Those were the Days… British lor­ries of the 1960s

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

OK, we know that this is Clas­sic Car Weekly, but goods ve­hi­cles are as big a part of the his­toric British mo­tor­ing scene as cars. And who here hasn’t had their head turned by a Ley­land Beaver at some time or an­other?

This fresh re­print of one of Ve­loce’s 2009 Those were the Days… en­tries fo­cuses on the splen­did home­grown load-lug­gers. It’s a light­weight book – more pic­tures with ex­tended cap­tions than a com­pre­hen­sive read – and the de­sign is a lit­tle dated and sim­plis­tic, but the mix­ture of colour and mono­chrome im­ages, both pe­riod and more mod­ern, gives a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the oc­ca­sion­ally weird and won­der­ful trucks of the 1960s.

Photo qual­ity is vari­able, with the il­lus­tra­tions dat­ing from when the trucks were new be­ing the most in­ter­est­ing. Oh, and there’s such hy­per­bole, like the ‘touch of ge­nius’ au­thor Malcolm Bob­bitt sug­gests is in all Rootes prod­ucts!

But there’s lots to learn about Fo­dens, Thames, Al­bions, Kar­ri­ers, Com­mers, ERFs, Scam­mells and Atkin­sons, all once com­mon names. For ex­am­ple, did you know that Mich­e­lotti had a hand in Ley­land’s cab de­signs? All-in-all, this is a gen­uinely in­ter­est­ing gen­eral overview of a long­van­ished past. RG

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