ITV's Granchester

ITV's Granchester

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Call the Midwife. BBC Tv 10th March.

A rather nice series set in post war Britain, this series covering the 1950's.
A rather small selection of vehicles have appeared during this second series, I suppose it's due to the high cost of hiring vehicles and drivers for a days work.
The same old lorries have been seen parked up in the background these "blocking" vehicles are used to cover up items that cannot be moved, to hide a modern item that would otherwise spoil the period look. The Doctors car has an age related number plate, issued in Bute, Scotland and now it is supposed to be in east London. Funny also the scooter that has recently appeared also has a scottish issued number plate.
The Austin 101 is also a well known film and TV prop vehicle.
Its parentage is a bit unknown, from various sources, I have been told the number plate it carries comes from a 1953 Austin Devon, the chassis is believed to be a 1956 Morris, with the Austin body purchased and fitted when the van was being restored, an easier option than restoring its original body. It has now been up graded to a Sherpa 1800 cc Diesel engine and 5 speed gear box.
Only us sad purest anoraks would know this, still its out and about.
Link to its  5 seconds of fame here.http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01rbw29/?t=3m03s
Mind my washing.

Warning women van driver.
Look I have glow plug switches!

Where did you buy this?
You bought a Sherpa diesel engined van, idiot, this is 1957, they've not been invented yet!

For sale on e-bay, USA is
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Alloy-MORRIS-COMMERCIAL-Badge-TRUCK-LORRY-CLASSIC-/140927612480?pt=UK_Car_Parts_Vehicles_Automobila_ET&hash=item20cff0b640
Thanks to Dean Martin for this.

A list of chassis number and registration dates.

J/R 010 10/1949--J/R 649 1949--J/R 755 1/1950--J/R 1061 12/1949--J/R 1102 12/1949--J/L 1518 1950--J/R 1612 03/1950--J/L 2935 1951--J/R 4491 11/1950--J/R 6050 12/1950--J/R 6187 1/1951--J/R 10916 12/1951--J/R 10972 1/1952--J/R 14776 12/1952--J/R 145931/1953--J/R 15455 1/1953--J/R 16261 03/1953--J/R 18124 1952--J/R 19902 12/1953--J/R 20658 02/1954--J/R 21720 12/1953--J/R 23555 1954--J/R 24274 1954--J/R 25618 12/1954--J/R 25079 1/1955--J/R 25741 05/1955--J/R 29869 11/1955--J/R 30963 11/1955--J/R 3183110/1955--J/R 32465 11/1955--J/R 33340 1/1956--J/R 35466 1/1957--J/R 35671 12/1956--JB/MR 37200 06/1957--JB/MR 39547 12/1957--JB/MR 39012 1/1958--JB/MR 39648 1/1958--JB/MR 42533 1/1959--JB/MR 42677 12/1958--JB/MR 43367 1959--JB/MR 45648 1/1960--JB/MR 45693 12/1959--JB/MR 46009 02/1960--JB/MR 47648 12/1960--JB/MR 47907 12/1960--JB/MR 48069 01/1961--JB/MR 48219 01/1961
Approximate Production data for each year.
1949 750 vehicles -1950 5347 -1951 5051 -19524098 -1953 5027 -1954 6000 -1955 6894 -19563169 -1957 3284 -1958 3131 -1959 2965 -19602516 -1961 362
Total produced 48620


Ardingly Vehicle Show 12/7/09. Picture taken by Clive Barker.