WHICH IS THE OLDEST COMMERCIAL VEHICLE?
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WE have recently propounded this question, meaning, of course, the oldest commercial vehicle in commission, because it would not be difficult to find a number of lorry and even coach chassis put aside because they are not now economical to run.
Commercial Cans. Ltd., send us a couple of photographs of the 13 year-old and, as you will note, the hotly is homemade. The load shown (one which the lorry is in the habit of taking), is sacks of coal each containing 1 cwt.
During the past winter, with the help of one man, I have 'hawked three such loads as this every Saturday morning, which would have been the work of four horses and four moo, if done by horses.'
I have taken a throe-quarter front and three-quarter back view to enable you to count the sacks and draw your own conclusions as to whether this is not a very good load for a two-ton chassis of. this age. Personally, I feel doubtful if a 1922 two-torner would stick it day after day without giving trouble; in fact, I should feel that I was asking for trouble if 1 abused a 1922 in the seine way as I do this one, namely, No. 104, type M.O. Usually the lorry is driven by myself. The lorry averages about 12 m.p.g. on petrol, but. it is not unusual for me to get 14 m.p.g. on long runs, which figure
have checked on different occasions. It undertakes journeys of 100 miles. direct runs, with loads up to 50 ewt. I think 14-14i m.p.g. for a two-tonner at 13 years of age takes some beating. You -can use this with my full consent, and, if anyone doubts the truth of it, they are welcome to come to me for proofs.—Yours truly, (Signed) F. J. Matz.