RELIANCE - MERCURY
Following the acquisition of Mercury from Dennis in 1972 Reliance & Mercury combined to form Reliance - Mercury, the newly formed Company continued to thrive and in 1987 there was a management buy out. In 1990 the company was sold to a newly formed group Powersafe Industries Ltd which at the same time incorporated Mountain Range Group manufacturers of ambulances and fire fighting vehicles based in Crewe Cheshire. Reliance Mercury remained in Halifax and fire vehicle manufacture transferred to Halifax alongside tractors and tugs. 1992 Powersafe Industries failed and Reliance Mercury was bought by Trinity Holdings the current owners of Dennis, fire vehicle manufacture ceased. Trinity later purchased Douglas Equipment of Cheltenham manufacturers of aircraft tugs and dock spotters, R.M moved to Cheltenham and merged with Douglas, by 1998 the name Reliance Mercury was dropped.
1973 RM 1000 TUG
This model fitted with a Mini 998cc engine had the option of manual or automatic transmission with petrol or LPG fuel option, piggybacked on the back of a Wrigley Union Truck in a space saving effort in the garage