Weird stuff from the far side - Utes.
Thought I may as well post some of these on here. An Australian peculiarity is the 'Ute', or pick-up variant, which is a useful combination of part car, part truck. In fact even today, any self-employed tradesperson can claim full tax deductions on a Ute, so the major local Ford and Holden sedans make popular models as well as the more traditionally styled mini trucks from Toyota, Ford, Mitsubishi et al. The heyday though was probably the thirties to fifties when a lot of cars were available as utes including a lot of imported UK cars which were built from CKD kits by their Australian distributors. The most unlikely, and I would like to find one for myself, would be the Armstrong Siddeley Station Coupe, based on the Typhoon or Whitley model with a neat coupe cab and a large load bay on the back, they were big sellers too, as were all A-S models. Below is a selection of photos of various utes taken at local car shows.
More to come,
Great Utes Chris. I like them a lot, especially Holdens, but must admit that no one has ever explained to me (in a way that I can fully understand) quite what the precise difference is between a Ute and a pick-up. Please be the first to make me understand why Utes are distinct from pick-ups and other work vehicles!
This one isnt strictly out of the Antipodes, (the owners mate had a pucker imported Zephyr, complete with the proper reverse highline Consul lights)-this has lowline Zephyr lights,but was made out of a Zodiac base, fitted with a 351 V8. The picture taken at Battlesbridge, after I had chats with its owner at a Watford and Guildford diner cruise ins. Where the normal big Ford filler bahind a spring loaded number plate was situated I know not.
I also really like the look of those unique Prefects, and summise Austin made an identical A40 pickup to the blue black Devon' (maybe Dorset) as per out of Longbrigde-the other 2 have the same themed rear cabs that seemed to be state of the art in Australia?
Another Australian oddity was the Zeta. I posted the Lightburn elsewhere previously, an ugly little box of a thing with a froggy face, but they also made a little sporty number presumably to compete with the Gogomobil Dart. Not many around now. To give some idea of scale, that is an Austin Seven next to it!
Ok, back to the Utes. A few more odd ones turned up at a local show today. Ordinary old Pommy cars with no back seat and a big ol' pickup bed behind. But who would have expected this fate for the old 'Landcrab'?
Yep, the Austin 1800 was a popular ute conversion for a few years.
Standard Vanguard Ute with over-the-top ICE? No, it was the show organiser's way of keeping all informed.
And a fifties Vauxhall too. All of these above brands were big sellers here.
But of course the home-grown Holden outnumbered all of them, here's a late fifties model.