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1972 Bedford J1 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. Armoured Car Replica

1972 Bedford J1 in Empire of the Sun, Movie, 1987 IMDB

Class: Others, Military armored vehicle — Model origin: UK

1972 Bedford J1 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. Armoured Car Replica

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Alexander DE

2006-03-19 12:42

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The vehicle at the front of the picture is a Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. Armoured Car. First built in 1914, upgraded in 1920 and 1924. This one is either a 1914 or 1920 Mk.I version. Available Rolls-Royce 'Silver Ghost' chassis were requisitioned to be converted with a T.G. Hetherington designed armoured superstructure. Therefore most chassis are older than 1914.

I don't think that any of these vehicles were actually used in Shanghai. Probably it was simply available to the filming crew and looked good. Quite a few are still in working condition.



antp BE

2006-03-19 12:45

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You mean the thing that looks like a tank?

Alexander DE

2006-03-19 12:49

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Yes. I forgot to send along a link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Armoured_Car

wrenchhead US

2006-03-19 19:51

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I think the picture was for the car. Should we give the tank its own page?

-- Last edit: 2006-03-19 19:52:17

antp BE

2006-03-19 20:59

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That thank is quite interesting, so I would suggest to use this page for the tank (since there is Alex's comment), and create another page for the car if it is identified

wrenchhead US

2006-03-19 22:46

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The tank

2491tj EN

2011-04-17 19:40

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update as of 16/4/11...the "tank" is a replica Rolls Royce armoured car made specifically for the film ,at the time of the update date the vehicle is in storage in Holywood,Belfast,in the ownership of a guy who has owned it for 15 years. Filmed in Malaysia, the replica vehicle is currently road registered as D 659 NTM prior to being handed back for storage the vehicle had been on display for many years in the Somme Heritage Museum on the outskirts of Belfast as a display piece for the past 7 years..the museum has now passed it back to its owner who is/was selling it in the english magazine "Classic Military Vehicle", issue 120, May 2011, page 63, described as being a replica fitted with a bedford 6 cylinder engine and gearbox...the numberplate as described above could be that of the Bedford CF van used as a donor vehicle????..the vehicle has appeared in many movies, including the Michael Collins one.

2491tj EN

2020-01-06 22:22

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update, the vehicle is for sale on milweb, priced at £52,000,described as being a replica built on a 1972 Bedford J10 ambulance,also described as being the same vehicle used in Michael Collins movie

AnimatronixX DE

2020-01-06 22:48

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Here's the classified ad 2491tj is referring to Rolls Royce Armoured Car ( Movie Car - 1972)

[Image: rollsroycearmouredcarmoviecar-1972.jpg]

That's done it! How are we going to list that now? :??:

Admins?

Sunbar UK

2020-01-11 14:59

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Most likely based on J1 ambulance chassis as comment here /vehicle.php?id=508220

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