Hello dear friends, a question about the Coles Mobile Crane export models, the ones that went from Liverpool into France in circa 1951. A photo below of both a regular one, with regular contemporary box and (right) such a French import, with the highly unusual French box, in which it was sold in the French shops.
In Ramsay's this French import is said to date from the period 1951- 1957. Others (as also stated in the Dulin collection book) suggest that is was imported and packed like this in 1951 only. Indeed, the box is rather scarce, so 1951-1957 seems to be too long to me. If 1951 only is true, I cannot explain the grooved hubs (starting in the second half of 1952) of both my example and the example once owned by GÃ©rard Dulin.
There seems to be no contemporary documentation (factory archives, catalogue etc.) about this date. What then is the evidence anyway for putting it on 1951 and or 1951-1957? Could someone give me a factual or plausible answer, please?
Another request of mine, relating to this model, is the little explanatory sheet of paper, which is lacking with my example. Could someone provide the text, or even a reproduction of that leaflet?
Kind regards, Jan Werner