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John I. Thornycroft and Co of Basingstoke
The company was a manufacturer of commercial vehicles from 1896 to 1960
1896 a vertical steam engine was fitted to a van at Chiswick. After this happened vehicle building was started - see Thornycroft Steam Wagon Co, which had works at Basingstoke.
1900 Picture and details of a Steam Tipping Wagon built by the Thornycroft Steam Wagon Co
1902 A double-decker steam bus began operating in London.
1904 November. Details of the 25-hp heavy oil tractor.
1905 Midland Railway bought two Thornycrofts which were petrol-engined charabancs for summer runs.
1905 The company had a large range of petrol engines in Britain.
1905 Produced a 36-seat bus with a four-cylinder engine and sold for £900.
1905 December. Details of industrial vehicles with 20-hp and 24-hp engines.
1908 Showed the new 30 hp chassis for buses
1913 The J type was produced and during the war 5,000 were built.
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book
WW1 produced the J-type lorries and these were used in civilian life afterward. Exhibit with 3-ton chassis. 
1915 Great North of Scotland Railway bought three models and fitted their own bodies.
1920 October. Exhibited at the Commercial Motor Exhibition at Olympia with four vehicles. A 30 hp 35-cwt box van; 40 hp charabanc to seat 28 passengers; 40 hp 3.5 ton tipping wagon and a 40 hp single-deck omnibus.
1924 The A1 was developed and it weighed one and half tonnes. 1,000 of these models went into service by 1925.
1927 A bigger chassis arrived - the Lightning Coach.
Features included 70bhp side-valve six-cylinder engine; the speed of the vehicle reached 50mph; it had normal-control layout and seated 26 passengers.
The Great Western Railway were the biggest buyers of Thornycrofts.
1931 Two new models were introduced - the Daring double-decker and the Cygnet single-decker.
1934 Thornycroft were offering their own diesel engine, a 7.88 litre six-cylinder direct injection unit.
Smaller models also existed in the 1930s, one being the Beautyride a 26-seater.
1939 The Beautyride was the only PSV listed.
WW2 Produced around 5,000 vehicles for the War Department including the 4x4 Nubian and Amazon models.
1944 Producing six-cylinder 7,883 cc (99 bhp at 1,800 rpm) and a four-cylinder 5,255 cc (62 bhp at 1,700 rpm) diesel engines
1944 Advert for road-vehicle and marine diesel engines
1946 to 1950 20-seater HF lorry chassis built for PSV use.
1947 Two double-decker chassis were made with their own 7.8 litre diesel engine.
1948 the company name was changed to Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) Ltd to prevent confusion with the shipbuilding Thornycroft company.
1948 Range included Nippy 3-ton, Sturdy 5/6-ton, Amazon 12-ton and Trusty 15-ton
1960 Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) Ltd taken over by Associated Commercial Vehicles (ACV) and production was limited to the Nubians, Big Bens and Antars.
1961 Commercial vehicle, marine and industrial motor manufacturers. 
1969 Thornycroft's Basingstoke factory was closed in 1969 and specialist vehicles transferred to Scammell at Watford.
1972 The American Eaton Corporation bought Thornycroft's Basingstoke factory from British Leyland for £5M. It has added Thornycroft's heavy gearbox facility to its axle manufacturing capacity..
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