Fordson Thames ET7 buses

In 1949 Ford in England started producing the forward control Fordson Thames truck. The ET6 had the V8 gasoline engine and the ET7 had the Perkins P6 motor. The cab by Briggs Motor Bodies is similar to that on the Leyland Comet and Dodge Kew trucks. Although a bus chassis ws not part of the range a number of buses were built on the truck chassis.

The buses on this site are actively tracked. The last registration record search was 4 March 2010.


#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
 ??EP5471     No LTSA record. Probably re-registered

Minstry of Works

Ministry of Works had a number of Thames ET7 buses with NZMB bodies at hydro-electric power construction sites in Mangakino, Turangi and Twizel. As Twizel and Turangi started after work was completed at Mangakino it is possible that these buses came from Mangakino.

MOW Thames ET7

An MOW Thames ET7 bus at Mangakino. Photo Graeme Bennett

Thames ET7 Movan Thames ET7 Movan

Ex-MOW Fordson Thames ET7. Photo Rick Brenchley

#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
204114?05/56G23.695 Ministry of Works204114EH7961966 
204115BB18728284006/56G23.861 Ministry of Works204115GVT7.9561961 
Ministry of Works204115EH7971966 
204116?06/56G23.796 Ministry of Works204116EH7981966 
204117?06/56G23.797 Ministry of Works204117EH7991966 
204118?06/56G7.910 Ministry of Works204118EH8001966 
204119?06/56G7.911 Ministry of Works204118EH8011966 
?BB1872928181956? History until 1982 unknown   One of the 6 buses above
R W Isgrove, Te Puke KJ588016/2/82 
A J Brockway, Hamilton KJ588013/10/86 
A G & M L Devitt, Tolaga Bay KJ588024/10/89 
Registration lapsed  2/10/99 
R J & L R Brenchley, Gisborne ZT921126/1/01 

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MOW Thames ET7

Thames ET7 buses at MOW yard Turangi. Photo Graeme Bennett

Thames ET7 at Wellsford

A Thames ET7 bus with NZMB body at Wellsford. Photo Graeme Bennett

New Zealand Railways Road Services

NZMB B13Fv (composite) Bodies. At least 2033, 2034, 2037 were used by the District Engineers Office as gang buses with 10 seats.
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
2033BB18724917106/51? ???3/7/62Dunedin
2034BB18724917506/51?   DU9981 Christchurch
2035BB18724918006/51?   DV2089  
2036BB18724915606/51?    26/2/62 
2037BB1872404686/11/51? N Z Railways2037Govt.122421961 
Ray Vincent, Penrose (Dealer) EZ826728/8/65 
N Z Bus Sales Ltd, Takanini EZ82679/9/65 
Vernon Milne, Reporoa1EZ82679/6/66 
D W Jones, Kaiaua?EZ826729/3/71 
Desmond Stancliffe, Kaiaua?EZ826716/10/72 
R C Hart, Oamaru EZ826726/7/73Movan
J W Tackney, Timaru EZ826730/7/82Movan
D C Yates, Timaru EZ82675/12/84Movan
A J Brown, Christchurch EZ826721/10/85Movan
S J Mudgway, Christchurch EZ82673/2/87Movan
J E Ogier, Christchurch EZ826723/3/88Movan
M D & W A Wilson, Christchurch EZ826715/10/90Movan
registration lapsed  1/7/97 
2033 or 2036??DS5967     No LTSA record
2033 or 2036??? Movan CX731 No LTSA record

Morgan Mail & Parcel Service

Helensville. May not be the original owner. Body work not known
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
?BB18727064?V.330 (56) A J Harper, Waikowhai, Auckland V.3307/3/61Movan? From NZ Bus Sales records

Stanley Dickinson

Pukekawa, Waikato
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
?500E854023/1/57BA4013 M G Dallas, Auckland BA401313/12/74NZMB body
I W Stables, Whangarei BA40131/12/75 
D & L Appleton Ltd, Kamo BA401311/12/87Dealer?
William New, Dargaville BA401311/12/87Movan
Parknsell, Whangarei BA401320/5/03unconfirmed
registration lapsed  22/5/06 

Roy Webb

Roy Webb, Papakura had a self-bodied 1953 Fordson Thames B37F
#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
?BB1872576311953V.330 (56) Roy Webb, Papakura?V2.3351965No LTSA record
Jack Hart, Papakura?CZ46671969Sale of business
N Z Bus Sales, Takanini CZ466717/3/70 
No 4 Squadron, ATC CZ4667? 

Unknown Operator

#Chassis Nbr/VINYearOriginal RegLater Owner#Later Reg DateComments
 ??CW2539     School bus in Gore. No LTSA record. Probably re-registered
 ??AS5957     Movan. No LTSA record.
 ??CY9817     Movan. No LTSA record.

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Last updated 13 January 2009
Data from Murray Jessop through Stan White