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AEC 854399 DFP472

AEC 854399 DFP472

1939 AEC 6x6 fuel bowser DFP472 ex-RAF Bitteswell, chassis no 854399, taken at the AEC rally at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on May 28th 1995. (NF)

The wartime hybrid Model 854 (or 0854 for the oil engine version) was an amalgam of Model 853 Matador and Model 644 Marshal and was never given a model name by AEC. The Matador badge may well have come with the radiator as a replacement for the original, or the owner may have added it, but the Matador name applied to the six wheel chassis is strictly inaccurate.