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Austin A35 Van.

Yet more photos for the period car picture section, this time of standard Austin A35 vans in action during the 1950s.
Austin A35 van
The first picture shows an A35 van pulling on to what looks like a car ferry of some kind, closely pursued by a dark coloured Morris Minor (note the open quarterlight). Perhaps the van driver is holding things up by letting his missus run ahead, to take the photo? The van is registered 6881 YG - a check online suggests that this vehicle is no longer on the road, and most likely spent its final minutes being pressed into a neat cube in a breaker's yard somewhere (sob). Unmolested vans are getting scarce now, many had windows cut into their rear sides in an attempt to make a Countryman out of a bog standard van, and save some tax (photos of a converted A30 Van can be seen here). Factory-built A30 and A35 Countrymans don't have a roof vent, something that can just be made out in the photos of this van.
Update December 2009. Mick dropped me a note, thinking that he might recognise the location of the ferry: "I think the first photo might be the lower ferry Kingswear to Dartmouth, and it looks to me as its on the Kingswear side of the river (River Dart)". Thanks Mick!

The same A35, in Somerset.

1950s Van
The second photo shows the same light commercial entering through a gate, with a payment being passed to the lady on the right who has just risen from her old chair. Behind is a 50s Ford, a 300E van I think. A small sign hanging on the gate reminds drivers to 'Please Sound Your Horn'. I've no idea where these pictures were taken. The van looks to be in very tidy order, although the windscreen wipers seem to park at an odd position - no view for the passenger.
Update November 2007. Jeremy got in touch, and has identified the location of this A35 van photograph:
"The second photo, with the lady at the gate, was taken at the Porlock toll road in West Somerset. The gatehouse and gates look pretty much the same today as in the photos. The gatekeeper, from what I can remember, was called Mr. Hammet. Hope this helps tie up a few ends! Very good website, thanks."

2. A 1957 van, parked in a street.

David sent over this scan of a slide, in it is a London-registered A35 van reg. ULA 124, finished in a light grey colour. The wipers on this example park in a more conventional manner than those fitted to the first van, above. This example dates to 1957, and was caught on film in the process of being passed by a Morris delivery van. If the clock in the background is correct, the time is (was) 10.54am.
(Please click the thumbnail to view full-size image.)
Van parked in London street
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If you're interested in all things A30/A35, have a look at this buyers' guide. Also here at oldclassiccar this free A30 & A35 PC screensaver. Photos of a grey pickup are now on this page, while my A35 van discovery is on this page.

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