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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

Thornycrofts in Singapore, 14 March 1922

Two Thornycroft Type X 3 tonners (3,048kg) have been supplied through Thornycroft's agent to the Singapore Post and Telegraph Department. Both lorries are used for telegraph service maintenance work, and have special external brackets for carrying 40ft (12.2m) telegraph poles. These vehicles have been working for the past nine months, and, with their carburettors adjusted to suit local ambient conditions, are returning good petrol consumptions.

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 for Toronto, 6 March 1923

A Type J 4 ton (4,064kg) chassis was shipped recently to Canada for T Eaton Co Ltd of Toronto, a large store. A lorry body was fitted to the chassis on arrival. Thanks to this vehicle's good service record, Eaton has ordered four 30hp Type BT 2 ton (2,032kg) chassis with pneumatic tyres; these lorries will enter service shortly.

A Thornycroft fleet in the Antipodes, 1 May 1923

A fleet of Type J 4 ton (4,064kg) end-tipping wagons has been supplied to the Metropolitan Railway Construction Department of the New South Wales Government Railways. Bodywork for these lorries was built and fitted in Australia. When the order was placed, it was proposed to run a mixed fleet of petrol and steam vehicles. Accordingly, two steam vehicles were bought (not from Thornycroft, who were no longer building them by then) and these were operated alongside the Thornycroft petrol lorries. However, the petrol vehicles were more satisfactory so six further Thornycroft Type Js bought, in the face of keen competition as tenders were received for 12 different makes of vehicle.

Thornycrofts in Australia, 7 August 1923

Extension pieces in front of the radiators for carrying long baulks of timber have been fitted to three Thornycroft lorries belonging to a firm of Australian timber merchants. Bodies for these vehicles, a 2-tonner (2,032kg) and two 5-tonners (5,080kg), were built by Thornycroft's New South Wales branch.

The value of a standardized fleet, 4 September 1923

Joseph Crossfield and Sons, Ltd of Warrington bought a Thornycroft Type Q lorry during WW1, in 1915, followed by three Type Js, two of which were commandeered for war use. Thanks to excellent service from its Q and J Thornycroft lorries, Crossfield ordered another 21 Thornycrofts after the war, which included 11 4 ton (4,064kg) Js, six 3 ton (3,048kg) Xs and four 5 ton (5,080kg) Qs.

Thornycrofts in Canada, 23 October 1923

The four Type BT 2-tonners (2,032kg) mentioned on 6 March are now serving T Eaton Co of Canada. Special bodies and large-size Goodyear pneumatic tyres were fitted to all chassis after arrival in Toronto. Eaton also runs a 4 ton (4,064kg) Type J, the good running of which prompted the BT order.

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

Thornycroft lorries in Japan, 29 April 1924

The arrival of a shipment of Thornycroft lorries at Nakano, near Tokyo, underlines the large post-earthquake reconstruction task now under way. Engineers in charge of assembling the vehicles on arrival report that the work was simplified by the accuracy of finish and interchangeability of components. They were also enthusiastic about the care with which chassis were packed for shipment. One lorry has been acquired by the Japanese Army Transport Depot, and the other vehicles will be equipped with tipping bodies.

Satisfaction from a Thornycroft tipper, 13 May 1924

In September 1922 the Lewisham Borough Council bought a 3.5/4 ton (3,556/4,064kg) Thornycroft hydraulic tipper lorry for £1,064, which has given every satisfaction. In order to meet a requirement for a larger tipper, the Council's Works Committee has decided to buy another Thornycroft and not invite prices from other makers.

New Thornycroft lorries for the Dominion Express Co, 20 May 1924

Dominion Express Co (of Canada), a noted firm of express carriers, has recently taken delivery of Thornycroft lorries for conveying passengers' luggage and other goods to the landing stages at Liverpool and other ports.

Thornycrofts in Canada, 8 July 1924 

Thornycroft opened a depot in Toronto following the visit of a company representative last year. The firm has now established another depot, at Montreal.

Tippers for Bradford, 14 October 1924

Harrison Automobile Co (Bradford) Ltd has supplied some Thornycroft tipping wagons to the Bradford Corporation. Tipping is controlled by Bromilow and Edwards hydraulic gear.

Selling Thornycrofts in Yorkshire, 4 November 1924 

Increasing demand for Thornycroft vehicles due, in part, to the introduction of the A1 subsidy 1.5 ton (1,524kg) lorry, has made it necessary to increase Thornycroft's sales capacity in Yorkshire. The repairs and spares facilities at the well-equipped Leeds repair depot have proved useful to many Thornycroft owners in all parts of country.

Thornycrofts in Japan, 30 December 1924

Thornycroft 2 ton (2,032kg) tipping lorries are being used by Tokyo's municipal authorities for reconstruction work following the earthquake which happened some time ago - see also 29 April.

Thornycrofts in use overseas, 10 February 1925

A fleet of 33 Type J 4-tonners (4,064kg) has been sold to the government of Afghanistan.

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.

Satisfaction from Thornycrofts, 26 May 1925 

A Thornycroft A1 1.5 ton (2,032kg) subsidy lorry has completed 2,000 miles (3,218km) for its users, Moss Gear Co of Crown Works, Aston, Birmingham. This pneumatic-tyred hinged-sided vehicle makes a near-daily 140 mile (225km) round trip from Moss' HQ to Cowley near Oxford, and has proved very satisfactory. Moss states that the A1 can reach no less than 40mph (64kph), and the firm decided to buy the vehicle as a result of good service from a Q 5tonner (5,080kg) bought about 18 months ago. The Q has covered 22,000miles (35,398km) without a breakage (nowadays, this would be taken for granted) and uses considerably less petrol than its American predecessor.

Thornycrofts successful in Canada, 14 July 1925 

As a sequel to a visit by Thornycroft's representative to Canada two years ago, the firm supplied T Eaton and Co with its first Thornycroft. Eaton was so pleased with the vehicle that it followed up with repeat orders, and is now running 18 Thornycrofts at its Toronto, Winnipeg and Montreal branches. Hitherto, the firm had used exclusively American vehicles.

Thornycroft 1.5 ton (1,524kg) lorry in use overseas, 15 September 1925

Although the subsidy is not available to overseas owners on the 1.5 ton (1,524kg) A1 subsidy lorry, the type is in demand for export, an example of which is used by the Government Stores Department of the Durban Corporation, among other users.

Thornycrofts popular in Rio, 6 October 1925 

Thornycroft is one of several manufacturers which displayed vehicles at the recent motor exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, where Thornycroft commercial vehicles are achieving much popularity.

A1 selling well, 10 November 1925

The A1 chassis is proving very popular and Thornycroft have sold many hundreds for service at home and abroad

Good results for the year, 8 December 1925

Thornycroft's annual report for the year ending 1st July states that the firm's commercial vehicle sales are up by 50 per cent over the previous year.

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

Orders for Thornycrofts, 19 January 1926 

National Benzole owns a large Thornycroft fleet, currently over 100 vehicles, and has ordered ten Type J chassis. Also, Thornycroft has received a repeat order for two Type Js from the Leeds Industrial Cooperative Society, which standardised on Thornycrofts in 1921.

Thornycrofts for fuel companies, 2 February 1926 

Within the last few days a Type J 1,000 gallon (4,546litre) tank wagon was bought by the Redline Motor Spirit Co Ltd, adding to the many prominent fuel distributors using Thornycroft vehicles. Also Thornycroft has recently received repeat orders from other fuel companies, among them for two Type BX chassis for Shell-Mex and another J for National Benzene. Both these firms have numbers of Thornycroft vehicles amounting to three figures each.

Thornycrofts for home and overseas markets, 9 February 1926

Orders for Thornycrofts over the recent week included a repeat order for three 1,200 gallon (5,455litre) tank wagons from Shell-Mex, which already operates over 200 Thornycrofts. Another repeat order was one from the Borough of Torquay for two A1 end tipping wagons. In addition, Thornycroft's Johannesburg agents placed a repeat order for an A1 RSW. Aside from these, Thornycroft vehicles have been ordered for other UK users and for service in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Thornycrofts for home and overseas service, 16 February 1926

Three A1 chassis for Singapore were among numerous orders for Thornycroft vehicles taken during the week ending 6 February.

Thornycrofts in demand, 2 March 1926 

Among vehicle orders received by Thornycroft during the week ending 13 February was a repeat order from the Director of Army Contracts, for five Type J 4 ton (4,064kg) chassis. A customer in Ceylon placed an order for two type BX 2.5 ton (2,540kg) chassis, and three Q 5 ton (5,080kg) chassis were ordered for service in Australia. Over 30 vehicles were delivered during the same period, including a Q 6 ton (6,096kg) hinged-sided lorry for Shell-Mex, Ltd; this vehicle will haul a 2 ton (2,032kg) hinged-sided trailer bought as part of this order. Both lorry and trailer are fitted with pneumatic tyres and will serve at Shell-Mex's Fulham depot.

Recent Thornycroft orders, 9 March 1926

No fewer than 13 repeat orders for 29 vehicles were part of a batch of over 50 vehicles ordered from Thornycroft, during the week ending 20 February. Included were seven A1 chassis for the Director of Army Contracts, as well as shipments of various chassis for shipment to New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, the latter comprising one of the new A1 RSWs.

Thornycroft repeats, 23 March 1926

Nine repeat orders were among some 30 Thornycroft vehicles ordered during the recent week. Among other vehicles, lorries ordered include two Type J 4-tonners (4,064kg) for National Benzole and two Type Q 5-tonners (5,080kg) for Pearson Bros of Gainsborough.

Railway company's big order, 27 April 1926

One of the largest orders for Thornycroft comes from the Great Western Railway Co for 50 4 ton (4,064kg) chassis, to be fitted with GWR-built bodies. In addition, Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd has placed a repeat order for five 2.5 ton (2,540kg) chassis.

Thornycroft works activity, 1 June 1926

During the fortnight ended on 15 May, Thornycroft continued full production despite the General Strike which took place during part of that period. The firm delivered over 40 vehicles of various types (e.g. not all lorries) to home users of, among them eight 1,200 gallon (5,445litre) tankers for Shell-Mex Ltd. The customer accepted the tankers in workshop grey and put them straight into service distributing urgent petrol supplies. Orders were also received for about 50 Thornycroft chassis or complete vehicles of various types, a large proportion of which were for export e.g. to India, Australia, Denmark, Singapore, Manchuria and Rio de Janeiro.

Important Thornycroft orders, 15 June 1926

An order on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia Defence Department has been placed for a Type J chassis and five Type A1 lorries. Also, ten Type J tank wagons are being built for National Benzole Co Ltd.

Overseas orders for Thornycrofts, 6 July 1926 

Most orders received during the recent week are for A1s, including six for the South African government, six for Canada, four for Thornycroft's agent in Rio de Janeiro and three for owners in Johannesburg. Also, orders have been received for Thornycrofts from Cape Town, Copenhagen and UK users; the latter includes a repeat for two Thornycroft RSWs from the Director of Army Contracts.

Orders for Thornycrofts, 13 July 1926 

Thornycroft has recently received orders from Watney, Coombe, Reid and Co Ltd for two Type BX chassis, and from Cox's and Kings Shipping Agency for two Type J chassis.

Thornycroft works busy, 27 July 1926

Most of Thornycrofts orders are for the Type A1 chassis, for various types of vehicle e.g. lorries, buses etc.

Thornycrofts popular overseas, 3 August 1926 

Thornycroft sold over 30 chassis abroad during the week ending 10 July, e.g. to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Shanghai, Calcutta, Sydney, among other places. The majority of overseas orders are for Type A1s.

More Thornycroft six wheelers for overseas, 12 October 1926

Thanks to increasing interest in RSWs and good results from several Thornycroft RSWs with South African Railways, Thornycroft orders during the recent week include repeats for 13 RSWs from South African Thornycroft agents.

Thornycroft vehicles in demand, 14 December 1926

Increased orders have followed price reductions for Thornycroft vehicles. Over the week ending 20 November, orders were placed as follows: 

1) six 1.5 ton (1,524kg) chassis for the Great Western Railway; 

2) a 1.5 ton (1,524kg) hinged-sided-sided lorry for Fergusons Ltd of Reading; 

3) an A1 hinged-sided lorry for Masters and Sons of Lindfield; 

4) a 1.5 ton (1,524kg) subsidy chassis for Burnley Co-operative Society; 

5) other chassis types for Denmark, Nyasaland, Singapore and Australia.


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