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Latil 4x4


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  • Latil Series 1 Timber/Winch Tractor (pictured)
  • Year of Make: 1938
  • Engine: Meadows Petrol 4ELA, Hand Start.
  • Full-time 4WD
  • Interchangeable 2&4 Wheel Steering.
  • Cable Brakes with Vaccum system to trailer.
  • Fitted with Carlton Winch.
  • Fuel Consumption approx. 5 MPG
  • 12 Volt electrics
  • Sold new in 1938 to a well known English timber firm.
  • Bought in 1993 as a derelict wreck and restored to it's former glory by 1995.


Also under restoration:

  • Latil Series 3 Timber/Winch Tractor "HTL 11"
  • Year of make: 1949
  • Engine:Meadows Diesel 4-DJ
  • Full-time 4WD
  • Interchangeable 2&4 Wheel Steering.
  • Air-assisted cable operated band brakes on all 4 wheels.
  • Differential Locks on Front and Back Axles.
  • Automower Winch.
  • 24 Volt electrics.

Altogether a much heavier built machine, compared with series 1&2 being approximately 12 inches longer in the chassis. Aquired in 1995 as a half-finished restoration project. Is now nearing completion.

All originally built in the United Kingdom by Shelvoke & Drewery. also Latil Industrial vehicles in London. All restoration work is carried out by myself and friends on my farm in Herefordshire, England, UK. I would like to mention that without the help of the following people this would not have been possible; Simon Wadley, Simon Cross, Simon Williamson, Steve Morris, Micky Day, Peter Brown, Mercian Sandblasting, amongst others. Both Latils are a credit to us all.

- John Bishop © 27/04/99 "Bish"
via: Simon Williamson

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