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1952 Fordson Thames E4 Ambulance 3-Ton 4x4 FV13302

1952 Fordson Thames E4 Ambulance in The High Bright Sun, Movie, 1965 IMDB

Class: Cars, Ambulance — Model origin: UK

1952 Fordson Thames E4 Ambulance 3-Ton 4x4 FV13302

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


s13a RU

2020-07-11 23:44


[Image: ambulance1.jpg]

johnfromstaffs EN

2020-07-11 23:49


Box on wheels.


2020-07-12 06:31


Not a Austin K2 as had well floor.
Maybe a Thames E3 ?

-- Last edit: 2020-07-12 06:37:26

Sunbar UK

2020-07-12 13:07


[Image: 59dcbfa0e4942_rlambulance002jpgaab4c900c95db55f1269769022687787.jpg]

Bedford RL perhaps?


2020-07-12 14:27


Body matches so lets say RL

I was thinking of this but no good rear views anywhere, bodies might be same as RL also -

[Image: 385301.jpg]

Sunbar UK

2020-07-12 19:51


Agreed the ambulance bodies are likely to be the same as sourcing of the bodies themselves, could be identical.

The only Fordson E4 Ambukance rear view I have found is here https://www.flickr.com/photos/62532775@N03/30483774233

Any differences are minor (e.g. the RL added rear door vents could be a hot climate option) except that the noticeably narrow rear track of the Fordson as your own previous comment seems to be missing in the movie.


2020-07-12 22:40


Is it though? I am not so sure as when you look closely wheels appear well inboard.

Incidentally the info on that thread you provided about the Fordson / Thames / Ford E4 is excellent.

-- Last edit: 2020-07-12 22:58:17

dsl SX

2020-07-12 23:09


Is it really an ambulance?? Agree medical likely, but no windows or natural light for any poor sod trapped inside. So for carrying things rather than people?? Or maybe an-onsite field hospital??

johnfromstaffs EN

2020-07-13 11:31


dsl wrote Agree medical likely, but no windows or natural light for any poor sod trapped inside.

Try the back of a Warrior. Junior man in the crew has to sit on the lavatory and there is very little natural ventilation, or if in full nbc protected mode, none. The back of a 432 is even worse, and the Saxon was not so well protected. I’ve not been in a CVR(T) Section vehicle, but at least they were quick out of the way. The CVR(T) Ambulance (Samaritan iirc) wasn’t very big either, and windowless.



That Warrior looks like a Section Vehicle with the gun removed and a couple of red crosses stuck on.

-- Last edit: 2020-07-13 11:59:01

Sunbar UK

2020-07-13 12:14


JCB wrote Is it though? I am not so sure as when you look closely wheels appear well inboard.


From hmvf forum, which I only read fully the first time around, but then apparently forgot; the Army only had the Ford E4, the Beford RL being used elsewhere.

"The Ambulance "proper" had 2 high level windows each side, .... Attached is the RL ambulance ; The body detail and inner detail is identical to the Ford E3 version."

Although types were E2, E3 and E4 they all appear to be known, in common usage, as the Ford or Fordson Thames E4.

"I should have specified in my original reply, that the Army did not have RL ambulances, but opted for Fords."

So Fordson E4 for the Army 4x4 ambulance here after all.

-- Last edit: 2020-07-13 12:20:30

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