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2 surviving E83Ws spotted in Cyprus, 2001/2.

Are either of these Thames vans still in use?

Thanks to David Beckett of the Griffin Trust for these photos, taken 2 or 3 years ago in Cyprus
Van in Cyprus
E83W Van with windows

Of the 2 E83Ws photo'd here in Cyprus, this looks to be the one most capable of regular use (despite one rear door missing!). Apart from a few minor dings, the overall condition looks to be very healthy, the front wings and bumper (so often damaged) look like new almost, only the grille shows a slight suggestion of damage, but very minor nonetheless. The only downside is that someone has cut side windows into the main body, in the style of a Utilecon. The rubber roof material looks to have been replaced also, with some kind of metal covering instead. What does the future hold for 9488?

Ford Van No.2 in Cyprus

Alongside is another van, this one looking as though it has spent some time sat in the bright Cypriot sunshine. Again there is no serious rot visible, and this one still has factory van sides without holes cut in them. As on the other E83W, the tyres appear to hold air so perhaps C475 is also a runner? Either of these 2 vans would make excellent restoration projects, if only they were in the UK (they are RHD too!).



Parked with the 2 Fords is this tracked crawler machine, something I know nothing about. All 3 vehicles appear to be parked within a makeshift framework, perhaps the beginnings of a cover to protect these jewels from the weather?

Do you have any photos of surviving E83Ws that you saw while on holiday?? if so please consider sending them over, as it'd be great to feature as many E83Ws as possible here!!!!

 
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