The Thames Trader (600E) was a semi-forward control truck replacing the ET6 and the 7V models. It was designed by Ford of Britain unlike the outgoing models. The Thames Trader was introduced in 1957 and a Mk2 version in 1962 with production ending in 1965 when the new Ford D-series took over. There was, however, a bonneted Ford Thames Trader NC which utilised the cab from the German Ford Koln truck. The Thames Trader was produced in versions from 2 to 7 tons with a 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 4-cylinder diesel engine carried over from the 500E truck; A '6D' 6-cylinder diesel was also offered.
Ford Thames Trader 1961 - badge on bonnet. Note that 'T R A D E R' does not appear in the grille on the Mk1 version.
Ford Thames Trader MkII 1962 - badge on bonnet. The MkII Thames Traders only had 'THAMES' beneath the bonnet vent and 'T R A D E R' was spelt out within the grille.
Ford Thames Trader 1960 Tipper. The Thames Trader MkI was only badged above the grille.
Ford Thames Trader FC MkII. The MkII introduced in 1962 has the word 'T R A D E R' inside the grille replacing the stars of the earlier MkI
Ford K-Series 1966 Flatbed. The K-Series started production in 1962 as the Ford NC (Normal Control), being a bonneted version of the Thames Trader forward control truck. The body was from Germany and was used on the Ford Koln Truck. In 1965 the Thames Trader was replaced and the NC continued until 1967 as the Ford K-Series.
Ford Thames Trader 1960 Tipper
Ford Thames Trader 1961 4D. This one has the 4-cylinder 3.6-litre diesel engine first used in 1952 in a Fordson Tractor. There was also a 6-cylinder ('6D') diesel option.
Ford Thames Trader 1962 Pantechnicon
Ford Thames Trader 1965 Box Van. The MkII Thames Traders had 'T R A D E R' written inside the grille. This one has the later '6D' 6-cylinder diesel engine.
Ford Thames Trader FC MkII. The Thames Trader had been introduced in 1957 taking over from the ET6/7 and covering a wider market. The MkII was launched in 1962
Fordson, Ford Thames ET6
Ford DA 1911 1973 articulated, powered by 6,277cc (380) diesel engine