David Brown 780
David Brown 780 selectamatic at Newark VTH 08 - IMG 3418
A DB 780 Selectamatic at Newark VTH show 2008
Model history
Model introduced 1967
Model discontinued 1971
Model status Discontinued
No. produced Unknown
Preceded by David Brown 770
Engine Specification
Engine make David Brown
Fuel type Diesel
Power hp 46
Power kW 34
Governed rpm {{{governedrpm}}}
No. of Cylinders 3
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged Na
Transmission Details
Transmission type Selectamatic
Clutch Twin Dry plate (live drive)
Gearbox make David Brown
Forward 6 or 12
Reverse 2 or 4
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category Cat I
Lift capacity (lb/kg) 1600 lb (750 kg)
Tyre Sizes (std/options)
Front 6.00-16
Rear 12.4/11-28
Tractor Dimensions
Length (inches/metres) 112 inches (2850 mm)
Width (inches/meters) 64 inches (1620 mm)
Height (inches/meters) 83 inches (2090 mm) (exhaust)
Weight (nominal) lb/kg 3450 lbs (1575 kg
Turning circle (nominal) inches/meters 11' (3350 mm)
Wheelbase 76 inches (1920 mm)
Other info
Factories Meltham, West Yorkshire, England
Plow rating Unknown
Nebraska Tests No. Unknown
Notes Narrow option from 1967
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The David Brown 780 was built by David Brown from 1967 to 1971 in Meltham, West Yorkshire, England. It featured a 46 hp (34 kW) David Brown engine.

Model History Edit

For Company history see
Main article: David Brown

The DB 780 was basically a DB 770] with a DB 880 engine. Nearly 12 were built over the 5 year production run.

Timeline Edit

  • Introduced in 1967 as a range filler model to meet Dealer requests

Factory locations Edit

  • Meltham, West Yorkshire, UK

Specification Edit

  • See Info box details

Variations and Options Edit

Built as a White and Brown model and power now ? hp.

  • Selectamatic gearbox option
  • Narrow version introduced in 1969-71
  • Optional Cab / safety frame.

Serial Numbers Information Edit

  • Can you add any details of build numbers ?
DB 780 Std Serial Numbers and Year of Manufacture data[1]
Year Serial run Number Built Notes (Total built ?).
1967 600001 878 First built
1968 600879 1974
1969 602853 3256
1970 606109 3456
1970 609  ? Last built No.61151
year serial no Number built Notes
DB 780 Narrow Serial Numbers and Year of Manufacture data[2]
Year Serial run Number Built Notes (Total built 646).
1969 645001 - First built
1970  ? -
1971  ?  ? Last built No.645647
year serial no Number built Notes

Preservation Edit

David Brown 780 Selectamatic - MBE 488F at Newark VTS 08 - IMG 3565

MBE 488F at National Tractor Show - Peterborough 2008

David Brown 780 - MAW 591F at Anglesey 2010 - IMG 2441

MAW 591F at the Isle of Anglesey Vintage Rally 2010

A few excellent examples of these tractors are in preservation and appear at shows in the UK.

List of Preserved David Brown 780 tractors
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