Bowling along the old A38 at a heady 32mph this AEC eight-wheeler is typical of many long distance fleets of the immediate post-war years. Already over ten years old the vehicle would be expected to soldier on for another five at least before being pensioned off or sold to another perhaps smaller haulier. Under the bonnet would most likely be the trusted AEC 7.7 litre diesel a rather small capacity for the gross weight of 22 tons, the later Mk III version would have the bigger 9.6 or even the mighty 11.3 litre fitted to deal with 24 tons or with a trailer 32 tons gross weight.
In the background one of the finest sports cars ever made,a Jaguar XK120, is fast approaching to overtake the lumbering lorry at at least double its speed.

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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Wow, fantastic, and love the old Jaguar in back of him, too. Just love your style and detail.

  • Thanks Fran, I put the Jag in to point up that British industry was once at the cutting edge in automobile engineering.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...about 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Love the details and colors. The happy little wild flowers peaking out the grass, the soft fluffy clouds, the detail in the grill of the truck, the jaguar, the houses and the mountains in the background….all work together so well. Love the write up as well. Wonderful work!

  • Thank you Corri, no mountains in little old England though just hills!

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...about 4 years ago

    Very lovely hills then!

  • Yeah thanks Corri, we have a few little mountains in Scotland mind you.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic , the detail you put into your paintings is just amazing. x

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 4 years ago

    Excellent Mike, another great transport experience. – Ted

  • BrettStevenson
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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! You are the WINNER of the Challenge 15 – Commercial Trucks in the 49er with Wheels – ground transportation prior to 1950 group.
    You are now a featured artist!!!

  • Wow! Thank you everyone I am so proud to have this honour.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Awesome work Mike

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