Swiss tourists in 1940s Britain

The journey from the Alps to England in the 1930s/40s would have been long and tedious – and all the more so in this selection of vehicles which Monsieur Pemberton snapped in those uncomfortable times.      I would have chosen the Citroen, for my voyage…….

ZG 239 motorcycle from Zug in Oxford 1940s, see by John Pemberton

ZG 239 motorcycle from Zug in Oxford 1940s,      seen by John Pemberton

Berne Citroen Light Fifteen, 1940s London.   JP

BE 4646 – Berne Citroen Light Fifteen, 1940s London. JP

A real old-timer - possibly 1938 in Oxford.A real Genevan old-timer, maybe American make – possibly 1938 in Oxford.

British Ford Eight - noisy, slow and bumpy.

British Ford Eight from St. Gallen – noisy, slow and bumpy journey to London??          Pemberton archive.

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One Response to Swiss tourists in 1940s Britain

  1. John Harrison says:

    Thinking of Swiss in London reminds me of a story regarding the film director Michael Winner who died recently. For one of his early films he had a very limited budget and he needed to film a scene set in Switzerland. To save money they decided to film it in London and put cardboard Swiss number plates over the plates of the parked cars that would feature in the film. Inevitably some drivers returned to their cars and drove off, not realising they were bearing “Swiss” plates.

    Regards

    John

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