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1957 Bedford A 3L ZG Harrington B10F Crew Bus

1957 Bedford A 3L ZG in Thunderball, Movie, 1965 IMDB

Class: Bus, Single-deck — Model origin: UK

1957 Bedford A 3L ZG Harrington B10F Crew Bus

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

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no_car EE

2006-01-20 09:10

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[Image: thunderballbedford2ac1.1872.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2008-09-03 00:21:15 (G-MANN)

Junkman UK

2006-01-20 09:16

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Clearly a Bedford badge.

Alexander DE

2006-01-20 13:55

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It is a Bedford A Type.

The plane in the small picture is an Avro Vulcan.

2491tj EN

2007-01-17 17:52

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Coach,Aircrew,10 Seater,4x2,Bedford A3LZcirca 1956,used for transporting aircrew from building to aircraft.

superhuan MT

2009-05-03 02:04

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Does anybody know the body type and manufacturer? we just acuired one of these for restoration and we can't recognise who built the body and there are no manufacturer plates to be seen.

This is it before being recovered by the Malta Historic Vehicle Trust.

Link to "www.maltahistoricvehicles.com"

Sunbar UK

2009-05-03 11:30

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Information found the from the registration

Bedford A3LZG Harrington B10F Crew Bus.

Other types of RAF coaches by Bedford (for information)...

S.B. Coach (Whitson Ltd.),
S.B. Coach (Mulliners Ltd.),
S.B. Coach (Strachans, Ltd.),
D.I.Z.2 Coach, 14-seater (Strachans Ltd.),
J.I.Z.2. Coach, 14-seater (Horson)

Sunbar UK

2009-05-03 13:56

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Hi superhuan and welcome to IMDb.

Looking at your Bedford, I think it has too many differences compared with the 'Thunderball' bus for it to be the same. The roof (extended at the front) entry door (rear hinged not bi-fold) and windscreen shape (square not shaped at the bottom) are all different.

Do you have any history for your vehicle showing it was used by the RAF or is it possible its a Malta or locally produced copy on the same Bedford chassis and front end?

superhuan MT

2009-09-21 23:04

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Hi Sunbar, thanks for your reply.

Its obviously not the same vehicle, but it might have been similar, or served in a similar role.

Behind the rear hinged front door there is another bi-fold door.

We have absolutely no history about it at the moment, but rumors say there's a high possibility it might have served with the RAF in Malta. Also probable that it may have been rebuilt and extended here by the RAF.

The body panels are all aluminium, and the local bus builders have always worked with metal panels.
Traces of dark blue and yellow paint are still to be found on the body tough very little remains.

The driver area is closed apart from the passenger area and has a seat for 2 passengers facing forward beside the driver.

Also found remains of lettering M.H.P on the front door which we still don't know the meaning of.

We still didn't find the chassis number, but the engine number is A4/ A5/ 64379 (its a straight 6 cylinder petrol)

It is also possible that it might have seen civilian use after the RAF service, and looks evident someone began to restore it and abandoned the project quite a long time ago.

Link to "www.flickr.com"

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