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Willème
Founded 1923
Founder(s) Louis Willeme
Defunct 1970
Products Heavy trucks

Willème was a French manufacturer of standard and special purpose trucks founded in the 1930, that ceased production in the 1980's.

Company HistoryEdit

HistoryEdit

Willème was founded in 1923[1] by Louis Willeme, after working for Automobiles Grégoire.[2]

Most were made with Deutz AG engines; some with in-house engines; some with AEC.[3] In the 1960s, Willème also sold some rebadged AEC models and supplied some to AEC till Leyland bought AEC. They then built BMC truck models under license and sold them as Willeme-BMC.[4]

Willème went bankrupt in 1970[5] and were taken over by PRP (Perez et Raymond), who continued to produce Willème's TG range of trucks.[6] Eventually, some MOL trucks were based on Willème designs.[7]

Some Willème heavy-haul trucks are still in service.[8][9]

Model RangeEdit

Willeme

Early modelsEdit

The DW12A was used as a tank transporter by the French army.[10]

Post-war trucks: S10, L10, and R15Edit

10- and 15-ton trucks, with Deutz engines, sold between 1945 and 1953.[5]

610 and 615 seriesEdit

Sold 1953-1963.[5]

Willème-PRPEdit

  • W200, 8x4, 245 tonne gross weight. [11]
  • The TG200 was an 8x4 heavy-hauler, capable of handling 200 ton loads.[12]
  • TG250: 250 tonnes gross weight[13]
  • The TG300 was 8x8 capable of hauling up to 1000 tonnes, powered by a Detroit Diesel V16.[14] Some were built by Trabosa.[15]

TG SeriesEdit

LD SeriesEdit

RD SeriesEdit

W SeriesEdit

OperatorsEdit

  • Chinese dam building project
  • Brame P.
  • A. Bonifay
  • Saltos del Sil dam building project (Spain)
  • Massot (France)
  • Dessirier H. Zucconi & Cie (France)
  • Cayon
  • Garage de L'Autoroute (France)
  • MK
  • Scales/Scalex
  • MKTS
  • Zakład Transportu Energetyki/Department of Energy Transport (Poland)
  • Stag
  • Europe Trans. Manutention
  • GREP

PreservationEdit

Dessirier H. Zucconi & Cie. - Willeme TG 200

See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

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