Online Catalogue last updated 28th of January 2016
Hardback book, 275 x 215 mm, 560 photographs and illustrations.
A new, detailed book by tractor historian Stuart Gibbard is always an event to be eagerly anticipated by enthusiasts. David Brown Part Two will exceed even these expectations. It is Stuart's biggest book to date with the largest number of photographs supporting his meticulously researched text that opens new ground. It is the result of years of work during which Stuart Gibbard has talked to many of David Brown's key personnel. A large number of the 560 illustrations are taken from DB's own archives and will not have been seen before.
Company management; personnel; design, prototype development and testing; engine development and technical improvement; marketing and sales results - Stuart Gibbard fully explores all these avenues.
The result is a remarkable record of a proud company during probably the greatest period of its history, focusing on the period when the motto of this celebrated Yorkshire firm was "Mechanising the World's Farms". It was no idle boast as the company expanded its product line to embrace a host of different models, becoming a serious contender on the global market.
The Cropmaster remained in production until 1953, but the exciting new developments that followed included the six-cylinder 50D, innovative rowcrop 2D and a range of crawlers and industrial tractors.
In 1955 David Brown added the old-established firm of Harrison, McGregor & Guest, together with its range of Albion implements, to its portfolio. Indeed, the company almost over-reached itself with its wide range of models but then concentrated its efforts to stage a remarkable recovery. The early 1960s saw the link with Oliver as well as the arrival of the Implematic range before the era of red DB tractors came to an end in 1964.
This fully indexed work is completed by Appendices of David Brown Tractor serial numbers 1949-65 and Specifications of selected tractor models during the same period.
Code No. 016660, 360 pages, ISBN 9781908397584, $90.00