This AEC Matador artillery tractor is a replica of the vehicle operated by the British and Commonwealth forces in France during WWII, where it was used mainly for towing medium sized guns. The Matador was a typical AEC vehicle of the period, with flat fronted cab to accommodate the crew of one, a curved roof and a canvas backed rear load area. It was a 4 x 4 vehicle with an AEC 7.6 litre engine and a speed of around 30 mph. Used by the British Army Royal Artillery, it is decorated in drab olive with a grey canvas back and features the name 'Gazala' above the split windscreen. The Battle of Gazala, named after a small town about 40 miles from Tobruk in Libya, was an important WWII battle in the Western Desert Campaign, which took place in the middle of 1942. After WWII, the Matador continued in a useful role as a recovery truck and general-purpose contractor vehicle. As a 4 x 4, it was also used for off-road jobs such as forestry and even saw service as a showmans vehicle.
Bound to be snapped up by 00 gauge railway enthusiasts, particularly those favouring London, Midland & Scottish from any era, this newly liveried Scammell Mechanical Horse Trailer is employed as an Express Parcels Traffic vehicle. Registered ANK 715, the three wheeler cab section is maroon with white LMS lettering. The trailer is also maroon on a black chassis, with the upper sides and roof painted black. The lower sides of the trailer carry the LMS lettering in yellow with ‘LMS Express Parcels Traffic’ printed white against the black upper body. The Scammell was synonymous with railway goods yards for decades with LMS being one of the Big Four prior to the nationalisation of the railways.
The Scammell Scarab was used widely for internal transport within the military and here we see it once more in RAF livery. The body and trailer sides are decorated in dark blue and the model comes with a black chassis, black interior and black mudguards and wheel hubs. With military number plate 19 AN 80, other military markings include the RAF roundel on the front with a crest on the cab doors. The Scammell badge sits proudly at the top of the familiar shaped Scammell radiator with integral single light and incorporating the horse's head, signifying the Scarab's alter ego - the mechanical horse. To round off the vehicle, the flatbed trailer floor has been painted to create a light brown planked effect.
The Reliant Regal - and its companion car the Reliant Robin - enjoy a special place in UK popular culture as symbols of Britain's eccentricity, appearing as ‘props' and even ‘stars' of TV and film productions and at public events, including the London 2012 Olympics.
The Reliant Regal Supervan was a light-commercial version of the original 3-wheeler Reliant Regal with a side-hinged rear door. The marque was manufactured between 1953-1973 by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, who we are sure would not have foreseen the vehicle's eventual and peculiar cult status.
Our latest livery comes in a light beige colour scheme with black chassis and interior with silver exterior trim and is registered NDR 233J.
Leading manufacturers of milk floats in Britain in the twentieth century included Smith's, Wales & Edwards, Osborne, Harbilt, Brush, Bedford and Leyland. Ours is based on a Wales & Edward Standard milk float .
The second release on this unusual three wheeler van, is Pickfords, the internationally renowned removal and storage company colour scheme of midnight blue and white, which is bound to appeal to collectors of the Pickford fleet past and present.
Our Oxford tricycle, registered BWB 39, is as working out of Waingate in Sheffield as a Parcel Express Service delivery vehicle. The Pickfords colour scheme is relieved by white lettering on both sides, silver coachlines and black wheels, wheel arches and mudflaps. The interior is also black, including the steering wheel. Red masking has been used to depict rear lights at the four corners - top and bottom of the back doors, which also incorporate two porthole style windows. A final detail comprises the fleet number M.1596 on the sides in front of the rear wheel. This Pickfords van is an interesting addition to the Oxford fleet of 1:76 scale commercial vehicles.