Prototype of Local Car in 1972
This prototype of a Rhodesian car, with design and over-all concept at 80 per cent, local, is going through its final trials. The manufactured cost is 55 per cent. Rhodesian and the local weight content is 41 per cent.
The "G.N.W." Duiker, produced by Willowvale Motor Industries in Salisbury, is a two-seater with occasional seats, is expected to achieve 137 km/hr and will sell for under R.$2000. Its fuel consumption is 40 miles to the gallon at 62 m.p.h.
The aim was to produce a vehicle with aesthetic appeal and which would fill a gap in the range available. The car has a removable hard top as an option and a fixed hardtop as standard.
The general manager, Mr. G. N. Ward, in a Press interview said the Duiker has export potential. Basically the engine, chassis and braking system of the car are imported and the remainder is being made locally.
The Duiker could be the forerunner of a range of body styles, including station wagon and pick-up. The fibre-glass body is strong, light, easy to repair and has a high safety factor in an accident. The suspension is independent all round with torsion bars.
It will be quite easy for either the factory or the dealer to adjust the riding height of the car to suit the owner's requirements. For a farmer, for example, it could be raised as much as 150 mm (6 in.) above normal clearance.
Recompiled by Eddy Norris, for use on ORAFs, from the Rhodesian Commentary Vol. 6 No. 18
Date September, 1972 which was made available by Diarmid Smith. Thanks Diarmid