As part of my research for Penlowry, I’ve been looking at other forms of transport. Having already done some previous research I’ve now done a smidgen more, and the following vehicles are (just about) acceptable for the period, and I can also tell you that the Mother’s Pride brand of bread was first recorded in an advert in 1936. Aren’t you pleased I looked that up for you?!
Ford Thames ET6 – actually introduced 1949 but close enough for me
In the late 1940s, production of another commercial vehicle, the ‘Jen-Tug’ began. It was a 3 ton articulated vehicle, available with a wide range of trailers, including a flat trailer, a wire-sided trailer, a box trailer, a tipping trailer, a shallow tipping trailer, a high-sided trailer, a swan-neck trailer with winch, and a container.
The cab had an Austin A.50 four-cylinder, overhead valve petrol engine, with a capacity of 1.5 litres, and an output of 50 b.h.p. at 4,400 r.p.m. It had a built-in four-speed synchromesh gearbox, a Borg & Beck, single dry-plate 8 inch hydraulically operated clutch, and was mounted on an easily removeable sub-frame. It also had powerful Girling hydraulic brakes with 11 inch diameter drums on both the tractor and trailer, a Jensen patent tractor coupling, operated from the cab, and a turning circle of 22 feet. (More info: http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/commercial/Jensen.htm)
Ford E83W Van – introduced 1938
Vauxhall 10hp ten-four of 1947