. Purchased by its first owner from Car Mart in Bulawayo. Now in Australia with its third owner.
Model 850
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder Austin
Body Style Saloon, body No. 1086
Colours  Light Green
           
Registration Numbers
References John Heselwood
 
Mini 850Mini 850Mini 850
 

Make Mini
History          
Year
Believed to be owned by a member of the Ushewekunzi family in Harare.
Model Cooper
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References
 
Mini Cooper

 

Make Mini
History          
Year 1971
Owned by Tammy Ellis of Harare in 2011
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers ABY-4475/ZIM
References
 
minimini#

 

Make Mini
History          
Year 1967
One of the last built in Rhodesia, acquired new for £515 by Peter Burgess. Owned for a short time only.
Model Cooper MKI 998cc
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Beige            
Registration Numbers RSG-5058/RHO
References Peter Burgess
 
Cooper

 

Make Mini
History          
Year
Owned by Bruce Glasby?
Model Cooper
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Red with black roof
           
Registration Numbers ABP-8487/ZIM
References
 
Mini
                      Cooper

 

Make Mini
History          
Year 1964
Morris Mini assembled by Leyland in Umtali, Rhodesia. 998cc engine with twin SUs. Owned by Ian Teasdale in 2017.
Model MKI 
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan, body no. 624
Colours Blue withWhite roof
           
Registration Numbers 5-190-Q/RHO
References
 
cooperCooper

 

Make Mini
History          
Year
Peter Burgess' racing mini
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Yellow with black roof
           
Registration Numbers
References Peter Burgess
 
minimini

 

Make Mini
History          
Year
Peter Burgess' first two minis - Car on right is an early 1963 997cc cooper, purchased second hand in Salisbury in 1963. Crankshaft broken doing practise laps around the old Marlborough circuit, motor rebuilt.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers RSB-8569/RHO, RSC-6302/RHO
References Peter Burgess
 
Mini

 

Make Mini
History          
Year
Owned by Wally Hankey
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
MiniMini

 

Make Mini Moke
History          
Year
Noted in Zimbabwe
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
Mokemoke

 


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