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Packing up for Christmas (update: AEC or Daimler Y-type)

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All on board? Yes, this is the time of the year to visit family and friends or even better go touring together. Nowadays it may be easier to come together over large distances but back in 1927 men used to live closer to one another and thus would less high-tech machinery suffice. This picture showing a large solid tires coach or omnibus was shot in Hardelot,  North-West, France. We suspect the omnibus itself is of a much earlier date. Quite possible that it is  a rebodied French WWI truck. The clock shaped upper tank should be a good giveaway. What would you think, is it a cast iron or brass radiator? In terms of Xmas a brass bell shape would be the best of course.


#11 2016-12-24 14:00
Definitely a Daimler Y type or A.E.C. Y type ,the radiator header tank would confirm. The towing hooks and radiator brush guard confirm its WD origins, one of the few British army vehicles left behind in France after 1918. The bodywork is interesting , a sort of charabanc but I believe it to be one of several hundred hastily built in 1917 for troop transport to augment the ex. LGOC 'B' type buses .They had slab sides and fixed hoods very similar to that illustrated and were fitted to a variety of then available lorry chassis.
#10 2016-12-23 03:04
If you blowup the radiator, (photo), it appears to have a Daimler script.
#9 2016-12-23 03:02
If you blow up the radiator (the photo), it looks like a Daimler script.
#8 2016-12-22 23:43
I don't see any Daimler flutes on the radiator header tank, what I do see is a round badge that could be London General Omnibus Company's logo. That means AEC to me, could it be converted from a bus?
#7 2016-12-22 15:42
The registration plate 'R' was the early series for the Departement Nord in France so it could easily have been an ex WW1 vehicle that survived and was rebodied later
#6 2016-12-22 15:35
AEC or Daimler!
#5 David Barker 2016-12-22 14:13
There's two hooks hanging from the front dumb irons, what were they intended for?
#4 2016-12-22 11:37
Has to be a Daimler, the 4 lift handles on the bonnett are important details.
#3 2016-12-22 08:48
Possibly an AEC Y-Type.
#2 2016-12-22 07:47
To me, not a french truck, but a 3 tons Daimler 30 HP 1915. The upper tank shape and the bonnet handles are characteristic. As a letter is missing on he number plate, it is difficult to say if this beautiful picture was taken before or after 1928.
Merry Xmas to everyone.

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