Paramedic Private Ambulance Company was formed in 1979 by Jacqueline and Keith Pillinger. The first private ambulance company set up in the South West of England covering accident and emergency calls for the then two private hospitals in Bristol. They have grown to be the largest private ambulance company in Great Britain serving all the needs of the many private and NHS hospitals in the South West. Keith produced a few very nice Code 3 Brooklins using the BRK26 1955 Chevrolet Noman Van.


The first special has been produced by Keith to commemorate thirteen years of business. He stripped and rebuilt 100 Nomad Rock County Ambulances, repainted them white, and decaled them with red and blue decals in the livery of his company. The emergency warning light and siren are retained. These models come in a blue box, hand-signed and numbered by Keith, with a certificate assessing their authenticity.



The second Code 3 in the Pillinger Nomad Van set is a County Coroners Officer car finished in black with interior in red and gold decals on the doors. These models, numbering 50, come in a black box, each hand-signed and numbered.



The third Code 3 Chevy Nomad Van produced by Keith Pillinger has decals appropriate for a Blood Transfusion service, finished in dark blue with a beige interior and yellow decals on the doors. Limited to 50 models, they come in a blood red box, each hand-signed and numbered.



This model is based on the Chevy Nomad, converted into a Hearse. It is finished in dark silver grey metallic with grey interior and features special added roof rails, gold decals on the doors and a coffin in the back in off-white. These models were limited to 50 pieces and come in a special hand-numbered grey-blue box with mourning dove logo.



Another Code 3 made by Keith Pillinger is a repaint of a 1953 Pontiac Van, finished in lime green with red sun visor. The side panels have the words “I did it my way” in black with a hand indicating the victory sign with two fingers up, the same hand is also on the doors. 25 pieces of this model were produced.


Author: Gianluigi Cappi

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