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Spot the Opels in (Rhodesia) Zimbabwe.pictures were taken between 1970 and 1973.Bulawayo was definitely 1973.. 

  

Hi
 
This is a superb site with so many beautiful examples!
 
Attached is a picture of my dad's Opel Caravan P1 1500 which he bought new in 1958 from General Motors Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
 
We had her for 17 years! and used her to travel all over the then Rhodesia and numerous trips to Durban South Africa, and Beira in Mozambique.
 
She was a "friend" and only let us down once when the timing gears synchros on the 3 speed box failed. I would give anything to get her back and shipped to England where I am now to restore. She was originally in the two tone colours of blue and white but my dad had her resprayed in 1968 to an 'ice' blue colour with a white roof. I can never forget cranking the clock under the dash to set the time lol. The starter motor had a characteristic chant when we started her up too!
 
Those were the days in the African sun....
 
These are the only real pictures I've got sadly but I can still remember the registration number which was B38232 B stands for Bulawayo!
 
They were taken at Wankie Game Reserve Rhodesia now Hwange Zimbabwe

The black and white photo with the thatched roof hut was taken at Victoria Falls Rest Camp 1968.

In South Africa they are extremely rare, almost all have been scrapped, but I'm sure there are still a few in Zimbabwe that are salvageable. I want to go out there soon and see if I can find any.

Paul

 

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This site contains only information of  Opel P1 models:  Opel Rekord or Olympia  end 1957 ,1958,1959,1960,1961. with a 1500cc or a 1700 cc engine and the opel 1200 cc model 1962.

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