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Leyland Comet

Leyland Comet in Bond of Fear, Movie, 1956 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: UK

Leyland Comet

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

Comments about this vehicle

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johnfromstaffs EN

2023-01-10 08:59

Is this the same Motor Panels cab as used on the Fordson/Thames ET models? The different bonnet and front wings change the appearance quite a lot.

Sunbar UK

2023-01-11 11:19

Made by Briggs Motor Bodies with slight variations they were used on Dodge Parrot Nose 100 series, Leyland Comet and Fordson Thames ET6 trucks. In the end I think Briggs was purchased by Ford and agreements with Leyland and Dodge were either extended or ended.

-- Last edit: 2023-01-11 11:20:22

johnfromstaffs EN

2023-01-11 11:25

I think that Leyland did the best job of the front end, even this battered old warhorse still looks good.

jcb UK

2023-01-12 08:12

Me too.
The reason for the bonnetted version was a lot of export markets did not like forward control or ' cab overs' .
Seemed to sell well at home as well.

-- Last edit: 2023-01-12 08:22:24

johnfromstaffs EN

2023-01-12 09:18

My Mum ran a back street offy in the 1950s, it was owned by the now defunct Butlers Springfield Brewery of Wolverhampton. (It was swallowed up by Mitchell’s and Butlers of Brum.)

The dray which visited was a Comet 90, the draymen kept it in immaculate condition and one of them said to me “no Bedfords here, a Leyland Comet, and it’s a Comet 90 too. They do give us good trucks to do the job with.” There must be a lesson to be learned. I suppose that the trucks did about 100 miles a day, and stop/start stuff, starting out from the brewery loaded to the gunwales, so buying a premium truck made good sense.

http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/articles/butlers/brewery.htm

-- Last edit: 2023-01-12 09:32:35

Sunbar UK

2023-01-12 12:02

Agreed about the appearance the front grill and wings are integrated nicely.

johnfromstaffs wrote Is this the same Motor Panels cab as used on the Fordson/Thames ET models? The different bonnet and front wings change the appearance quite a lot.


The cabs differ in more than just the external styling details, bonnet wings and for the parrot-nose, the windscreens. The different wheel arch intrusions into the cab's doors shows that most of the internal structure and cab sides must be specific to each maker. It could be that only 50% of parts are common to all three end users. The Leyland appears to have the shortest cab and is semi-forward control, whereas the Thames is normal control with a longer bonnet and almost full sized door.

-- Last edit: 2023-01-12 12:05:04

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