MACK Trucks (Great Britain) Ltd 1954-1964

Not to be confused with the well known original Mack Trucks of the USA, although does have a similar name, this company was a British lorry maker based at Barking in Essex England. Mack Trucks (Great Britain) initially sold reconditioned and rebuilt ex-War Department American-built Mack Trucks. The company planed/tried to import new US-built trucks, but that plan failed, and they started to offer new built trucks of their own design. These had a 7-toner fitted with a Perkins R6 diesel engine and David Brown 5 speed gearbox with American-styled cab and bonnet. In 1954 at the Commercial Motor Show, the company showed two brand new models of their own, one was a short wheel-based model, and another one was a long wheel-based model. Both had British-built bonnets and cabs. They also offered a new model by 1955 with Forward Control (FC) version with Leyland engine, an Albion gearbox and a more spacious Bonallack steel cab. Later on in 1956, another new model arrived. A normal control 14-toner lorry model was also offered and marketed with a Bedford TA cab. Another last model they launched was a 4WD 8 ton model with Commer TS3 Diesel engine, soon joined by another new 6WD model intended to use as a crane-carrier with a more powerful Leyland 0680 Strainghtsix engine. These last 2 models, plus a third AEC-powered seismographic 4X4 truck built to special order, were the last three British Mack lorries produced. The company is believed to have only built around 20 vehicles between 1954 and 1964.[1]

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  1. The World Encyclopedia of Trucks by Peter J Davis, page 175

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