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The most famous coach ever?
ALR 453B which was delivered new to Battens
coaches of London, then eventually into
the hands of the production team and it
was converted especially for the film.
After its epic use in the film ALR did
go back to being a coach and was scrapped
about 1990 after being in service with
several operators, mainly in the Scotland
area. The coach had to be reinforced behind
the drivers seat so that when the Coopers
came into the back they didn't crush the
driver. Even though plating had been secured,
the drivers seat was still pushed forward
several inches, enough for the driver
to be touching the steering wheel with
When the Legionnaire was on it's way to
Turin, it has London - Turin on the destination
display above the windscreen, on the way
back it had been changed to Turin - London.
It also proudly displayed 'Charlie Croker's
Coach Tours' logos on the rear and both
BKO 686C -
Land-Rover Series 2A
- Sicurezza Bullion Van
ALR 453B -
Sicurezza Bullion Van
The bullion van had the
registration TO59 5619, which is an italian
registration number for Turin (TO = Torino).
This type of 'Targa' registration plate
(black with white letters and numbers)
was used in Italy until to 1977.
The van was bought in Turin
by the production crew and was almost
certainly an OM 'Furgonato', most probably
based on the chassis of a 'Tigrotto',
a very famous OM truck , which was popular
in Italy during the Sixties an early Seventies.
OM was a famous car factory based in Brescia
since the 19th century. The first two
editions of Mille Miglia (1927 and 1928)
had been won by OM cars. Subsequently
OM was bought from FIAT and in 1975 the
brand was incorporated in IVECO.
It was a regular van when bought, so Disley
Jones and his art crew transformed it
into a convincing security van. There
was also a small plate on the front bumper
- 595619 TO.
The 'Dormobile' - Ford Thames van converted into a 'utilibus'
The converted white Ford Thames Van,
DNY, and adorned
with English footballers names and slogans
was used by the jobbers to get out of
the city. The Dormobile was also used
by Bridgers heavies that went 'round to
Charlies to give him 'a good going over'!
(Ford, Bedford and Commer were all seperate and unrelated companies and Dormobile was a trade name for campervan conversions, frequently done on Bedford CA vans. 'Dormobile' was a generic term for a van conversions).
The Land-Rover (Reg. BKO 686C) had loads
of kit added to it, so that it looked
'the business', there was even a special
tow winch attached to tow the bullion
van through the traffic. George Innes,
who plays Bill Bailey was driving the
Land-Rover, he actually learned to drive
just for this scene!
Minor Van- blown Up
An ancient white Morris
Minor van was sacrificed for the scene
where the doors were only meant to be
NAN 404D - The Pakistani Ambassadors car
was what Lorna used to drive Charlie away
from the nick.
NAN 404D - Daimler
Majestic Major - The Pakistani Ambassadors
T0A3 1271 - Altabani's Fiat Dino,
supplied by Fiat
256 DNY - Converted Ford Thames 'Dormobile'
White Morris Minor Van was blown
up with it's doors!
Fiat Dino and Fiat 500's
Fiat supplied the production team with
three black Fiat Dino's for the mafia
to drive. As Fiat's offer to use Fiat's
instead of Mini's was politely turned
down, they filled the traffic jam scene
with as many as they possibly could, they
car that falls off the transporter (that
is supposed to be a Fiat transporter)
and lands on the Police Chief's car is
an Austin A60, you can actually se that
it's not in a very good state, the sills
are rotten and when the boot pops open
there is some old carpet in the boot!
The Mafia used two Caterpillars. A Cat D7 was used to kill Beckerman at the start
of the film and a Caterpillar Model 944A was used to wreck the Aston and Jags.
aeroplane delivering the bullion has it's
entire livery done by Disley Jones and
his art department. The plane had been
sitting around at Turin Airport, presumably
out of service.
The Carabinieri (Military Police) drove
Alfa Romeo Giulias.
The Polizia motorbike that slid over on
the wet floor had the registration Polizia
The Carabinieri armoured vehicle (with
water cannon) that followed the bullion
van had registration E _ 15 2766
Professor Peach gets on tram No. 3132,
and is never seen again in the film! -
A scene where Croker tells Peach to go
to Geneva was never in the final cut of
Two Peyrani transporters were used to
block off the street while the gold
was being transferred to the Coopers.
One was black, with lettering '25 Peyrani'
and one was red with lettering '43 Peyrani'.
Peyrani used to manufacture transporters,
but now deal with mining/oil related
Austin A60 Cambridge
An example of the Mafia's Caterpillar
Water Cannon - E _ 15 2766
The Carabinieri/Polizia drove Alfa
Black '25 Peyrani' transporter
Chinese plane delivering bullion
Free Enterprise I - transport to
The Free Enterprise I in 2003, renamed
The ferry that the jobbers boarded to
get to the continent was called 'Free
Enterprise I'. It was built in Holland
in 1962, for Townsend Brothers Ferries'
Dover-Calais service. In 1968, ownership
passed to Townsend Thoresen. Since 1980
it had various name and owner changes.
In 1997 it was renamed Kallisti. She was
used during the summer on cruises between
Crete-Santorini, and in winter between
Lavrio-Tinos-Mykonos and as of 2003 was
still in service!