Gilbert Brown & Son Ltd

Free UK delivery for all orders! Based in the EU? You can still buy on-line from our Shop and the UK VAT will be deducted at the checkout. (Any local customs import duties and tariffs remain the responsibility of the purchaser).
  • £189.00


For telephone orders, call us on: 01332 873 555

Derbyshire based model trucks specialist, Search Impex, is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of a DAF XF 460 Super Space 4x2 tractor unit with Nooteboom Euro PX 2-axle low loader, customised in the eye-catching and traditional style livery of Cumbria-based haulier Gilbert Brown & Son Ltd.

(Note:  The model will be based on WSI’s existing Nooteboom PX 2-axle low loader, finished in orange (not the blue 3 axle trailer shown in the pictures).  The trailer build is not identical to the actual trailer and the customer is fully aware and accepts that there will inevitably be some differences in specification between the real truck and the model.  Load is not included).   

The model will be produced exclusively for Search Impex by WSI Models as a certificated Limited Edition.

Established back in 1973, and having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, Gilbert Brown & Son Ltd., is a small family run haulier based in well-known village of Hawkshead – which lies within the beautiful and much visited Lake District National Park.  Company founder, Gilbert Brown, originally started the business in partnership with close friend, Stan Stewardson, and two rigid flatbed trucks (an Albion Clydesdale HJM 931H and an Albion Reiver BTF 507E) and undertook the collection and delivery of locally grown and harvested timber to nearby sawmills.  

Flatbeds, of course, lend themselves to a variety of load types and Gilbert soon started to receive requests to move more than just timber!  With the proximity of the haulier to a number of the famous lakes - and with the steadily growing numbers of leisure craft being moved to and from the Lake District, it wasn’t long before a request to move a small boat was received.  The job was undertaken and with this first boat shift successfully completed, Gilbert saw the gap in the market for a locally based boat haulier.  This lead to an investment in another truck and a trailer made specifically to carry boats - and so Gilbert Brown & Son Ltd., International Boat Transport, was born.      

Nowadays, the Company is run by Gilbert’s son, Andy, and it operates three trucks (all DAF units), three boat transport trailers, as well as a two self-loading timber carrying trailers and a 3 axle step frame low loader. Since Brexit, whilst the Company has largely opted not to undertake international movements, it still finds plenty of work transporting boats the length and breadth of the UK – with the Lake District to the UK’s south coast and vice versa being a particularly frequent run.  Keep an eye out for the Gilbert Brown rig on your travels – with its distinctive paintwork and livery and a probably complete with a boat as a specialised load, it’s an impressive sight to behold!  

Any collectors wishing to reserve a model should register their interest with Search Impex as soon as possible and provide their contact details. The models are expected to be priced around £189 each (including UK delivery & VAT). We do NOT require any deposit payment. We will simply notify you as soon as the model is available and only at that time will we require payment in full. 

For details of availability of this and other models, collectors can visit the Search Impex website at or call on 01332 873555.

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