Brilliant/awful/wacky classic promotional vehicles

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Chris Martin
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I think James's original post was about vehicles purpose built as a promotional tool rather than just anything that was signwritten to advertise. If you want a London Transport Routemaster that has travelled a bit further than Shepherds Bush then here is one that made it as far as Sydney Australia and was last seen giving rides around the race circuit at Eastern Creek.

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Another interesting promo vehicle from the '50s can be seen at http://www.jtypevan.com/history/specialised-vans/ One of the photos shows a Morris J-type chassis clothed with a body shaped like a toothpaste tube. Remarkably the vehicle was deemed suitable for Minic to make a clockwork plastic scale model version, see http://www.jtypevan.com/collecting/various-models/.

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Chris Martin
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harvey pitcher wrote:

Another interesting promo vehicle from the '50s can be seen at http://www.jtypevan.com/history/specialised-vans/ One of the photos shows a Morris J-type chassis clothed with a body shaped like a toothpaste tube. Remarkably the vehicle was deemed suitable for Minic to make a clockwork plastic scale model version, see http://www.jtypevan.com/collecting/various-models/.

Oh yes, the J type.....where are they now?

Here's one from 'down under'; the NRMA is the local version of RAC or AA roadside rescue.

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Chris Martin
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But if we take James's original post to refer to custom built promotional vehicles, (rather than any old junk that has been signwritten as an advertisement) then here are a few more from the 'Model T' files.

First - more bible bashers

then the Carnation Custard folks

and Mr Loaf the Baker

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Chris Martin
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Would this get you into that well known tourist spot The Moulin Rouge?

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Chris Martin
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And a few more odd ones;

Another shot of that Zippo/Chrysler that James posted;

And the Creme Egg front view.

But the BIC pens car that appeared in the entourage of the Tour De France in the sixties must be one of the oddest.

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Chris Martin
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A mobile 'skip'. Not a bad idea really, loads of room for shopping, solid structure means you probably come off best in a fender-bender, and unlike most models, the open version comes as standard. The only drawback I can think of is that people will dump rubbish in it every time you park.

Hope Nuno does not get too upset at what somebody has done to this Combi, or maybe it has already had a shunt with the above.........

Then there was the famous old 'Wienermobile'.

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Fresh catch,

 

A Bedford truck used a as promotional vehicle of a roadside fruit shop, spotted on the way to the Aviero autojumble last sunday...

 

 

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Chris Martin wrote:

A mobile 'skip'. Not a bad idea really, loads of room for shopping, solid structure means you probably come off best in a fender-bender, and unlike most models, the open version comes as standard. The only drawback I can think of is that people will dump rubbish in it every time you park.

Is it wrong to really quite want this?

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Chris Martin
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James Elliott wrote:

Chris Martin wrote:

A mobile 'skip'. Not a bad idea really, loads of room for shopping, solid structure means you probably come off best in a fender-bender, and unlike most models, the open version comes as standard. The only drawback I can think of is that people will dump rubbish in it every time you park.

Is it wrong to really quite want this?

Not at all. Very practical and I suspect buying a second hand skip should not cost too much. Just make sure you give ti a clean out (you never know what has been in there) bash a few dents in - they are always dented from the inside out - and a quick repaint, you're set to go. And now with the added bonus; if it is based on a pre-'60 skip there is no MoT!

Chris M.