The AA was formed in 1905 famously meeting in the Trocadero Restaurant in London. Membership of the organisation grew rapidly and five years later they had patrols across the country.
Initially the cycle scouts were employed at weekends to advise members of police traps ahead, but this soon changed as they began helping stranded motorists. In the late 1940's the introduction of two-way radio transformed the organisation as they were able to be contacted centrally to attend a members vehicle.
This Ford Transit MkI cab with its characteristic Beavertail rear body comes in the familiar and highly visible yellow and black livery of the Automobile Association. An additional feature comprises the pyramid style roof box with orange beacon on the cab roof.
The platform is masked in silver and the radiator masking operation deserves special mention, finished in yellow with black ventilation grilles. Registered TLF 248M, this vehicle dates from 1973.