The South China Iron Works – post WW2 producer of covered motor tricycles, trucks and motorbikes
HF “South China Iron Works Ltd., founded in 1938 [incorporated 19th December 1938], lost much of its machinery during the Japanese occupation…but by 1949 had resumed production of diesel engines, including ‘specially designed’ three wheeled vehicles ‘especially designed for use in Southeast Asia’, and 2.5 ton trucks.” (1)
The works were in Tsuen Wan according to the report below and source 1. And substantial judging by a small undated photo in the latter. Several large buildings, chimneys etc. Our own image(s) would be useful.
…”by 1949 [the company] had resumed production of diesel engines, including …three wheeled vehicles ‘especially designed for use in Southeast Asia’, and 2.5 ton trucks.” (1)
“Diesel trucks, covered motor tricycles and motorbikes were heralded in 1950 as specially designed.” (1)
It would be of great interest to learn more about these vehicles.
The company was apparently dissolved on 27th February 1987.
1. Made in Hong Kong: A History of Export design in Hong Kong 1900-1960, The Urban Council, May 1988
A undated photograph accompanying the quote shows the factory as being in Tsuen Wan, though in tiny font.
This article was first posted on 25th June 2015.
Related Indhhk articles:
- The Story of the South China Iron Works as told by Chang Don Chien 張敦潛
- Dr H P Wu – Managing Director / President – South China Iron Works
- South China Iron Works – company staff in the 1950/60s
- Chang Don Chien 張敦潛, chief engineer South China Iron Works, 1948-1968
- The South China Iron Works during World War Two
- South China Iron Works – violent communist/nationalist clashes 1956
- Hong Kong Iron Works Companies – information needed