Stop Press – 949 BYY consigned to auction!

A rather strange bit of news to see out 2017. We can announce that Ray Kings’ Planners van, 949 BYY, has been consigned to a forthcoming auction at the Birmingham-based auction house of Biddle and Webb.

It has been placed in their January 13th auction of ‘jewellery, silver, watches and interiors’ starting at 10am. The van has not yet been allocated a lot number, but it has been valued at an estimated £10,000 to £12,000, plus buyer’s fees. For a van that is in running order and with an amount of bodywork requiring attention, this seems a surprisingly conservative estimate – it really should sell for more.

We cannot believe that this is what Ray would have wanted to happen to his van, but he passed away without leaving any will. This should be a lesson to us all!

We have been informed that the van and related items can be viewed at the following times:

Saturday 6th January, 10am-12noon
Thursday 11th January, 12noon-4pm
Friday 12th January, 10am to 4pm


Seasons Greetings from the J-type Register

Classic Motor Show 2017!

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Our stand is set up and ready, just a few hours rest, a few hours sleep and we’ll be raring to go…

In Hall 3 we are surrounded by all manner of lovely automotive machinery, yet our vans still hold their own in such auspicious company. Come along and see for yourself, and please say ‘Hi’ to whoever is manning the stand.

Ray Kings 1932~2017

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that long-time Register member Ray Kings passed away on the 8th October after a long illness.

In 949 BYY, Ray attended many Register get-togethers, all the way back to the heydays of Tatton Park. He is one of only a handful of owners to have attended all three Anniversary Rallies at Wythall in the same vehicle. BYY also graced our stands at the NEC more than once!

Ray always entertained with his stories of early days doing National Service, of working at Marsh and Baxter’s and later exploits whilst self-employed in his grp moulding business.

He will be sorely missed on the Rally scene.

Ray’s Funeral was on Thursday 19th October, at Stourbridge Crematorium.

Gaydon and other matters

First, some sad news from Peter Bateman in Australia:

“Sadly we have to report the passing of Lloyd Harrington. Over the years Lloyd owned about 70 J vans, many ex-Melbourne Gas & Fuel and a fleet of 55 Js delivered bread from the bakery at 499 Canterbury Road, Vermont.
We pass our thoughts to his family. One day a Harrington’s Bread van will be restored in his memory.”


Gaydon came and went yesterday, 6th August. We managed 5 J-types at it, although one of the vans was on display in the Post Office vehicle line-up!

Many nice light commercials and lots of good conversations. It is turning into a great show.


J van grille chrome

The Register has organised the manufacture of a small batch of the chrome hoops for the grille panel of a J-type. We have not so far managed to organise the remanufacture of the centre strip, but enquiries are ongoing. The hoops are made from chrome-plated brass to the correct section. Having such a limited market, it is unlikely we will be having more made once these have been sold. The cost for the left-hand and right-hand hoops is £80 for the pair, plus post/packing which is yet to be established.

They are difficult items to package, so it would be preferred if members/purchasers might pay and reserve a set and collect them at the Classic Van and Pick-up Show at Gaydon (Sunday August 6th) or at the NEC show (10th-12th November) where we will have a stand in Hall 3. Otherwise, by prior arrangement they could be picked up from Register HQ in Moseley, Birmingham.

The Classic Van and Pick-up Show will be only the second outing for 5003 NX with its new paint finish. We are hoping to change the wheel colour to silver, but so many other things are getting in the way at the moment!

Review 44 is on its way!

Yes, check your hall floor, listen out for the rattle of your letterbox… Review 44 is in the post and about to drop onto your ‘Welcome’ mat!

Packed with interesting J-stuff, this is an issue worth waiting for.

Website problems

Having updated to a newer version of the software used to maintain this site, we have experienced a weird problem in that the ‘Gallery’ buttons – the 3 Badge buttons – have disappeared. As a temporary measure until we solve this problem the galleries can still be accessed by clicking these links:

Side-valve J-types:

Overhead-valve J/Bs:

Austin 101s:

Our ‘Links’ page has similarly disappeared but can be found here:

An April catch-up!

It has been a busy start to the month.

We attended the The National Car Club Awards ceremony – we were shortlisted for Best Club Newsletter. Had a nice time, but didn’t win anything, though.

Did meet TV star Ant Anstead briefly. He likes J-types! His eyes lit up when we mentioned the Register.

Autocult, a specialist German modelmakers, have introduced a 1:43 scale resin model of a J van. They use resin as it gives them the flexibility to make models in small batches. Apparently only 333 are made of any model, which sell for around £90 each. Undoubtedly the most accurate model made so far, the windscreens and other windows sit so neatly in their apertures for instance, the model is only let down by a few errors. In particular the rear wheelarches seem wrong, as does the curvature of the grille area. The model also looks as if the real van used to model from was seriously overloaded at the point that measurements were taken. But nevertheless, definitely the best so far.

Ebay currently has the ex-Frank Horton pick-up up for sale. This had a diesel engine and auto gearbox when in Frank’s ownership. It might just surprise whoever buys it!

In Australia another ‘new’ van has surfaced. We will be giving more details of this in the next Review, no. 44, which we are putting together with a view to posting it out very early in May. This is a good time to say that if you have anything of interest now is the time to send it to the Register for inclusion.

The Register is also collaborating with the Australian arm, J-types Australia, to commission one last batch of chrome grille ‘hoops’. These have been ordered and should be ready in a few weeks. If you need a pair then let us know asap so that we can reserve a set. They will be £80 plus postage for the two pieces.

Another first…

We think that this is the only example of a J-type immortalised in a tattoo, send a photo if you know otherwise!

Thanks to Peter Bateman for the photo!