Truck restored in Dallam goes under the hammer

The Silentnight Truck goes under the hammer today

The Silentnight Truck goes under the hammer today

First published in News

A 60-YEAR-OLD lorry, immaculately restored by a Dallam company after it was rescued from a scrap yard, is now set to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 at an auction.

The Guy Otter Pantechnicon was built by Guy Motors at their Fallings Park factory, in Wolverhampton in 1951, but rusted in a scrap yard until it was rescued by Lancashire bed company Silentnight.

They sent the lorry to be restored at Marsden Vanplan in Longshaw Street, and now the vintage wagon is up for sale.

The lorry is scheduled for auction at Bonhams in Harrogate today and is expected to make a high return as it has won a string of awards since its restoration.

A representative from Bonhams said: ‘Since completion in 1999 the vehicle has won its class in almost every event entered, including the prestigious Trans-Pennine Rally.”

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2:01pm Wed 14 Nov 12

old-codger says...

I think it may fetch well over the expected price...
.Marsden Vanplan were one of the best in the country and their work was always top spec..I,m not sure if they still operate but no longer on longshaw street....
I think it may fetch well over the expected price... .Marsden Vanplan were one of the best in the country and their work was always top spec..I,m not sure if they still operate but no longer on longshaw street.... old-codger
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2:43pm Wed 14 Nov 12

William J Smith says...

Yes I was one of five men who refurbished this Guy Otter Pantechnicon
And I deliverd it to Silentnight Beds in Barnoldswick when finished. The company was sold off just so the new
owners could build houses on the land,
what a shame.
Yes I was one of five men who refurbished this Guy Otter Pantechnicon And I deliverd it to Silentnight Beds in Barnoldswick when finished. The company was sold off just so the new owners could build houses on the land, what a shame. William J Smith
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6:31pm Wed 14 Nov 12

old-codger says...

Thats a great shame, They did some wonderful work on many vehicles. These developers dont care about the loss of jobs and the loss of a great company of craftsmen...Well done William J Smith, I hope you found new employment with your skills..
Thats a great shame, They did some wonderful work on many vehicles. These developers dont care about the loss of jobs and the loss of a great company of craftsmen...Well done William J Smith, I hope you found new employment with your skills.. old-codger
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3:19pm Thu 15 Nov 12

William J Smith says...

Thanks old-codger, for those remarks,
but I missed the closedown has I had retaired by then.
But yes what a very good workforce Marsdens had and will never come back
through greedy bosses.
Thanks old-codger, for those remarks, but I missed the closedown has I had retaired by then. But yes what a very good workforce Marsdens had and will never come back through greedy bosses. William J Smith
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6:58pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Robert.b says...

It is not Dallam it is Bewsey.
It is not Dallam it is Bewsey. Robert.b
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