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1947 Maudslay Mustang British Road Services

1947 Maudslay Mustang in Work in Progress, Short Movie, 1951 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: UK

1947 Maudslay Mustang British Road Services

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dsl SX

2017-12-06 21:02

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Whichever.

JCB UK

2017-12-07 07:42

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Left is a rare 'Chinese Six' lorry ie 2 axles on front 1 on back.
Maybe a Maudslay Mustang.
Link to "public.fotki.com"

Right is a fairly common Leyland Comet.

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dsl SX

2017-12-07 16:14

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BRS Maudsley "Chinese Six" (but no model name given) with grille match - Link to "public.fotki.com" (the GVP 951 plate gives mid-1947). But if it's a Mustang, the model year will be something totally irrelevant anyway ..... :whistle:

JCB UK

2017-12-08 08:05

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A Mustang without doubt then probably early post war, I wonder if the later fancier grilles came in with the AEC takeover in 1948 as they are somewhat similar to AEC grilles.

Sunbar UK

2017-12-08 12:18

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Agreed its after 1944 or 1945, the radiator is as used by the 1944 Mogul Mk.II but certainly after 1942 style of grille casting. The 'AEC grille' introduction does look to be during 1948.

I cannot find when Maudsley first introduced a twin-steer six but its likely to be no earlier than 1938 or 1939 by which time other manufacturers, Leyland, Dennis, Foden, ERF and Albion were introducing them. Again, its probably after 1945.

Also cannot determine if the Mustang name was used before the end of 1948 with use the export-only model. There was a UK home-market model by 1947, as mentioned in the CM article, but without a name referenced, it was either purely a 10-ton twin steer or did carry the Mustang badge. If it had used a different name i feel sure CM would have mentioned it.

So '1947-1949 Maudslay Mustang' looks good for me.

dsl SX

2017-12-08 13:59

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Some picture-book info, but not much solid. Seems Mustang was part of a new ranhe of M-whatever named models to be launched at the 1939 Commercial Motor Show but held back from production until WW2 over. One undated book photo shows black-painted early grille on a Mustang and similar on a 1946 Mogul, as if this was an immediate post-war treatment before it became shiny again. AEC takeover was 1948 with "AEC grille" following very quickly that year.

Also a comment here
johnfromStaffs wrote Probably ... 1946, as wartime spec black radiator grille and small headlamps.

This one has bigger headlights. So 1947 seems close enough for rock'n'roll.

Sunbar UK

2017-12-08 17:47

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All good information dsl. So the Mustang did exist as a model name about 1939.

dsl wrote Some picture-book info, but not much solid. Seems Mustang was part of a new range of M-whatever named models to be launched at the 1939 Commercial Motor Show but held back from production until WW2 over.....


Probably the 'planned launch' by Maudslay as neither the Motor Exhibition in October nor the Commercial Motor Show in November was held as they were cancelled by the SMMT in early September 'in view of the state of war'.

Some wartime production did occur as the Maudslay Mogul was manufactured 'in wartime form' before 1944 but like other manufacturers it was probably very limited in scope. The Mikado and Maharajah were still being developed and planned in various forms and wheelbases during October 1940 with production 'at a later date'.

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dsl SX

2017-12-08 20:17

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Sunbar wrote So the Mustang did exist as a model name about 1939.

Strongly suggested from my picture books, but not totally confirmed. The solid statement is that a family of M(somethings) was planned for a late 1939 grand unveiling but mothballed until after WW2, although as you say it seems some Moguls as the bread-and-margarine variant were made during WW2.

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