Ransomes MG tractor
Ransomes MG 2 no 141 at Stoke Goldington 09 - IMG 9722.jpg
A Ramsomes MG 2 with Toolbar and cultivator at Stoke Goldington Steam Rally 2009
Model history
Model introduced 1936
Model discontinued 1965
Model status Discontinued
Power hp Unknown
Cooling system Water
Transmission Details
Transmission type Unknown
Drive 2WD
Linkage Category Unknown
Other info
Factories Ipswich, England
Plow rating Unknown
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The Ransomes MG tractor or Ransomes Motor Garden Cultivator was built by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies of Ipswich, England from 1936 till 1965. Several variants and specialist models were built during the 30 year production run. The tractors main feature was the compact size (designed for market gardens & Orchards) and the Roadless Track system used in place of wheels. About 15,000 were built in total.[1]

Model range[edit | edit source]

MG 2 - 1936-48[edit | edit source]

  • Serial numbers 101 to 3202 = 3102 MG 2's built.[2]

The MG 2 was built from 1936 to 1948, and was fitted with a 600 cc air-cooled 6 hp single cylinder Sturmey Archer 'T' engine and a forward reverse single speed gear box and Roadless Track system (rubber jointed) tracks. the engine was a dry sump design. Drive was by a 4:1 reduction box and a centrifugal clutch. Brakes werr of the band type on the drive shafts. The tractor cost £135 in 1936 with the PTO at £1 10s extra. A number were sold to French vineyards, and around 3,000 MG 2's were built between 1936& 48 when the MG 5 replaced it.

A MG 2 tractor with Roadless Tracks at the Astwood Bank Vintage Gathering in 2008

MG 5 - 1948-53[edit | edit source]

  • Serial numbers 3501 to 8652 = 5152 MG 5's built

The MG 5 was an updated version with a Fuel tank moved to under the seat, and a cowel over the engine. An optional hydraulic linkage was available from R.J. Nevile

An MG tractor with trailed implement

MG 6 - 1953-60[edit | edit source]

  • Serial numbers 9001 to 13,800 = 4800 MG 6's built

The MG 6 was launched at the 1953 Smithfield Show. The new MG 6 was basically the MG 5 with a 3 speed gear box and a choice of an 8 hp Drayton two-stroke engine in place of the Ransomes unit offered from 1956 on.

MG with Dozer blade

MG 40 - 1960-65[edit | edit source]

  • Serial numbers 13,801 to 15,218 = 1,417 MG 40's built

MG 40 with Single furrow plough and a rare fibreglass bonnet

MG ITW Industrial wheeled[edit | edit source]

The ITW was based on the MG 6 model and was fitted with rubber tired wheels for use in factories and places were the tracks would damage the surface.

Few examples of this model exist as it was made in very low numbers originally.

MG ITC Industrial Crawler (Tracked carrier )[edit | edit source]

The ITC included a version with a reversed driving position and a dumper body mounted on the rear. A few were used in water works for filter bed maintenance.

WR4 & WR 8 (Whitlock built)[edit | edit source]

When Ransomes dropped the MG ITW & MG ITC a few models were built under licence by Whitlock Bros. of Great Yeldham, Essex, England. These were Loaders and Dumper variants.

One Crane version is in existence (see small adds in Classic Plant & Machinery Magazine) Do any more survive ?

Preservation[edit | edit source]

A 1940 Ransomes MG 2 sn 663 at Astwood Bank Vintage Gathering 2009

The machines are popular as they are compact and can be used for useful work and at ploughing matches & demonstrations. They are easily transported in a van or on a small trailer with a car.

The recording of the examples in preservation is tricky as few have serial number plates that are legible or even surviving. Show catalogue details are often basic so it is hard to record accurately the different examples in preservation (with entries at most shows often failing to display an exhibit number / Info card).

Please add any known examples to the list if a serial number is known or a photo is provided with the event and owner info/catalogue no.

Known examples[edit | edit source]

Several other have been seen at UK events but have no serial number evident so will just be listed in the relevant events page, unless an owner can be linked to machine.

List of Preserved Ransomes MG tractors (All models)
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Make + Model No. Reg No.
(if known)
Serial No. Build-Date Engine-Type/Make Owner
(if known)
Photo Were seen/Featured in Other info
Ransomes MG40 - Ransomes MG40 sn 14646 date built engine owner ? Ransomes MG40 sn 14646 at cumbria 09 - IMG 0751.jpg seen at misc info
Ransomes MG40 - no. 15110 built ? engine ? Keith Hampson 100px

seen at misc info
Ransomes MG40 reg no Ransomes MG40 sn 15132 date built engine Murray Harding, Australia 100px

seen at misc info
Ransomes MG6 reg no Ransomes MG6 sn 10556 built ? engine ? owner ? Ransomes MG6 sn 10556 at Trumpshaw 2011 - IMG 0097.JPG
Ransomes MG6 sn 10556 at Trumpshaw 2011 - IMG 0099.JPG
Trumpshaw 2011

Please add any tractor with known reg or serial no. with Photo if possible.
Make & model reg no serial no date built engine owner 100px

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seen at misc info
Create a page (link) for an individual tractor by linking the reg or serial number using reg number or serial number in the relevant column. Then once saved click the red link to start the new page and add info on that tractor.

Galley[edit | edit source]

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Video[edit | edit source]

thumb|250px|left|Ransomes MG2 sn 309 under restoration

Ransomes MG register[edit | edit source]

The Ransomes MG register is currently being maintained by Anthony Brennan - ( Please also contribute your MG tractors details to the MG register by sending details to - ransomesmgregister@gmail.com)

See also[edit | edit source]

References / sources[edit | edit source]

Various shows for the photos & show guides for misc info on examples exhibited.

External Links[edit | edit source]

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