BRITOOL (BTC) Jacks

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Database For Vintage and Classic BRITOOL (BTC) Vehicle Jacks

Other vintage British car jack databases:

Vehicle/Jack Matches Index

Car Maker Branded Jacks

Armstrong Bradbury Britool (BTC) Desmo Duco Dunlop
           
DWS Engineering Enots Epco Ern Lake Eversure
           
Ford Harvey Frost King Dick Lake & Elliot Lucas Metallifacture
           
Miscellaneous Prima Read Shelley SkyHi Smiths
           
Stadium Tangye Woden Unknown    

George Radion in Australia has a database on Australian-made Jacks

This database is for vintage and classic BRITOOL (BTC) vehicle jacks.  Many of the photos and comments have been gleaned from Ebay and other sites.  I would be pleased to add photos and comments from anyone who has information on these jacks.

Please note that this information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but I make no claims about authority on this subject. Use your own discretion when evaluating the accuracy of the information.

BTC stands for British Tool & Engineering Company which also traded under the BRITOOL name.

These jacks are now very old.  I would recommend that they are now used only for display purposes.  If one is used for lifting a vehicle, the operator should never put them self underneath the supported area without additional load bearing equipment in place, such as block of wood. Never use bricks for this purpose.

The values are normally taken from auction sites world-wide, but exclude postage.

Request to vendors: Please feel free to use the information from these databases in your adverts. An acknowledgement of the source would be most welcome. However, please do not twist any of the information. Where I say along the lines: 'May be for car X' please make this clear in your advert. An altered statement saying: 'It is for car X' will create false facts and misinformation. If you know for certainty a jack's heritage please contact me so that I can amend the entry. Thank you.

Screw Jacks followed by A-Frame Jacks, Side Lift Jacks and Scissor Jacks

 

 

 

 

Britool 2 Ton

Description:

This is two stage jack built under licence from Ern Lake. It is cast 2 TON 6 1/2 INCH TOWER JACK BRITOOL MADE UNDER LICENCE FROM E> LAKE LTD PAT No.s 307859 372871 and round the top BRITISH MADE. The other side is cast with the date, possible month and year, in this example 1 1945.  These jack would have been wartime military production.

The last 4 pictures are courtesy of John Rippingham. They show the very rare extensions that he had reproduced. Also his lovely WW2 vehicles. The jack is stowed on the ledge behind the passenger seat.

Applicable Vehicles:

Military WW2.

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in final photo.

Year Dates Noted:

1940, 1944, 1945

Value:

Average price paid in 2016 = 16.60 - 6 sales

Average price paid in 2017 = 5.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2019 = 30.75 - 2 sales

85.00 paid on UK Ebay 2 April 2020 - NH

20.00 paid on UK Ebay 8 July 2020 - WH

15.00 paid on UK Ebay 25 July 2020 - NH

 

 

 

 

Britool 4 Ton

Description:

The jack is two stage, about 8" closed and some 16 open. The rectangular saddle is 3 x 3 1/2 and slightly dished along its longer length. It is cast 4-TON BRITOOL BRITISH MADE REGd DESIGN 839842 1945. Photos and information courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Probably military WW2 and possibly for a Bren Gun Carrier.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known.

Year Dates Noted:

1945

Value:

Average price paid in 2017 = 28.95 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2019 = 19.99 - 1 sale

 

 

 

 

Britool 5 Ton

Description:

The jack is cast BRITOOL 1/1942 5 TONS and BRITISH No 1 MARK. Another example is additionally cast EC 0790 and dated 1943 (courtesy NewMoody). Lake & Elliot produced an identical jack, the EC/1790.

Applicable Vehicles:

Probably military WW2.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known.

Year Dates Noted:

1942, 1943

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 50.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2017 = 19.99 - 2 sales

 

 

 

 

Britool 112

Description:

The jack is cast BRITOOL 112 on one side and BRITISH MADE on the other. Single screw jack. 10.5" closed. Photos courtesy of NewMoody.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

BTC JBL 127

Description:

The jack is cast BRITISH MADE down one side of the casing and JBL 127 on the other. BTC is punched into the underside of the saddle. It is a twin screw jack 7" closed and 15.5" extended.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2019 = 6.50 - 1 sale

 

 

A Frame Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Britool Bevelift

Description:

This jack appears identical to the Smiths Bevelift folding jacks except that it has no reference to Smiths on the winding mechanism. It is inscribed BRITOOL MADE IN ENGLAND near the top of each leg and ENGLAND on top of the 'Bevelift' winder. 26.5" tall.

Richard Parnell, a long time Aston Martin DB4GT and DB5 owner, has sent me a photo of the DB4GT toolkit, along with the following comments: " The jack make is BTC rather than the more common and identical Smiths Bevelift. However a little photographic research indicates that this type of jack was used for the DB4 and maybe early DB5s. Britool (BTC) were a supplier to AM and indeed my DB5 also has an original Britool spanner set in the toolkit. The photograph shows a DB4 GT toolkit and jack, which is a BTC model as the surface finish of the gearcase is different although they are otherwise identical. My jack also has the remnants of the white label you can see on the leg."

The second photo is from an identical jack showing the BTC stamping on the main leg as described above, in an identical position to the white label in the first photo.

Applicable Vehicles:

Aston Martin DB4 & DB4GT

Claimed by a vendor to be for a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The jack in question appeared to have the lift arm with an octagonal cross-section. More information required please.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2015 = 17.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2017 = 130.75 - 2 sales

Average price paid in 2019 = 175.00 - 1 sale

99.95 paid on UK Ebay 24 March 2020

63.00 paid on UK Ebay 30 August 2020

 

 

 

 

BTC Aston Martin DB 2-4 Mk II and DB Mark III

Description

This jack was the predecessor to the Britool Bevelift (above) for the Aston Marin DB4 and was original equipment for the earlier Aston Martin DB2-4 Mark II (1955 to 1957) and the DB Mark III (1957 to 1959). There are no maker's details on the jack. However, it's design is identical (other than the winder) to the later DB4 Bevelift jack, suggesting it is from the same stable. Photos and information courtesy of Adrian Chettle. The final 3 photos show the jack stowed in the engine compartment (my photos).

Applicable Vehicles:

Supplied with the Aston Martin DB2-4 Mk II.

Supplied with the Aston Martin DB Mark III.

Reported to be for a Jaguar Mk. IX (1959).

Jack Handle Type:

As shown in the 3rd photo. Unmarked.

Year Dates Noted:

None, but circa 1955 to 1959.

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 750.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2016 = 74.50 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2017 = 550.00 - 1 sale

 

 

 

 

BTC Folding A-Frame - Square Arm

Description

This folding A-Frame jack is identical to the jack above except for the square section lifting arm. It measures 62cm high. Feet width (outside edge) when open 32cm. Lifting bar 30mm hollow square section, 20cm long. One of the folding legs is stamped B.T.C. ENGLAND PAT. No. 625500. Photos courtesy of Chris Bass.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2015 = 18.00 - 1 sale

 

 

 

 

BTC Austin A35

Description

Described by the vendor as a jack from an Austin A35. The base is stamped BTC ENGLAND PAT No. 635500. Only details as shown in the photo.

Applicable Vehicles:

Austin A35.

Jack Handle Type:

Starter handle.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2013 = 31.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2014 = 15.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2015 = 15.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2016 = 9.60 - 3 sales

Average price paid in 2017 = 13.66 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2019 = 32.22 - 3 sales

15.00 paid on UK Ebay 31 January 2020

 

 

 

BTC Austin A40

Description

This jack is 20" high and 9.5" across the base. The lifting arm is an inverted 'U' and is 4.5" long; 7/8" wide. It is stamped on the top shoulder bar  B.T.C. MADE IN ENGLAND PAT No. 625500.

Applicable Vehicles:

Austin A40. See also Smiths Steadylift for the other A40 jack.

Jack Handle Type:

Wheel Brace/cranking handle.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 12.60 - 2 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = 12.50 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2019 = 14.41 - 6 sales

14.00 paid on UK Ebay 19 July 2020

 

 

 

BTC Morris Minor 1957>

Description:

From 1957 the Morris Minor was supplied with an A-frame jack supplied by BTC. It is 17.5" high and the base is 7.5" wide. It has a 'U' jacking arm. The winder is hexagonal to accept either a wheel nut brace or the socket on the handle of the MM starter handle.

Applicable Vehicles:

Morris Minor 1957>. For other Morris Minor jacks see Vehicle Jack database.

Jack Handle Type:

Socket on handle end of the starter crank handle.

Year Dates Noted:

From 1957>

Value:

Values updated in Morris Minor section of Car Maker Branded Jacks database. For guidance, average selling price in 2018 was 29.41.

 

 

 

 

BTC Unknown

Description:

This BTC A frame jack looks very similar to the previous entry with one exception. It has an inverted 'U' jacking arm. Information required please.

Applicable Vehicles:

Thought by a vendor to be for a Sprite/Midget. Certainly it has the same inverted U lifting arm as the Shelley Rollafit that is credited to those cars. Information required.

Jack Handle Type:

Socket on handle end of the starter crank handle.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

25.00 paid on UK Ebay 11 August 2020

30.00 paid on UK Ebay 19 August 2020

 

 

 

 

BTC Austin Mini (Circa 1960)

Description

This jack was issued with the Austin Mini circa 1960 and is shown in the driver's handbook in the 3rd photo. Only other details as shown in the photos. The second photo appears to show the stamping B.T.C. ENGLAND PAT No. 625500. More information always welcome.  Photos and information courtesy of Mark Seligman.

Final photo shows a variation of the foot cross-piece.

I have the same jack listed for the Morris Mini in the Car Maker Branded Jack database.  That one is stamped Metallifacture.

Applicable Vehicles:

Austin Mini -1960.  See the Vehicle Jack database for other Austin/Morris/BMC/Rover Mini jacks

Jack Handle Type:

Wheel Brace.

Year Dates Noted:

Circa 1960.

Value:

Average price paid in 2016 = 52.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2017 = 0.99 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2018 = 30.00 - 1 sale

 

 

 

 

BTC Ford Zodiac

Description

Only details as shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Ford Zodiac Mk2

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated.

Year Dates Noted:

1961

Value:

See Ford entry for values.

 

 

 

 

BTC A Frame 1

Description

The jack is a rigid A-frame measuring 18"high; 6.25" wide at the bottom. It has 0.5" square section drive head.  The base is stamped B.T.C. ENGLAND PAT No. 625.500. I am led to believe this stands for the Bristol or British Tool Company. Interestingly the patent number is also to be found on similar Smiths jacks. The spigot is an inverted U, 0.75" wide and2.5" long. The A frame rods are 3/8" diameter. Photos and description courtesy of Tony Danaro in Australia.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known, but similar in dimensions to the King Dick Jaguar MkII jack but of lighter construction so would not carry the weight of that car.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known, but quite often with these types of jack the wheel stud brace has a fitment.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

BTC A Frame 2

Description

The jack is a rigid A-frame measuring 20.5"high; 8 1/16" wide at the bottom. It has 0.5" square section drive head.  The base is stamped B.T.C. ENGLAND. I am led to believe this stands for the Bristol or British Tool Company. The base has a studded pattern for grip.  The spigot is 1" hollow tube, 6.75" long. The A frame rods are 7/16" diameter. Photos and description courtesy of Tony Danaro in Australia.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known, but similar in dimensions to the King Dick Jaguar MkII jack.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known, but quite often with these types of jack the wheel stud brace has a fitment.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2019 = 7.00 - 1 sale

 

 

 

 

BTC A Frame 3

Description

No details other than shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Wheel stud brace.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2019 = 7.50 - 1 sale

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 4 June 2020

 

Side Lift Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

BTC Bumper Jack

Description:

This jack has the Smiths Bevelift winder and is stamped BTC MADE IN ENGLAND; PATENT No. 599945. It is 18.5" tall. The jacking crutch is 1.5" wide. Photos and details courtesy of Erik Nielsen.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

BTC Side Lift Jack

Description:

As with the jack above this has the Smiths Bevelift winder. It is stamped BTC MADE IN ENGLAND on the shaft. It is 18.5" tall.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2018 = 99.00 - 1 sale

 

 

Pictures of rebuilt jack

 

 

BTC Side Jack

Description

This side lift BTC jack is 18" high with a foot 6" wide. The jacking arm is 2.25" long to the notch in the photo. It is stamped B.T.C. on the main body 2.5" from the top.

Applicable Vehicles:

Morris Mini, Cooper, Mini Van etc.

May possibly be for an Austin A40 Farina circa 1959.

See the Vehicle Jack database for other Austin/Morris/BMC/Rover Mini jacks

Jack Handle Type:

Flat ratchet handle which is turned over to wind in the opposite direction. It is 8" long and has a 3/8" square hole.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 22.83 - 3 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = 17.20 - 6 sales

Average price paid in 2016 = 22.33 - 3 sales

Average price paid in 2017 = 40.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2018 = 30.00 - 1 sale

Average price paid in 2019 = 27.07 - 6 sales

11.50 paid on UK Ebay 17 May 2020

 

 

 

 

BTC Double Arm Side Lift

Description:

An unusual side lift jack with 2 lift arms. Under the foot it is stamped BTC ENGLAND PAT No 528933. Closed height to the top of the handle is 17.5". Extended it is 27.5". Other measurements shown in the 3rd and 4th photos. Photos and information courtesy of Danny Farrell.

The same patent number can be seen on some Smiths jacks which does not surprise me. When I first saw the jack I assumed it was Smiths.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

Scissor Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

BTC Scissor

Description

This BTC Scissor jack is stamped BTC PAT APP FOR. It is 16 inches long retracted including the winding eyelet. Other details as shown in the photos.

Applicable Vehicles:

Morris Mini Countryman circa 1965. jack painted grey.

Jack Handle Type:

Reverse end of wheel nut brace.

Year Dates Noted:

1965

Value:

 

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