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1961 Dodge 300 Series

1961 Dodge 300 Series in Gideon's Way, TV Series, 1965-1967 IMDB Ep. 1.24

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: UK

1961 Dodge 300 Series

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johnfromStaffs EN

2012-11-27 13:52

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It's the L.A.D. cab, and it's a bit difficult to spot from this distance, but I'd go for the D myself, since there seem to be five blobs above the radiator grille that could spell D O D G E.

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nzcarnerd NZ

2012-11-27 18:32

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A good selection of LADs here - http://www.flickr.com/groups/977264@N24/pool/33539563@N07/ - hopefully enough to sort out this one and maybe some others as well.

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chris40 UK

2012-11-27 20:05

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That's useful. I'd say that this is a Dodge, as the lower part of the grille seems to be split.

JCB UK

2012-11-28 13:10

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Yes fairly sure its a Dodge.

maxp SE

2012-11-29 05:58

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1957 Thames Trader. They were made by Ford England 1957-65

-- Last edit: 2012-11-29 09:56:10

chris40 UK

2012-11-30 20:18

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Sorry, no way is this a Thames Trader; it's definitely an LAD, almost certainly a Dodge. Traders (of either mark) all had a prominent horizontal bar in the grille, and the front of this one's cab is too flat.

dsl SX

2012-12-01 13:18

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I don't know lorries much, but agree LAD and not Trader. Have returned it to Dodge - is LAD a useful insert for chassis? Can anyone give a start date - idly browsing the photo links above, it looks as if the split lower grille was only an early feature??

chris40 UK

2012-12-01 14:57

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Yes. Seems the LAD-cabbed Dodge was introduced in 1957. The split grille only survived until 1958, but that's guesswork based on Google Images.

johnfromStaffs EN

2012-12-01 15:57

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The LAD refers only to the cab, not the chassis. The cab was a combined effort for use by Leyland Albion and Dodge (the L A D) and built by the Motor Panels offshoot of Rubery Owen but I cannot find for certain whether in Coventry or Wigan or both. Prior to this design, the manufacturers had used their own coachbuilt cabs but needed to have a more modern pressed steel/welded design to keep up with the mass market, Bedford and Ford mainly, and collaborated to amortise the tooling investment three ways.

The LAD cab was also known as the Vista-Vue, and was replaced on Leylands and Albions by the Ergomatic, also used by AEC.

Leyland http://www.flickr.com/photos/semmytrailer/4334281152/
Albion Link to "www.google.co.uk"
Dodge Link to "www.google.co.uk"

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dsl SX

2012-12-01 16:08

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So 300 series as /vehicle.php?id=434963 ? And 59+ grille.

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johnfromStaffs EN

2012-12-01 19:58

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All three LAD cabs for comparison, open this group and go five pictures newer.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/977264@N24/pool/with/7865869120/lightbox/

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(inactive user)

2012-12-01 20:05

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We can post it here:

[Image: 7945774776_161699fa5f_n.jpg]
All three L-A-D cabs.. by Reiver RE229, on Flickr

Sunbar UK

2020-05-01 19:21

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chris40 wrote Yes. Seems the LAD-cabbed Dodge was introduced in 1957. The split grille only survived until 1958, but that's guesswork based on Google Images.


New grille and larger 'D O D G E' letters from model year 1961.
[Image: 230960.jpg]
Dodge forward-control models, which now have a different front grille and nameplate. 23rd September 1960

[Image: 220160.jpg]
Older original grille as shown in January 1960.

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