AUSTIN Car pictures, videos and ads. II AUSTIN Car pictures, videos and ads. II Austin Motor Company, Longbridge, England, UK, 1905-1952 Austin-ADO-BMC-Hillman-Hudson-Humber-Innocenti-Leyland-MG-Morris-Princess-Riley-Rosengart-Rover-Sunbeam-Vanden Plas-Wolseley KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA NCA001000430_001, 15-08-2007, 10:52, 8C, 7926×4014 (0+4), 100%, NCAD, 1/80 s, R42.6, G11.4, B8.9 Fifty years of caring for the capitalLondon Ambulance Service is 50 years old today (Wednesday 1 April) and will be celebrating with ‘ambulance drivers’ from the sixties meeting 21st century paramedics in old and new vehicles.Fifty years ago suited ‘ambulance drivers’ picked up patients and took them straight to hospital but today, highly skilled clinicians, many with paramedic science degrees, diagnose and treat patients at the scene of incidents.Chief Executive Dr Fionna Moore said: “Back in the old days we used to ‘scoop and run’ patients straight to hospital. There was just a stretcher, a splint and breathing apparatus in the back of an ambulance and staff had eight weeks training.“In contrast, today, we have a wide range of frontline staff, from emergency ambulance crew, through to advanced and consultant paramedics and have a paramedic at director-level on our Trust Board. Increasingly, our paramedics have a three-year paramedic science degree. They carry up to 30 different drugs and make life and death decisions about the most appropriate place to take a patient for treatment. Our ambulances are now kitted out with defibrillators to restart patients’ hearts and ECG machines to detect heart attacks.”Peter Hayman, 74, who worked for the Service from 1965 to 1994, attended the ceremony at County Hall to mark the creation of the new ambulance service. He said: “I remember we introduced an inflatable splint which we thought was revolutionary because all we really had back then was a satchel of bandages and dressings but it’s nothing compared to the kit they have on an ambulance today.”While technology and training has transformed the Service, Fionna says one thing which hasn’t changed is the commitment of ambulance staff to the health and well-being of Londoners.She said: “Fifty years ago the whole of the UK only had one million emergency calls for an ambulance. In London alone we now receive over 1.7m a year.“Ambula OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KF2-2206 Leyland-Daf 400 V8 1991 Ambulance by ‘Mountain’ OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA NCA001000430_001, 15-08-2007, 10:52, 8C, 7926×4014 (0+4), 100%, NCAD, 1/80 s, R42.6, G11.4, B8.9 NCA001000427_006, 15-08-2007, 10:33, 8C, 7926×3654 (0+3), 100%, NCAD, 1/80 s, R42.6, G11.4, B8.9 KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Austin A40 Countryman MkI. The Countryman retained the same profile as the saloon Austin A40 mkI Austin GP4 A40 Countryman. Launched in 1949, the A40 Countryman provided an Estate car by using the Van as a base. This model continued even after the Somerset replaced the Devon and 35,000 were sold until 1956. Austin A50 Cambridge Austin A55 Mk II Cambridge Countryman. The A%% MkII Countryman was not launched until 1960, and was on sale for only about one year before the A60 Countryman superseded it. Austin A125 Limousine DM1. An extended wheelbase limousine version of the Austin sheerline was offered, but it was not a success Austin K8 Three-Way. Known as the ‘Three-Way’ Van because it had doors at the back and on both sides, the K8 was built from 1948-54 with bodywork by Carbodies. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ex-John Lennon 1956 Austin Princess, A 60-year-old Austin Princess hearse with aircraft seats fitted by its previous owner JOHN LENNON is expected to fetch £250,000 at auction. See SWNS SWLENNON; The Beatles legend used the British car as his personal limousine after buying it secondhand in August 1971. Records show the car was registered in the name of John Ono Lennon to 3 Savile Row, which was the Mayfair address of The Beatles.