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Transport Equipment (Thornycroft)

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April 1952.

1948 The vehicle making side of Thornycroft was put into a wholly-owned subsidiary Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) to prevent confusion with the shipbuilding Thornycroft company.

1948 Range included Nippy 3-ton, Sturdy 5/6-ton, Amazon 12-ton and Trusty 15-ton

1960 Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) Ltd was taken over by ACV; production was limited to the Nubians, Big Bens and Antars.

1961 Commercial vehicle, marine and industrial motor manufacturers. [1]

1969 Thornycroft's Basingstoke factory was closed in 1969 and specialist vehicles transferred to Scammell at Watford.

1972 The American Eaton Corporation bought Thornycroft's Basingstoke factory from British Leyland for £5M. It has added Thornycroft's heavy gearbox facility to its axle manufacturing capacity[2].

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Sources of Information

  1. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  2. The Times, 19 December 1972