A vintage car park?

A vintage car park?

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Background information from the world of films.

I bought the van because I just liked it around 1979-1980 for £500. Don't recall what first inspired me. Can't remember where it was advertised in those days. Exchange and Mart probably. Can't imagine where else. I do remember meeting the seller to collect it near Sloane Square. It was a red JB from about 1958 I think and I repainted it with a brush! 
I used it as my everyday transport. 
The 2 Reel Co was the name of  my theatre double-act where my mate and I were an old 20s style silent film company. The image on the side is gold painted paper! No expense spared! We had a comedy theatre show we toured, but not in the van. We should have had a pre war van but I had this one. 
We built a platform out of dexion and plywood ( our pretend "studios" we're Plywood Studios!) to copy the news reel companies and we filmed a silly gag on Wimbledon Common. 
The driver while we were on top was a chap called Dave Watson who I seem to remember being into J types. Name mean anything to anyone? I'll try and find all the pics I've got too.

I eventually sold it to my colleague (fool that I was) and he eventually sold it on, but retained the registration number 9415 TW ( A November 1959 registration from Essex) for his Porsche! (its now on a Merc E250 sports coupe). I believe it did end up on the Isle of Wight, where it was painted green and cream. 

I drove it to Penzance in 1980 for a festival with my wife to be and it was great. Much easier and more relaxing than my present one. But I was younger then. 
When my current one appeared on eBay I circumvented the auction by going straight to the seller, in Old Hunstanton near King's Lynn, and paying the asking price. 
Many thanks P.W. for the pictures and the story.
P.W. is still in show business, his current J van was to be seen on BBC Tv last night.

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.