Am­bu­lance

The Shed - - Westland Industrial Heritage Park -

The en­gine of a 1914 Sun­beam Rover, which had been con­verted for use in a World War I am­bu­lance, sits on a pur­pose-built trailer await­ing its body. “Dur­ing World War I, Bri­tain put a call out for peo­ple to do­nate their ve­hi­cles for am­bu­lances,” says Mort. “The gen­try do­nated cars, in­clud­ing their Rolls-Royces, and also their driv­ers.” This ve­hi­cle was bought by a lo­cal by the name of Keenan af­ter the war. He went round show­ing movies, us­ing it as a gen­er­a­tor to run the pro­jec­tor. Later the body was burnt and en­gine sal­vaged to run a saw­bench for cut­ting fire­wood. The her­itage shed team is hop­ing to re­build it as an am­bu­lance, hav­ing ob­tained full work­ing draw­ings of the 1914 ve­hi­cle and had a stroke of luck in ac­cess­ing handy ma­te­ri­als: “A guy in Ash­bur­ton was do­ing up a Sun­beam Rover car and had heaps left over in­clud­ing the chas­sis,” says Mort.

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