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 Post subject: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:13 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:28 pm 
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What is the link between Tickford and Salmons & Sons???
I'm little ignorant about those english cars... :?
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 Post subject: Re: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:00 pm 
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Iluvatar wrote:
What is the link between Tickford and Salmons & Sons???
I'm little ignorant about those english cars... :?
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Tickford Ltd was formed in the 1942 from the company of Salmons & Sons of Newport Pagnell when the Salmons sold up. Salmons had been using the name "Tickford" for some 20-odd years as a trade name to describe bodies using various patented constructions. You will find Salmons "Tickford" bodies employing some degree of convertible element (or at least a "sunshine" roof) on all manner of pre-war chassis.

Here is an extract from the Tickford Owners' Club site (I don't think that they will object to the publicity):-

The name change from Salmons to Tickford came about by happy chance. Landaulettes were formal car bodies with a folding section over the passengers at the rear. In these times it was not unusual to be out in the open air. The tops, however, were extremely heavy, being made of patent leather on the outside with wool head linings and wooden pillars and much iron-work. One day a blacksmith at Salmons by the name of Arthur Dalby Balls (known inexplicably as Tommy) had the idea of making the chauffeur's task easier when it came to opening and closing the roof section. Put simply, he devised a series of cogs, which were linked to the hood frame. By the simple expedient era handle which could be inserted into the mechanism at the rear three quarter position, this enormous structure could be wound up and down with ease. This was patented and became known as the Tickford All-Weather style because of its instant adaptability; previously, passengers probably just had to put up with a sudden shower. Salmons paid Tommy Balls a royalty of œ1 for the idea plus five shillings for the first 25 such devices sold and œ1 in excess of 25 such hoods as fitted to the car shown at Olympia in 1925, known as the Type A. Seven shillings was paid on another Type B. That this type of body became a staple Salmons line for many years must have been 'a nice little earner' for Mr Balls. The Autocar, commenting on coachwork at Olympia commented that it was a "striking development of adaptably designed bodywork" and "this remarkahle body should be seen by all visitors." The windows dropped down into the doors and the supports hinged down inside the body; when erecting, the hood automatically locked in to them via spring catches. The cars demonstrating this body style were a Minerva and a Bianchi. During the Thirties, Salmons were producing batches of standardised 'Tickford' open coachwork for manufacturers such as MG, Vauxhall, Rover and the Hillman Aero Minx coupe convertible. None of these were of the original 'Tickford' winding down top design, being tourers pure and simple. Saloons were made only rarely. Minx or MG bodies took about two weeks and drivers brought the chassis to the factory sitting on boxes and wearing goggles for protection. More expensive chassis came by rail and a Rolls-Royce body might take four weeks to build. In the mid to late Thirties, a measure of this was that a special self-contained workshop handled only cars carrying the sacred octagon. It was known as the MG Shop. As related earlier the Salmons family eventually sold the business and in 1942 it became Tickford Limited. But it was 1946 before, things started to get back to normal. Even then they relied on a Ministry of Supply contract to refurbish and convert vehicles back to civilian use after the war effort. And it was 1947 before Tickford built its first new car body for a manufacturer.

There has also been a book published about Salmons by Dennis Mynard.


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 Post subject: Re: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:26 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:19 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:35 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tickford Austin
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:56 pm 
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