I have recently purchased (and yet to move from the dark dingy barn where they are resting), 2 x Standard Atlas Vans. One is a panel van and sign-written on both sides is……Cottis the Bakers with their Laindon and Basildon 4 digit phone numbers! It was in a hedge for about 20 years, a drop of fuel and a battery and it fired up! It runs and drives, (has a reluctancy to stop though!) I will be selling the smaller cc one which is the glass/window model but keeping the panel one and giving it a fresh lease of life. It will be difficult as parts are very hard to come by, but I will be keeping the sign-writing and giving it a coat of laquer or two just to keep it original.
It will take me a while to do but I am determined to get the old girl on the road.
Funny thing is, I used to be a baker as well! I started in Bartons in Pitsea on a Trident 3 week course from school, was offered a full time position but I was also a Saturday boy at King Street bakery in Stanford Le Hope where I had a full time job waiting after I finished my school years. Later after the Army, I went to Upminster next to the station as a baker, then later at Lakeside at La Boulogerie. Then finally I was one of the pioneer bakers at Costco’s in Lakeside. That was a long time ago, so you can understand my surprise when I walked round the panel van with a torch to see the writing on the side.