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Rushton was a British tractor brand, marketed by the Rushton Tractor Co. (1928) Ltd. founded by George Rushton the 1920's to build a British competitor to the Fordson. George Rushton had recruited a former Ford tractors manager Walter Hill, who latter went on to work for Bristol and Muir-Hill tractors. The tractor was built for him by the London General Omnibus Company's subsidiary AEC's commercial vehicle works, with the company starting building the tractors in 1928. The tractor was heavier and more powerful than the Fordson but also more expensive. George Rushton acquired the old AEC factory when they moved from London to Southall. The firm built only built a few as sales were poor and production ceased in 1932. The tractor was initially known as the General, but was latter sold as the Rushton. An industrial version with solid wheels was also built.
Under test at the "World Trials" in Oxford in 1930, both Fordson and the Rushton tractors were tested, but the Fordson failed to complete the tests due to a cracked block. The Rushton recorded 23.9 hp and the Fordson 20.8 hp. A petrol version was offered with Roadless halftracks fitted.
- "General" Tractor
- Rushton Tractor
- Rushton Roadless crawler tractor.
Very few of these can be seen on the vintage tractor rally circuit.
- Rushton Tractor sn 0132 - Ex. Williams collection- Offered for sale October 2012 by H J Pugh & Co. auctioneers.
- Rushton Tractor sn ? - owned by Tom Blackwood - photo right + restoration photos here
- Rushton Tractor sn ? - Breamore House Countryside Museum in Hampshire. photo
- Steel-Wheels.Net has photos of 4 different examples. - here
- Do you know of any other examples in the UK or elsewhere ? (if you do, please add details & photos here, thank you).
References / sources Edit
- Tractors of Europe by A. Morland and P. Henshaw
- Classic Tractors of the World by Nick Baldwin
- Classic Farm Tractors by Michael Williams