30 01 2018

The David Brown Selectamatic 990 Tractor

The name David Brown is now synonymous with the Aston Martin marque, but many people do not know that Brown's family business was building tractors long before the first 'DB' sports car arrived on the scene. In this fascinating interview, Marcus Atkinson talks to René Gauch of Roos Engineering about this interesting piece of automotive history.

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    Professor Joseph Carby-Hall Beverley February 03, 2018 at 10:02am
    I recall the 990 selectomatic tractor coming off the assembly line in Meltham near Huddersfield during the period when I was employed by David Brown (1962 - 1967) in their international sales department when Mr Eisler was the head of that department. As an advocate I also carried out legal work at DB. I was the owner of an Aston Martin at the time but recall its gear box being very problematic indeed. I sold it for that reason and am now very content with my five classic cars dating back from 1955 to 1997.
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    Peter Mallinson Grange-over-Sands February 10, 2018 at 10:01am
    I worked for David Brown Tractors from 1962-75. My first job was on engine assembly, then I moved to engine test, then to balancing flywheels and crankshaft, and finally inspector on the flywheel production line. David Brown was an excellent boss to work for. My reason for leaving was the "Yanks" had taken over and we knew the factory would eventually close down, and it did in 1988.