Oliver Danson North was a British engineer and automobile designer in the early twentieth century. He worked for Scammell Lorries Ltd from 1922. He was responsible, most notably, for the Scammell Pioneer, a three-axle heavy truck, and the three-wheeled Scammell Mechanical Horse, which subsequently evolved into the Scammell Scarab, a familiar sight on railway platforms and postal sorting offices.
He was also heavily involved in the design and manufacture by Scammell Lorries of the the two '100 Tonners' low-loader vehicles, delivered in early 1930 to Marston Road Services in Liverpool and H.E. Coley in Dartford, Kent. The vehicle delivered to Marston Road Services, known as KD 9168, was used for the delivery of steam locomotives from the manufacturers to Liverpool docks.
The 'Mechanical Horse' was made in France, under licence, by Tracteurs FAR
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