The J-type van – A Classic Light Commercial

by Harvey Pitcher. ISBN 0-9543982-0-3

202mm x 210mm in format with 72 pages (12 in colour) + colour cover.

Price: £12.50 (+£1.50 p+p in the UK, or +£2.50/Europe, or +£4.00/Rest of the World).

The first chapter, “A Brief History”, gives background details regarding the J-type, which was announced in 1948. One chapter in the book tries to give a feel of how different was the world into which it was introduced. Another gives a definitive and fully illustrated account of all scale models of the van that have been made down the years. Yet another describes the trials and tribulations experienced in the saving and restoration of a J-type in Zimbabwe, of all places, during the troubled 1980s! Wonder what it was like to use one of these wonderful little vans in the ‘60s? A chapter details one man’s experiences as a postman driver, including actually learning to drive in a J-type! Ever dreamt what a custom car enthusiast might achieve with one? It’s in here. All shades of the ‘passion for all things J-type’ have been covered.

Some comments so far:

“A delightfully eclectic collection of J-type material” “this is no po-faced history” “You’ll be amazed” – Classic and Vintage Commercials

“This charming book covers all facets of the little van that was a common sight on British roads from 1948” – Daily Telegraph

“The next best thing to owning the real thing” – Best of British

“Some cracking period pictures….everybody will find something of interest” – Practical Classics

“Not the usual stuffy text-book style history. A very interesting and amusing book” Diecast Collector

“Written and designed zestfully” – Heritage Commercials

“Fans of these vans will love it” – Classics

“much to offer all enthusiasts, not just J-type fans” – Classic Van and Pick-up

“Different and very, very readable” Geoff Fishwick – Morris-Commercial historian

“A major effort” – VW Split-Screen Magazine

“Passion shines through…The J-type van is a fascinating read” – Truck & Driver

“A celebration of the van and its owners… Oh and we love the front cover too…” – Classic Car Weekly

“A must for classic commercial enthusiasts everywhere” – New Zealand Classic Car