Scammell began in the Victorian era, when the wheelwright, George Scammell of Spitalfields, London developed his business.
The outbreak of World War One presented itself as a turning point in road transport history. Mechanical transport was seen to work and was proving its vast potential beyond doubt to such forward thinking companies such as Scammell.
By 1927, Scammell had strengthened their position by launching its first cross country vehicle, and in 1929, they introduced the articulated “hundred tonner”.
Scammell lorries were top of the range, expensive and built in small quantities. The depression affected the firm badly and it was in a poor financial position by 1934.
During World War Two, Scammell made a massive contribution to the war effort by building large numbers of tank transporters, gun tractors and heavy recovery vehicles as well as fire pumps.
Membership of the Leyland Group in 1955 provided access to Leyland engines, gearboxes, and the company continued, but in February 1987 Scammell learned that the Leyland Group were being purchased by DAV BV of Holland. By July 1988, their site and the Nubian ranges together with various rights were bought by Unipower Ltd.