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

Registration No.: HL 4911

Chassis No.: MT11387

Date: 17th October 1930

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. The cab and body were built by G.Westmoreland & Son of Alverthorpe, Wakefield. The body is tipped by Clayton Dewandre hand operated rack tipping gear.

1931 and 1933 tax discs

1931 annual tax disc and June 1933 quarterly tax disc.

1939 B licence web 1956 B licence web

B Licences from 1939 and 1956

 HL4911 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. A copy of the B-licence for 1939 is attached. The fine writing is as follows:

Ashes & manure within 5 miles, coke for the Castleford U.D.C.,
miner’s home coal within 7 miles, beer wines& spirits for the Castleford
Conservative Club, refreshments, equipment & scenery for the Bradley St
Church & glassware within 10 miles, coal coke for Mr Nicholson of
Castleford to York on 20 occasions only during the currency of the
licence & within 12 miles, meat within 15 miles, road & bdg. mat.
within 20 miles & furn. within 30 miles of
Castleford P.O. Snow for the Castleford U.D.C.

Manchester web

HL4911 in Eddie Williams' scrapyard near Cutsyke level crossing. c.1962

Shaws used the lorry on local coal deliveries until 1957 when it was retired. It then passed through the hands of Horace Dean and Harry Parkin before being bought by Eric Walters who restored it and exhibited it for the first time at the Harewood House Traction Engine Rally in 1964.

Norman Dean web

Standing alongside Foden steam wagon 13476 or 13536 at Norman Dean's yard in Rectory Street, Castleford c.1964.

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. Details of those known to us are on the Surviving 'Manchester' Lorries 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.

If you have any further questions or information on this subject, please feel free to contact Michael Walters