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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rolls Royce of Tractors, 26 Jan 2011
This review is from: The Nuffield Tractor Story: v. 1 (Hardcover)
Produced in glossy hard cover format, approximately A4 in size, this book runs to 192 pages, and is liberally illustrated with both colour and black and white photographs. However, don't be fooled, this volume is far more than a coffee table picture book.

Written by Anthony Clare, a chartered building surveyor who owns, maintains, and competes with his Nuffield DM4 tractor in southern English ploughing matches, this is a thoroughly reserched, but very readable account of the orangey-pink Nuffield Universal tractor, from it's inception in the late 1940's through to the British Leyland period in the early 1970's.

Drawing on material from many sources within the Nuffield organisation and its dealerships, the book commences with an account of the birth, early career, and later fortunes of William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, from his first activity of bicycle manufacture, progressing to motor cycles, then Morris cars and commercial vehicles, and later on, production during World War Two of various military items, such as components for tanks and bren gun carriers. Following on from the war, the book describes the decision of the organisation to move from wartime production into the emerging post war market for agricultural tractors.

With no pretensions to being a tractor manual, the book nevertheless contains sufficient technical detail to interest those with an engineering background, or anyone who has ever worked on cars, tractors, or light commercial vehicles.

The development plans and prototype production are covered and illustrated, as are successive developments of diesel engined variants, and later options, such as dealer-supplied six cylinder engined versions. The old black and white photographs were of course, contemporary with the time in which they were taken; viewed from the twenty-first century, they now have an archival quality which the photographers could hardly have contrived. They also recal a time, now long gone, in which male employment in engineering was commonplace.
The colour photographs seem to be mostly of recent origin, and major on restored examples of the marque. However, at least one colour photograph features a production line at the Nuffield tractor plant at Bathgate Scotland, to which production was transferred from the Midlands during the late nineteen sixties. Illustrations of contemporary advertising copy also add a nostalgic feel to the work.

If you remember these big tractors from childhood, with their striking red colour, black and silver aluminium nameplates, and those big, dished rear wheels with their large, unique hubs; or you are simply fascinated by tractors from the past, this book is well worth getting.
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