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Ford Model T truck SV 6671 at Harewood 08

Early Ford Truck at Harewood House Steam Rally in 2008

Ford truck cab interior early at Harewood

In side the timber cab(in) of early Ford truck

Thames 4D truck at Sandbach 2008

A Ford Thames 4D truck at Sandbach Festival of Transport 2008

Ford D series - VVY 668J - Victoria - Beaver tail at Scorton NY 09 - IMG 2276

A Ford D series with Beavertail body at the Scorton North Yorkshire Working event in 2009

This article is about Ford Trucks in the UK and Europe
For US Truck operations, see Ford Trucks (US).

The Ford Motor Company started building trucks in the 'UK from the 1920s. The early models were built from kits from the USA.


Ford logo on brass step

Brass step with Ford logo cast in

For the main history of the UK operations, see Ford of Britain.

Ford in Britain initially built light trucks based on the Model T car.

The operation later moved on after WW I to designing a rang of trucks to suit the British market, and sold under the Thames brand. These was replaced in the late 1960s by the Ford D series and the less common Ford A series. The light commercials of the Thames range were replaced by the Ford Transit Van and the Car derived Ford Escort.

In the 1970's they decided to enter the European Long Haul market with the Transcontinental design to compete with the modern trucks from Volvo, Scania and Mercedes etc.

For the 1980s the Ford Cargo range was introduced as a family of models with a common look and parts to cover from the sub 7.5 ton sector up to the Top weight Artic units for 32 ton operations.


Ford merged(divested) their European truck building operations in the 1980s with Iveco of Italy, (part of the Fiat group of companies) in a Joint Venture as part of the rationalisation of the groups operations. To cut costs they effectively divested some operations were they needed to invest substantially to maintain market share and create a new generation of vehicles. This was to free up working capital to invest in the core Car production operations, which were facing stiff competition and over capacity from the low(er) cost foreign based car manufacturers both in the main US market and in Europe.

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JCBall Thames Trader APR196B

J.C. Balls & Sons restored Thames Trader Tipper at the Cromford Steam Fair 2008


County Commercial Cars Ltd of ? build a twin axle conversion for their own Ford truck and then got asked to build them for other operators, Ford then arranged for them to supply conversion Kits to be fitted on the production line for some models.

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