Vehicles created by Ateliers Legueu de Meaux (ALM)

Vehicles created by Ateliers Legueu de Meaux (ALM)

René Legueu, owner of a garage at Meaux since the 1920s, became more and more involved with the conversion of agricultural vehicles. In 1948, he founded the Ateliers Legueu de Meaux (ALM), which 20 years later, his son relocated to St Nazaire and renamed ACMAT

In 1950, Panhard granted René Legueu the rights to produce its special all-wheel drive trucks. On the strength of his experience, Legueu started to produce his own all-terrain, medium-tonnage vehicles by assembling elements from different manufacturers


René Legueu (right) and his son Paul in front of a TPOQ 6 fitted with drilling equipment

They were dubbed the "Legueu cocktails". For example, the TH4 (Trucks, Hotchkiss 4×4) was launched in 1954 equipped with a Ford axle, a Citroën cab and a Hotchkiss Lago engine developing 170 hp. ALM produced small series adapted to the needs of its customers (oil prospecting in the desert, fire-fighting, public works etc.).

In 1959, ALM began to construct certain components: transfer boxes, chassis, axles, cabs, and designed its own vehicle, the TPK4 which was a precursor to the VCOM and VLRA. ALM made a name for itself in the market by observing a fundamental principle pronounced by its founder: "Any improvement must always be able to be retrofitted to a truck of the marque, whatever its age".

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION…

Magazine : Charge utile magazine, n°67, 2012.

Book : Jean-Gabriel Jeudy, Trucks of France, the first age, Massin éditeur, 1993.

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