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Unknown in The Bridge on the River Kwai, Movie, 1957 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — — Made for: CL


[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


pilou BE

2008-09-02 10:01


1925 Chevrolet Superior series K tourer

nzcarnerd NZ

2008-09-02 10:06


I am fairly sure this is a Bean - probably from about 1927-29. http://www.britishmm.co.uk/history.asp?id=114 The Sankey wheels are distinctively British.

-- Last edit: 2008-09-02 10:07:25

pilou BE

2008-09-02 16:45


I checked my Bean pictures but I am still a bit sceptic here because the hood sides do not seem to match Beans that had large open hood louvres even on the end twenties models.Perhaps someone of the UK Bean Club could help?

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-09-02 17:19


If this is a Bean, it could only be either a Twelve or a fourteen. It certainly has ten spoke Sankey type artillery wheels, I used to work for GKN Sankey. However, there are no external door handles, the louvres on the bonnet are not of the correct pattern and from my picture of the 14 Tourer there is no driver's door, as a sidemount spare wheel is located in that position. Finally, the above photograph does not appear to show semi elliptic front springs, which were fitted to all Beans. (But cantilever rear suspension on the "Hadfield" Bean only, before anybody pulls me up).

The headlamps on the 12 and 14 would not have been so visible over the front mudguards.

I have to disagree with nzcarnerd about this car's Beanishness, but I don't know what sort of car it is.

NB. - English/American dictionary

English American
Hood = Top
Bonnet = Hood
Mudguards = Fenders

Threw me for a minute trying to work out why Pilou said we should have louvres in a hood!

-- Last edit: 2008-09-02 17:30:34

nzcarnerd NZ

2008-09-02 20:55


It was the curved top radiator that had me foxed - definitely not Chev. Apart from the wheels it could be American. I wonder of it is a hybrid - maybe a Willys Whippet with Sankey wheels??

plymouth-guy US

2009-01-19 19:07


If this is American, it is an export model: It features right hand drive.

Is that a flower holder/vase mounted on the lower cowl? I don't recall, it has been many year since I have seen this film.

Gamer DE

2017-03-20 16:17


It must be British, as it was filmed and set in Sri Lanka (Ceylon at the time the movie is set)

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