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LP1 Local Pattern Carrier

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Local Pattern carrier
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. . The first vehicle successfully secured for our British Empire collection is a good example of the Local Pattern 1 Australian Carrier. This carrier was acquired by a good friend of ours in an exchange with a major Australian museum. The LP1 Local Pattern Carrier had been top of our list of Australian designed and produced armour from the Second World War. What makes this machine very compelling is that examples are rare in Australia and non-existent in the Northern Hemisphere. Very few of these vehicles were built so the search for parts may prove difficult. Our initial survey of the vehicle, with the help of an Australian friend who has an LP2, was promising. The biggest challenge with our LP1 is the armoured body and tin work. The vehicle had been reportedly used on a farm after the war. The body had been cut and extended using the armoured panels from the driver’s position. These panels appear not to have been cut, but simply installed whole into the side of the hull to extend the overall length of the vehicle. It appears these panels can be removed, cleaned up and returned to their original position in front and to the right hand side ....