Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Thornycroft Lorries in Malaya 1919 - 1926

Satisfied customers
The following sections summarise Thornycroft sales announcements in contemporary issues of The Commercial Motor journal. The announcements do not necessarily include all Thornycroft lorry sales, and site visitors seeking more extensive and detailed sales information are asked to refer to the Thornycroft sales register, held at the Milestones Living History Museum in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Orders announced in The Commercial Motor include lorries, buses, coaches, vans and municipal vehicles etc. However, the summaries below include freight lorry and petrol tanker sales only. In some cases, chassis are sold, and it is not always clear whether these are to be fitted with lorry, bus, etc bodies by their users. Chassis whose applications are unknown are included in the summaries below.

John Towlson's hinged-sided 40hp Type X

Orders for Thornycrofts, 13 June 1922
Thornycroft has been taking orders despite the trade depression, and is now feeling the benefits of improving conditions. The firm recently received orders for two Type BT tipping wagons for the Dumbarton County Council, three Type J tippers for the Derbyshire County Council, two Type J chassis to the Shanghai Municipal Council and three Type BT 2 ton (2,032kg) chassis to the Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board.

Thornycrofts in Kuala Lumpur, 12 February 1924
The Type BT 2 ton (2,032kg) chassis for the Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board mentioned on 13 June 1922 have been averaging 1,000 miles/month (1,609km/month) over 18 months, with good reliability.

Haulage contractor J Robotham of Leicester ran this hinged-sided 40hp Type J

This 40hpType J brewery lorry served Thomas Wethered & Son, Marlow.

Sales and service centre in Singapore, 28 April 1925
A Thornycroft sales and service centre, managed by Mr Merton H Brown, has recently been set up at Singapore to handle Thornycroft sales in Malaya and other markets.

A plain lorry platform bodied 40hp Type Q of Threlfall's Brewery, Liverpool.

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