Bechuanaland original series?

July 9, 2015

On the link below, is found a photo which might illustrate a previously-unknown system used in the Bechuanaland Protectorate from the 1920s, possibly to 1935.    No previous reports/photos are known, but the single ‘B’ could well have coded the territory name for all the few registered vehicles.

Any ideas?

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B 141 could be the previously-unknown plate type for the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana from 1966)     1920s Dodge car.

B 141 could be the previously-unknown plate type for the Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana from 1966).. 1920s Dodge car.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hannes_steyn/2210292102/in/set-72157603611718163/

 

The above B series was replaced by the BPx type, possibly in 1935, when the country was allocated BP as its International Identification code.

A  Vauxhall Cresta BPD 162, seen in GB during 1969, carries the BP-prefixed white-on-black plates which ran from (possibly)1937-1967, when black-on-yellow    was introduced.   This Hillman Avenger was phot'd in London  in 1969.    Brumby archive

A Vauxhall Cresta BPD 162, seen in GB during 1969, carries the BP-prefixed white-on-black plates which ran from (possibly) 1935-1966, when the ‘P’ was dropped from the registration.   (e.g BPD became BD).      Brumby archive

This Hillman Avenger was phot'd in London in 1976, using the new yellow plates, otherwise unchanged.     Brumby archive

BD 2198  ..  This Hillman Avenger was photo’d in London in 1976, using the new (from about 1974) yellow plates, otherwise system unchanged.   D=Gaberones, the capital.     (The oval changed from BP to RB (Republic of Botswana) in 1967, then to BW in 2003.)      Brumby archive

RB -1935-67

RB -1967-2003

BW - 2003 >

BW – 2003 >

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Whilst in Southern Africa, some January 2015 photos of the first-noted Namibian vanity plate, were taken at Eland’s Bay, Western Cape.

EXOTIC 1 NA, the first-noted Namibian vanity plate.

EXOTIC 1 NA, the first-noted Namibian vanity plate.    Brumby archive

EXOTICA 1 NA from Namibia 2015

EXOTICA 1 NA from Namibia 2015       Brumby archive

Namibian flag on plate

Namibian flag on vanity plate

Thought to be used between 1915 - 1990, when Namibia became independent of South Africa.

Used from 1990, when Namibia became independent of South Africa.

The South-West Africa international oval which applied until independence from South Africa in 1990 .  NAM thereafter.

The South-West Africa international oval which applied until independence from South Africa in 1990.    NAM thereafter.         Brumby archive

A period pic from Janko's Plateworld, given as 1950, with K from Keetmkanshoop - car 7!

A period pic from Janko’s Plateworld, given as 1950, with K from Keetmkanshoop – car 7!

 

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Another historic picture from the Southern African zone, is SD 6018 from the 1922-79 Swaziland series.   This Mk1 Ford Cortina was photographed in  Britain in the 1960s. These plates were made for SD in ZA.

Another historic picture from the Southern African zone, is SD 6018 from the 1922-79 Swaziland series. This Mk1 Ford Cortina was photographed in Britain in the 1960s.
These plates were made for SD in ZA.      Brumby archive

Seen in Cape Town in June 2015, a new series of Swaziland Government plates, emulating the South African red digits for state vehicles.  Swazi plates have always been made for them bu South Africa.   SG is Swazi govt. and PO is for the Police.

Seen in Cape Town in June 2015, a new series of Swaziland Government plates, emulating the South African red digits for state vehicles. Swazi plates have always been made for them by South African manufacturers.    GSD is Swazi Govt. and PO is for the Police.    Taken by Lester Day

Another Swazi Government issue, coded PR for the Prisons Dept.     Lester Day photo 2015.

Another Swazi Government issue, coded PR for the Prisons Dept. Lester Day photo 2015.

A normal current Swazi plate type commencing 2010, in which Q 795 B is the registration, SD the country i/d and M codes Manzini district.            Brumby archive 2015

A normal current Swazi plate type from the series commencing 2010, in which Q 795 B is the registration, SD the country i/d and M codes Manzini district.           Expiry 2017 indicates that car tax covers more than a year,,,,       Brumby archive 2015

The eccentric Swazi King Mswati runs a fleet of grand cars  just as you would if you were left in charge of the nations' wallet.   Here is one of his vanity plates on his R-R Silver Spur.    anon

The eccentric Swazi King Mswati runs a fleet of grand cars just as you would if you were left in charge of the nations’ wallet.     Here is one of his vanity plates on his R-R Silver Spur.    The central Lion sometimes faces left, sometimes right, possibly according to the political set of his ever-changing aid donors.          anon

Windscreen-mounted tax discs are used in Swaziland by those who can afford them.     Brumby archive

Windscreen-mounted tax discs are used in Swaziland by those who can afford them.    The expression ‘Clearance Certificate’ is unusual.           HSD 305 AM                Brumby archive

 

 


The Rhodesias on camera

September 9, 2013

SR oval SOUTHERN RHODESIARSR oval 2 RHODESIAS-SOUTHERN RHODESIA

 

ZW oval ZIMBABWE

Southern Rhodesia to Zimbabwe

B is an early registration from Bulawayo on a Ford 'T', up-country!

B 89  —   is an early registration from Bulawayo on a Ford ‘T’, up-country!

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_B 13571 _VBweb2013

B 13571 — The Fordson 10cwt. was the bumpiest ride you could get in 1952 – on good tarmac! In Rhodesia, it must have been known as The Dentist’s Friend.

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_B 374_r_VBweb2012

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_G 603_VBweb2012

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_U 573_VBweb2012

 

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_V 3748 _f_VBweb2012

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_S 3447_VBweb2013

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_S 4172_VBweb(ZW 28-60)(SR)_B 31444_VBweb2012

(ZW 28-60)(SR)_S 28403_VBweb2012

(ZW 28-60)(SR)(mc)_S 977 C_VBweb2012

 

 

(ZW 28-60)(SR 58q4)_S 24661_disc_VB

A Morris Six in Salisbury about 1953.

S 19944 (SR) – A Morris Six outside City Hall in the capital, Salisbury, about 1952.    These cars were more often badged as Wolseleys and those were the standard British police car of the era.

Vauxhall 14 circa 1946, also in S. Rhodesia about 1950.

S 10307  (SR) –  a Vauxhall 14, built 1939-46, also in Southern Rhodesia, about 1950.  (anon)

(ZW2)(28-60)(SR)(comv)_B 11888_VBweb2012

Commercial vehicles in Southern Rhodesia used reversed shades on their plates – This Leyland Octopus carries B 11888 in a black on white plate, about 1951.    This reverse was common in several British Commonwealth countries, though never used in Britain.      Anon

(ZW2)(SR)_G 7877 VBweb

These two plates were a bafflement at first, but are now agreed to be         G 7877 at the front of the river ferry, on an English Jowett Javelin of about 1950 vintage, from Southern Rhodesia. where G=Gwelo.       The (circa) 1952, Mark 1 Ford Zephyr behind, NK 64, is from Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia (in the 1929-63 registration series.)       It is difficult to establish where this ferry was, even having checked with Old Rhodesia Hands!!
Picture courtesy of Old Classic Car.

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S 36914    A Mark 7 (or 8?) Jaguar registered in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, now Harare, Zimbabwe, shot in the mid-1950s.      In Jan. 1969, the S prefix was supplanted by RS (Rhodesia-Salisbury) and when reaching RS 9999, a serial letter commenced with RSA.   Gwelo, Bulawayo and Umtali offices also registered enough vehicles to warrant the adoption of that third, serial letter – RGA, RBA, RUA.  (anon)

The colonial government instituted a quite detailed system for registering state-owned vehicles, using a GT stacked prefix followed by a department code, in this case, PS for Police Service. After Ian Smith announced the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, no British vehciles could be sold to the regime and any supplier who would break the sanctions was a welcome help. Thus the previously inconceivable prospect of a foreign brand in use by the administration of a British overseas territory. Formasl independence was reluctantly granted in 1975 after which any brand of vehicle was to be sold in the new Zimbabwe. Brumby archive

The S. Rhodesian colonial government instituted a detailed system for registering state-owned vehicles, using a GT stacked prefix followed by a department code, in this case, PS for Police Service.      After new Prime Minister Ian Smith announced the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965,  sanctions were applied and no more British vehicles would be supplied to the  ‘breakaway’ regime.      Any alternative supplier-nation which would break the sanctions was a welcome help – and plenty did.      Thus the previously inconceivable prospect of a foreign brand in use by the administration of a British overseas territory was at an end and such as this Alfa Romeo Giulia G/T PS 174 could be seen in government service.
Formal independence to the breakaway régime was reluctantly granted by London in 1975, after which any nationality of vehicle was to be available in the new Zimbabwe.       Brumby archive

This is thought to be a Rhodesian District Commissioner plate seen on a dumped Peugeot 504 at Kariba airfield in the 1990s. Brumby archive.

DC 371.     This is thought to be a Rhodesian District Commissioner plate, seen on a dumped Peugeot 504 at Kariba airfield in the 1990s.     However, the French brand was unlikely to have been used during the colonial period, so this would have been bought by the UDI régime after 1965…….The 504, launched in 1968, was also built in Kenya and Nigeria , which could have been other sources for this car.       Brumby archive

S 42605 (RSR). A few Rhodesian cars visited Britain until the 1970s and this Riley RM 1.5 litre was photgraphed in Earls Court, London, in 1960, wearing the RSR oval which had replaced the original SR. Brumby archive

S 42605 (RSR).       Quite a few Rhodesian cars visited Britain until the 1970’s.    This Riley RM ‘One-and-a-Half) model was photographed in Earls Court, London, during the 1960s, wearing the new RSR oval which from 1960 to 1979, had replaced the original SR, applied since the 1920s..        Brumby archive

G 4210 is another Riley RM from Gwelo, seen in London in the 1960s. From th3 1928-1080 series. Brumby archive

G 4210 (SR) –  is another Riley RM, this one from Gwelo, seen in London in the 1950s. From the 1928-1970 registration series.         (Pemberton archive)

 

 

Northern Rhodesia (now ZAMBIA)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(aa1 Z oval - ZAMBIA

 

 

Thus 2947 shot in Northern Rhodesia depicts an American car which readers might be able to identify. (Flickr)

N 5816 (NR) – This  July 1947 shot in Northern Rhodesia depicts an American car which reader Karl identifies as a 1941 Buick..  Until 1947, N  was the code for N’dola District, when NN became the new code       (Flickr)

This Land Rover had driven from Rhodesia to London in 1962, with its low number M 5, from Fort Roseberry and Kawamba districts.

M 5 (RNR) —  This lwb Land Rover had been driven from Rhodesia to London in 1962, with its low number,   M 5, from the Fort Roseberry and Kawamba districts.         1938-60 was the duration of the (NR) international oval, then from 1960-65, (RNR), then (Z) was adopted, and is still in use today.     Independence came to Zambia in 1964.     Brumby archive

NRG was the code for the Northern Rhodesian Government and this is a rare, surviving picture of a Triumph police motorcycle. (Anon)

NRG was the code for the Northern Rhodesian Government and this is a rare, surviving picture of a the official plate on a police-operated Triumph motorcycle.  (model?)      (Anon)

 

A pair of Triumph enthusiasts received almost consecutive numbers in 1960s Northern Thodesia, to become indpeddnt Zambia in 1964, under

EA 7936 and 8  —  A pair of Triumph enthusiasts received almost consecutive numbers in 1960s Northern Rhodesia, shortly to become independent Zambia in 1964, under Kaunda who became its long-time dictator.   Rather as Hitler and Amin were foreigners in the countries they led, Kenneth Kaunda was a Malawian.       And a waste of space.

 

Also seen in London, but after 1965, because the RNR oval has been changed to the new Z code, signifying the new country name of Zambia. The 'EA, EK and ET' prefixes marked the town of Kitwe, centre of the copper belt. Brumby archive.

EK 4550 (Z)  —  Seen in London, but after 1965, because the RNR oval has been changed to the new Z code, signifying the new country name of Zambia. During 1964-75 the ‘EA, EK and ET’ prefixes marked the Western area including N’dola. Brumby archive 1973

 

Zambian commercial vehicles used red on white plates, as this Mercedes truck photo'd in Nairobi in the 1970s. Brumby archive

EL 8218 (Z)   From 1964 and independence, Zambian commercial vehicles have used red on white plates, as this Mercedes truck photo’d in Nairobi in 1976.     Brumby archive

For a fee, or if you know Someone, It is possible to request an old registration to be re-issued; this Toyota pick-up is seen in South Africa in the 1980s. K had been the first letter used in Lusaka, in the late 1920s and early '30s. Nirther the font nor the colours are correct for the earlier period, however. Brumby archive.

K 323 (NR)  –  For a fee, or if you know ‘Someone’, It is possible to request an old series registration to be re-issued; this Toyota pick-up is seen in South Africa in 1992.     K had been the first letter used in Lusaka, in the late 1920s and early ’30s. Neither the font nor the colours are correct for the earlier period, however.        (Brumby archive.)

A yet newer adoption of an earlier=series registration is EU 1850, borne on a Bentley S3 from the '60s. EU would originally have been issued on the British design of plate, in white on black, but has been re-issued using the current Zambian format.

A yet newer adoption of an earlier-series Central (Lusaka) registration is EU 1850, borne on a Bentley S3 from the ’60s.      Code EU would first have been issued in the 1960s-75, using the British design of plate, in white on black, but has been re-issued using the 2000-and-on  Zambian backplate and colouring.

 

Here is the NR code 'K' of the period, seen borne on a vehicle in London by John Pemberton just before or just after the war. What a massive oval NR! (Pemberton archive)

K 2440 (NR)      Here is the Northern Rhodesian code ‘K’ of the 1930’s period, seen borne on an American 1941-6 model Hudson (Karl) in London and photographed  by John Pemberton just before or just after the war.     Note the massive NR plate; such ovals’ dimensions were firmly set by international law!          (Pemberton archive)

An early registrant in Broken Hill district was this 1930 Austin Seven BH 648.

An early registrant in Broken Hill district was this 1930 Austin Seven BH 648.

NK 6749 is carried by a Daimler Conquest Century, an unusual car for Africa, one surmises. These used preselector gearboxes - and lots of interior walnut trim! NK=one of the codes for Kitwe.

NK 6749 is carried by a Daimler Conquest Century, an unusual car for Africa, one surmises. These used preselector gearboxes – and lots of interior walnut trim!    Note the AA badge, surmounted by the name of the country in which it was a member.   Such badges are now extremely rare.       NK=one of the codes for Kitwe.   (anon)

At independence in 1964, diplomatic recognition became the responsibility of the new government. By 1992 when this was taken in South Africa, Botswana (embassy code 22) seemed to have six cars registered at the Zambian capital. Brumby archive.

22 CD 6Z  —  At independence in 1964, diplomatic recognition became the responsibility of the new Zambia government.    By 1992 when this shot was taken in South Africa, Botswana (embassy code 22) seemed to have six cars registered at the Zambian capital.        Brumby archive.

 

From 2000, Zambian plates are long or square and use LLL NNNN format with a national symbol. Like many countries, their plate system is designed and implemented by a German specialist company, Utsch.

From 2000, Zambian (Z) plates are long or square and use LLL NNNN  format with a national symbol.   Reflective white, front and rear.     Like many countries, their plate system is designed and implemented by a German specialist company, Utsch.  The white front plates are similar to those of  neighbouring Zimbabwe – see next……   Brumby archive

 

The 2006 Zim series. It uses a different font to the Zambian and a similar, but different symbol.

ACJ 2956  —  (ZW) – The 2006> Zim series.     It uses a different font to the Zambian and a similar, though different, symbol and is yellow, front and rear.

 

Detail of the current Zambia symbol

Detail of the current Zambia symbol

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Zambia re-plating

December 14, 2012

This Bentley S1 picture has been sent to us by  non-member Wayne Kennerley, an avid student of old cars in Southern Africa.

1950s Ndola District re-made in current style.

EU 1850 – 1950s Lusaka District re-made in current  Zambian style.

We see an example of  the original Northern Rhodesia series which ran from the inception of registrations there in the 1920’s, up to 1963.      This 6-cylinder Bentley S1 model was built from 1955-59 so if brought to Rhodesia new, this S1 would have received it’s EU  (Lusaka/Mumbwa) 1850 plates  in the original British style – but this car has replaced its plates in the format of the new 2000 > Zambia system of black on reflective white, pressed alloy.

Contemporary Lusaka motor-sportsmen with their Triumph TR4s on EA (Lusaka) plates.

Early 1960s Lusaka motor-sportsmen with their Triumph TR4s on (almost consecutive) EA (Lusaka & Mumbwa) plates, in the original design.

Thanks, Wayne.     Rare pictures.

** Any interesting Zambian items available from  RPW members??


Southern Africa historic

December 6, 2012

A fine collection of photos from former Nyasaland, Northern and Southern Rhodesia are to be found at this web-site link:

http://www.classiccarsinrhodesia.co.za/Makes/SWA.html

There are other African countries represented too, and gen on many interesting cars.   Some examples are here:

L=Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia in 1956.

L=Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia in 1956.

 

K 2440 is the Lusaka code in the former Northern Rhodesia which became Zambia upon independence in 1964.     Unknown car.  Pemberton archive

K 2440.   K was the Lusaka code in the former Northern Rhodesia which became Zambia upon independence in 1964. Unknown car. Pemberton archive.

 

RA 790.  A & RA = Belingwe & Shabani (now Mberengwa) in Zimbabwe.  Peugeot 404.

RA 790. A & RA = Belingwe & Shabani (now Mberengwa) in Southern Rhodesia-Zimbabwe.        Africa’s car – the Peugeot 404.

Morris Mini-Moke in police service, Southern Rhodesia 1960s.

G/T PW=Govt. Passenger car -Wee.     S. Rhodesia 1960.  Classiccarsinrhodesia archive

 

Southern Rhodesia registration 483, estimated 1905

Southern Rhodesia registration 483, estimated 1905

There is not much known of the numeric-only Rhodesian plates which the first vehicles used.    South Africa used identical plates at the time – note this Transvaal example below:

465 is a Transvaal issue 1900-1910 approx.

465 is a Transvaal issue, 1900-1910 approx.

And, from Western Australia:

Numeric-only WA 414

1900s numeric-only Western Australia’s  4140

It seems that many (Empire)  jurisdictions didn’t expect the expansion of motorcar populations, and thought a simple numeric format would suffice!

Evidence that Britain  also influenced early China plates is shown here:

China 1928, reg. 808

China 1928, reg. 808

Enjoy the Classic cars in Rhodesia website!   http://www.classiccarsinrhodesia.co.za/Makes/SWA.html


South Africa Military

December 6, 2011

ZA army towed gun 2005