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January 1920.
January 1920.
1922.
September 1925.
September 1925. Karrier Z-type.
1925.
1925.
1927.
August 1928.
1929. Combination Vehicle with 6 wheel Trailer.
1929.
May 1930.
August 1930. Six-wheeler.
1930.
1932. London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company's Road-Rail Vehicle.
1933. Tractor - Trailer Combination.
1933. Four Wheeled 10/30 H.P. Truck.
1933. Front Suspension of Cobs and Colts.
1933. Cob Six 14/52 H.P. Three Wheel Tractor.
1933. Street Sweeper.
1933. Three Wheeled Truck.
May 1933.
June 1933.
June 1933.
February 1937.
July 1938. Karrier Bantam.
1939.
1945 K6.
Reg No: GYJ 41.
February 1947.
September 1954.
1959. Reg No: UBL 464.
1959. Commer Karrier 4,752cc. Reg No: GJM 447.
1959. Commer Karrier 4,752cc. Reg No: GJM 447.
1959. Electric Bantam tractor and semi-trailer.
1960-2. Reg No: CAF 997K. Model F Mk V.
1963. Karrier Gamecock 4.5 Litres. Reg No: UFX 157.
1963. Karrier Gamecock 4.5 Litres. Reg No: UFX 157.
Reg No: MVP 692F.
Reg No: GJM 447.
1974. Karrier Bantam Dustcart. Reg No: WAY 556M.
1974. Karrier Bantam Dustcart. Reg No: WAY 556M.

Karrier of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

Formerly Clayton and Co

1920 Company formed. 'HERBERT FITZROY CLAYTON, Craigrmhor, Huddersfield. (Chairman of Clayton and Co., Huddersfield, Ltd.), Chairman. REGINALD FITZROY CLAYTON. M.I.A.E;. Craigrmhor, Huddersfield, Vice-Chairman. ALBERT BRIGGS, Clough House, Huddersfield, Engineer, General Managing Director. ROBERT ARTHUR JONES, “Winthorpe,” 34, Cranes Park, Surbiton, Engineer, Managing Director (London). GEORGE FREDERICK JEPSON, “Cartref,” Oakes, Huddersfield, Engineer, Managing Director (Works). CECIL HARVEY LAMB, “Greystoncs.” New North-road, Huddersfield, Engineer, Managing Director (Sales).'[1]

1927 See Aberconway for information on the company and its history

In 1929 Karrier started production of the "Colt" three-wheeler as a dustcart chassis for Huddersfield Corporation.

In 1930 this was developed into the "Cob" tractor to haul road trailers for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. The "Cob" was similar to the Scammell "Mechanical Horse".

1931 In partnership with the London, Midland and Scottish Railway they developed a three-wheeler to replace the horse. This was based on a Jowett 7hp engine and was produced until 1938.

1934 Financial difficulties and bought by Humber

1934 Purchased by Rootes Securities. [2]; moved production to Luton, closing the Huddersfield operation.

In the mid-1930s the "Cob" range was supplemented by the four-wheel "Bantam".

WW2 Produced Army lorries and did munitions work.

Postwar: the Sunbeam and Karrier trolleybus operations were sold to J. Brockhouse and Co and soon after these were sold to Guy Motors.

1948 Resumed production of Bantam 30cwt and 2ton models and the CK3 in the 3-4ton range.

1950 Introduced the Gamecock with underfloor engine and a steel cab identical to the Commer.

In the late 1950s and 1960s some Karrier vehicles were fitted with the inconic Rootes two-stroke opposed piston diesel engine, see Commer. Other engines used in this period include Humber Hawk petrol engines (L Heand and OHC) and Perkins Diesels.

1963 The Bantam was updated.

1973 The company passed to Chrysler and was later merged with Dodge Brothers.

They made Economist buses and these were for sale in Yorkshire by Stagg and Robinson.

Buses

1928 They produced the three-axle E6 trolleybus

1930 Introduced the E4 trolleybus

1932 Karrier's Ro-Railer was a hybrid single decker bus capable of running on both road and rail. It was introduced in 1932 and tested by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway but it was not a success

Pre WWII they produced the WL6 bus.

1942 Introduced the Karrier W trolleybus

After WWII they produced a 14-seat chassis with a four-cylinder Commer engine and in 1960 this was replaced by a Standard engine.

Models

  • K Type (1920-1931) 3/6 tons
  • CYR Low loading garbage truck
  • H Type (1922- ) 20-26 seat bodywork.
  • C Type (1923- ) Dorman engine.
  • Z Type (1924- ) 14 seater one-ton
  • ZA (1929- ) 1.5-ton
  • KL (1925- ) passenger range with a low-height chassis and pneumatic tyres.
  • WL (1925- ) first six-wheeler
  • KW6/KWF6 8-ton six-wheeler
  • CL6 (1926) carried 32 passengers. Around 50 of these were produced.
  • Cob (1931- ) 3-ton
  • Cob Major 4-ton
  • Road Railer Additional wheels for use on tracts
  • Colossus (132- ) 12-ton six-wheeler
  • CK (1935-1952)
  • Bantam
  • CK3 3-ton
  • CK6 6-ton
  • Gamecock (1952- )


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 09 March 1920
  2. The Times, Friday, Aug 10, 1934
  • [1] Wikipedia
  • British Buses Since 1945 by John Creighton. Published 1983. ISBN 0 7137 1258 9