Papers of the Standard Tractor Company

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Unsigned minutes, 1959-1960; file relating to shareholding and finances, including memorandum and articles of association,1959; original files of correspondence relating to administration of the Company including apportionment of Group assets; disagreement with Massey-Ferguson over certain plant and equipment; voluntary liquidation process, taxation repercussions of tractor project; settlement of balance outstanding under Yugoslav agreement, 1959-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Standard Motor Company was involved in the production of the Ferguson tractor between 1945 and 1959. To preserve its interest in tractor production when the Ferguson manufacturing process was sold to Massey-Harris-Ferguson, Standard Motor Company set up a tractor company of its own and produced a number of prototypes (two of which apparently survive) designed around the Standard diesel engine. After Standard joined Leyland in 1960, the Tractor Company was put into voluntary liquidation (resolution of 9 November 1960).

Reference: M. Williams, Massey-Ferguson tractors (1987, reprinted 1989).


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 It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access 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:

An authority record exists for Standard Tractor Company (GB 152 AAR2338).

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.


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 the papers of Mulliners Ltd. MSS.226/ST/M, Mulliners (Holdings) Ltd. MSS.226/MH, Forward Radiator Company Ltd. MSS.226/STF and the papers of the Standard Motor Company and successors, MSS.226/ST.

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