Originally formed in Lavender Hill, South London, the Commercial Car Company soon opened a brand new factory in Luton, Bedfordshire, where it produced its first truck in 1907, with the first Commer bus appearing in 1909. Producing over 3,000 vehicles for the military during the First World War, Commer went bust in the 1920s and was bought by Humber, becoming part of the Rootes Group in 1931. Again producing many thousands of truck during World War Two, Commer entered the post-war era with a modern series of trucks and light commercials. Unusually, the company made its own diesel engine, the TS3, a two-stroke design with a distinctive noise that earned it the nickname Commer Knocker . In the 1960s, production moved to Dunstable and by the late 1970s Rootes had been sold to Chrysler, which rebranded the truck division as Dodge. After the Peugeot takeover, the vans and commercials were developed in partnership with the Renault truck division. Perhaps the most famous of the Commer vehicles was the PA/PB van, which was used by the post office in its thousands, as well as being converted into camper vans. Many still survive to this day, despite production of Dodges ceasing in the 1990s. Peter Daniels tells the story of Commer commercial vehicles in this new book."
The Rootes Story - The Making of a Global Automotive Empire traces the meteoric rise of the two Rootes brothers, William and Reginald, development of one of Britain's most important motor vehicle manufacturers. The Rootes Group acquired some of the most famous names in the British motor industry: Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam and Singer cars, as well as Commer and Karrier commercial vehicles. Over the years, some of the models built by Rootes would become household names: the Hillman Minx, Humber Super Snipe, Sunbeam Alpine, Singer Gazelle, Commer Superpoise and Karrier Bantam. In its heyday in the late 1950s, Rootes was the fourth largest manufacturer of cars and trucks in Britain, exporting to over 180 countries worldwide, becoming a global automotive empire. In this book, the people and various companies involved with Rootes are profiled, as are the cars and commercial vehicles built by them, with specifications of principal models. Personal insight from employees is given along with valuable contributions from the Rootes family themselves. This book celebrates the heyday of a truly global automotive empire and one of the most important British vehicle manufacturers of the twentieth century. This is the first book written about Rootes to be sanctioned by the Rootes family. Will be of great interest to owners and enthusiasts of Rootes cars, and those with an interest in British automotive and industrial history. Superbly illustrated with 52 colour and 361 black & white photographs.
Release on 2017-06-14 | by Emanuel Benjamin Ocran, Jr.
A Selected Annotated Chronological Bibliography
Author: Emanuel Benjamin Ocran, Jr.
Category: Business & Economics
As an important industry, transportation costs account for a considerable percentage of the gross national product of countries. It is therefore key to have at the disposal of those concerned with transportation activities, a bibliographical literature on costs and costing. The bibliography lists books, papers, technical reports, journal articles, and information rarely found in books and dissertations.
The Commer Story charts the evolution and history of one of Britain's principal commercial vehicle manufacturers. This fascinating book is not just the history of one vehicle marque, but the story of a company that underwent several name changes, as it acquired and was acquired by several other companies, whilst creating some of the world's most innovative commercial vehicles over a continuous ninety-year manufacturing period. Truly a history of the company and its people, as well as its products, The Commer Story provides this famous firm at last with a well-deserved tribute. Well researched and lavishly illustrated, no commercial vehicle enthusiast will want to be without it.
Release on 2005 | by Leland G. Alkire,Cheryl Westerman-Alkire
Author: Leland G. Alkire,Cheryl Westerman-Alkire
Pubpsher: Gale Group
Volume 1 is a comprehensive dictionary with more than 230,000 entries. It covers periodicals from a wide variety of subjects, including: science, social sciences, humanities, law, medicine, religion, library science, engineering, education, business, and art. Volume 1lists, in a single in letter-by-letter sequence, abbreviations commonly used for periodicals together with their full titles.