Stonefield: a 4x4 that got away. Stonefield Vehicles of Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland began in 1974. The aim was to produce a new off-road vehicle with load capacities in the 1.5 to 3 ton range, with the military very much in mind, and topping the 1-ton LandRover 101.
Notable design features were the forward control (cab-over) design, space-frame chassis for rigidity, full-time four wheel drive with a centre differential with automatic lock, and the use of automatic gearboxes as standard.
The choice of engines was between
the Ford V6 petrol engine (101), as fitted to cars such as the Ford Granada,
driving a Ford C3 3-speed automatic gearbox, and
a Chrysler 318-1 V8 (110) driving an A727 3-speed
The Stonefield 6x4, with a lazy axle, had increased load carrying capacity for applications such as fire tenders.
The company went on to be called Stonefield Holdings
and was later taken over by Gomde, and then closed in the early 1990s.
Nick Noyce has started a Stonefield Register
to preserve a notable vehicle,
himself owning a P3000 6x4 and a P3000 4x4.
Research: Nick Noyce [10/2000], The Stonefield Register
4WD Vehicles A-Z
4WD Toys & Models
History of 4WDs