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1954 Austin K4 Loadstar 6-8 Ton Tractor with Forward Control Cab MkII

1954 Austin K4 Loadstar MkII in I Am A Car, Documentary, 1954

Class: Trucks, Trailer truck (tractor) — Model origin: UK

1954 Austin K4 Loadstar 6-8 Ton Tractor with Forward Control Cab MkII

Position 00:08:05 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


dsl SX

2015-06-12 02:31

For the transporter (which has trade plates). Commentary describes the Cambridges as being loaded on to "Queen Marys" so that might be enough of a clue for an ID??
[Image: 08-05cambsbuiltcqueenmarysoverseas.jpg] [Image: 08-05cambsbuiltd.jpg]

[Image: 08-05cambsbuilte.jpg]

nzcarnerd NZ

2015-06-12 03:23

'Queen Mary' was the colloquial name used for the trailers used to ferry aircraft fuselages around during WW2, usually towed by one of those odd looking flat front Austin trucks (find with as Google image search). Maybe it is a name that just stuck. This truck looks to be something post WW2.

-- Last edit: 2015-06-12 03:24:22


2015-06-12 09:56

This looks like a Austin FE.
(The WW2 flat fronts were Bedford oxc 's)

johnfromstaffs EN

2015-06-12 10:14

That looks like the Willenhall cab, and the truck was owned by Austin, so it would be most unlikely to be badged as Morris, and even less likely to be a Dennis!


2015-06-12 11:59

Trailer reminds of the old Dinky toy trailer .

Sunbar UK

2015-06-12 13:32

Not an Austin FE I believe, as the front axle is too far forward in line almost with the front of the door glass. The FE's front wheel would be welll to the rear of the cab door glass as here...


Also the distinctive FE wing shape is not seen despite it being painted in a darker colour it follows the circular wheel-arch shape.

dsl SX

2015-06-12 13:44

Filming date (probably Aug 54 at latest) would be very tight for FE, maybe too tight??

Sunbar UK

2015-06-12 13:56

Not familiar with this tractor with K8 (van) type front but here it is I think.
Link to "www.gettyimages.ca" (link updated)

Anybody know more about it? K-something?

-- Last edit: 2015-06-12 13:57:39

Sunbar UK

2015-06-12 16:35

1954 Austin K-4 6-8 Ton Tractor with G C Smith cab.

"A distinctive forward-control cab has been produced by Messrs. G. C. Smith (Coachworks), Long Whatton, Loughborough, for Austin 2-ton and 5-ton long-wheelbase chassis."

Read more at Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com"

[Image: 1954austink4forward-control.jpg]

edit: This cab is a better match for the details on the front. More than one company probably produced forward control cabs for the K4 Loadstar.


Another type here, Link to "archive.commercialmotor.com" .

-- Last edit: 2017-11-03 20:46:45

andrepa DE

2015-06-12 22:49


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