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Commer Centaur John Kerr Airfield fire engine

Commer Centaur in Mr. Denning Drives North, Movie, 1951 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Fire truck — Model origin: UK

Commer Centaur John Kerr Airfield fire engine

Position 00:12:56 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle

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dsl SX

2017-05-05 04:20

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For the (airfield) fire engine. No other view of the fire tanker.

nzcarnerd NZ

2017-05-05 10:15

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Morris-Commercial??

Sunbar UK

2017-05-10 17:44

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The partly seen from the rear vehicle looks to be an ex-RAF Fordson WOT1/A1 Airfield crash tender

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The main fire engine does not look like a Morris-Commercial, Leyland or Dennis to me... so far.

JCB UK

2017-05-10 21:42

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I'd agree with the Fordson WOT1 and think its worth an entry.

dsl SX

2017-05-11 02:02

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More shots of the fire engine

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Fordson page opened.

JCB UK

2017-05-12 10:32

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I wonder if this is also a Fordson maybe a 1930's BB 6X4 of which I have seen crash tender versions.

Sunbar UK

2017-05-12 11:48

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I don't believe its a 1930s Fordson. The bonnet looks too high by comparing the position of the headlamps, front wings and the lower side louvre positions. It also eliminates the early Bedford WLG trucks.

The 'streamlined' back-end styling would be 1934-1939 I guess.

JCB UK

2017-05-13 09:55

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Not a 6x4 either as can see rear wheel arch in last thumb.

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JCB UK

2017-08-03 11:31

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This has irritated me as fire engines are so well documented generally and we have good views of bodywork.
A Fordson reg.CDD121 with John Kerr domestic fire tender bodywork has recently been restored.
It's not the same but it has many styling similarities with this one and John Kerr also made aircraft fire tenders .
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Sunbar UK

2017-08-03 11:59

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Well done JCB!

Its troubled me also trying to match the chassis/front end.

I guess I was hooked up on its similarity to Leyland but it looks too small, however the John Kerr connection leads to it possibly being a Commer G-series GL3 3-tonner?

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Bonnet louvres headlights and front wings all match I believe.

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JCB UK

2017-08-13 17:44

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Commer Centaur looks like a good match.
Like me you have probably googled all combinations of Commer / Kerr / airport / fire etc etc but found nowt :)
There is not much on John Kerr with regards to fire appliances , loads on Extinguishers and they still exist as Kerr Fire and I am beginning to wonder if they just did the plumbing work and someone else did the bodies.

Another similar' John Kerr ' on an Albion -
http://www.fire-engine-photos.com/picture/number706

-- Last edit: 2017-08-13 17:47:51

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