1942 Vintage Brockway 260A Recovery Truck EX MOD For Sale
This handsome American brute started life in 1942 when it was purchased by the British Army. It was one of 25 Tippers purchased by the British army and was used on the Isle of Gibraltar to aid the building of defensive tunnels etc. It did not travel far on Gibraltar hence the incredible low mileage of 5,642. It is the only one that came back to England and in fact I believe it is the only one left.Shortly after the end of WW2 when it returned to England it was bought by A Haulier firm Readhead in 1946 at a government sale at Bentley Wood. This company converted it into a mobile crane and it was used in the erection of sodium lighting, and recovery work. It remained with the Wiltshire firm until 1992 when it was purchased by a Mr Stuart Broatch, a motoring correspondent and a member of The Commercial Vehicle society of Cricklade Somerset. Mr Broatch Then fitted a later Mann Eggerton five ton crane which is fully functional.Stuart also had a new starter motor and dynamo fitted and the air compressor was overhauled including all new air hoses. He used to take the Truck on local runs and to vintage car and truck shows etc. Sadly Stuart became very ill and offered me the chance to be custodian of this great machine. I purchased the truck from him in Feb 2015.This rare 260A is uk registered and I have the v5c. The registration number is NVS958. It has an 8.3 litre straight six cylinder petrol engine, 12 speed transmission with 3 reverse gears obtained through two gearboxes, a White gearbox coupled to a fuller box used as a splitter with low range. It still retains the power take off that was used for the tipping gear. The Truck has dual ignition system and twin plug cylinder head for extra reliability. It also has air brakes.
The Truck starts and runs very smoothly as it should with such low mileage and will cruise nicely at 50 mph.The truck is tax and mot exempt and has a gross vehicle weight of 15495 KG. The truck retains all the original interior , dash and gauges etc. The Truck has been featured in "The Automobile "Magazine and also in The Brockway Trucks forum in the USA.
The Truck comes with 4 newish spare tyres and a heavy duty Harvey Frost towing bar also a case full of paperwork history including pictures of it as a Tipper in wartime and as a mobile crane.
All in all a very rare truck that I would like to see go to a fellow enthusiast. A real headturner that would grace any yesteryear war show or collection . I can arrange delivery free of charge nationwide and may take a classic motorcycle in part exchange. The Truck is near Rochester Kent More photos available on request..