AND BACK IN THE 1960S…
This shot of a rather dusty A604 in 1965 near Fenstanton shows just how much times have changed. The passing traffic makes for some pleasant viewing, complete with a brand new Austin Mini van.
There’s also a Ford Anglia 123E and 1964 Hillman Minx Series V in this shot – the driver of the latter taking his life in his hands by using the central overtaking lane and hoping no-one coming the other way had the same thought. As the line of trucks confirms, even back then, this was a vital link for commerce.
In the crowd there’s a Bedford CA van, a Thames Trader NC (Thames being the name Ford of Britain used for its commercial models at the time) and a Morris FH distinguished by its ‘threepenny bit’ cab, because the unusual design resembled the old coin.
Finally, there’s the Karrier pick-up truck, produced by the now largely forgotten marque acquired by the Rootes Group in 1934. The brand was a stalwart of industry from 1908 but the name disappeared during the early 1970s after Chrysler took over.