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Foden flatbed lorry ‘Peggy Sue’ pictured at Laxey, Isle of Man in the livery of Gleave’s Transport of Audlem, Cheshire.
I’m not sure of the exact year of manufacture, but this model probably dates from the late 1950s or early 60s, which would tie in with the date of Buddy Holly’s hit single ‘Peggy Sue’, released in 1957.
The vehicle evidently has some history with the island as can be seen from the Manx ‘three leg’ symbol on either side of the cab just above the headlamps.
The Foden brand dates back over 150 years and is synonymous with quality road haulage engineering. Originally a manufacturer of agricultural traction engines and steam lorries, the company quickly adapted to the use of diesel engines in the 1930s.
They produced some superb vehicles in the 1950s, 60s & 70s, particularly their 8-wheeler tankers and tipper trucks.
Sadly the brand name ceased to be used for new vehicles in 2006, but their reputation lives on.
Date: 2nd August 2009.
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