The Green Goddess Conversions
Not all Green Goddesses on this page were Park Royal built!
Please take a deep breath & relax before reading this page!
The purists amongst Green Goddess enthusiasts would, perhaps, disapprove the conversion of their beloved vehicles for other uses. Many conversions are mainly to mobile homes but there is at least one Green Goddess converted to a car transporter and another modified to a "limousine" and kitted out with a state-of-the-art sound system for special-occasion hire.
Mobile Home Conversions:
Worthy of admiration, here is a stunning motor-home conversion of a Park Royal bodied example PGW 185 (Body No. B37578); though how much of the original PRV body remains is questionable. Even the petrol-heads who approve of both classic vehicles and social history might be happy following this motor-home - Jeremy Clarkson please take note!
Photos by İ Brian Burgess
And below is another 'interesting' mobile-home conversion.
Compare the above conversion of a PRV GG (PGW 185) to this bewildering conversion that sports half of an old caravan bolted on top. I'm rather glad that this one wasn't initially PRV produced. Need I say more? No, I think not! Ed.
Vehicle Transporter Conversion:
Yes; 992 XUJ was formerly PGW 98, a PRV built Green Goddess (Body No. 37491); it was re-registered in 2008, probably by Withams so they could sell the number plate for use elsewhere!
The owner shows (races perhaps) a 1954 Austin Healey 100 (626 UXK), now with a Chevrolet engine, and wanted comparable transport for it so he gave PGW 98 a new lease of life as a rather excellent car transporter; looking resplendent in its new red livery to match the Healey.
Images above supplied by Brian Burgess; copyright owner unknown (I will gladly attribute if the owner of the images would contact me Ed.).
Here is another excellent image of PGW 98 taken at Goodwood in 2014.
And here's how PGW 98 was re-built (condensed version).
here's how PGW 98 was re-built (80+ pages of bulletin board).
As this is a bulletin board there are countless comments from other enthusiasts, some showing their conversions too. But it is worth paging through to see the extensive work needed to recover this, almost derelict, Green Goddess and complete this impressive and stunning conversion.
And here's all about the Austin Healey Chevy.
Mobile Canteen Conversion:
These images (İ 'Firebanter') were kindly sent in by John C. Thompson.
Mobile Bookstore Conversion:
These images were kindly sent in by Joe Loedolff who converted this Green Goddess into a mobile bookstore operated by Burning Books (Facebook page) - (see also Liberty Books) in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Sadly this non-PRV Green Goddess's coachwork was unsalvageable but with some evidently serious engineering she has been turned into this splendid mobile bookstore, whilst retaining much of the original styling, which is no mean feat. The renovation process can be seen on this Facebook page.
Unfortunately, there is no log of the chassis (No. 12393) that was built at Vauxhall in Luton in 1955. The coachbuilder is also unknown, though it definitely wasn't Park Royal (which is a pity as it looks so good preserved in this way; Ed.).
The Recreational Limousine:
"The Green Goddess Limo - YouTube Video"
The Gun Tractors:
These half cabs were converted by L. W. Vass (specialists in Fire Equipment & Bedford/Landrover) to be used as gun tractors by the Cypriot armed forces; I think with Bofors (Brian Burgess).
And this is a model of how this rig would have appeared in practice. Countless numbers of these were built but very little about them has been recorded (model & images by Brian Burgess).
The Snow Plough:
And it's no joke, yes it's a Green Goddess converted to a snow plough and used at Teeside Airport (picture: Brian Burgess).