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Mercury Truck and Tractor Co

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1937. Mercury Mertrak Tug.
1939. Mertrak.
1939. Mertrak.
1939 Mercury Mertrak probably ex-GWR.
1939 Mercury Mertrak probably ex-GWR.
1939 Mercury Mertrak probably ex-GWR.
1940s. General Tow Truck. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
1951. Reg No MLL 476.

of Northgate House, 19, London Road, Gloucester, Industrial Truck and Tractor Manufacturers,

1935 Supplied 3 Mercury tractors to the LMSR[1]

1944 Listed as one of the makers of work trucks; the Mercury one was powered by a petrol engine[2]

1946 Distributor of the Moss Gear Co's Merlift fork lift truck.[3]

1960 Listed as suppliers of baggage handling equipment and tractors for airfield use[4]

1964 This and other Mercury companies were acquired by Dennis Brothers[5]

1968 Mercury towing tractors were shown on the Dennis stand at the International Mechanical Handling Exhibition at Earls Court. Mercury made towing tractors capable of pulling loads up to 50 tons for use on airports. The Mercury airfield equipment division exhibited a range of Cargo King equipment designed for handling cargo and passengers in the jumbo jet era.[6]

1970 Order from the Ministry of Technology for ground-handling air tugs for use by the RAF based on a design developed with the Ministry of Defence[7]

Dennis was acquired by Hestair which sold Mercury to Marshalls (Halifax) in 1972

Marshalls presumably combined Mercury with Reliance (Trucks) to form Reliance-Mercury

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Sources of Information

  1. Commercial Motor archives [1]
  2. Commercial Motor archives [2]
  3. Commercial Motor archives [3]
  4. Commercial Motor archives[4]
  5. The Times Apr. 8, 1964
  6. Commercial Motor archive [5]
  7. The Times Mar. 6, 1970