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BMC Leyland Tractors

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1968 Merger of British Motor Holdings with Leyland Motors; part of the BMH business was Nuffield tractors. The production line was based at the Bathgate factory in Scotland. It was intended that the Nuffield tractor would continue.

1969 However in November 1969, BMC Leyland Tractors revealed three new machines. The business unit was renamed BMC Leyland Tractors[1]. The previous red livery and Nuffield badge were replaced by a two-tone blue colour scheme and a Leyland badge with only a small sticker declaring the Nuffield name, which was shortly discarded.

The new models numbered 154, 344 and 384 retained many of the Nuffield features. The numbers related to the engine size, for example, the 384 had a 3.8 litre engine and the number 4 related to its four cylinders. The 384 was the largest model.

In the 1970s several other models were introduced; in 1972 the model 253 was introduced with a three cylinder Perkins engine; in 1973 the 245 model was produced using a four cylinder diesel engine; the model 2100 was manufactured from 1973 to 1979 and featured a six cylinder diesel engine and had ten forward and two reverse gears.

1979 Ceased production

1981 BMC Leyland Tractors was sold to Marshall, Sons and Co[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jul 31, 1970
  2. The Times, Nov 21, 1981