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Yes, there was a post on here some years back about an original Petrol engined Matador someone had just aquired. A batch of petrol engined matadors were apparently built as a special order for the Military for the proposed invasion of Norway as it thought they would be better coping with the sub zero weather and problems of diesel fuel freezing. The invasion never happened.nearly all the petrol ones would probably been converted to diesel after the war

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I wonder how different they were to drive, and how the petrol coped with pulling the gun. I have found the original post from 2013, It was Nick Abbott, he was making good progress.

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Steve Richards' book "AEC Matador" states that 167 were built with the petrol engine, presumably in addition to the 17 conversions in 1940 for the Norwegian campaign. Nick Abbott's is not unique in lasting until as late as 1959/60 still with a petrol engine

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I still have the petrol Matador, and I'm still progressing slowly with the restoration, but family and other things seem to keep getting in the way!  I've not really driven it other than at low speed, but it has the hi-ratio axles aswell as the petrol engine revving higher than the diesel engine, so will apparently do 50mph plus.  I suspect the pulling power is not up to the same standard as a diesel one with the standard ratio axles.  Mine was bought by someone in the past to convert for timber work, but it wasn't done due to the petrol engine, which ultimately saved it from having the back body removed.

Hopefully I'll get a chance to make a bit of progress on it this year!

Nick

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