So it’s been a fair while since I last posted but I thought I’d update you all! We’re still very much here however life outside this project has been extremely busy recently and I’ve had little time to sit down and write some posts. While usually we work for fortnightly posts I will be scheduling monthly ones for now with occasional ‘bonus’ posts as that’s better to commit to! We’ve got a few things planned for this year so stay tuned to find out more! I hope you all have a good new year and that 2021 is the year the world starts to get back to normal
For our first post of the year I thought I’d share some information about the most commoney used vehicle of the American Ambulance.
The Ford RO1T ambulance was built in Dagenham, UK, by Ford and was initially designed as part of an order to go to Romania hence the ‘R’ prefix. Ford built 1,702 of these vehicles between 1940 and 1941, initially they were all produced as ambulances however later some of these were converted, by Ford, into a van version.
We’ve been trying to research more about this vehicle but information is quite scarce! I was lucky enough to find an original parts catalogue for the vehicle something which was no doubt common place at American Ambulance garages.
I have found two post war photos of the van version of these vehicles from the 1980’s but it appears there may only be one or two survivors around. I believe there were two ambulance versions (in very bad condition) near Ross-on-Wye until about 2012 however my research seems to suggest they may have been scrapped! If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of a RO1T then please do get in touch!