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Willys Overland Crossley 'Manchester' Tipping Lorry

Manchester Truck HL4911
HL 4911 On the way to Cawood 25/08/01

Registration No.
HL 4911

Date: 17/10/30

This lorry is a Manchester model B1 30/35cwt chassis built at the works of Willys Overland Crossley in Heaton Chapel, Stockport.
Willys Overland Crossley had been set up in 1919 as a joint venture between Willys Overland in the USA and Crossley Motors in the UK to assemble Willys Overland vehicles for the British market and sold under the name of "Overland". In 1928 the range of trucks was modified and the name "Manchester" was adopted. The main components used in the construction of all the trucks offered were the Lycoming CT four cylinder petrol engine, driving an Eaton bevel drive axle through a Brown Lipe three speed gear box and a Borg and Beck clutch. The ignition system was by Autolite and Stewart Warner supplied the speedometer. The main UK parts were the cab and bodywork, a cast aluminium radiator by Coventry Radiators and the lights by Millers. Complete vehicles or rolling chassis could be supplied.

HL 4911 was supplied as a rolling chassis in 1930. Clayton Dewandre hand operated rack tipping gear was fitted and the cab and body were built by G.Westmoreland & Son of Alverthorpe, Wakefield.
The truck was first registered to Percy Marsh, a haulage contractor in Wakefield, who sold it in August 1934 to J.W.Shaw & Son, coal merchants of Castleford. Shaws used the lorry on local haulage and coal deliveries until the late fifties when it was retired.

Tax disc B Licence disc

The B-Licence shows the restrictions under which it was allowed to work in 1950.
The truck passed through the hands of Horace Dean and Harry Parkin before being bought by Eric Walters in 1963, who restored it in the open and exhibited it for the first time at the Harewood House Traction Engine Rally in 1964.

Eddie Williams Scrapyard at Cutsyke
The "Manchester" stored in Eddie Williams scrapyard at Cutsyke c.1963.

It has travelled extensively in preservation, attending events as far afield as Lanark in Scotland and Leigh in Kent.

Manchester trucks were built from 1928 until 1933 when Willys Overland Crossley went into liquidation. A small number of trucks has survived; examples of models A1, A9, B1, B4 and BX being known to us.
We are attempting to build up a register of surviving Manchester and Willys Overland Crossley trucks; the list below is of the trucks we know of in existence if you have details of any other survivors please let us know.

Click on the small photographs below to obtain an enlarged picture.

1927 Overland 20-25cwt YT5350 restored by John Fowler of Manchester in 1975. It was acquired by Malcolm Barker of North Luffenham in 2008 and has been restored by Colin Borley having become derelict in recent years. The vehicle had been fitted with a Morris engine when first preserved; but has now been re-united with the original power unit, which has been reconditioned. Overland
(Photograph courtesy of
Colin Borley)
Overland 20-25cwt at one time owned by Dutton's Brewery in Lancashire, the registration number OBJ 1 being used for advertising purposes referring to the slogan on their beer bottles "Oh Be Joyful". Overland
20-25cwt model A9, chassis no. MT10288, engine no. 54096 owned by Kevin Armstrong in Australia. Manchester A9
(Photograph courtesy of
Kevin Armstrong)
20-25cwt model A1, chassis no. MT10553 in the Canary Islands. Manchester A1
(Photograph courtesy of
John Wilkinson)
Remains of 20-25cwt model A1, chassis no. MT10683 in Tasmania as spotted by Brian Jefferson. Manchester A1
(Photograph courtesy of
Brian Jefferson)
Our B1 tipping truck. Chassis no. MT11387 Manchester B1
A B1 chassis retrieved from Scotland. Chassis no. MT11505 Note that the rear axle has been replaced with one from an early Bedford. Manchester B1
Model B1 of 1929, registration DX7800, chassis no. MT11811 at the Ipswich Transport Museum. For more details of this vehicle go to the museum's website: Ipswich Transport Museum Manchester B1
(Photograph courtesy of
Derek Rayner)
Model B1, chassis no. MT11833, engine no. 48991 in the Canary Islands owned by Fibrotech. Manchester B1 Fibrotech
(Photograph courtesy of
aldanrover)
B1 registration UX3937, chassis no. not known, owned by Graham Galliers of Shrewsbury. Manchester B1
(Photograph courtesy of
Albert Smith)
B1 in the Grubb Shaft Gold Mine Museum, Tasmania. Chassis no. not known. Manchester B1
(Photograph courtesy of
Tim Keenan)
Believed to be a Model B1 converted to a superphosphate spreader in Victoria, Australia. superphosphate spreader
(Photograph courtesy of
M Lemmey)
Model B1 registration VO3141. Supplied new to William Woodthorp, coal merchants of Grantham, it was fitted with tipping gear and was used on coal deliveries until 1965. It was found in a state of disrepair at Rush Green Motors in 1970 by Henry Stocks, a long distance lorry driver for Richards & Osborne Ltd, Fraddon, Cornwall. The Manchester was purchased by Richards & Osborne, and restored by Henry (known affectionately by everyone as Harr) and made the 1st of many rally appearances in 1972. In 1996 it was sold to John Vincent, of Fraddon, Cornwall. Manchester B1
(Photograph courtesy of
Alan Stocks)
Model B1 registration NM2945, chassis no. MT13395. Manchester B1
(Photograph courtesy of
Nick Pyle)
B4 model, chassis no. MT13424, which I believe is the same as a B1 but with a lower ratio differential gear giving higher road speeds. Manchester B4
Model LBX4 19 seat bus, chassis no. MT30274. This amazing survivor is the only left hand drive Manchester I know of. It is still owned by the original owners The Vidago Palace Hotel, Portugal and is under restoration for transporting guests. For more details of this vehicle go to the following website: Museu Automovel Antonio Augusto. LBX bus
(Photograph courtesy of
Jose Costa)
Model BX 2 tonner registration WH3947, chassis no. MT30582, owned by Lynch Trucks, Accrington. Manchester BX Lynch Trucks
(Photograph courtesy of
Chris Payne)

If you would like any further details, have any comments on the above page or have any information I could use to improve this site please contact me (details on the Home Page).

Manchester Radiators

For a number of years we experienced problems with corrosion of the aluminium radiator top and bottom tanks caused by the elecrolytic action of the different metals used in the construction of the radiator. The ultimate solution was to produce new patterns and to have aluminium replacements cast. New top and bottom tanks can now be supplied in un-machined form to owners suffering similar problems.

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