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Austin Tilly commercial vehicles. 26 Dec 2020 19:51 #217413

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I am about to build a diorama using an Austin Tilly as the centre piece. The scene will be Australian, circa early 50's and will be a fencing contractors ute. Now, i am having a bit of trouble finding pictures of commercial utes period as most interest seems to be in the military version of WW2. I am particularly interested in the colour schemes that were available in that period. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Austin Tilly commercial vehicles. 27 Dec 2020 08:48 #217427

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Peter,
Good luck with the project. I do not have any pictures of early fifties colour schemes but I can tell you that less than a handful, if any, Austin Tillies ever made it to Australia. As far as I know they were only ever a World War Two Military vehicle.
I am only guessing but I think that the term "Tilly" probably came from the Australian term "Utility" shortened to Ute, for what is called a pickup in the UK and "Backie" in South Africa.
I have a 1929 Chevrolet Ute, 1939 Morris 14 Ute and 1969 Morris 1800 Ute.
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!

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Austin Tilly commercial vehicles. 27 Dec 2020 09:13 #217431

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There were a few Austin A40 utes in aus. not a lot as the iconic Holden ute had just come on the market , but I seem to remember one of the dominent Austin colours was cream wlth black guards or green and black. Hope this gives you a lead !

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Austin Tilly commercial vehicles. 27 Dec 2020 10:35 #217432

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Here is some information. If you go onto this MLU web site and search for Tillies you will find a huge amount of information.

There were 100+ Standard Tillies imported in 1946 and rebodied with hard cab ute bodies by Richards or Holdens in South Australia. There were also quite a number of "refugee cargo" Tillies landed in Australia from ships that were diverted from Singapore and Java when the Japanese attacked. These compriseed Austin, Morris, Hillman and Standard.

I bought one of those rebodied Standards a few years back just to save it. A friend has done nothing to it and just drives to shows as it was unrestored.

www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=31810

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Austin Tilly commercial vehicles. 27 Dec 2020 10:40 #217433

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Here is some information. If you go onto this MLU web site and search for Tillies you will find a huge amount of information.

There were 100+ Standard Tillies imported in 1946 and rebodied with hard cab ute bodies by Richards or Holdens in South Australia. There were also quite a number of "refugee cargo" Tillies landed in Australia from ships that were diverted from Singapore and Java when the Japanese attacked. These compriseed Austin, Morris, Hillman and Standard.

I bought one of those rebodied Standards a few years back just to save it. A friend has done nothing to it and just drives to shows as it was unrestored.

www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=31810


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Austin Tilly commercial vehicles. 27 Dec 2020 11:53 #217435

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Here is some info 1946/7
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