Carry on Cabbie

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Dinsdale Piranha
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Wolseley 6/90 from Carry On Constable

And a TR3 from the same film

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Dinsdale Piranha wrote:

GBt wrote:

Trying to find the Mk1 Highline Consul in Carry on Camping?

 

But for me, the real motoring star of that film was the AEC Reliance...

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James Elliott wrote:

But for me, the real motoring star of that film was the AEC Reliance...

 

A fine conveyance indeed, however, I'm guessing your esteemed Art Editor will have been more excited by this

 

I like this street scene form Carry On Doctor

E type, 1100 Countryman and Austin Cambridge?

 

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James if you are a Bus Coach officianado, You had better get yourself to The Canvey Island Bus Museum Show in October, The Thames Delta a great camping location for holiday makers,but seriously a diversion from this, a great venue,  http://www.castlepointtransportmuseum.co.uk/2011eventsseason.html

now back on course... 

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And just for you James, is that an Interceptor on the right?

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The popularity of this thread demonstrates something (I am not sure what) about the chaps on here, similar ages maybe? Similar liking for the sillier side of comedy.

Of course these films that ran through the sixties and into the seventies will have featured many motors now considered classic if only for nostalgia's sake. Some of you must have got busy on Google to come up with those photos, and there are many I had forgotten. Was it in .......At Your Convenience that Kennth Cope drove around on a 'bike combo with Bernard Bresslaw? And the Cabbies film I seem to remember all the Cortinas were driven by girls? Gee, it's bringing back memories, it's been so long I must go see if I can get them all on dvd.

FWIW I did have summer job as a kid at the local garage and used to put petrol in Bernard Bresslaw's mustard coloured Volvo 145, he lived nearby in Totteridge Lane. I am tempted to mention my favourite Syd James gag, but maybe we can fit those in on the non classic matters forum. Then of course there may be a need for a thread on cars from other TV shows and Movies, an old Buckley favourite.

Carry On digging 'em up.

Chris Martin

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Chris, you need to discover this website.

It's brilliant and will eat up your whole day. If you are gone too long, we will send out a search party.

 

 

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James Elliott wrote:

Chris, you need to discover this website.

It's brilliant and will eat up your whole day. If you are gone too long, we will send out a search party.

Thanks, looks good. I have whacked a link in my faves list for later, it can't eat up my whole day, too much on, but there's probably nowt on telly tonight, so I will have a leaisurely perusal later. To tie in neatly with a couple of other threads, I think this site is where someone once found a couple of photos from an old Steptoe film where there was a Crayford Mercedes W114 parked across the street. It belonged to one of the film crew.

Unfortunately I am a slave to such trivia, sad innit?

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James Elliott wrote:

Chris, you need to discover this website.

It's brilliant and will eat up your whole day. If you are gone too long, we will send out a search party.

I really wish you hadn't posted that link!  I've got bugger all done since.

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Chris,

GreaseMonkey wrote:
photos from an old Steptoe film where there was a Crayford Mercedes W114 parked across the street. It belonged to one of the film crew.

Please allow me to tune in here, as I enjoyed a bit of research on this. Having bought HNJ725L in 2007, a 1972 Mercedes-Benz W115 Crayford estate, I started researching the Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 Crayford estate cars. On the fantastic IMCDB site, I found two films where W114/W115 Crayford estates appeared. First the 1973 "Steptoe and son ride again":

Then the 1975 movie "I don't want to be born":

On closer research (the number plate on the steptoe picture is barely readable but I sat through the film), I found both cars to be the same, registered SLC 5.

Then, on the 2010 Beaulieu spring autojumble, I purchased a cache of "Mercedes-Benz UK club gazettes" from the 70s, and there it was, SLC 5 in all its glory (from the October/November 1974 gazette):

So we now know that SLC 5 belonged to MB UK Club member Kevin Sutton of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, who used to work as sound recordist for both films. The whereabouts of this car are unknown.

So far, two Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 Crayford estates (of approximately 400 built) turned up. I bought HNJ725L in 2007. She is a wreck, but hugely interesting as this 1972 car proves that Crayford converted 220D diesel limousines. Then in 2009, I bought OPN522M, a very early second-series W114 250 2.8 from 1973, which is in running order. This car featured in the Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts magazine with an article written by C&SCs Martin Buckley, who refused to comment on this car when I ran into him at said Beaulieu autojumble ;-).

1972 Mercedes-Benz W115 220D Crayford estate:

1973 Mercedes-Benz W114 250 2.8 Crayford estate:

In my opinion, these cars are hugely interesting, showing the approaches on craftmanship on both sides of the channel (e.g. the fantastic quality of the Crayford interior modifications but the not-so-fantastic rustproofing etc). My most beloved picture is from the Crayford works, showing a Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 estate conversion under way. No better way to protect the lower bodywork than wallpaper with a floral design...

With kind regards,

Christian