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1959 Karrier 1-Ton 'Mr. Whippy' Ice-Cream Van [BF]

1959 Karrier 1-Ton [BF] in The White Bus, Movie, 1967 IMDB

Class: Cars, Van / MPV — Model origin: UK

1959 Karrier 1-Ton 'Mr. Whippy' Ice-Cream Van [BF]

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Alessandro58 CH

2011-12-21 10:17

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Karrier 1-Ton? /vehicle.php?id=114572

Sunbar UK

2011-12-21 12:30

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Yes looks like it. 'Mr Whippy' rather than 'Mr. Softy' by the sign on the back.

tonkatracker US

2011-12-21 12:33

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is 'Mr. Whippy' Smiths Mobile Shops Ice-Cream Van really necessary?

Sunbar UK

2011-12-21 14:00

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Smiths Mobile Shops Ice-Cream Van is necessary for the body manufacturer.

'Mr. Whippy' or 'Mr. Softy' not as important but more likely that the average person will know them by those names so probably Googling them.

Anyone think the company names should be removed or any other comments? No problem in doing so.

dsl SX

2011-12-21 14:09

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Keep Mr Whippy for the period reference - it's interesting in its own right.

ingo DE

2011-12-21 18:28

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Sunbar wrote 'Mr. Softy'

:think: Has he to pay license-fees to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher ?

On the German Wiki-page http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softeis is written "Schließlich wird ein britisches Forscherteam unter Beteiligung der späteren Premierministerin Margaret Thatcher genannt, das 1948 das Softeis in England erfand.[3][4][5] Ihr wird überdies die Bezeichnung „soft“ in Bezug auf das Eis zugeschrieben.[6][7]"
The last sentence says, that Mrs T herself has created the term "soft serve", resp. "soft ice"

tonkatracker US

2011-12-21 20:24

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ah okay I didn't realize that the majority of the info in the field was actually the body manufacturer... I have no problem leaving as it is now.

Oldsmobile1897 US

2014-06-01 00:36

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Plate possibly reads RO6 6OG.

dsl SX

2014-06-01 00:57

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Plate is either ABC 123A format or 123 ABC. If last digit is G it has to be 123 ABC = 64 or earlier, as ABC 123G was 68-69, after film date. If ABC 123C, = 1965, but none of the ROx combinations were issued in 65. So 123 ABC most likely, but I can't read clearly enough to pursue.

Oldsmobile1897 US

2014-06-05 02:16

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When was the 1-Ton built? Could that be any help?

Sunbar UK

2014-06-07 12:06

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The Commer 1¼ Ton BF van was introduced September 1953 also, or shortly after, the Karrier 1.1 Ton van.

The 'Mr Whippy' ice cream van made by Smiths Mobile Shops was first shown at the 1958 Commercial Motor Show at Earls Court. The 'Mr. Softee' vans were operating by April 1959. At least one other (possibly more) manufactures used the Commer/Karrier BF/1-Ton chassis-scuttles to make soft-serve ice cream vans, not all were made by Smiths Mobile Shops of Gateshead however. For example M.T.S., Ltd. of Feltham, Middlesex built at least 100 vans based on Commer 1-ton chassis, in connection with Mr. Whippy. Commer/karrier vans of this type were made well into the mid-1960s.

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