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A restored Unipower Tractor

Universal Power Drives was a British truck manufacturer which branded its trucks with the Unipower marque.

HistoryEdit

Universal Power Drives was founded in 1934 with a factory in Perivale and its head office in Aldwych, London. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s it specialised in producing 4x4 forestry logging trucks. In 1972 it launched the 4x4 Unipower Invader suited to fire-fighting and construction use.

In January 1966 they exhibited a sports car, the Unipower GT at the Racing Car Show. Another car they produced was the Quasar-Unipower which was built in 1967 and 1968.

In 1977 the company was acquired by AC Cars and production was moved to Thames Ditton, Surrey.

In 1988 the company started a new enterprise in Watford to provide continuity of support for Scammell trucks following the closure of the Rover Group (formerly British Leyland) owned Scammell plant that year.

In the 1980s it launched the C-series heavy-haulage tractor and a range of military trucks.

Alvis plc acquired the company in 1994 and named their new subsidiary Alvis Unipower Limited, the trucks began to be branded as Alvis-Unipower.

Following their elimination from the bidding process for the Ministry of Defence Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) project, Alvis announced their intention to seek a new owner for Alvis Unipower[1].

Model RangeEdit

ALE - Unipower 8x8 tractor - IMG 7927

ALE's unique Unipower 8x8 unit with girder trailer transhipping a large transformer

PreservationEdit

A few of these machines appear on the Show circuit at Classic Commercial and Vintage vehicle shows. A few examples are still in occasional use on farms and estates or with forestry contractors.

List of known PML Unipower trucks in preservation
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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
HHT 937 Unipower Forester 1942 Engine Wight/Class Timber tractor Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
OVS 888 Unipower Forester 1946 Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
MBJ 540 Unipower Forester 1952 Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
VRT 699 Unipower Forester 1957 Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
LBN 640 Unipower Hannibal 1952 Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? photo above
NBJ 661 Unipower Hannibal 1952 Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
SUR 717 Unipower Forester Year Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Unipower Forester - SUR 717 at Kettering 08 - IMG 1747 At ? Misc info
RKN 513 Unipower Hannibal Year Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
GPN 139 Unipower Hannibal 1952 Engine Wight/Class Timber tractor Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
JAP 854 Unipower Hannibal 1954 Engine Wight/Class Timber tractor Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
TKL 115 Unipower Hannibal 1954 Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
CAH 978B Unipower Hannibal 195? Engine Wight/Class Timber tractor Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
GAR 130K Unipower Hannibal 1956 Engine Wight/Class Timber tractor Owner ? Unipower timber tractor - GAR 130K at St.Albans 2009 - IMG 1863 At St.Albans Steam Rally Misc info
LNH 255 Unipower Hannibal 1959 Engine ? Wight/Class Timber tractor Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
Image needed LHB


Reg no. Make Year Engine Wight/Class Type Owner ? Image needed LHB 150px]] At ? Misc info
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See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

  1. Alvis Plc (1999-10-15). Alvis plc To Seek New Owner For Unipower. Alvis plc. 
  • Peter J. Davies (2000). The World Encyclopedia of Trucks. Lorenz Books. ISBN 0-7548-0518-2. 

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