A 1964 Ford Thames Ambulance is up for sale. Built by Herbert Lomas Ambulances Ltd for the Royal Naval Armament Depot at Faslane Naval Base, it has just 51,460 miles on the clock. The ambulance retains all the original decals applied when supplied new to the Royal Navy in 1964. It was kept at the Naval Nuclear Submarine Base at Glen Douglas until 1989 - the glass has the naval base identification number 25 RN 66 etched into it, though the registration number was removed in 1989 when the vehicle was first registered for public road use. Restored by the previous owner in 2005, it is finished in the correct Royal Navy Blue. The vehicle has never been welded however and is structurally sound.
The interior is also completely original, from the seat material to the rubber floor mats. All the additional switchgear for ambulance operations remain, including a working bell! Being 48 years old the dash paint has worn in a few areas and the driver’s seat is torn. The rear section has been refitted to a two berth configuration with ample storage space, however, all the original rear interior fitments are still present.
The trusty Consul four-cylinder engine drives wonderfully and is in excellent condition mechanically. The steering column three-speed gearbox is smooth and easy to operate, The hydraulically operated single dry plate clutch being light and progressive. The hydraulic brake system also works well. Four brand new Kleber CT200 185 R15 tyres have been fitted.
This excellent piece of British motoring history is now available from KGF Classic Cars. Previous MOT history since being released from the Royal Navy help confirm the very low mileage of 51,460.
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