A 1955 Bedford Self Propelled Pump, which is more affectionately known as a Green Goddess, is one of the more unusual lots in the Charterhouse classic vehicle auction on Sunday 3rd November.
“The Auxiliary Fire Service was formed after WWII as part of civil defence preparations against major incidents. It was originally thought they would be a reserve stock in the case of a nuclear attack resulting in widespread fires which the Fire Service might not be able to control.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, with a cruising speed of about 40-45mph, no power steering, not the greatest of cornering capabilities and a low fuel consumption of 8-10 miles per gallon, it is a relief we never had to use them!”
This particular Green Goddess remained in store with the Scottish Home & Health Department seeing light service including pumping water from a reservoir in the hot summer of 1969. It is also believed to have seen service during the fireman’s strike of 1978, along with a few non starring roles in films at Pinewood Studios.
The current owner acquired the vehicle in 2008 where upon he embarked on a full restoration programme. Painted in military green this classic commercial vehicle is now looking for a its next custodian. With the benefit of being not only tax exempt but also MOT exempt, there should be plenty of bidding on the day.
Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, is on Saturday 2nd November 9.30 – 4, with the sale starting at 11.30 on Sunday 3rd. If you are unable to attend the auction, live internet bidding is available through www.i-bidder.com/charterhouse
For full listings of the 60 vehicles and for further information, log on to www.charterhouse-auction.com or contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Partner at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Charterhouse Green Goddess £3,000-5,000
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