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1963 Austin LD Ambulance Wandsworth MkIII

1963 Austin LD Ambulance MkIII in The Sweeney, TV Series, 1975-1978 IMDB Ep. 1.01

Class: Cars, Ambulance — Model origin: UK

1963 Austin LD Ambulance Wandsworth MkIII

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Owner of this vehicle: t2steve

Comments about this vehicle

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Bebert FR

2006-06-07 12:38

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C'est sensé être le même, maquillé:
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garco NL

2006-06-07 13:34

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Austin?

Alexander DE

2006-06-07 14:11

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Austin LD.
We have a few of this kind already, but the proof is still missing.
/vehicle_21081-Austin-LD.html

Sunbar UK

2006-06-07 14:41

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This ambulance has been bothering me for some time.....

Don't know Alexander if you have any more or better information but from what I can understand...

Austin-Morris LD chassis (also called BMC) with (is it Wadhams?) ambulance conversion - an earlier flat fronted style was also made.

Fibre-glass and wood structure. Made originally for a London contract I think, (GLC Greater London Council/LCC London County Council). Wandsworth is the district in London they were originally made for I think, not the maker or the model name.

I did find a better site but cannot locate it now.

http://ambulancepreservation.co.uk/1960/437bxa.htm


Do you have anything more?

-- Last edit: 2006-06-07 16:21:22

BeanBandit FI

2006-06-07 16:14

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I think this is same kind of ambulance they used on Monty Python sketch "Hospital of overacting".

Alexander DE

2006-06-07 16:34

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I don't have better information so far, only bits and pieces.

The LD chassis was produced from 1952 until 1968 and sold as Morris or Austin. It was replaced by the EA Series in 1968 and at that time the name BMC came into use. By 1970 BMC was phased out and the EA type van was called Leyland EA. At the same time the smaller vans (e.g. J4, JU) were badged Austin Morris.

With the image you found we can be fairly certain that it was made in 1968 or earlier, thus being an Austin (or Morris). The reference I found also said Austin and that was the reason why I introduced that name.

I don't know if 'LDO' is correct or a mistake by the owner. Between 1955 and 1961 the LD Series 1-ton was called LD4 (petrol) and LD04 (diesel) and the 1.5-ton LD5 and LD05. It is not an 'O' but a zero.

We have a Morris LD Wadham here:
/vehicle_12683-Morris-LD-Wadham.html

We could use 'Wandsworth' for this type of Austin LD ambulanced to distingish them from the other LDs.

Sunbar UK

2006-06-07 17:05

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Alexander, that's more information than I was aware of.

The 'Wandsworth' name can be used, I think, as a nickname/other information (much like 'Beetle' because I've seen it on at least one other site. (Looking for something not related to this model - wished I had bookmarked it at the time now!). If the LCC did have these made under contract, more than one company could have done the conversions. I was aware of the other Wadham LD ambulances and some carry the same grill suround/snout as the 'Wandsworth' so there may be a connection with Wadhams.

http://ambulancepreservation.co.uk/1960/smk559f.htm

But anyway Austin LD 'Wandsworth' seems to be a good compromise at the moment. The 'LDO' reference still to be confirmed and the maker.



-- Last edit: 2006-12-28 13:49:37

Alexander DE

2006-06-07 17:16

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I just added Wandsworth for all LD ambulances before seeing you used 'Wandsworth' Ambulance.
Which way do you prefere?

Sunbar UK

2006-06-07 17:46

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Wandsworth is fine by me, I'm sure the descriptions will be up-dated in some form later anyway. ;)

Sunbar UK

2006-06-07 18:36

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Alexander wrote

I don't know if 'LDO' is correct or a mistake by the owner. Between 1955 and 1961 the LD Series 1-ton was called LD4 (petrol) and LD04 (diesel) and the 1.5-ton LD5 and LD05. It is not an 'O' but a zero.



I have found another reference (but no picture) to it being LD0, 'zero' not a letter 'O',

"Ambulance Austin LD0 Wandsworth" in a classic vehicle magazine from 2004.

stronghold EN

2006-11-19 15:22

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appears again in episode 1.12***
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t2steve UK

2008-11-07 22:43

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The vehicle is an Austin LD. The london county council (lcc)designed and fabricated thier own bodies for use in the london ambulance service between 1957ish and 1976ish. They are known affectionately as 'wandsworths' due to being fabricated at the lcc workshop in the london borough of wandsworth. The other design difference to a standard LD is the rear chasis/axle which is an Allard De Dion design to lower the payload area and give more room for carrying patients.
LDO refers to fuel type as far as I recall, 'o' designates diesel. The ambulances were all 1.5-ton LDs.

-- Last edit: 2008-11-08 11:22:31

t2steve UK

2008-11-07 22:52

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[Image: 1005540qm5.210.jpg]
This is my 'wandsworth' I will be attempting to introduce it as a new vehicle via the forum for new category as it was used in 'carry on matron' and some mothers do have them.

t2steve UK

2011-02-08 20:33

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Hi Sunbar,

It's been a while since I checked the site out.
Just noticed your comment above "Ambulance Austin LD0 Wandsworth" in a classic vehicle magazine from 2004".
Do you still have the mag or any more detail such as the name of the classic mag or date?
I'd like to see/get a copy.

dsl SX

2011-04-08 00:43

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xxx EXH series issued "in blocks" Aug 62 - Mar 64, so this may be sometime in 63. "In blocks" suggests there could be other London ambulances in the xxx EXH sequence.

t2steve UK

2011-05-27 00:13

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to dsl, EXH vehicles are in sequence to some extent and 'spot on' (where did you find your info?). I cannot recall the order but I have seen the london ambulance vehicle log when searching for service history of mine (pictured above. BXA is early (my wandsworth is 1959. I do also own 472 EXH which is a 1963 vehicle. See photo in 'the Champions' which is in same sequence and one number before or after (can't remember.)

dsl SX

2011-05-27 16:24

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t2steve wrote to dsl ... where did you find your info?

Glass's index of registration numbers (the same people who do the secret squirrel trade-only used price guides), used to be published annually, usually covering preceding 10 years. Old ones crop up on ebay every so often.

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