The Ital van I got had a metal mesh behind the front seats seperating the cargo area. This was where my 1980's Phillips Twin Tape Deck stereo was strapped to (even found a pic of the one I had)- no car radio fitted as standard so had to improvise!!! Cost me a fortune in batteries - If I was a bit more savvy back then, I could have saved up enough to buy an old radio and fitted it, but I was more interested in girls, fags and beer!!
I was a scout leader at the time, and the van was excellent for lugging all the old army tents and camping gear!
Ahhhh, I can still remember smelling of old campfires for days afterwards!!!!!
That arrangement was standard for thousands of BT engineers across the country, me included, usually fixed to the “dog guard” with as many zip straps as it took to hold your chosen music box. My time with the Ital was long lived (too bloody long!), 1984 when it arrived with 69 miles in the clock until May 1990 when it was finally pensioned off in favour of a Maestro (such luxury!) in a very fetching shade of navy blue.
The Ital was unimpressive, in common with the. Bedford HA it replaced, it was slow, noisy and only half the fun the Bedford had been to drive. The handling wasn’t good, harsh ride which accentuated the lack of sound deadening and was extremely tiring over any distance (a great excuse for regular respite stops in cafes!)
I’ve never looked to see if it’s still around but I suspect it (A690 XOX I think it was) went for razor blades by the early 90s.