David Brown VIG1
David Browm VIG1A/AM/2/AM479 ex RAF at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1422
A later DB VIG1A version from 1955/6 (no.379/447 built)
Model history
Model introduced 1941
Model discontinued 1949
Model status Discontinued Current
Preceded by David Brown VAK1
Superseded by David Brown VIG1A
Engine Specification
Engine make David Brown
Fuel type Petrol, TVO
Power hp 37
Power kW 28
Governed rpm {{{governedrpm}}}
No. of Cylinders 4
Bore in (mm) 3.5 "
Cooling system Water
Naturally aspirated, Turbo or Supercharged NA
Transmission Details
Transmission type Manual
low speed final drive
Clutch Singlr plate or Torque converter
Gearbox make David Brown
Forward 4
Reverse 1
Drive 2-WD
General Data
Linkage Category HD Drawbar hitch
Other info
Factories Meltham Mills, Yorkshire, England
Plow rating Unknown
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The David Brown VIG1 was an Industrial version of the David Brown VAK1 built by David Brown in Meltham Mills, Yorkshire, England, for the Air Ministry for use as Aircraft supply tugs during WWII. The VIG standing for Vehicle Industrial Government. It features a 37 hp (28 kW) David Brown engine.

Model historyEdit

For company history, see David Brown.

The VIG1 had road type tyres and wrap round bodywork and most were fitted with a HD multi hight drawbar hitch.


See Infobox for main spec items.

Options / variationsEdit

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  • Petrol or Petrol/TVO engine.
  • Fitted with seat for 2nd man (banksman / hitcher)
  • Winch unit fitted to some tractors.
  • Some fitted with Torque converter transmission for jerk free aircraft pulling
  • Road lighting kit (with blackout lens shrouds)


Became the Taskmaster - code VIG/1AR in 1948, then in 1951 the Taskmaster (301C or D) code VIG/1AR2, followed by the 301C or D (air Ministry) - code VIG/1A/AM in 1953

Serial numbersEdit

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production figures (incomplete)[1]
  • VIG1/100 - s/n AW 1-750 (1940-45
  • VIG1/100A - S/n AWC 1 - ? (1945-?)
  • VIG1/462 - s/n AW750-? (1940s-?)
  • VIG/1AR - s/n R10001-10392 - (1948-53) (miss match with figures below)
  • VIG/1AR2 - s/n R 10325-10415 - (1954-56)
  • VIG/1A/AM and VAG/1A/AM2 - s/n AM101-547 - (1954-56)
  • VIG/1C - s/n ? - 1953-?
  • VIG/1C1 - s/n ? - 1956-?

Also diesel versions, with related codes

  • VID/1A/T/AM under same s/n AM101-547 - (1952-56)


David Brown Tugmaster - XAS 987 at Newark VTS 08 - IMG 3552

XAS 987 at Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show 2008

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  • A few examples of these industrial models have now been restored and appear at shows in the various options. Some have ballast weight to hep with traction when hauling aircraft.
List of Preserved David Brown VIG1 tractors
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See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

  1. David Brown 1939-1972 by Alan T. Condie

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