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#3451 OFFLINE   JeeExEll

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 11:15 AM

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 11:17 AM

Funnily enough, I found a 1973 Petrol Ration book (unused, obv) amongst various old papers relating to a 1968 Vauxhall Viva (UYO549F), in the attic of a rented flat in Hove.

 

Square box, daigonally split - marked 1101-1500 cc and 10-13 hp

 

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Was the design of the petrol rationing coupons carried over from the war, when cars were taxed by their hp (using the 'RAC' calc)? Or were some cars still taxed/registered using their RAC hp ratings in 1973? (my feeling is they weren't).


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:22 PM

Was the design of the petrol rationing coupons carried over from the war, when cars were taxed by their hp (using the 'RAC' calc)? Or were some cars still taxed/registered using their RAC hp ratings in 1973? (my feeling is they weren't).

 

Not quite the war....These books were essentially for the Suez Crisis during 1957 which led to the Canal being shut for shipping and severely limited crude oil shipments to the UK.   Rationing was imposed for about 6 months.   Although flat-rate taxation (not dependent upon nominal engine power) was introduced in 1948 there were many cars on the road in 1957 that were rated on RAC horsepower rather than engine capacity (such owners rarely had any idea of their engine size in cubic capacity) so the ration books took this into account.

 

Rationing was again considered in 1967 during Yom Kippur War (the so-called 6 day war) which again threatened fuel supply routes and again in 1973 after an Arab embargo on oil.  The books were re-issued (must have had thousands in stock, still!) but in the event although there were severe shortages rationing did not take place, hence all the un-used coupons that still turn up. 

 

Actual war-time fuel ration coupons were very different and much more strictly controlled.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:25 PM

Not historic...needs to wait a few years - but it is black and white...South London just now...

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 07:07 PM

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June 1969 and the Port Glasgow Motor Company, Scarlow Street, weren't over-enthusiastic about the launch of the new Austin Maxi.
Not that bothered about it really.

Lack of enthusiasm may have stemmed from the fact the bulldozers were about to flatten the place for construction of the A8, the combined efforts of the local council and the Department of Transport obliterating what the Luftwaffe failed to.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:19 AM

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#3457 OFFLINE   JeeExEll

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:38 PM

^ Is that bloke trying to turn it over back onto it's wheels?

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:49 PM

^ Is that bloke trying to turn it over back onto it's wheels?


I think so, along with the three coppers on the other side and possibly another one at the back. Probably thinking bugger, we're too late, the press have turned up!

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#3459 OFFLINE   JeeExEll

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:52 PM


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:55 PM

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