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|Details: This photo has a couple of similarities to the previous one: It shows a red Ford operated by London Transport that has already appeared twice on LTSV. However, in this case there is a good reason for including a third view. 3353F was one just six examples of the early-style P100 pick-up to be leased by LT. Initially allocated to Parsons Green for use by the newly renamed 'LT Builders' department, it was notable for later being repainted cream for use by the Bexleybus 'low-cost' unit. It was photographed at Stamford Hill garage in August 1987, at which time it carried no lettering. Stamford Hill is in the news at present, Arriva having announced that the garage will be closed operationally in early November 2020, although the premises will be retained for the time being.|
The Ford P100 was an interesting design. Making car models available in an open-backed cargo version (often referred to as a 'pick-up') was common in the 1960s but had become rare by the 1980s. The P100 was launched in the UK in 1982, the vehicles being built in South Africa. It had in fact been available there from 1971, badged as the Cortina Pickup, since it used the front half of the Cortina car's chassis and bodywork. The model was replaced in 1988 by a new P100, built in Portugal and using the front half of the Sierra car model. Remaining in production for six years, the revised model proved more popular with London Transport, who leased a total of 17. Indeed 'old' P100 3353F was replaced at Bexleyheath by 'new' P100 3806F in 1990.
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