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1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:31 pm
by The Reverend Bluejeans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bos4_eu3GXk

The Austin A70 woody estate! :-(

Re: 1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:12 pm
by 64A60
The A70 does look interesting, suicide doors and different rear arches to the Papworth conversion.

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Re: 1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:28 pm
by mercrocker
I think the earlier Papworth conversions were different...? Panelwork looks more akin to the pickup....

http://www.austinmemories.com/styled-33 ... index.html

Re: 1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:01 am
by The Reverend Bluejeans
The Cadillacs and other now-valuable US stuff being shredded.

Proler Cohen 600 set up in North London in the mid to late sixties and AA DRIVE did an article about it. They photographed a one owner 1954 Minor being dropped into the hammer mill.

Re: 1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:50 am
by treehugger
Which one was the Austin England? Was there one or have I imagined it?

Re: 1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:02 pm
by The Reverend Bluejeans
Austin of England was the bonnet motif for the post war stuff - A30, Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Hampshire plus A50, A35, A90 etc. It was phased out from 1959 with the Farina stuff.

Re: 1960's scrapyard video - some rare gems.

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:03 pm
by mercrocker
There were Austin Gordon Englands, too.....although I digress. I used to work for George Cohen in the very late 80s and saw the end of the East German scrap market which is where most of our frag got shipped to. Some good stuff used to get weighed in, especially whenever the scrap price went up and there was even the odd Thames Trader with greedy boards still plying the weighbridge but as usual I never took my camera to work.....

I remember some hopeful turning up with a largely fibreglass fin-faced bastard Scammell cab in the back of his high-sider although I cannot remember if he got paid for it. Soon after I joined the company things started to get dicey - the company was sold to Shephard's I think it was and there were a lot of twitchy managers who had mortgaged themselves up to come down South from Liverpool. For the last couple of months all I did was ferry documents about between solicitor's offices, HQ and accountants. This involved a round trip from Southampton to Feltham, across to Brentford and back home via Bracknell. It also involved using one of their fleet of company Granadas which may have been ragged mercilessly......