Saturday, October 30, 2010

I've never seen this type of vehicle before, maybe you'll get a kick out of these too, the Scammell Scarab

the above is the Townsman model, the below are Scarabs

Scammell Lorries Limited was a British manufacturer of trucks, particularly specialist and military off-highway vehicles, from 1921 to 1988, and started as a late-Victorian period wheelwright and coach-building business in Spitalfields, London.

In 1934, Scammell produced the 3-wheeled 'Mechanical Horse', designed to replace horses in rail, postal and other delivery applications. This featured automatic carriage coupling and the single front wheel could be steered through 360 degrees. It was sold in 3- and 6-ton versions. The 3-tonner was powered by a 1,125 cc side-valve petrol engine and the 6-tonner by a 2,043 cc engine.

In the late 1940s, the 'Mechanical Horse' was superseded by the Scammell Scarab, with similar features but a much less angular cab and now with a 2,090 cc side-valve petrol engine in both models and a diesel version with a Perkins engine.

In 1967, the 'Scarab' was replaced by the 'Townsman', which had a fibre-glass cab.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scammell
Photos from Cardisiac: http://www.forum-auto.com/automobiles-mythiques-exception/section5/sujet225087-455.htm

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