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British Staff Cars

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I can’t find much information on staff cars.  Is there any publication or website that lists what vehicles were adopted as official transport for officers and the like

WW1 and WW2 ones are fairly well documented but I’m interested in the 1950 onwards.

back in the 1990’s we had some visiting generals in the Island and they were using metallic red Rover 800’s with red plates with stars on the bumpers.

What was used in the 1950’s to 1980’s?

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Seeing the Jaguar Mark 10 on the list (a car I've always loved) reminded me, around 10 to 15 years ago a LHD black example for restoration was for sale in the Kent area, likely was a staff car. Never heard mention of it again, I do hope it found a good home. I know Mk10s are a bugger to restore and that fact alone may have cut the number of potential owners down considerably..........

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Interesting to see the Amphicar on there too, I can only think they wanted to test them.

What does the "NR" code next to it signify please?

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19 minutes ago, Gordon_M said:

Interesting to see the Amphicar on there too, I can only think they wanted to test them.

What does the "NR" code next to it signify please?

Hi Gordon,

NR means Non Retention, basically means if the vehicle is up for casting, that it is not retained. Often used on vehicles that might have been used for trials or one-off buys, also if the are obsolete.

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Thanks Richard. I'd guess the two wheel drive and stunning lack of horsepower ( Triumph Herald engine ) didn't do the Amphicar any favours as a military prospect.  They did tend to survive - it could still be out there.

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The Amphicar didn't stay in service very long.

That amendment to the Equipment Regulations Pam No.8 was issued in April 1967. Note that it does not have the earlier 11-digit Asset Code only the 8-digit Asset Code that was introduced in 1966.

It was not listed in RAOC Statistics Pam No.5 June 1970 & even the Establishment Code is absent from Materiel Regulations for the Army 1972.

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1 hour ago, Gordon_M said:

Thanks Richard. I'd guess the two wheel drive and stunning lack of horsepower ( Triumph Herald engine ) didn't do the Amphicar any favours as a military prospect.  They did tend to survive - it could still be out there.

Gordon,

I have had the same publication that Clive scanned pages of for over 25 years, and never noticed the Amphicar listed on there before!

Richard

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Looking in DCI (Army) No.148 May 1966 which lists Establishment Codes & it is not in the list at that stage.

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Bringing the list further up to date: the Hillman Husky was replaced by the Morris Traveller and that, in turn by the Ford Escort estate, then the Vauxhall Chevette estate.  The Ford Zephyrs were replaced by the Austin 1800 "landcrab", then the Hillman Hunter, the Ford Cortina, the Vauxhall Cavalier and the Austin Montego.  After that the "white fleet" was introduced with vehicles being leased from civilian contractors.  In Germany, some of these appeared in LHD form, but there were also Opels in place of Vauxhalls and, if memory serves, there were Ford Taunuses in place of the Cortinas. The change-over from gloss dark green to black occurred after the Austin 1800s - so the Hunters onwards were black.  Minis also changed from green to black - they lasted quite a long time in the inventory.  I am sure I will have missed out others and I can't remember what came after the Montegos.

 

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To add to RICHARD  comment N/R also referred that some one had lost track of it this did happen from time to tme

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