JR 9 – This Zanzibar Beetle was captured near Barnes, by VWB in 1961. Around that time we saw another on a Citroen DS19,(GE 2) and one on a Simca 1000, which kept its Zanzibar registration (YE 9) as its new English plate, by a fluke of administration in the London licencing office. These were the days of two-letter, one number registrations in EAZ. Everyone had a vanity plate!
When the Empire territories achieved their independence, it usually gave rise to the return of colonial administrators, as they were replaced by indigenous personnel. They brought home their cars to UK – and treated us young spotters to sightings of rare species.
Now there have been no sightings of Zanzibar (or indeed of Tanganyika) plates in Britain for over 40 years.
(Unless you know otherwise????)
The man who came to mend our water-heater in 2012 told me of his Zanzibar holiday, during which, in Stone Town, he photographed ‘a Humber Hawk’ with an odd plate in a museum.. Here is that car – a UK Ford Zephyr 3, circa 1963.
A 2012 visit by Mike Hall gathered this modern picture from Zanzibar (where yellow on red is for taxis for the use of tourists only.) (So – a smart taxi – Probably meaning that the vehicle is under 25 years old and had been serviced just before it was stolen in Durban in 1989.)