Bespoke Commercial Vehicle Bodies since 1920

What Makes Us Unique

Osborne Motor Bodies Limited are commercial vehicle bodybuilders offering a full range of general and specialist commercial vehicle conversions.

Founded in 1920 our unrivalled team of craftsmen allow us to undertake even the most demanding bespoke commercial vehicle bodywork, we are the UK's largest manufacturer of milk delivery vehicles. Generally working on vehicles up to 7500Kg GVW, the company is especially suited to special one-off vehicle conversion to customer's specific requirements.

The company has a reputation for bodywork of the highest quality and, in addition to the general bodywork market, is well known in the dairy, utilities and glass carrying sectors of the vehicle bodybuilding trade.

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Ninety Years of Coachbuilding History

R.W. Osborne and Son was established in Saffron Walden in 1920 by Rex William Osborne who was a carpenter by trade. His first entry into bodybuilding was a removable container which dropped into the dickie seat of a local butcher's Clyno car.

Up to the second world war the business grew building all sorts of bodywork on all types of chassis. In those days, most bodybuilding included the cab shell making almost every vehicle unique. This was the day of the 'Coachbuilder' who was a craftsman in wood, the predominant material used.

In 1946 Tony Osborne, Rex's youngest son joined the business and learned the trade. Later while doing his National Service, he regularly got a lift from local dairymen in their milk vans when returning on home leave. On discovering that Tony was a coachbuilder by trade, they all suggested that he design a "proper" milk float to make their job easier. Tony then designed and built floats to most of the chassis available at that time with some success.

Although the milk float business was quite good, it was not spectacular due to the lack of a really suitable chassis to use. However, with the advent of the Bedford C.A. this was all to change.

Osbornes then really started building milk floats, firstly framed with duck cloth roofs then later using the Bedford steel roof and sliding doors. Hundreds were built during the CA years and the company became well known throughout the dairy trade.

Over the years we have kept up with progress in the dairy trade and produce a full range of vehicle including insulated and refrigerated models, retaining the ability to offer individual designs to meet all customers' requirements.

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