Metropolitan Police Service
Carrying recruitment advertising that was added to many front line vehicles from Winter 2018/19
South Central Ambulance / Hampshire Fire and Rescue
Ambulance Co-responder car. On the rear it says ‘no drugs are carried in this vehicle’ to dissuade people from breaking in to the vehicle when it is unattended. Notice it doesn’t say ambulance on the rear!
Rover SD1 3500
This 1980s traffic car has been expertly and perfectly restored back to factory condition by James Wade. When the automotive engineering graduate bought the car in 2012 it was in a poor state. Incalculable hours and a lot of money later, it was a star of the show at Birmingham’s NEC classic car show in 2018.
Police Mobile Column from 1966. This is the only preserved mobile police column vehicle still on the road. The description refers to its use in the Cold War civil defence force that was intended to patrol the UK in the event of a nuclear attack. It was delivered to the Home Office in 1967 but the force was disbanded a year later and the Gipsy was passed to Hampshire Police. After some use, it was superseded by the Ford Transit and so went into storage. After passing through a few private hands, it returned to the UK from Ireland in 2016 and underwent re-liverying back into its original 1966/7 livery. It has never been restored! The interior is totally original and the vehicle has covered less than 6,000 miles in its long life. It is even still using the original exhaust. It is a real time-warp vehicle.
Land Rover Series II
Dating from 1960. This vehicle spent most of its life in the Middle East in Jordan, Aden and Cyprus. In 1993 the Queen road in the back to the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Cyprus. It was used as a VIP escort vehicle in Cyprus before being sold to a private owner in Cyprus. Later it was handed back to the RAF who transported it to the UK and used it at RAF Halton in Aylesbury. Following a move to Portsmouth and 12 years stored in a damp garage it was most recently moved to RAF Honington in Suffolk where it has been partly restored.
Land Rover 109 Series 3
Hand-built fire vehicle from 1978. It is a self-propelled foam deluge unit. It has a 2.6 litre six cylinder petrol engine. It was specially built for Eggborough Power Station in North Yorkshire. The vehicle would have connected to a water supply using lengths of hose to produce a fire-fighting foam. The cannon could deliver the foam over a great area. The vehicle ended its frontline service in 2018 when the power plant was decommissioned. It was kept in service during initial demolition works as a dust supression unit. It was then donated to the National Emergency Services Museum in late 2018.