|Henry Maudslay was a brilliant engineer, his inventions included the micrometer and the first lathe for screw cutting. The company he founded in 1798 built the engines for Brunel's SS Great Western. Henry's grandson W.H. Maudslay and his son, Reginald founded the Standard Motor Company to manufacture cars and the Maudslay Motor Company which specialised in commercial vehicles.
Maudslay along with Crossley, were absorbed by A.E.C. in 1948. Prior to this Maudslay had been using A.E.C. power units and other componants for some time, so that eventually there was little to differenciate between them. However after take-over the company continued on, becoming the axle manufacturing arm of British Leyland, later being sold to the Rockwell Corportaion of the U.S.A.