Commer was a British manufacturer of commercial vehicles operating from 1905 until 1979. Their vehicles included car derived vans, light vans, medium to heavy commercial trucks, military vehicles and buses. The Commer brand was exported widely, with collectors' vehicles still running far from their UK manufacturing base. Commer designed and built its own diesel engine for its heavy commercial vehicles.
The company was formed in small premises in Lavender Hill, South London, but volume production began after a site was bought at Biscot Road, Luton, where production of their first truck, the 3 ton RC type, started in 1907. With the outbreak of WW1 the factory turned to manufacturing military vehicles for the British Army and by 1919 over 3000 had been made.
In 1926, after being in receivership several times, Commer was taken over by Humber, which in 1931 became part of the Rootes Group.
The Commer name was replaced by the Dodge name during the 1970s following the takeover of Rootes by Chrysler Europe. After Peugeot purchased Chrysler Europe in 1978, the Commer factory was run in partnership with the truck division of Renault - Renault Trucks. Although it continued to produce the Dodge commercial truck range for some time, with Renault badges and a small amount of product development, eventually these were cancelled in favour of mainstream Renault models.
Many Commer vans and lorries are notable for being fitted with the Rootes TS3 engine, a two-stroke diesel three-cylinder horizontally-opposed piston engine, which came to be known as the "Commer Knocker" due to the unique noise it produced.
Commer petrol engine semi
Commer petrol engined (same as Humber Snipe) semi I used to cart wine with between S.A. and New Sout...
1940s Commer 3 ton truck
This is a COMMER 3 Ton truck dating from the 1940s fitted with a 6cyl petrol engine on show at a ral...