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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1928
Owned by Norman Frederick Potter of Salisbury in 1965, later sold to E. Wyngaard then to Ian Hesketh. Went to A.J. Beswick of South Africa around 2004. Possibly the car owned by Stuart Reeve, ex Hesketh (1972)
Model 9
Chassis No. 014152
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Tourer
Colours Blue / black then maroon / black
           
Registration Numbers B-5693/SRH, 71-070-Z/RHO
References Nick Wood
 
Riley

 

Make Riley History          
Year
Owned by Ian Grant-MacKenzie of Fort Victoria, inherited from a relative in England in the late 1970s. Shipped to Cape Town and driven to Rhodesia. Taken to South Africa when the Grant-MacKenzie's moved there. Later sold to Danie Gerber of Craddock. Acquired in 2008 by John Ryall of Cape Town. Used on the Riley Rendezvous 3 Rally in 2011, known as Humphrey. Sold to someone in Germany through Motostars of Cape Town.
Model 9 Monaco
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Weymann type Sedan
Colours Black with red wheels
           
Registration Numbers 262-793-T/RHO, CA-241-619/SAF
References Colour photos John Ryall
 
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Make Riley History          
Year

1929

Acquired by Bill Wood from a backyard, fitted with a van body that had been used as a chicken coup for many years. The Wood's removed the body and left it for the chickens. Bill wood started work on the car but later passed it onto George Green. Several parts were stolen from his yard and the car was never restored.
Model 6 cyl 1600
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References Nick Wood
 
Riley
                      1929

 

Make Riley History          
Year
Built by Bill Jennings in South Africa. By 1957 the car was owned in Rhodesia by John Love who then sold the car to Alistair Stewart. Raced in the mid 1960s by Peter Huson. Aluminium, unpainted body, 4 Amal carbs and hand pump to pressurize the fuel tank. Car ran on a special mixture of 100 octane avgas, mixed with ethanol or such. 
Model
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers   References Peter Huson


 

Make Riley History          
Year 1933
Found as a rolling chassis in Johannesburg by Paul Barter who intended to restore it. Given to his father Ron in Harare. Later bought by Neill Snatt who restored the car and built the bodywork, comleted around 1999. Later sold to Howard Butler then to Stan van Breda who still owns the car in Harare.
Model 9hp
Chassis No. 6020859
Engine No. 38674
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 2-seater sports
Colours Aluminium body, green wings
           
Registration Numbers   References


 

Make Riley History          
Year 1934
First registered in the UK to G.V.L. Barlow in Gloucester on 31/12/1934. First registered in Rhodesia on 21/02/1948. Owned by D.J. Sansom of Harare in 1982. Now in South Africa
Model Falcon
Chassis No. 22T475
Engine No. 22T 475
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Blue / black
           
Registration Numbers AAD 770, S-15135/SRH, 283-600-K/RHO References
 
Riley


Make Riley History          
Year 1938
Said to have been sold new to a Miss B.V. Webb of Colchester, UK and to have then gone to Bulwayo, Rhodesia. The Riley Register shows that the car was exported to South AFrica? By 1961 the car was with H.W. Shaw of Benoni, South Africa, then Gordon Stewart of Benoni 1961-85, Dick Sheppard 1985-2000. The car was then taken to the UK and is now in Germany. The registration DHP 722 is said to be the car's original UK registration?

It may be that this car was never in Rhodesia, if anyone recalls it or has any photos of it I would be grateful to hear from you please -
Model 12/4 Victor
Chassis No. 28VX7816
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Old english white
           
Registration Numbers DHP 722
References Photos: robinlawton.com
 
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Year  

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Coachbuilder  
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Colours              
Registration Numbers S-17838/SRH References Nick Wood
 
Riley

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1948
Owned for many years by John Jeeves of Selous. Later sold to Paul Domoney, then in 2009 to Bill Jenkins. Bill resprayed the car in its current colours.
Model RMB 2.5-litre
Chassis No. 58S2919
Engine No. T197
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Ivory with brown roof, now burgandy and cream with brown roof.
           
Registration Numbers 225-972-W/RHO, 81-AD-157/ZIM Diplomatic Staff
References
 
1948 Riley1948 Riley 2.5

 

Make Riley History          
Year   Rebuilt by Neil Snatt in the late 1980s, taken with him when he moved to Durban, South Africa.
Model RMA 1.5-litre
Chassis No. 40S-18333
Engine No. 18333
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Red
           
Registration Numbers S-24955/SRH, 423-971-M/RHO
References
 

 

Make Riley History          
Year   Acquired in the mid 1970s by E.B. Boniface, who fully restored the car. Sold around 1987 through Bonhams auction at Beaulieu in the UK.
Model RMA
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 292-951-Z/RHO
References E.B. Boniface
 
Riley RMARiley
                      RMARiley
                      RMA

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1951
Acquired by Pat Bowden with his demob money, car was practically brand new. Used every day till the 1970s when Pat acquired a Ford Zodiac. The car was then rebuilt. Believed to have now passed onto Pat's son in Gweru.
Model 1.5-litre
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Green with black roof
           
Registration Numbers
References Bruce Beckley
 
 

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1951
Originally metallic almond green. Rebuilt by Chris Gael around 1995, sold when Chris moved to the UK.
Model RMA
Chassis No. 41S-19779
Engine No. 9903
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Green / ivory with black roof
           
Registration Numbers S-21899/SRH, 493-066-Q/RHO, 605-089-E/ZIM
References Pic Brian Goodall
 
Riley RMARiley RMA

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1952
First car acquired by Peter Hills of Kitwe, purchased in 1962 for £80. Later pranged and the torsion bar was damaged. After repairing the car, Peter traded it in for a Morris 1000 in 1963. 
Model Pathfinder
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Brick red
           
Registration Numbers K-7038/NRH
References Peter W. Hills
 
Riley Pathfinder

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1954
Acquired in 1993 by David MacKenzie from Mac Bailey in Harare, having stood in a garden for 9 years. Restored over 18 months. Sold in 2000 to an American working for the World Bank, believed to have been taken to Boston or Washington.
Model RMF
Chassis No. 10850
Engine No. 1562
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Black and white.
           
Registration Numbers 299-552-Z/RHO
References David MacKenzie
 
Riley RMFRiley RMFRiley RMFRiley RMFRiley Photo above shows the car in front of Cecil House in Harare

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1955
Noted for sale in the UK on eBay in November 2011, seller had acquired the car in 2000 from Rhodesian owner. Not registered in the UK and in need of restoration.
Model 2.5 Pathfinder
Chassis No. MAE232472
Engine No. DP24R2508
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Green and black
           
Registration Numbers
References eBay seller
 
Riley 2.5Riley
                      2.5

 

Make Riley History          
Year
Rebuilt by John Jackson in the 1980's, used on quite a few runs. Later sold to Ray Mutasa. The car is believed to be at a panelbeaters in Harare. This is a rare car the Riley 2.6 register know of 12 excluding this car.
Model 2600
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours Red and beige
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
 

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1956
Apparently Riley made three 2.8 Pathfinders for the Rhodesia Police,but they were not take up and were sold to private owners - This vehicle has been in one family ownership since being acquired. Two of these vehicles are said to have been written off and the only known one left is this vehicle. A complete restoration on the car has taken place, with a complete two tone paint job, all nuts and bolts have been checked from the front bumper to the rear. Only a couple of minor things still needed to be done. Noted for sale in South Africa in the early 2000s for £5000, one family owned from new, owner Ken Williams, Vanderbijl Park.
Model 2.8 Pathfinder
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours              
Registration Numbers HVS-878-GP/SAF References www.savva.org.za
 
 

 

Make Riley History          
Year 1960
Owned by Sid Harries in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and later Cape Town.
Model 1500
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours Two tone green
           
Registration Numbers CA-134-415/SAF
References Fred Punter
 
1500
                      Riley

 

Make Riley History          
Year
Acquired by Roger Capper from from Pat Finegan at 27,000 miles when he was posted at Umtali ZEF4 Signals Branch.
Model 4-68
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Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style  
Colours
           
Registration Numbers RUA-1061/SRH
References Roger Capper
 
4-684-68

 

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