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The Mighty Sherpa (LDV etc)


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Sorry to barrage you lot with photos of LDVs YET AGAIN but here is some I missed:

 

5605181279_4b65ef63ed_b.jpg1997 LDV Convoy 3.5 V8 ex-Ambulance. by Sam Osbon, on Flickr

 

V8 ex-Ambulance seen in London a few years back.

 

15498533358_bb3604ffdb_k.jpgNumbered days? by Sam Osbon, on Flickr

 

I think this one might have fallen out of use...

 

20300098032_806e84cd89_k.jpg2005 LDV Pilot Diesel. by Sam Osbon, on Flickr

 

I saw this down in Brighton in 2015. Now scrapped sadly.

 

But....

 

14541482983_0dd18507bc_k.jpg2002 LDV Convoy LWB Diesel. by Sam Osbon, on Flickr

 

I saw this in 2014. It's still taxed. And still marked as one owner. Only 46k on the clock according to the DVLA. Surely, the only Convoy still with RM if all of that is accurate?

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I like that Hightop with the BD02 reg. My ZT-T is a BD02 and that was registered from the factory being an ambulance.

 

I'd be surprised if RM are still running it but you never know. The oldest thing at our office is an 08 reg Transit and it looks a whole lot worse than this.

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Here is one I spotted one Saturday afternoon in July 1997. I wrote the actual date down on the pictures but isn't to hand...

 

It was in a yard called 'Hambleton's' in Caistor, Lincolnshire. It's long gone.

 

It was actually at the time the newest vehicle in the yard. It was an H plate and a few years ago, I checked and it had only been taxed once, when it was new, so I guess it never ventured off the steelworks...until death.

 

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I have fond memories of a '97 (I think) LDV 400 minibus taking us on primary school trips. I left primary school in 1999 and being a spontaneous jet setter ended up buying a house 40 yards from there. They still have the LDV and it gets regular use but lives in a brick garage so photo opportunities are rare, but it still looks good

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This is the old Southampton Citybus Sherpa. I have a proper photo of this somewhere, where it is the actual subject, not just lurking on the sidelines.

 

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The Olympian is now preserved and lives in the same yard as my bus.

 

Here it is again in Portswood garage. No idea why there's a Wilts and Dorset VR in the Citybus garage. Would never happen now (not least because the garage is now a Sainsbury's) with one being First and the other Go Ahead.

 

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I've spent a couple of hours looking for this picture but so far no luck. These are from around 1988, I know this as there are RMs around. Until around 88 I put everything in albums in different categories.

 

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After that I decided albums were getting expensive and space consuming so everything is in its original packs.

 

 

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I have four boxes full like this and all I have to give me a rough idea of age is the colour of the packets. This could take some time!

 

Found some excellent material for the bus shite thread though! Here's the Sherpa again lurking in the background.

 

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The space between the second RM and the Atlantean is where I took the picture of the Sherpa. The second RM also happens to be owned by me now. Shameless plugging there! As I say I need to get some this stuff up on Bus Shite.

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Back when dad worked for a lettings agency, then started his own, his odd job man of choice was called Len. Len had a succession of sheep's, it was a K reg when I first remember it, but I remember the red ex royal mail P reg one more! (sure it was on a P, early 2000s anyway). It had a slide up rear door, and was always full of just tools everywhere!

 

Did get driven about in it once. Don't remember anything about the actual ride tbh, ME and my stepbrother were probably 14,and annoying dad, so Len said he was off into town, he would drop us off at the cinema (the showcase in peterborough). Dad gave us some cash and off we went. Len then gave us another £20 so we loaded up with sweets and drink and watched a film.

 

Happy memories! No idea what he drives now, will ask dad if he still speaks/knows him, he was getting on a bit when he was about, let alone now

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Stondon had this V8 ambulance, which as far as I know is still sitting there unsold.

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1996 LDV Convoy UVG ambulance by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

The local bus company used to put this one on the town service now and again. Nowadays it's all low-floor Dennis Dart crap.

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Willoughby's by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

I have a whole album of assorted Sherpa shite, mostly minibuses, for your pleasure at https://www.flickr.com/photos/quicksilver_coaches/albums/72157627283957156

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post-17975-0-78324600-1485941324_thumb.jpgpost-17975-0-67036700-1485941346_thumb.jpgpost-17975-0-35267200-1485679249_thumb.jpgThis was my last Pilot 3 years ago, I added the side windows and the black surrounds,

 

It had the ultimate of desirability, a tailgate instead of two doors.

 

From the Mot history/DVLA it looks like it has fallen out of use sadly, probably fell due to the Peuguot cracked head weakness.

 

Look closely, you can just make out the Orange Headrest covers !! 

 

+ Some crap photos of crap photos of the other two converted Pilots

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Stondon had this V8 ambulance, which as far as I know is still sitting there unsold.

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1996 LDV Convoy UVG ambulance by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

The local bus company used to put this one on the town service now and again. Nowadays it's all low-floor Dennis Dart crap.

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Willoughby's by Adam Floyd, on Flickr

 

I have a whole album of assorted Sherpa shite, mostly minibuses, for your pleasure at https://www.flickr.com/photos/quicksilver_coaches/albums/72157627283957156

 

That is a fine collection indeed. Hats off to you sir.

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