Specifically, about the old van that Smiler drives, dressed in his Chinese costume. Does anyone know the make of the vehicle ? - I've never seen one. The sliding doors (especially the REAR sliding door) are unusual.
That looks like a Bedford OB bus, first introduced about 1950. They used one in FOSW which is a touch difficult as that was set in 1939 ....
possibly is the same one. Props people, tend to use the same few vehicles as there area limited number around.Re the bus looks very similar to the one shown this afternoon on the very last episode of Hi De Hi the Winds of Change , that's at least three times the camp has closed - original showing plus the series was repeated twice in the last two years . I wonder if they get repeat fees and if so assume the estate of the deceased actors would benefit [ Paul Shane , Kenneth Connor, Barry Howarth, Simon Cadell, Diane Holland to name a few] ?
The Bedford OB is one of my favourite buses you often see them at rallys seats very narrow but comfortable many still about.The RT is my favourite London bus and is an icon but the Routemaster dosent do much for me didn't like em when they came out ,prefered the trolleybus much better to travel on.Afraid many think that the R/master is the London bus but watching a driver manhandle an RT was great ,my cousons husband was an instructor for LT and always prefere an RT.
Remember as a kid having an ex RT as a school bus for a while, however whether it had been the RT or Routemaster we all still tried to either jump off before it stopped or run and jump on if it had left the stop not always successfully , of course now H & S would have a field day