Papers of Hardy Rail Motors Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Signed minutes, 1925-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hardy Rail Motors Ltd., subsequently Hardy Motors Ltd. In 1932 Associated Equipment Company Ltd. (AEC) became the sole shareholder, following the arrangement made with Four Wheel Drive Motors. During the 1920s Hardy built rail-going conversions of Four Wheel Drive (FWD) vehicles. In 1931 the Hardy trade-name was applied to FWD road vehicles to avoid confusion with the American FWD company, but through the 1930s the identity of Hardy as a distinct marque was increasingly subordinated to AEC.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection.

Arrangement

This collection forms part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive (MSS.226).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

A 30 year closure period applies to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1984.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at: http://www.a2a.pro.gov.uk/

Authority records exist for Hardy Rail Motors Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2305); See also Four Wheel Drive Motors Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2304) and the Associated Equipment Company Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2290).

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for publication of deposited material or the result of research based on it should be made to the Trust. The Trust reserves all rights to commercial exploitation and commercial publication. Please contact the Centre's staff for further details.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive. These include papers of Four Wheel Drive Motors Ltd. MSS.226/FW and the Associated Equipment Company Ltd. MSS.226/AE

Technical materials are retained by the BMIHT. Technical enquiries should be made direct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Archives and Information Service, Gaydon, Warwickshire.