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Taunton Cider Leyland Octopus by Mike Jeffries

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Originally in the ownership of Courage brewery this 1949 Leyland Octopus 22.0/1 spent most of its working life with Taunton Cider in whose livery we see it here at a bottling plant unloading its tasty cargo.

Though very plain and simple the cab is a classic and was a worthy rival to its main competitor AEC. The fact that more AECs of this era seem to be in preservation than Leylands makes it even more fortunate that this vehicle still survives very much in working order in the capable hands of the living legend Mr John Corah of Bovey Tracy who, incidentally owns the original painting.

A painting like this of your favourite vehicle, British or American, in oils on canvas or board would cost about £1500.

E-mail mike@transportartist or ring 07884462140 to commission your own unique work of art by one of Britain’s leading transport artists.

Ex footplateman, soldier, lorry driver, bus driver who lives in the past.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    Another excellent painting Mike. – Ted

  • Mike Jeffries
    Mike Jeffriesover 5 years ago

    Hic! Tanks Ted——hic.

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Ground transportation vehicles built prior to and including 1949
    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderabout 5 years ago

    Four wheel front steering??.. most excellent gallery Mike.. marvelous work.. Cheers, Bill

  • Thanks for your kind comments, Bill, but the eight-wheeler with the front four wheels steering was a common sight on British roads back then and still is used in the tipper trade today. The steering geometry was interesting in that the front pair of wheels made a tighter arch than the second pair which is logical if you think about it.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in 49er With Wheels group.

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

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