From our archive: Argyle Commercial Vehicles

Argyle Motor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., were launched by managing director William Moffat on November, 1968 in the Flakefield estate in East Kilbride. Their aim was to produce, in limited production and to order, hand-built lorries made in Scotland with a payload of 16-ton and two possible chassis, either rigid or tipper.

The company became a member of the Scottish Motor Trade association on November 1969; their first prototype was ready for testing a month later. With some small changes having been made to the design of the cab to make it easier to access and control, it passed all tests on March 1970, when it was handed over to the Rutherglen contractors by provost Niven of East Kilbride.

On December 1970 they achieved their production rate of one vehicle per week. Even in that initial stage, the company’s vehicle was seen as a competitive alternative to those of most major makers, with inquiries being made about it from countries ranging from Poland to New Zealand.

Manufacturing was short-lived though, and the company stopped production in 1973.

Do you remember the Argyle?

 

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