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#1 OFFLINE   RustbucketP6

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 04:50 PM

Here’s a complete mix of photos that I’ve come across in the last few weeks – some of which you might have seen before and others I’m pretty sure you haven’t.

Incredibly this Mk1 Transit photo came from Ford – it was in the 40th birthday press pack they released in 2006. It looks like the HB Viva is going to survive the jump – but I don’t reckon the Tranny will look too good on landing.
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I couldn’t resist showing you this picture – depicting a fleet of Atkinson Borderers. Aren’t these the most beautiful British trucks ever built? Incredibly this photo was taken in the late 1980s.
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This Maltese Marina was sent to me by Ashley Lovering. If you want to see a few more old British vans in Malta then check out my blog. http://www.roadtrans... ... malta.html
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Check out this wonderful XM – also from Malta and also courtesy of Ashley.
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And here are a couple of abandoned Maltese trucks. Once again, there are more on my blog if you are interested.
http://www.roadtrans... ... recks.html
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I went to Krakow, Poland, for the New Year – and saw this driving by as I staggered out of a bar. I only took the photo because I thought it said ‘FUK’ on the grille, but in hindsight I reckon it’s a ‘Z’ and not an ‘F’.
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Late last year I went to the Electric Vehicle Show in California – talk about a big pile of shite. The only decent vehicles were a British-built Smith truck and a British-built Modec van – oh and a 600hp electric Mustang if you like that sort of thing. Of all the vehicles on show I thought the Ridon was the one that most deserved to be on this website. If you want to see the rest of the shite from the show – then please check out my full report.
http://www.roadtrans... ... .html#more[/img]
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#2 OFFLINE   retrogeezer

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:22 PM

That XM is awesome, any idea what it was built for???

#3 OFFLINE   r.welfare

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:53 PM

High-speed ambulance I reckon - popular conversion for the DS and CX before it (and the BX I think) on the Continent. I've seen Audi 100s (there's one in the French film 'Taxi' halfway through the big chase at the end) and Volvo 960s similarly done, too.

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#4 OFFLINE   michiel

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:14 PM

High speed newspaper transport... google for the Hollander firm.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:51 PM

Like these before, Tissier built CX:
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 07:57 PM

Ah - I stand corrected sir. Beats the dull WH Smith vans we have over here!

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 01:33 PM

Was always amazed at the effort Europeans went to in converting Volvos, Citroens, Espaces etc into ambulances while we Brits settled for rather less remarkable Bedford CF2s and (admittedly V8-powered) Freight Rovers. On the flip side I suppose many of our urban areas did specify for FX4s and Metrocabs when saloon cars would have sufficed...

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 02:10 PM

Wonder if the European's love of extended estates for ambulances is due to the potentially greater distances involved, and straighter/smoother roads...I can imagine an XM that like that will be much faster than a V8 Sherpa (a lot less thirsty, too).I'm not sure what the rules are now, but in the 80's a fully-loaded ambulance needed to get to 60 in less than 22sec. Renault turbocharged a fleet of Master diesels to meet the requirement, but they caught fire rather a lot according to Autocar!I wonder also if the Hackney Cab regs weren't also a way of ensuring employment for Brits in building them at LTI etc...would be interesting to see how many FX4s hit the oval as a result of the Low Emissions Zone, can't see the Metrocab faring quite so well being the body is GRP...

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 04:19 PM

That XM is awesome, any idea what it was built for???

Transporting newspapers, believe it or not.

#10 OFFLINE   MrRegieRitmo

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 11:56 PM

Funny this thread should be resuscitated, only looked at it this afternoon when it was one of the search results I received. I was looking up threads containing the word Malta earlier as we have booked to go there in August - can't wait!

#11 OFFLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 12:46 AM

That XM is awesome, any idea what it was built for???

I know a place (squatted ex-animal testing labs!) in the middle of a forest in Zeist outside Utrecht where there's a whole warehouse full of similar vans - double rear wheels et al - but based on the DS/Pallas etc.Really cool place to be if ye have our specific disease! :P Heading over again in a month or two and will for sure be taking a digi camera.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 08:42 AM

What? Why? Where? I could live in one of those, park it outside and sublet my little flat!

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 01:58 PM

there's a whole warehouse full of similar vans - double rear wheels et al - but based on the DS/Pallas etc.Heading over again in a month or two and will for sure be taking a digi camera.

Bugger that, get over there with an A frame or flatbed.....Having ridden in the rear of both styles of Mambuflance - I choose the Bedford/Transit/ Renner box van anyday.




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