Vintage Car Carriers:  1950 Leyland Beaver – Eight Land Rovers And Some Hydraulics

So, how do you deliver eight Land Rovers in 1950, and efficiently use expensive hydraulics? Let’s take a brief look at one of the more unusual British car transporters of the time to find out.

At this time, the Land Rover was still a new product, both in actual production terms and in concept, so a bit of publicity through a nice paint job makes sense. Exports were the key to recovery at the time, of course.

But what about the truck and trailer? It’s a 1950 Leyland Beaver, one of Leyland’s larger draw bar capable trucks, from the period before the articulated tractor and trailer really took over.

Four Land Rovers on the main truck, two up, two down with a hydraulically powered ramp and upper deck.

The same load on the trailer, but there were no hydraulic ramps here. The lower deck was loaded through gate type doors at the rear, but the upper deck?

Well, the clue is the short ramp and deck over the cab. Turn the drawbar away to one side, and pull the truck up to the trailer, nose to nose. Add a joining ramp, and then drive your Land Rover over the gap. Being Series 1 Land Rovers, the canvas roof frames and windscreens could be lowered and stored, and then the combination had a payload of around of around 12 (Imperial) tons (27,000 lbs), within the Beaver’s limit of 24 tons.

The example in the photos is a modern replica, built by a prominent Land Rover restorer. No new trailer was built, but even so it was good enough for Land Rover to use at the Goodwood Revival, among other events.