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.