The Radford Special
In 1953, a Mr Alf Radford built a car in
the front room of his house in Lyndhurst Terrace, Market
Lane, Swalwell. To remove the car after its completion,
the window of the house was removed and the car was
lifted out. This was such an unusual event that the
press of the time reported it in a number of newspapers.
These are shown below. The light blue car, which had an
1172cc engine was registered in July 1953 with the
registration number WFF 321. It was
then garaged in an old wooden garage on the junction of
Woodhouse Lane and Whickham Bank (opposite Clavering
Road). The car could often be seen moving around
Swalwell in the late 50s / early 60s which was the last
time I saw the car.
During its 64 year life it
has had only 4 owners and is now currently under
restoration by the current owners - a family in York.
Hopefully we will have photos of the car once
restoration is finished.
The car prior to restoration
The original garage on Whickham Bank where the Special
SUPPORT A VERY WORTHY CAUSE
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