|This Ford Cortina car was photographed at the London Bus Museum at Brooklands during their Spring Gathering event on 10th April 2022. Latterly owned by John Marshall, it was his regular transport for many years and could often be seen around the Chiswick area or parked at the Museum Depot in Acton. Perhaps sensibly, John had decided to keep it in unmarked red. John sadly passed away in spring 2022, and the car has passed to the London Bus Museum (pending probate) where it had its London Transport lettering reapplied. Unusually, the London Transport fleetname was not carried, the lettering just being 'Radio Control' and the fleetnumber 1464F that was allocated in 1967. Roof roundels were originally carried but have not yet been fitted to this example. 1464F, and similar 1463F, were the first cars acquired for use by bus inspectors. Delivered in autumn 1965 with C-suffix registrations, they did not enter service until the following February, resulting in new D-suffix registrations being applied. They were sold less than 2 years later but were evidently successful, being followed by numerous large batches of red cars (primarily Ford Escort estates).
John Marshall had actually owned several former service vehicles. He bought Ford Anglia estate 1407F direct from London Transport as well as Ford Thames vans 1378F and 1422F. He also owned bus RFW14, which cropped up in a recent photo on LTSV.
|Photo date:||10/04/2022||Size:||Extra Large. View regular size|