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Latil 4x4.

Latil of France began making power packs that could replace the front axle, shaft and horse of carts - this around the turn of the century. They then moved naturally onto building four wheel drives 4x4 [Bal87]. During World War One they built 4x4 gun tractors, like many other manufacturers. Apparently the firm's spirit lives on in the ALM military vehicle.

[Latil 4x4 road tractor, jpg]
Latil 4x4 Road Tractor (1950)

3200kg weight
Meadows DC4-420 6.9L diesel
4 speed gearbox, two speed transfer case with part-time four wheel drive, chassis mounted diff's, hub-reduction gears, diff' locks on both axles
PTO winch

The most remarkable feature is the front and rear wheel steering, inherited from Latil's first days, which prevents transmission wind-up in four wheel drive without the need for a centre differential.

The Latil tractor is pictured at the Australia Day vehicle display.

Go to the Latil 1938 and 4WD History pages


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