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1943 Crossley Q Type 'Donkey' Tractor

1943 Crossley Q Type in Reach for the Sky, Movie, 1956 IMDB

Class: Trucks, Trailer truck (tractor) — Model origin: UK

1943 Crossley Q Type 'Donkey' Tractor

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


chris40 UK

2008-05-05 10:15


Another poser ... these so-called 'Queen Mary' semi-trailers were normally pulled by OY Bedfords, although according to some accounts Commers were also used, but this is neither. The radiator looks like Leyland, but nothing else does. Could it be a Crossley? (Help!!)

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-05-05 10:24


It is undoubtedly a Crossley and many of these towed Queen Mary semi trailers. There must be a model number probably RAF or maybe IGL.

chris40 UK

2008-05-05 11:36


Thanks, jfS [:thumbs] I imagine the model number would be RAF; it doesn't seem to have much in common with the IGLs I've found, and it was probably designed for the RAF's purposes.

-- Last edit: 2008-05-05 11:38:06

Sunbar UK

2008-05-05 17:30


1943 Crossley Q-Type Tractor as here... http://www.norman-watkins.com/QueenMary.htm

The 'Donkey' appears to be a nickname.

Built from 1943 onwards the tractor version was built in types 1,2 and 3 with various differences in engine etc.
I cannot say which type the movie truck is but the cab is possibly an earlier design (the cabs were also made by manufacturers other than Crossley). The link would show a simpler cab used later in the war as easier to produce.

source: http://www.crossley-motors.org.uk/history/military.html

-- Last edit: 2008-05-05 17:36:33

antarmike EN

2010-01-01 17:21


Link to "www.hmvf.co.uk"
Showing the Q type and its variants in greater detail

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