THE RUSTYTRUCKS RARE AND UNUSUAL VEHICLE COLLECTION
Rustytrucks Vintage Vehicle Restoration services was established in 2010 with the express purpose of providing bespoke
medium to heavy vehicle restoration capabilities to a range of private and corporate clients.
As time has progressed a unique selection of rare and innovative vehicles of all types have been acquired, this is
known as The Rustytrucks Collection. Utilising the heavy transport capabilities of the restoration company the collection
is seen, in all or in part, by many thousands of the general public each year. As such the collection is always keen to expand
the collection of the rare and unusual (or, preferably, both)
For more information on each of the items, as well as links to related items, just click on the images
|1943 Morris Light Reconnaissance Car "Loki"
The Morris Light Reconnaissance Car was a British light armoured car for reconnaisance use produced by Morris Motors Limited
and used by the British during the Second World War.
The vehicle had an unusual internal arrangement, with three-man crew sitting side by side by side with the driver in the
middle, a crewman manning a small multi-sided turret mounting Bren light machine gun at the right side, and another with Boys
.55 inch anti tank rifle (mounted in brackets in the hatches on the hull roof) and access to radio set at the left. From 1940
to 1944 2,200 were built but now only a handful remain.
This one was completely restored from scrap and is the earliest Mk2 known to have survived.
|1922 10 ton Marshall Convertible "Zulu"
In 1922 the Isle of Man Transport board placed an order with steam engine manufacturer Marshalls of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
for a truly convertible machine that could be both a road roller and a steam tractor. With sets of wheels and other accoutrements
for both those tasks 75408, now called Zulu, was delivered later that year. The engine worked on the island until the 1960s,
whereupon it was retired and eventually preserved. It is currently restored in roller form, painted in Leaf Green as per the
The M3 half-track was an American armored personnel carrier half-track widely used by the Allies during World War II and in
the Cold War. Derived from the M2 half-track car, the M3 was extensively produced, with about 15,000 standard M3s and more
than 38,000 variant units manufactured.
The M3 was extensively modified with several dozen variant designs produced for different purposes. During World War II,
the M3 and its variants were supplied to the U.S. Army and Marines, as well as British Commonwealth and Soviet Red Army forces,
serving on all major fronts throughout the war. The M3 and its variants were produced by many manufacturers including Diamond
T, White Motor Company and Autocar and were designed for a wide variety of uses, such as a self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon
or self-propelled artillery. Although initially unpopular due to its lack of significant armor or a roof to protect the crew
from shrapnel, it was used by most of the Allies during the war. This example, part of the collection, boasts an incredible
array of original equipment.
Allis-Chalmers Model U was not a particularly advanced tractor. Nor did the U make such a huge impact for Allis-Chalmers or
on agriculture that it was considered great.
Instead, it was a the pneumatic tyres that helped the tractor make history.
This example was purchased in 1938 for contracting and has remined in the same family since. The first tractor in Westmorland
with pneumatic tyres it spent the years of WW2 moving timber. After the war it was fitted with a crane and used to lift limestone
rock, working till the 1970s.