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Classic Cars in Rhodesia

MODEL T; MODEL A; OTHER FORD

Make Ford
History          
Year 1932
Owned and rebuilt by Lat Fuller, completed in 1985 - Later sold to someone who took the car to South Africa.
Model Model B
Chassis No. AB510258
Engine No. 644***44 (* unreadable)
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Pick-up
Colours Green / black
           
Registration Numbers 224-180-Y/RHO, 429-902-J/ZIM
References
 
Ford B Truck



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935
Recovered by Clive Thompson from Chinoyi in the late 1980s. Acquired by Viv Westbury in 2006. To be restored using parts from a V8 sedan that Viv also owns.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Phaeton
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
1935 V8 phaeton1935 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935
Given to Arthur Claasen by a lady in Bulawayo. Sold to Maurice Beckley from whom Viv Westbury acquired the car in 2006. To be used as a parts car for Viv's V8 phaeton.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No. C180UF7077
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers
References Photos Viv Westbury- Lower photos Bruce Beckley show car being collected from Arthur Claasen.
 
1935 V81935 V8
Ford V8Ford V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935
Owned by Wally Hankey, before being sold to John Ferrier in Australia in 2007.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Coupe
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 125-161-T/ZIM
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
1935 V8 Coupe1935 V8 Coupe



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935
Owned in the 1970s by Dr. J. Ryan. Used by his son, P.J. Ryan,to drive to school. Later sold, to a farmer?, now in a panelbeaters in Harare. Mr. Ryan is looking to re-acquire the vehicle to restore it.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Pick-up
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
1935 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935
Owned by Ginger Wills of Bulawayo in the 1980s. Photo shows the car at the start of a Mutare run in the 1980s.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 300-540-Y/RHO
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
1935 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935
Owned by Tony Plummer, photo shows car at 1995 car show.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 411-833-T/ZIM
References
 
35 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1935/36
Believed to be owned by a Mr. Van Duuren in Macheke. Photo shows vehicle in 2007 when it ws being re-wired.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Pick-up
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
35-35 pick-up



Make Ford
History          
Year 1936
Owned by Stan Lemmer of Port Elizabeth in 1975. Purchased in Rhodesia, driven from Bulawayo to Port Elizabeth. The car had been partly, but badly restored.
Model V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers 194-869-N/RHO
References Evening Post June 18 1975
 
 



Make Ford
History          
Year 1936
Bought new by Mike van Breda's father and used as a family car for many years. Rebuilt by Mike in the early 1980s. Shipped to Perth, Australia in 2006 where it was later sold.
Model V8
Chassis No. 3X1854
Engine No. 13VE-145984
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Fordor Sedan
Colours Gunmetal grey / black
           
Registration Numbers H-1891/SRH
References
 
1936 V81936 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1937
Owned and restored by Austin Whitehead of Harare.
Model Model 78 V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No. 183381864
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan, body no. R7A5039
Colours Green            
Registration Numbers 422-490-C/ZIM
References
 
37 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1940
First registered in Rhodesia on 26 April 1947. Sold by A.D. Curling to Robin Hurst on 25 Oct 1990. Sold to Scott Orchard, who was going to make the car into a hot rod, in 2009. Sold to Geoffrey Nyarota around 2011, car to be rebuilt as original.
Model V8
Chassis No. 1A22647C
Engine No. 1A22647F
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Deluxe sedan
Colours
           
Registration Numbers 215-098-B/RHO, S-11480/SRH
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
1940 V8



Make Ford
History          
Year 1940
Owned since 1967 by Clay Mileson of Harare. Will eventually be hot-rodded.
Model Deluxe
Chassis No.  
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style 4 dr sedan
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
40 deluxe40 deluxe



Make Ford
History          
Year
V8, photo shows vehicle at Marondera Auctions in 2007.
Model
Chassis No.  
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Pick-up
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
V8 pick-up



Make Ford
History          
Year 1946
Bought by Mike Hopkins from Atlas Motors, Bulawayo in Feb 1960 (when he turned 18) for £105. Sold in mid 1961 to a young farmer in Lalapanzi for £165

Model 4.2-litre V8
Chassis No.  
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Opera coupe
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Photo Mike Hopkins (Bulawayo 1961)
 
1946 Ford opera coupe



Make Ford
History          
Year 1946
Sold new by Dulys of Gwelo. Discovered without its axles on a farm in Gwelo by Eddie Doman, who restored the car before selling it to someone else. Acquired by Maurice Beckley of Bulawayo in 1993. The flat head V8 was shot so Maurice and his son Bruce rebuilt it - They did a fair amount of mechanical work to this car but my Maurice hated it after having to strip the engine 3 times after the engineering shop in Bulawayo who resleeved the engine and apparently measured the cam bearings failed to measure the middle one of the three, relying on the readings of the two outer ones at each end of the block. They discovered the hard way that the middle one is the one that wears out and so after two strip downs and start ups where the oil pressure disappeared when warm, they asked the Ford fundu (Eddy Doman) what he thought. He didnt bat an eye lid and told them to check the middle bearing. Problem solved!  Bruce used the car daily for about two years in Bulawayo, and also did several long runs in her. Sold in 1999 to someone in Bulawayo who resprayed the car grey. He has unfortunately since died but the car is believed to still be in Bulawayo.
   

Model Mercury 118inch
Chassis No.  
Engine No.
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References Bruce Beckley - Photo shows Ford to left and Maurice's Buick Super to the right
 
Ford & Buick



Make Ford
History          
Year
Body acquired from Rob Stirling of Bulawayo by John Jackson in 1981. Body was in appauling condition but John restored the car using a sedan as a donor car, restoration completed around 1985. Later sold to Mike Hollinshead and now believed to be with Malcom Cheney in Chinoyi.
Model Zephyr MK 2
Chassis No. 206E176183
Engine No. 206E128217
Coachbuilder Carbodies, body no. 2406049
Body Style Convertible
Colours Red / white
           
Registration Numbers 210-694-P/ZIM
References
 




Make Ford
History          
Year 1955
Owned by John (Jake) Ewing in 1992. Later sold to Bruce Simpson-Aitken.
Model Zephyr MK1
Chassis No. 152230
Engine No. 152230
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Black
           
Registration Numbers 38-504-B/RHO
References
 




Make Ford
History          
Year
Owned by someone in Mutare
Model Zephyr
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Blue
           
Registration Numbers 205-496-P/RHO
References
 
Zephyr



Make Ford
History          
Year
Owned by Ed Doble
Model Zephyr MKII
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers 232-977-K/RHO
References
 
Zephyr



Make Ford
History          
Year 1957
Bought from Alex Henderson Motors, Bulawayo in March 1965 by Mike Hopkins, for £390. Sold back to them in late 1966.

Model Country Sedan, 4.7-litre V8
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style Station wagon
Colours White & red
           
Registration Numbers V-3748/SRH
References Photo Mike Hopkins (Kariba 1966)
 
1957 Ford1957 Ford



Make Ford
History          
Year 1958
Owned by Fred van Coller in 1986. Later sold but to whom?
Model Popular 103E
Chassis No. C 935971
Engine No. C 935971
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Grey
           
Registration Numbers 286-493-E/ZIM
References
 




Make Ford
History          
Year 1958
Owned in 2010 by Tim O'Leary, acquired from Wally Hankey - Possibly ex Keith Henderson.
Model Fairlane
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style 4-door
Colours Two tone green
           
Registration Numbers 499-748-O/RHO
References
 
1958 Fairlane1958 Fairlane


Make Ford
History          
Year 1959
Photo shows car at Arthur Claasen's farm. Owned by Neal Leach of Bulawayo.
Model Galaxy
Chassis No.
Engine No.
Coachbuilder
Body Style
Colours Red / white
           
Registration Numbers
References
 
Ford Galaxy



Make Ford History          
Year 1965
Private import to Rhodesia on 16.11.1965, just a few days after Rhodesia declared Unilateral Independence. Bill Thomson acquired the car from Mike Hatfield and rebuilt the car to a high standard. Bill took the car to Australia in 1982 and sold it to Anthony List in 1988. Advertised for sale in Perth, Australia for $50 000 around 2007, still with its Rhodesian Dunlop tyres. Bought by Chris Kokkinis of Sydney.
Model Lotus Cortina MK1
Chassis No. BA74EA59480
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Saloon
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers RSF-633/RHO; 98-026-Z/RHO; 7KL-903/AUS, LC-0065/AUS
References Nick Wood
 
Lotus CortinaLotus Cortina
Lotus CortinaLotus Cortina

 

Make Ford History          
Year 1966
Imported by Dulys and owned by the Dulys family for many years. Recently acquired by Arkie Kassim.
Model Galaxie
Chassis No.
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Sedan
Colours Black            
Registration Numbers AAN-9837/ZIM
References

66 Galaxie
 

Make Ford History          
Year
Initially fitted with a 1200 motor the car is now being rebuilt by Scott Orchard of Harare with a 1600 x-flow unit and other modifications.
Model Lotus MK1
Chassis No. Z89D629C51K
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Photo: Viv Westbury

Cortina MK1
 
 

Make Ford History          
Year 1967
Sold by Mac Bailey to a car dealer in Arundel, Harare. Believed exported to South Africa in 2009.
Model Mustang GT
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers
References Photo Viv Westbury
 
Mustang GTMustang GT

 

Make Ford History          
Year 1968
Bought new from Dulys in Kitwe, Zambia by Bill Thomson. Bill took the car to Rhodesia and in 1978 sold it to Paul Henry.
Model Cortina MK2
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours              
Registration Numbers RSJ 1750, NA 1560/NRH, 75-589-Y/RHO
References Nick Wood
 
 Cortina MK2


Make Ford History          
Year 1967 or 68
Possibly imported into Rhodesia by James Logan. Later sold to Rob Harvey who took the car to South Africa and later New Zealand.  
Model Shelby Muctang GT350
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours
           
Registration Numbers
References
 


Make Ford History          
Year 1968
Acquired in a Californian used car dealer's yard around 1973 and imported into Rhodesia by James Logan. Sold soon after arriving in Rhodesia, the car as later acquired by J. Rodriques who owned it for many years. Acquired by Wally Hankey of Harare in the late 1990s, currently being rebuilt.
Model Shelby Muctang GT500
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Convertible
Colours Green            
Registration Numbers
References
 
Shelby GT500


Make Ford History          
Year 1969
Owned 1980-81 by Andy Walker
Model Mustang 351GT
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Metallic green
           
Registration Numbers 84-330-M/RHO
References Andy Walker
 
1969 Mustang 351

 

Make Ford History          
Year 1969
351ci, 3 speed auto. Original paint, black interior. It originally had a black vinyl roof. Maurice Beckley owned this car from 1992 to 2007 when he sold it to someone in Bulawayo. I believe it was bought off the show room floor in New York by its first owned from Bulawayo and shipped back. Bought when it was a few years old by Brian Chambers who then sold it to Maurice. Brian was also an avid sailor and towed his yacht with the Mustang - thus the tow hitch. It required a lot of mechanical work such as suspension rebuild, steering, brakes, which took 6 odd months to sort it.
Model Mustang
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style Hardtop
Colours White
           
Registration Numbers 189-500-C/RHO
References Bruce Beckley
 
MustangMustang

 

Make Ford History          
Year 1972
Owned by Mac Bailey.
Model Capri
Chassis No.  
Engine No.  
Coachbuilder  
Body Style
Colours Yellow
           
Registration Numbers ABP-2444/ZIM
References
 
CapriCapri

 

 


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