Top 10: Classic AA Vehicles

In 1905 the AA was established to 'combat police persecution of early motorists'. It began with a group of cycle 'scouts' who patrolled some of the most frequently travelled roads of the day. Early AA cycle scouts used their own bicycles, for which they were paid an allowance.

In 1912 the AA took to motor transport with motorcycles, initially for Inspectors. Motorbikes with sidecars became standard issue for AA patrols and it wasn't intil 1949 that the association moved to four-wheels with the Land Rover becoming one of its first vehicles.

Motorcycle combinations were phased out in 1968 and the AA moved to vans with the Minivan its most recognisable vehicle. Since then it has used a host of makes and models as the basis for patrol and recovery vehicles. So here are some classic AA motors.

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1972 Reliant Regal Supervan

The three-wheel Reliant was never actually used by the AA in service, although one Regal van was fuly liveried and carried all the normal patrol equipment and a two-way radio as the AA tested its suitablity as a breakdown patrol vehicle in April 1965.

Ultimately - and perhaps not unsurprisingly - the Regal was not adopted for operational use despite the fact it could be driven on a motorcycle licence. Early Regal models were powered by a 600cc engine but this was later increased to 750cc. This Regal isn't the original van but a later replica.

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   on 29 January 2017

I have a Series 2a Landrover. Did the AA modify the 109 pickup with an unit on top of the tub?

Kevin

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