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Historic Commercial Vehicle Society: Commer Car

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1909 Commer Car


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Of course, what's impressive about all these vehicles on the Historic and Commercial Vehicle Society Run is that they all made the 50 plus mile journey; that they're still going strong. The older the vehicle the more this is true, and the Commer Car is one of the oldest dating back to 1909.

The Commer Car is in fact an early bus. The original owner of this particular vehicle was Lord Lonsdale who used it on his Cumbrian estate. The present owner's father found the vehicle in a barn in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, in the mid 1950s. The official programme notes that it then took four years to rebuild it, and thereafter it was used for numerous trips to the continent. The car now has its own history, because it was damaged in the great storm of 1987 (I wonder what happened) and required more work. Today it is still used for day trips.

The Commer Car is very square and very solid in build, and yet has a very toy town look about it.

Note: Each entrant has an HCVS Number. This year the Commer Car's number is J143. Last year it was J134. I've used photpgraphs from last year.


1909 Commer Car, front view
1909 Commer Car, front view


1909 Commer Car, side view
1909 Commer Car, side view



For more on the HCVS Run, click below
K148, the overall winner
J144, a 1915 bus
L163, a 1911 double deck bus
Fire Appliances
The Outspan Orange Car
J134, 1909 Commer car
Southdown bus, reg UF1517
Steam wagons


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