Most of them used some or all of the running gear of the various corporate mid-size saloons. However, you would never have known it to look at them; the vans were built to maximise load space and carrying capacity, with the engine and transmission usually tucked away somewhere up in the front half of the vehicle, in the cab, or underneath the front seat area. The good point of these vans was that they certainly could swallow a load, and quite a heavy one at that. It was what they were designed for, and that part of the design process was done OK.
And, to be fair to the British manufacturers, or some of them at least, from the late fifties onwards, some attempts were being made to improve the product, with useful improvements in load capacity, roadability, performance and economy, and comfort for the driver.
Crossing the Thames
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