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Martin Walter

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October 1936.
March 1945. Utilecon.
October 1949.
October 1949.
March 1953.
October 1955. Bedford Dormobile.
January 1957.
March 1959.
July 1960.
April 1962.
October 1964.
October 1965. Bedford Dormobile.
Oct 1966.
October 1967.

Utilecon Works of Folkestone. Makers of the Dormobile

1773 Company founded as makers of Harnesses.

1911 Private company.

1937 Amalgamated with Abbey Coachworks to form Wingham Martin Walter

1955 Company made public.

1956 Designers and manufacturers of Dormobile, Utelicon and Utilabus conversions, motor agents[1]

1961 Specialists in conversions of commercial vehicles into the multi-purpose Dormobile and estate cars, light buses, personnel carriers, ambulances, fire tenders and other utility vehicles. Hold wholesale distributing and retail agencies for leading makes of cars and commercial vehicles, also re-tread tractor tyres. 1,300 employees.[2]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Showed Dormobile range.[3]

1964 Acquired G. E. Neville, Bedford and Vauxhall dealers[4]

1967 3 new "Dormobile" models available based on Bedford, B.M.C. and Volkswagen chassis (see advert)

1972 After several bids from other groups, Martin Walter Ltd accepted a take-over offer from Charrington, Gardner, Locket and Co[5]

1981 Put together with another Charringtons subsidiary as Chatfields-Martin Walter

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Mar. 20, 1956
  2. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  3. * 1963 Motor Show
  4. The Times June 19, 1964
  5. The Times Dec. 30, 1972