West Africa – Gold Coast/Ghana

Reg Wilson, one of the earliest British collectors, lived near the great dock city of  Liverpool, where the ships discharged many a motorcar returning after duties abroad.     This Gold Coast (West Africa-Coast) (?  Standard Vanguard was photographed by Reg on 1st. August 1965.

CP 7045 was from Central Region (Cape Coast).  (Reg Wilson archive)

CP 7045 was from Central Region (Cape Coast). (Reg Wilson archive)

Below is a Ford Zephyr Six,  made in 1955, seen in London years later, registered on the 1955-6 special (tax-free)  Home Delivery Export Scheme plates PLO 357 with which it was originally delivered in Britain, prior to being shipped out to the Gold Coast.     After its period of use there, and returning to UK, it changed its African plates back to its original British export plates, but happily, left the rare WAC international oval (used 1932-57) firmly bolted to the body,  for our delectation.

(GH)(WAC)_PLO357_VB1950s

Below:   AR-1274 is a 1940 issue from Accra, photographed at the Barcelona Placamundi conference members’ displays.

(GH)(WAC'40s)_AH1274_c_Placamundi

WR 290 was coded for the Western Region (Sekondi) and photographed when it returned to Liverpool on June 26th. 1960.     Looks like a Morris Minor….   Reg Wilson archive

(GH1)_WR290_RW1960vb

SG 1267 – A London VB sighting in 1960 was this Fiat 2100 bearing the special SG series plate which was issued to celebrate The Gold Coast’s independence from Britain in 1959.   The Ghana international oval GH was introduced shortly after independence.   The prefix SG  was believed to abbreviate Self-Government and to be a form of temporarily-issued treasured plate.   Vic Brumby archive

(GH1)_SG1267_VB1960s

Below

GT = Greater Accra (Tema) and the  P is for 1998 first registration.

Finally, a current Ghanaian vehicle, seen in Italy, in 2003.   Brumby archive

GT 8181 P    A current Ghanaian vehicle, seen in Italy, in 2003. Brumby archive

 

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