[ 1907 Hallford/Saurer/Liversidge
We have recently been contacted (October 2010)
relating to the enquiry received from Stanislav Kiriletz (in 2005)
relating to a double decker bus exhibited at the St Petersburg
Exhibition in Russia in 1907. We had not been able to positively
identify the vehicle but suggested that it might have been a bus made
by the London
General Omnibus Company (LGOC). This company much later went on to
Stanislav has obviously been investigating his photo further and has sent us
the cuttings below with the following comment: " Identification
no correct! Now I know! It is no AEC , it is Hallford (Licence of
Swiss lorry Saurer) body of Liversidge. Best regards, Stanislav Kiriletz
We must admit to not being involved in Commercial
Vehicle scene to any degree so cannot comment or add much more, apart
from updating the entry on our website. Our reply to Stanislav was as follows:
"Thanks for your information that the bus is Hallford/Saurer/Liversidge.
We do not have any pictures of a Hallford with a rounded radiator but do
have pictures of Hallford with very angled bonnets, - and we have no
information on Liversidge bodies. Early Saurer bonnets were rounded so
perhaps the chassis was a Saurer rather than a Hallford /Saurer. The
Sourer coach body looks very similar to the Liversige body. Interesting.
We have a later Hallford lorry on our Help Page 9.
The Hallford/Saurer/Liversidge photo you submitted seems to indicate
that the bus for the 1907 St Petersburg show was to be handled by
"Motor Car Emporium". It is interesting to note from the
catalogue of the London 1907 Commercial Motor Show a report that Hall
and the Motor Car Emporium handled entirely different makes: Other
exhibitors of motor-buses include the Beaufort Motor Company, Ltd.,
Messrs. J. E. Hutton, Ltd. (Berliet), the New Arrol-Johnston Co., Ltd., Messrs.
J. and E. Hall (the Saurer system), Mors, England, Ltd., the
Thames Engineering Company, Ltd., the British Automobile Development
Company (Brush), the Motor
Car Emporium, Ltd (Durkopp and De Dion), Messrs. Scott, Stirling
and Co., Ltd., Messrs. Straker and Squire, Ltd ………..