Raymond, during the Second World War, was a large supplier of aluminium towards the aircraft and boat making industry. They were in charge of importing and casting the metal ready for use on the WW2 machines, however, when the war ceased in 1945, the owner of the company (Arthur Raymond) moved on to building coaches. During this time, car production was at it’s peak, leading Raymond into producing cars and utility vehicles. The company started off with the Vendetta. This van was produced between 1956 and 1972, within it’s 16 year life span, it managed to sell over 700,000 units, encouraging Arthur to take this business further. Today, the company is in the capable hands of Dave Ortani- Arthur’s grandson.
1956 Raymond Vendetta
After the war, the need for panel vans increased, due to decorating, building and other manual labour jobs being at an all time high. This was the moment when Raymond brought out the Vendetta. It featured a 2.0l n/a caruretta I4 engine capable of reaching speeds up to 98km/h and sold well. The classic 2-down light design was a big focal point on this van, and is still on some of the newest models of Raymond automobiles.