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Commer N2 van.
A 1930s Commer and Fordson parked near Arundel Castle, SussexThis photo was purchased early in 2006. At first I thought it showed a Morris LC van parked facing the camera, but John tells me that it is in fact a Commer N2. The photo is only tiny, measuring less than 2" x 2.5".
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I really like these old streetscenes, as they give you a context for old cars - photographing an old car at a present-day show cannot hope to match this. These photos really show you the environment that today's classic and vintage cars operated in when new.
This photograph, taken in the shadow of Arundel Castle in Sussex, shows a typical scene in the early postwar days (the photo is dated 1949). Nearest the camera is a quality car by anyone's standards, note the sidemount (spare wheel blended into the front wing/running board). It is fitted with large chrome headlamps - probably Lucas P100s. John advises that it is a Derby Bentley with Park Ward coachwork. The little Commer van is altogether more humble a machine, but probably as rare as the swish Bentley that it is facing. Parked on the other side of the road, and also facing us, is a Fordson E83W, rated at 10cwt but often overloaded thanks to its generous loading area.
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