Leyland Tractors explores the story of the Leyland tractor, beginning with the orange Nuffield tractor of 1948, which was to influence the development of Leyland tractors in many key ways. The focus then shifts to the period from 1969 to 1982, when the name Leyland was used on the bonnet of a range of blue tractors, all built in Bathgate, Scotland. All the various models built during this time are looked at in detail, as each new product brought new innovations and improvements, such as quiet cabs and syncromesh gearing as well as some less successful developments. The story continues when Leyland Tractors was sold to Marshall of Gainsborough, concluding in the mid-1980s when the firm faltered. Finally, we take a look at the legacy of the Leyland tractor, celebrating their endurance, and the fact that many have been restored by collectors, while still others are still out on farms, working as they were intended. Filled with original modern photography of tractors both at work and on display, and containing previously unseen material, this book is a unique addition to the tractor enthusiast’s library.
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About the Author
Jonathan Whitlam is a tractor specialist and author of several books on tractors. He and Stephen Richmond run the Tractor Barn company which produces DVDs and other media based on tractors.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Morris Builds a Tractor 8
Chapter 2 Blue is the New Orange 20
Chapter 3 Leyland Power 31
Chapter 4 Big Six 41
Chapter 5 Quiet Please 47
Chapter 6 Changing Gear 51
Chapter 7 Going for Gold 62
Chapter 8 Third Generation 71
Chapter 9 Leyland Legacy 89
About the Author 96