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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

Early Motoring Early Motoring
Early Motoring  
Many thanks to Mrs Elise Pakemen for the scans above  
Lomagundi Motor Garage 1 Lomagundi Motor Garage 2
Lomagundi Motor Garage owned by Mr. J.H.Vorster Lomagundi Motor Garage owned by Mr. J.H.Vorster
match race 1940 Rhodesia possibly 1912 Overland
Match Race in 1940 Possibly a 1912 Overland
1937 Studebaker
1941 Studebaker
1937 Studebaker at JH Vorster's garage for repair or more likely scrapping
1941 Studebaker Champion


Chrysler Airflow owned by JH Vorster

Many thanks to Mr Nick Wood for the scans above
Old car in Rhodesia Picnic in Rhodesia
Unknown old car in Rhodesia Picnic in Rhodesia, Ford Model T and motorcycle
Source unknown - Possibly Mike Jones Source unknown -
1937 Adler
1947 Hudson
1936 Adler Trumph in Northern Rhodesia.
1947 Hudson Super Six in Northern Rhodesia.
1953 Ford Zephyr
1953 Hillman
1953 Ford Zephyr 6 in Northern Rhodesia. 1953 Hillman in Northern Rhodesia.
1955 Jag XK140
A110 Westminster
1955 Jaguar XK140 bought new by Paul Cowie's Grandfather in Northern Rhodesia. Originally black and LHD. Photo shows car in South Africa now RHD.
Austin 110 Westminster, the Cowie family's first of this model in Northern Rhodesia
1963 A110 Westminster 1964 Jag
1963 Austin 110 Westminster owned by the Cowie family in Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia.
1964 Jaguar 3.4 MK2 - Shows the car one day old in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, owned by the Cowie family.
1967 Jag
1967 Jaguar S-Type owned by the Cowie family in Zambia - Photo shows the car in later years in South Africa.
Lockyer family from Northern Rhodesia on holiday in Cape Town in 1958 with their Jaguar .
Many thanks to Mr Paul Cowie for the photos above  

Sunbeam Rapier
Sunbeam Rapier
Ivan Theunissen in Rene Theunissen's Sunbeam Rapier in North End, Bulawayo
Rene Theunissen's Sunbeam Rapier, Bulawayo - Hillman or Humber alongside

BSA 650
Yamaha 350cc
Rene Theunissen's BSA 650cc, North End Bulawayo Rene Theunissen's Yamaha 350cc, North End, Bulawayo

Fiat 2300
Ford 6-cyl
Fiat 2300 6-cyl Rene Theunissen, North End Bulawayo - Originally  black, repsrayed Kelly green in 1973 Ford 6-cyl - Rene Theunissen, Chevrolet station wagon behind Mathieu Theunissen, North End bulawayo

Ford Consul
Consul Mathieu Theunissen, North End Bulawayo
Opel Mathieu Theunissen at Bulawayo airport 1956

Possibly a Vauxhall
Vauxhall Mathieu Theunissen, Bulwayo 1957.
Unknown homemade vehicle, Bulawayo

Opel station wagon
Opel station wagon
Opel station wagon Marcel Theunissen, North End Bulawayo
Opel station wagon Marcel Theunissen, North End Bulawayo

Opel station wagon Opel station wagon
Opel station wagon Mathieu Theunissen, North End Bulawayo Opel station wagon Mathieu Theunissen, North End Bulawayo

VW station wagon
VW variant station wagon Gaston Andre
VW variant station wagon Gaston Andre

Chevy station wagon Gaston  Andre
Citroen DS19 or DS20 Gaston  Andre, Burnside Bulawayo

Fiat 500
Fiat 500 Gaston Andre, possibly at Matopos
Vauxhall Gaston Andre

Datsun Corsair
Datsun Station Wagon Claude Andre Ford Corsair H Longmore, Bulawayo

Vespa or Lambretta
VW beach buggy
Vespa Claude Andre
VW Beach Buggy Buddy Miller

Consul 315

Ford Consul 315 (Export version of the Consul Classic) - Hendrik Verwoerd Tunnels South Africa 1973.

Many thanks to Mrs Caroline de Bruin for the photo above

Chrysler Valiant
Hillman Super Minx
Valiant Chrysler in Bulawayo, 1982
Hillman Super Minx 1965
Many thanks to Martin Williamson for the photos above

TR4s in Kitwe

Triumph TR4s, 1/4 mile sprints on the Chambishi to Kalulushi road. EA-7938 belonged to Tony Bilbrough, EA-7936 to Peter Hills

Many thanks to Peter W. Hills for the photo above

1935 Dodge 20 1935 Hudson
c1935 Dodge
1935 Auburn 2-door sedan from South Africa
1951 Austin A40 1957 Ford V8
1951 Austin A40 Sport Convertible, S-28403/SRH
1957 Ford V8 custom, owned by an electrician at Wankie Colliery, B-9890/SRH
1960 peugeot 1965 Chev Impala
1960 peugeot, 1st demo model in Northern Rhodesia, RA-790/NRH
1965 Chevrolet Impala convertible
Misc Military
Misc Rhodesian military vehicles
Humber limo
Armstrong Siddeley?
Gathering with government Humber limousine in background
Presidential? Armstrong Siddeley with Ferret armoured cars in front
Triumph M/C Military
Triumph motorcycle, S-977-C/SRH
Canadian built 1941 Ford C11AS Heavy Utility - This is a militarised 11A-79A station wagon.
Austin Sticker
Possibly a Morris in Northern Rhodesia.
Vintage Touring Association of Mashonaland sticker
Many thanks to Craig Fourie for the photos above

S Fourie
S Fourie
1936 Willys 77, 4 cyl. Photo taken in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia in 1939, shows Koos and Christina Fourie with their children Skatie and Poppie, after a 1000 mile trip in the car from Ottoshoop in South Africa to Lusaka..
1960 Studebaker V8 station wagon. Traded in a Peugeot 404 for this car. Motor removed and fitted with two banana exhausts, Burgess boxes, shift changed from column to console. Later sold to someone in Gwelo who unfortunately crashed into a tree and was killed.

S Fourie
S Fourie
1961 Ford Zephyr six station wagon at Nchanga mine, Northern Rhodesia, acquired for £300. UK assembled, said to be neater than the Rhodesian assembled Zephyrs. Fitted with Phillips radio, spot lights, rear view mirrors, wheel trims, white wall tyres. Painted two tone grey, divided by chrome strips.
1956 Ford Zephyr six, acquired in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia for £250
Many thanks to Skatie Fourie for the photos above

1956 Chevrolet - two tone blue - Crossing Beit Bridge into South Africa
1958 Chevrolet - Howard learning to reverse
Belvedere Race Track, Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1961 - Borgward Special (silver car ) and possibly Vic Wilson's MG Special
Belvedere Race Track, Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1961 - Borgward Special (silver car ) and possibly Vic Wilson's MG Special
Rhodesian assembled Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300 Super
Rhodesian assembled Renault R12 station wagon and Rhodesian built Sprite caravan

Many thanks to Howard Neill for the photos above

Old Car
Old Car
Thought to have been a Star, owned by Mr. M.R. Bland.

Many thanks to Viv Westbury for the photos above

Ford Corsair
Morris Oxford refuelling on the Kariba road north of Salisbury.
Ford Corsair owned by Brian Goodwin 1970-81

Filling Station on way to
Filling station on the road to Beira
Ford Corsair owned by Brian Goodwin 1970-81
Many thanks to Brian Goodwin for the photos above

Car with Mayor

Cavalcade of Vintage Cars carrying the Mayor and Mayoress of Bulawayo and the Town Clerk. Car owned by John Collingwood - See entry under Ford Model A 1927-1929

1948 Ford V8
1954 Jaguar MKVII

Many thanks to Rod Wells for the photos above

Umtali 1960s
Umtali 1960s
Umtali 1960s
Umtali 1960s - Police Camp?

Umtali 1960s

Umtali 1960s -Puzey & Payne Motors

Many thanks to Roger Capper for the photos above

1920s in Rhodesia
1920s in Rhodesia
1920s in Rhodesia

Many thanks to Brian Byrne for the photos above

Alan hardy

Note S. Rhodesia cast iron plaque, others with Bulawayo above the S. Rhodesia have also been noted

Many thanks to Alan Hardy for the photo above

Cars in Rhodesia
Ferry crossing possibly Northern Rhodesia Misc Rhodesian cars
Sby car

Ford V8 pickup, registered in Salisbury

Many thanks to Anne Burgess for the photos above

JOHN FRAZER LISTER [1935-xx] motorbike (Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia). Reg. L-660/NRH John Frazer Lister [1935-xx] with motorbike. Reg. S-2242/SRH
John Lister - Hatfield Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia - Sept 1958
Johns Frazer Lister[1935-xx] His first solid heel bike. He thinks its a early BSA. Reg. L-660/NRH
Thomas Shackleton Lister next to his Ford truck (Rhodesia).Reg. B-21600/SRH
Thomas Shackleton Lister with his Ford truck (not married yet as has Bulawayo, Rhodesia registration plate)
Many thanks to Rob Lister for the photos above

Byo Parade
Byo Parade
Downings Bakery truck

Byo Parade
Byo Parade

Byo Parade
Byo Parade

Byo Parade
Byo Parade

Byo Parade

Schacht in a parade in Bulawayo

Many thanks to Mimi Shaw for the photos above

Major John (Jack) Greenwood Fisher MBE. He took his car to the Gold Coast in 1939, where this photo is believed to have been taken, in Rhodesia by 1943. Possibly a Lagonda
Ford Zephyr Zodiac - Photo 1960

Ford Z
Ford Zodiac - Photo 1960 - NK-6763/NRH -
Zephyr Zodiac, two tone paint, slightly different grille from the Zephyr 6, chrome "arrow" line on the side standard white wall tyres all make it a Zodiac
Ford Zephyr - Photo 1962 - EA-2878/NRH - Imported from UK

Ford Z2
Child Car
Ford Zephyr Zodiac (twin headlights) - Photo 1963/4 Phil Selley's first car

Fiat 850 - Believed to have later been burned out Fiat 850 Sports - Photo 1978.

Spitfire - 1965 - Yellow in colour Ford Capri 3L. - Photo 1971. Imported from UK. Was originally Silver


Austin / Nash Metropolitan Photo 1965 - owned by Lyn Clark, Phil's Aunt - Yellow

Many thanks to Phil Selley for the photos above, the majority of the cars belonged to Eric Selley

Matopos 1971, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti - Previously owned a Grey Morris Mini Cooper 1071-S/RHO, acquired from Atlas Motors in Grey Street. Sold to Glasby Motors with a broken camshaft c1972 when Denis moved to Botswana.
Dodge truck owned by Denis Coghlan in Botswana, BPB-587/BOT.

Pontiac Trans-Am owned by Denis Coghlan in Botswana
Ford Fairmont GT automatic. Denis Coghlan and his Father in Chobe Game Reserve 1980. (Denis also owned a manual Ford Fairmont GT that became the donor for the Ford F100 Trans Kalahari special below)

 Ford F100 Trans Kalahari special that Denis raced in last Trans Kalahari race in 1982 (car came last)  1989 3.9 Efi 2-door Range Rover
1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4
1986 Ford Escort XR3i
All imported from the UK by Denis Coghlan


2008 Porsche Cayman 'S' alongside a Toyota Celica

Many thanks to Denis Coghlan for the photos above

Cecil Lyle with Buick and friends out for a picnic
Cecil Lyle with Buick

John Love and Cecil Lyle, with John's Manx Norton after it arrived. Note Matabeleland Motor Cycle Club blazer badge as  seen below.
Dick Bonniwell, John Love, Cecil Lyle with trophy for the Manicaland 100 won by John with his Velocette..

Colin Lyle on Norton
Matabeleland Motor Cycle Club blazer badge worn by
Cecil Lyle
Colin Lyle on John Love's Manx Norton

Bridgestone 250
Kawa Z1300
Bridgestone 250 two-stroke - quite rare - RSH-3647/SRH
Kawasaki Z1300 6-cyl ex John Love

Many thanks to Colin Lyle for the photos above See also Continental Beacon owned by Colin Lyle

1943 Packard
Woody Chev
Simon's father's 1943 Packard bogged in mud on the bank of the Zambezi River near Mambova west of Livingstone in Northern Rhodesia. (He and his sisters are playing in the mud) Northern Rhodesia Government Chevrolet “Woody” station wagon travelling along a waterlogged road in Katanga Province in the Belgian Congo in 1948


Simon Glen standing on the bonnet of a 1947 Chevrolet “woody” station wagon belonging to the Northern Rhodesia Government. (his two sisters in the foreground), Photo taken in 1948 when his father used the car to travel into Katanga Province in the Belgian Congo on government business.  They lived in Lusaka at the time.

Many thanks to Simon Glen for the photos above

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