Fiat van – great for most jobs, but…
Before I bought my Ford Anglia ( Your Letters, CCW, 25 January) I had a Fiat 500 van similar to the Autobianchi Giardiniera highlighted in the 22 February issue.
It ran sweetly enough but was very tatty. My friend’s brother once again set about the exterior with enthusiasm. The new colour scheme was picked from the coach paint which was readily available. It was decided that this little van would suit the colour scheme of Noddy’s car, so it became bright yellow with red wings and a blue roof. I also fitted a 6ft fibre glass radio aerial, complete with pennant, on the roof which used to ping on all the light fittings in multi-storey car parks and those goalpost type height barriers. I was working as an undertaker at the time and the Fiat van was my runabout to and from work.
One evening when it was my turn to be on call I was called out in the middle of the night. In an attempt to reduce the time I was out of bed, instead of waiting for the hearse driver to make his way to the garage and then pick me up I arranged to meet him directly at the deceased’s house. I arrived first and only realised my mistake when I found myself having to explain that dear departed dad was not going to be transported to the Chapel of Rest crammed into the back of my colourful van. Martin James Wild, Todmorden, West Yorkshire