Willème

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Willème
Founded 1923
Founder(s) Louis Willeme
Defunct 1970
Products Heavy trucks

Willème was a French truck manufacturer.[1]

History[edit]

Willème was founded in 1923[2] by Louis Willeme, after working for Automobiles Grégoire.[3]

Most were made with Deutz AG engines; some with in-house engines; some with AEC. In the 1960s, Willème also sold rebadged AEC and BMC trucks.[4]

Willème went bankrupt in 1970[5] and were taken over by PRP (Perez et Raymond), who continued to produce Willème's TG range of trucks.[6] Eventually, some MOL Trucks were based on Willème designs.[7]

Some Willème heavy-haul trucks are still in service.[8][9]

Products[edit]

A Willème truck

Willème specialised in heavy-haul trucks.

Early models[edit]

The DW12A was used as a tank transporter by the French army.[10]

Post-war trucks: S10, L10, and R15[edit]

10- and 15-ton trucks, with Deutz engines, sold between 1945 and 1953.[5]

610 and 615 series[edit]

Sold 1953-1963.[5]

TL and LD series[edit]

Available with both AEC and Willème engines.[5]

  • The AEC-engined 5741-CG was sold as an 8-wheel heavy wrecker.[11]
  • Some models, such as the W8SA, were also built as oilfield trucks.[12]
  • RD 6x4[13]

Willème-PRP[edit]

  • W200, 8x4, 245 tonne gross weight.[14]
  • The TG200 was an 8x4 heavy-hauler, capable of handling 200 ton loads.[15]
  • TG250: 250 tonnes gross weight[16]
  • The TG300 was 8x8 capable of hauling up to 1000 tonnes, powered by a Detroit Diesel V16.[17] Some were built by Trabosa.[18]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lecat, Gilbert. Camions Willème, le roi des poids lourds. ETAI. ISBN 978-2-7268-8915-2. 
  2. ^ "Gazoline : Camions Willème, le roi des poids lourds". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Model Auto Review News". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the wonderful world of Willeme! Biglorryblog throws out yet another anorak challenge! - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Willème". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Rare trucks on Biglorryblog from mighty Willmes to awesome Atkinsons! Who can tell us more about them? - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  7. ^ "Willme and MOL. Not a Music Hall act---but another brace of forgotten truck brands rediscovered on Biglorryblog! - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Hard-working Willeme still hauling in China....who knows more about this heavy hitter asks Biglorryblog? - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  9. ^ "More wonderful Willemes on Biglorryblog...the pictures just keep coming in. - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Axis History Factbook: Composition of a B1bis battalion (France)". Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Forget the Willeme wrecker... It's that mystery jet that Biglorryblog wants identified! - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Bonneted beauties at the old Brussels and Paris truck shows...Biglorryblog has a black & white nostalgia moment! - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  13. ^ "More on the wonderful Willeme from 'The Brochure King' - Where else but on Biglorryblog?! - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  14. ^ "More Willemes and Sisus on Biglorryblog - you can't beat a good heavy hitter. - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  15. ^ "Wonderful Willeme shot by Mike B...and that's what I call a restoration says Biglorryblog! - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  16. ^ "More wonderful Willemes on Biglorryblog...the pictures just keep coming in. - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  17. ^ "Hard-working Willeme still hauling in China....who knows more about this heavy hitter asks Biglorryblog? - Biglorryblog". Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
  18. ^ "Trabosa TBA1 8x8 pictures from cars photos on webshots". Retrieved 2011-01-03.