Burman and Sons

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Burman and Sons Ltd, of Ryland Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, manufactured Burman-Douglas steering gear.[1]

Their worm and nut design of steering gear was fitted to pre-war vehicles such as the Ford Eight and the Ford Prefect,[1] the Bedford CA, plus heavy trucks and off-road vehicles - both pre and post-war. In its day, Burman-Douglas steering-gear was regarded as...

... a "quality" feature of a car chassis specification,[1]

but the worm and nut design was eventually surpassed by the cheaper rack and pinion design which dominates today.

The company also manufactured motorcycle gearboxes during part of its history.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "The Autocar". 13 May 1939: 53.
  2. ^ http://www.barkshire.co.uk/bikes/Literature/Generic/Burman1926Sales/Burman1926_01.jpg