Film car saved from crusher

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Andy Tal­bot

One of Gerry An­der­son’s fu­tur­is­tic ve­hi­cles built in 1968 for TV and film ap­pear­ances has been saved.

James Winch, a fan of the TV sci­ence fic­tion ve­hi­cles as­so­ci­ated with Thun­der­birds cre­ator An­der­son, bought the six-wheeler that had been dis­cov­ered on the Ca­nary Is­lands. The car – based on a Mini Moke – was re­stored by Clas­sic Car Ser­vices in Har­ri­et­sham, Kent.

In March 2014, one of two Moke-based six-wheel ‘jeeps’, cre­ated for the film Dop­pel­ganger (1969 – aka Jour­ney to the Far Side

of the Sun) and the TV se­ries UFO (1970), were spot­ted in a gen­eral scrap­yard in Tener­ife.

See­ing it as a valu­able piece of sci-fi and TV his­tory, James ne­go­ti­ated to buy the ve­hi­cle

from the recla­ma­tion cen­tre and bring it back to his home in Es­sex. De­signed by

Thun­der­birds’ ef­fects

spe­cial­ist Derek Med­dings and

built by Space Mod­els of Feltham in 1968, the con­verted Moke had ex­tra sub­frames fit­ted to the rear.

A glass­fi­bre shell was mar­ried to the Moke, re­tain­ing the orig­i­nal A-se­ries en­gine. Front lights were bor­rowed from the con­tem­po­rary Vaux­hall Viva. Wheels were black Minilite style al­loys, while a Plex­i­glas front cab for­ward de­sign screen sat ahead of a dummy in­stru­ment panel.

The other Moke ‘jeep’ sur­vives in Italy, while James has an­other Gerry An­der­son ‘star car’, based on a Ford Zodiac MkIV, which he hopes to be­gin restor­ing soon.

Down to earth – the re­stored fu­tur­is­tic six-wheeler based on a Mini Moke.

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