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1970 Dennis FD4

1970 Dennis FD4 in Sweeney 2, Movie, 1978 IMDB

Class: Cars, Ambulance — Model origin: UK

1970 Dennis FD4

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Raul1983 FI

2006-05-11 13:24

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Sunbeam Avenger - Austin Allegro - Vauxhall Cavalier

Sunbar UK

2006-05-11 14:26

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Ambulance could be Sherpa based but looks very odd (size of rear wheels?).

garco NL

2006-05-11 14:45

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Black car in front: Is that a Rover P2000?

junkman UK

2006-05-11 14:51

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It's a P6. Whether it's a 2000, 2000TC, 2200 or 3500 I cannot tell from this pic. The jam-sandwich seems to be a Morris Marina. Those were the days when you could still outrun a police car....

jplemoine FR

2006-05-11 22:36

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Alors, laquelle on choisit, nom de :mad: de :??: de :cry: ?

antp BE

2006-05-11 22:38

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Bah l'ambulance :o

jplemoine FR

2006-05-11 22:40

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Alors Leyland Sherpa?

Sunbar UK

2006-05-12 12:15

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Comparing it with something based on a Leyland Sherpa chassis/cab, the slope and length of bonnet is about right.

However, for me it doesn't look quite right for a Sherpa because the front over-hang (from the front of the vehicle to the front axle) looks too big on the ambulance.

The front wheel's centre is well behind the position of the windscreen. The Sherpa would be with the centre of the front axle just ahead of the windscreen. If the windscreen had been moved forward by the Ambulance maker the bonnet should be shorter.

It's difficult to tell the size of the vehicle, 'Sherpa' (small) or 'Transit' (larger). My first impression that it was Sherpa sized, could be wrong and from the height of the people it could be quite large.
I do not know what it can be at the moment, other than a Sherpa, but I think we need to look elsewhere.

jplemoine FR

2006-05-13 22:50

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Bê tiens, ce serait pas un LDV series 400 comme celui-ci, l'ambulance? Il me semble que ça collerait plus! /vehicle.php?id=32819

Sunbar UK

2006-05-14 00:11

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LDV is just the latest version of the Leyland Sherpa.

They are the same. At the time the film was shot it would have been the Sherpa 200 series. The front bonnet looks similar, but the remainder would be by a special coach-builder. Not yet convinced what it actually is.

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Sunbar UK

2006-05-14 12:38

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This is the closest I could find so far. It would be larger than the Sherpa, and that would explain why the wheels look small. It could be Bedford J1 based.....

The side window arrangement looks right and it would explain the front overhang and front axle position. The side doors in the movie appear to be hinged and not sliding however so still looking for something closer.

http://mclellansautomotive.com/photos/B12829.jpg

-- Last edit: 2006-05-14 13:09:52

ggm SX

2006-05-20 01:01

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Light blue car at the top is a Ford escort mk2

stronghold EN

2006-05-22 11:17

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Sunbar wrote This is the closest I could find so far. It would be larger than the Sherpa, and that would explain why the wheels look small. It could be Bedford J1 based.....

The side window arrangement looks right and it would explain the front overhang and front axle position. The side doors in the movie appear to be hinged and not sliding however so still looking for something closer.

http://mclellansautomotive.com/photos/B12829.jpg

..I would agree with this one.

carobserver MX

2006-10-22 06:51

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What a horrible car crash :cry: with cars that are so recent in that time, a really shaming :mad:

By the way. How happen this car crash?

stronghold EN

2006-10-22 06:57

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..I haven't seen this movie for a long time ..but I don't believe the crash is shown.! (..I think all that is seen is the aftermath.!...and the emergency services arriving)

Bebert FR

2006-10-22 07:12

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You're right, stronghold! The crash is not shown...

Ritchmo EN

2006-12-13 17:48

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I have seen the film. Crashed blue car is a Morris Marina, crashed yellow car on the right is a Vauxhall Cavalier Mk 1 and crashed yellow car on the left is a Talbot/Chrysler Avenger.

bassman UK

2007-02-06 22:08

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Spot the Police Morris Marina TC?, looks like a TC model by the wheel type.

Sunbar UK

2007-04-07 17:27

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See the picture and comments here.

/vehicle.php?id=99004#AddComment

Not a Bedford I'm sure.

IanAl EN

2007-04-07 20:23

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The Ambulance is not a Bedford, Sherpa, Ford etc but a very rare Dennis FD4 which Surrey Ambulance service / Rutland Ambulance service used examples of so they may be able to help with more info. Dennis Bros built the vehicles at their works in Guildford. The first prototype was donated to Kingston upon Thames St John Ambulance (reg was EPH 225J)and was later sold to Bletchley Ambulance. There were two prototypes built.The earliest example was registered WPG 174G. GFP 621H was another Dennis FD4 that ended up scrapped after an extensive accident. Searching those reg numbers on the DVLA site would be a quick way if seeing if the other two survive.

Regards Ian

palacebear EN

2010-04-04 00:18

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Raul1983 wrote Sunbeam Avenger - Austin Allegro - Vauxhall Cavalier


Hillman (U.K.) Avenger Mk.1 on left. Vauxhall Cavalier on right. Blue car in the centre is Morris Marina Mk.2 not an Allegro.

Sunbar UK

2011-12-05 13:07

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A photograph at last of this rare ambulance:

Link to "www.flickr.com"

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