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AEC O853 Matador
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AEC matador tows 3.7 inch gun, Caen, 7 August 1944.
Type Medium artillery tractor
Place of origin Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Specifications
Weight 7.75 tons
Length 20 ft 10 in
Width 7 ft 10 in
Height 9 ft 7 in
Crew 1

Armour none
Engine AEC 7.6 litre diesel
95 hp
Payload capacity 10-ton
Suspension Wheel, 4 x 4
Speed 30 mph

The AEC Matador was an artillery tractor built by the Associated Equipment Company for British and Commonwealth forces during the Second World War.

AEC Mandator MkIII Park royal cab

A MkIII Matador with Park Royal coach build cab of Westfield Transport of Mansfield

AEC had already built a 4 x 2 lorry, also known as the Matador (all AEC lorries received 'M' names).

The Matador was distinctive with its flat fronted cab with gently curved roof, wheels at the corners and a flat load carrying area covered by a canvas or tarpaulin tilt. It was equipped with a winch (7-ton load in its case) like all artillery tractors. The O853 provided the basis for the 'Dorchester' Armoured Command Vehicle.

AEC also produced a larger 6x6 vehicle (model O854) based on the 4x4 Matador which were generally, if not officially, also called Matador. The O854 also provided the basis for an Armoured Command Vehicle, the O857.

Military Service versionEdit

AEC Matador - 24 RNM with Harvey Frost crane at Old Warden 09 - IMG 0316

AEC fitted with Harvey Frost recovery crane

About 9,000 Matadors were built, some going to the Royal Air Force (RAF).

For the British Army, it fulfilled a role between the Morris C8 Quad pulling smaller guns such as the 25 pdr Gun-Howitzer and the Scammell Pioneer used for the 7.2 inch howitzer, and was commonly used for the 5.5 inch Medium Gun and the QF 3.75 inch AA gun. It was also found to be a generally useful vehicle and adapted for other roles including carrying a 25 pdr gun on the back.

The RAF used theirs in the flat bed form for load carrying. The 6-wheeler Matador was used as a refuelling tanker, capable of carrying 2,500 Imperial gallons of fuel and also for towing ashore Short Sunderland flying boats at their stations.

In 1942/43 for the North African campaign some Matadors mounted the 6 pounder anti-tank gun to give the AEC Mk1 Gun Carrier "Deacon".

Post war the Matador was found in civilian use as a recovery truck, a showmans vehicle, and general contractor use. Also useful for forestry work because of its good offroad performance.

Scale models manufacturers Airfix make a version of the vehicle, as a gun tractor for the 5.5 inch gun.

Commercial VersionEdit

The AEC Mandator was built as a commercial 4x2 before the Military version was introduced. Post war new versions of the Mandator were introduced with a MkII and a MkIII appearing.

More history of the civilian version required - Can you help with information ?

UK preservationEdit

AEC Matador XKX 593 ad GDSF 08 - IMG 1058

An AEC Matador 4x4 at GDSF in 2008

  • Several examples can be seen on the preservation and Vintage Vehicle circuit both at Truck shows and at other events, like Steam Fairs where some are used to haul Fairground rides or low loaders or as part of the historic military vehicle displays.
  • Westfield Transport of Mansfield Matador MKIII is show above, this is an immaculate restoration of a Truck. This truck was built with Park Royal custom cab and bodywork, specially for its duty as a haulage tractor.


List of Preserved AEC Matador trucks
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Registration No. Make-Model or type no Build-Year Engine-Make/Type Weight/class Chassis/Body type Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured Other info
18 YZ 81+ Matador  ?  ? - military truck owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Military vehicle
103 UXV Matador  ?  ? - Showman's tractor conversion owner ? AEC Matador reg 103 UXV at Lister Tyndale 09 - IMG 4789 At Lister Tyndale Steam Rally 2009 Ex Military vehicle
1254 DD+ Matador  ?  ? - timber truck owner ? AEC Matador - 1254 DD at Much Marcle 2014 - IMG 1625 At Much Marcle Steam Rally 2009 Part restored
5797 DF+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
774 FBD Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? AEC Matador FWD Timber tractor - 774 FBD at Rushden 08 - P5010265 At Rushden Transport Cavalcade 2008 Ex Military vehicle
BCM 30+ ? Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle - part rebodied
BCS 675 Matador  ?  ? - Recovery tractor conversion owner ? AEC Matador recovery - BCS 675 at Holcot 08 - IMG 0167 At Holcot Steam Rally 2008 Ex Military vehicle
BSJ 833+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion Livery of R & M Lowther 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
DSK 419+ Matador  ?  ? - Military truck owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
EDT 644+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At Rudgwick Steam Rally 2010 In livery of Smarts Circus - Ex Military vehicle
ESV 675+ Matador  ?  ? -  ? owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
FYS 10+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle - Rebodied
GUJ 700+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
JSU 177+ Matador  ?  ? - recovery tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
KFO 341+ Matador  ?  ? - Dropside body owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
LSV 833+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
MFO 192+ Matador  ?  ? - Military Truck owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
MUB 647+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
MVS 888+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion M.J. Wall & Sons collection 150px]] At Pickering Steam Rally 2011 Ex Military vehicle
PGK 885+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
PSU 823+ Matador  ?  ? - Military Truck owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
PUT 510 Matador  ?  ? - Douglas Timber tractor conversion owner ? Douglas Timber Tractor (AEC Militant) - PUT 510 at Belvoir 08 - DSC01202 At Belvoir Castle Steam Festival 2008 Is it a Matador or Militant based vehicle as seen described as both ?
PWP 555+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
RGX 158+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Re-Cabed - Ex Military vehicle
RSJ 506+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
RSJ 996+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
RYS 893 Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? AEC Matador RYS 893 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1449 At Woolpit Steam 2009 Ex Military vehicle
TFF 267+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle - part rebodied
TVS 347+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle - rebodied - part bus body
SVJ 994+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber truck owner ? AEC Matador timber tractor - SVJ 944 at Much Marcle 2014 - IMG 1620 At Much Marcle Steam Rally 2014 ex Military vehicle
WCE 565+ Matador  ?  ? - RAF truck (1/2 cab) owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
WFF 572+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At GDSF 2008 Ex Military vehicle (Named Monty)
XFO 746+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Rebodied
XSK 421 Matador  ?  ? - 4x4 Military truck owner ? AEC Matador - XSK 421 at Holcot 08 - IMG 0279 At Holcot Steam Rally 2008 Ex Military vehicle
YVO 404+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
FNH 606E+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Recabed - Ex Military vehicle
OWU 798E+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? DWU 798E - AEC Matador Timber tractor conversion at Pickering 09 - IMG 3573 At Pickering Steam Rally 2009 Ex Military vehicle ?
KOT 807F+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
SLT 154F+(89 YY 35) Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
NKY 805H+ Matador  ?  ? - Recovery conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle - part rebodied
WAD 867J+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Fitted with timber body & Hydraulic crane
YOR 146J+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
LVJ 310P+ Matador  ?  ? - Timber tractor conversion owner ? 150px]] At ? 2009 Ex Military vehicle
Image needed LHB


Unknown Matdor Timber tractor S.E. Davis & Son collection AEC Matador timber at SE Davis 11 - IMG 9132 In the long grass Timber tractor
Image needed LHB


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