Ford Motor Company of Rhodesia (PVT) Ltd

Ford Motor Company of Rhodesia (PVT) Ltd


Ford Motor Company of Rhodesia (Pvt.) Limited was a car, commercial vehicle and tractor manufacturer in Salisbury. The company was founded in 1961 as a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company of Canada. £1.5 million was invested in the construction of the plant.

Manufactured vehicles included the Anglia and Zephyr models, Thames Trader trucks and Fordson Dexta tractors.

After the unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965 Ford lost access to its export markets, so that production stagnated and Ford had to close in February 1967, just like BMC of Rhodesia a little later. In the same year Ford sold the remaining material stocks to the Rhodesian government and withdrew from the country.

The factory later became the Willowvale Motor Industries, or at times the Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries.

  • James Gavin