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Lloyd Penfold
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89Q DGJ181

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Details: Visitors with long memories may recall that back in 2012 I pondered what had happened to AEC Mercury Tower wagon 89Q between its disposal by LT in 1962 and its later restoration as part of the LT Museum fleet. Well, I was recently contacted by Lloyd Penfold who told me he had discovered the former 89Q in a yard in Worcester and that he had bought it. He could not recall the date of this but I suspect it was in the 1970s or early 1980s. As his photo shows, the vehicle had been modified to serve as a recovery vehicle with A F Tansell of Worcester. The main bodywork appears unchanged but new valances had been fitted around the rear, and there was presumably some sort of crane where the tower was originally fitted. Lloyd later sold the vehicle on to another enthusiast, and it eventually wound up in the LT Museum collection. As the photo linked above shows, it was being restored to original condition by 1985.

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