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Scammell: Townsman

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Note: This is a sub-section of Scammell.

The Townsman replaced the Scarab and its predecessor the Mechanical Horse and utilized many developments in large vehicles including a fibreglass cab, vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes and although the same automatic coupling feature was used this now used a vacuum operated release mechanism rather than a hand lever found in earlier models.

Despite numerous improvements the Townsman was mainly only sold to British Rail and the Royal Mail and production ended in 1968.

The Scammell or "FAR" was also made under licence by the French company Chenard-Walker and used the Citroen Traction Avant engine. Production of this version began in 1937, and was known is France as the Pony Mécanique. This continued in production, in various versions, until 1970.

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