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1954 Albion Claymore [FT25]
Capital Week London (1964)
Agreed the J. Lyons & Co. vehicles would seem to be an obvious fleet to document in detail not least because of their well known livery.

Like you, I have found little about the vehicles themselves, even in the likes of flickr websites.

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2014-06-20 13:26
1954 Albion Claymore [FT25]
Capital Week London (1964)
The 1962 J.Lyons vans are obviously later than the one seen here, and would probably be the 'cab-forward' Claymore CL5 as seen in the Gideon's Way TV Series. So my reference to the FT27N is completely wrong in that context. The assumption I made that a later order for Claymores might indicate the Claymore was also used in the 1950s is doubtful I realise now, they could simply have upgraded to a heavier van.

The FT25 3-ton and FT27 4-ton were in production from 1954-1957. A similar J.Lyons van with the, apparently, same box body is seen here. Although the model is not indicated the approximate date from the registration is 1955.


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2014-06-20 12:05
1935 Leyland Badger Barrel truck
Who Done It? (1956)
Yes, Badger being a 4-tonner I believe, its possible.

"... The fleet of petrol-engined and electric lorries now numbers 226 units... The petrol engined machines consist of Beardmore tractors, Commer Raider 30-cwt vehicles ... Leyland Buffalo 6-tonners also Leyland 4-tonners and 2½-tonners, and Thornycroft units, mostly of 2½-ton capacity."

The 'wooden barrel' design of tanks was common to the early 1930s Watney vehicles...

"Most of the tanks are of copper.. Experiments that are at present being carried out, however, suggest the likelihood of the copper tanks gradually being replaced by stainless-steel units. They are enclosed in wood structures, built to resemble barrels, an idea that shows a keen appreciation of publicity value"

Read more at Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"
2014-06-19 20:57
1935 Leyland Badger Barrel truck
Who Done It? (1956)
Looks like a 1930s Leyland to me, Cub or Beaver?

2014-06-19 19:56
1954 Albion Claymore [FT25]
Capital Week London (1964)
In 1962 Albion Motors received an order from J. Lyons and Co. Ltd., for 13 Claymores the FT27N 4-ton

Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

Another Claymore FT27N
Link to "www.trucksplanet.com"
2014-06-19 14:57
1954 Leyland Comet 90
Victim Five (1964)
October 1953 introduction for the first forward control 1954 Leyland Comet 90 2014-06-18 20:24
1957 Leyland Comet 100
Busman's Holiday (1959)
Agreed, its more than likely one of a large fleet of the same model. 2014-06-18 20:17
1960 Austin A55 ½-Ton Van [HV6]
The Borders: Where Scotland and England Meet (1970)
1960 Austin A55 ½-Ton Van [HV6] 2014-06-18 17:49
1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport Rallye Group 6 Saloon 998cc
The Borders: Where Scotland and England Meet (1970)
1967 Sunbeam Rallye Imp Group 6 Saloon
Registration no. JDU 48E

2014-06-18 17:33
1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport Rallye Group 6 Saloon 998cc
The Borders: Where Scotland and England Meet (1970)
Possibly Andrew Cowan & Brian Coyle's Sunbeam Imp JDU 48E that was later owned and rallied by Steve Brew.



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2014-06-18 14:48
1982 Daimler Double Six Vanden Plas [Series III]
Rembrandt (2003)
DDDRLW4CC446433 does not look to be a valid VIN.

From a brief search on a couple of websites

15 characters in Stelnummer: DDDRLW4CC446433, Jaguar VIN has either 14 or 17 characters

446433 is a valid Series III 1986 model Year number but the prefix letters make no sense from the little I can find.

"First chassis numbers by year Jaguar/Daimler XJ S.3
All models have chassis numbers (VIN) in the same range of numbers
All numbers have VIN type prefixes, starting with:

First three letters
'SAJ' Jaguar from March 1981 onwards
'SAD' Daimler from March 1981 onwards, to April 1987 only

Fourth letter
J Jaguar
D Daimler

Fifth letter
A Jaguar XJ6
B Jaguar XJ12
C Daimler Sovereign 6 cyl 4.2
D Daimler Double Six or Jaguar Sovereign V12"
2014-06-17 14:07
1939 Bedford O-Type
Dial M for Murder (1954)
I would guess the single headlight indicates it saw 1939-45 military service and was sold for civilain use, or some were built for essential civilian use during manufacturing restrictions during the war. 2014-06-17 11:29
1959 Bedford J5
Kasme Vaade (1978)
Agreed and looks like a Bedford J5 also a locally assembled Bedford in India is likely. 2014-06-15 15:35
1959 Bedford J8 SS Airside Transfer Bus
The Baron (1966-1967)
J8SS 1959 model year 8-ton Articulated Tractor Unit, short wheelbase 120" Scammell coupling. 2014-06-15 11:49
1968 Bedford J1
Heartbeat (1992-2009)
Single rears shown in the thumbnail therefore J1.

1968 for date of manufacture, registration '940 RD'

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2014-06-14 20:25
1959 Bedford J4 Horsebox
Heartbeat (1992-2009)
Appears to be J4 by the length of the wheelbase, 161" and an extended load area (approximately 16ft). 2014-06-14 20:23
1960 Bedford J0 ½-Ton Pick-up
The Avengers (1961-1969)
It was initially made for export only and introduced in September 1958 to compete with the American pick-ups in all overseas markets.

It was not sold in the UK until at least a year later in 1960.
2014-06-14 19:21
Bedford J CLC1
Yo Estela (2010)
In the UK a J7 ST 155" 7-Ton short wheelbase tipper 2014-06-14 17:04
1959 Bedford J6 ST
Crooks in Cloisters (1964)
J6 ST short wheelbase (120") tipper or (J7 ST 155" wheelbase) as the J5 was not produced as a short wheelbase tipper. 2014-06-14 16:59
1959 Bedford J2
Calle P. (1965)
J2 to J4 2014-06-14 13:20
1959 Bedford J2
The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)
Twin rear wheels make it J2 to J4. 2014-06-14 13:07
1953 Bedford A Type
Sky West and Crooked (1966)
Without the rear quarter cab window its the earlier A-type not the J-type. 2014-06-14 13:01
1968 Austin FX4
Underbelly (2008-2013)
There may have been a short period without the chrome over-riders but I am not aware of it.

It would presumably be about 1974. The metal tooling needed retooling then and to avoid the high tooling cost rubber over-riders were tooled (at a lower cost) and fitted.

The chrome bumpers went the same way years later so again possibly the rubber over-riders were deleted for a short period before the rolled steel bumpers were used?
2014-06-13 21:13
1974 Austin FX4
Die Schweizermacher (1978)
The black rubber over-riders appeared sometime during 1974 from other cabs on imcdb. 2014-06-13 14:23
1958 Austin FX4
Look at Life: Fire over London (1966)
1958-68 roof mounted turn indicators. 2014-06-13 13:55
1958 Austin FX4
Look at Life: Living with Cars (1964)
1958-68 roof mounted turn indicators. 2014-06-13 13:54
1968 Austin FX4
Mission: Impossible (1988-1990)
1968 or 1969 onwards for rear-lights and front side-lights plus side turn-indictors. 2014-06-13 13:53
1968 Austin FX4
Underbelly (2008-2013)
A presumed, restored and preserved cab in Australia is likely to be difficult to date.

The lack of sidelights in the top of the wing is confirmation of the revised version after 1968.

The bumper is unusual in lacking the normal chrome over-riders, but other than that looks like an early FX4 to me.

The side marker lamps appeared soon after 1968, edit: within a year /vehicle_62615-Austin-FX4-1969.html ) also before 1972 as here /vehicle.php?id=690793

The hub caps look right (I guess the early Austin ones had the script 'A' on them but not easy to see here).

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2014-06-13 13:23
1947 AEC Mandator MkIII [3471]
Night of the Big Heat (1967)
1947 to 1949 Mandator MkIII [3471] 5-Ton 2014-06-11 13:52
1949 AEC Mandator MkIII [3472]
Gideon's Way (1965-1967)
1949- AEC Mandator MkIII


2014-06-11 13:32
1973 Bedford VAS 5 Duple Vista
Porridge (1974-1977)
'KHO804L' is listed as Bedford VAS5 chassis on Bus Lists on the Web...

KHO804L Bedford VAS5 Duple 248/68 C29F June 1973 Parker,NW10
2014-06-11 11:09
1961 Bedford C5 Z1 Duple Vista
Monarch of the Glen (2000-2006)
Its not I believe the SB but simply a Bedford C5 Z1 Duple Vista as kudos' comment and as listed here http://www.macbraynecircle.org/HTML_Pages/Vehicles.html

Registration: 603 CYS Fleet no.: 179 Year: 1961 Make: Bedford Model: C5Z1 Body: Duple Seating: C29F Status: Restored

The Bedford C4 and C5 bus chassis introduced in 1957 were significantly smaller than the SB, seating 29 passengers and based on the C Type truck chassis.

Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

"Duple Motor Bodies, Ltd., however, have gone into production with a forward control successor to this popular series. It is based on the standard forward-control Bedford (C-type) 4-ton chassis, or the 5-ton chassis in the case of the oil-engined model, the wheelbase of which has been lengthened and the frame slightly modified to take coach body mountings."

[Image: bedordduplevista.jpg]

Read more at Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"
2014-06-10 20:56
1951 Bedford S-Type
Gideon's Way (1965-1967)
... I should have looked closer and not assumed it was the Bedford! 2014-06-09 13:53
1951 Bedford S-Type
Gideon's Way (1965-1967)
1957-1960 C-Type seen in episode 1.24 thumbnail.

Edit: Main vehicle thumbnails show it to be a York third axle conversion taking the Bedford 'S' 7-Ton to 10-Ton (identified by the load space headboard & rear mud-guards).

Conversion as approved by Bedford was introduced March 1960.

Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

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2014-06-08 15:14
1964 Bedford CAL Martin-Walter Utilabrake Bus Mk3
Gideon's Way (1965-1967)
1964 Bedford CAL Martin-Walter Utilabrake Bus Mk3 2014-06-08 15:11
1957 Bedford C-Type
Look at Life: Shopping By The Ton (1960)
Later 1957 C-type by the hub step-ring to assist entry to the cab. 2014-06-08 14:32
1957 Bedford C-Type
They Take The High Road (1960)
C-type by the hub step-ring to assist entry to the cab. 2014-06-08 14:29
1957 Bedford D Type
Man in a Suitcase (1967-1968)
The front end styling is for the D type (TD) normal control 4, 5 or 6 ton truck introduced February 1957 alongside the C type (TC) forward control.

Therefore if as seems likely long wheelbase Bedford D4L, D5L 1 or D6L

[Image: bedfordtd456tons.jpg]
2014-06-07 19:56
1955 Bedford A 4SS 8-Ton Tractor Airport apron bus
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Bedford A4SS based on the short wheelbase (120") 4-5 tonner with Scammell coupling, 8-Ton trailer capacity. 2014-06-07 17:36
1953 Bedford A 4SS 8-Ton Tractor
The Baron (1966-1967)
1953 Bedford A4SS 8-Ton Tractor 2014-06-07 17:28
1961 Commer BF
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Commer 1¼ Ton BF van was introduced September 1953.

Commer 1½ Ton BF van in June 1957.

Registration approximates to 1961.
2014-06-07 13:35
1954 Commer BF
The Saint (1962-1969)
Commer 1¼ Ton BF van was introduced September 1953.

Commer 1½ Ton BF van in June 1957.
2014-06-07 13:32
1955 Commer BF 1¼ Ton
Peeping Tom (1960)
Commer 1¼ Ton BF van was introduced September 1953.

Commer 1½ Ton BF van in June 1957.
2014-06-07 13:28
1960 Commer BF 1½ Ton
Man in a Suitcase (1967-1968)
Commer 1¼ Ton BF van was introduced September 1953.

Commer 1½ Ton BF van in June 1957.
2014-06-07 13:26
1954 Commer BF
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Commer 1¼ Ton BF van was introduced September 1953.

Commer 1½ Ton BF van in June 1957.
2014-06-07 13:26
1959 Karrier 1-Ton 'Mr. Whippy' Ice-Cream Van
The White Bus (1967)
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.
2014-06-07 12:06
Bedford J5
Kontraster i en by (1963)
Agreed a Bedford J5 (TJ) not a 1955 Bedford A Type cab by the rear quarter glass 2014-06-04 12:10
1953 Bedford A Type
Look at Life: Pushing the Bike (1967)
The A4 and A5 were identical other than the chassis frame I believe.

The A4 and A5 4-5-tonners 13ft 11in, long wheelbase versions with factory-built drop-sided truck bodies. The A3 3-ton truck has an 11ft 11in wheelbase.

1953 Bedford A type should be OK, introduced March 1953.

"A standard all-steel normal-control cab, softer suspension and wider track dimensions are among the major developments in the new Bedford Series TA range announced this week. It supersedes the K, M, and 0 types of chassis."

Read more at Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"
2014-06-04 11:57
1959 Albion Victor Luton Body [VT19N]
Nobody Runs Forever (1968)
Albion Victor [VT.19N] introduced January 1959.

Chassis frame in standard and heavy duty versions 8¼-Ton gvw VT.19N & 10¼-Ton gvw VT.19N(HD) unladen Weights 2¾-Ton

Length 21ft 6in, Wheelbase of 15ft 6in

"Two new chassis introduced by Albion Motors, Ltd., Scotstoun, Glasgow, have been designed for the carriage of light but bulky loads and, in particular, for the accommodation of pantechnicon bodywork. ...the cab, which is offered as optional equipment, is the new all-steel unit introduced originally on the Chieftain 7-ton chassis. A notable feature of this cab is the low entrance height, with steps ahead of the front wheels."

Read more at Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"
2014-06-03 20:30
1958 Bedford J1 Ambulance Herbert Lomas
Look at Life: Just an Accident (1967)
Following on that theme...

Luton Borough Ambulance Service, Luton built the cabs loaded them on flat-bed artics then transported and assembled them to the chassis in nearby Dunstable.
2014-06-02 20:36

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