Smiths Jacks

Database For Vintage and Classic Smiths Vehicle Jacks

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This database is for vintage and classic Smiths 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.  Contact Me

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. Some of the jacks listed below had the name Stevenson on them. The attached file is a Smiths Potted History and its relationship with Stevenson.

All Smiths jacks are now 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.

Last updated 13 June 2019.

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Bevelift Jacks - followed by Folding A Frame; Fixed A Frame Page 2 for Tubular Pole Side Lift; Scissor; Screw; Hydraulic; Integrated.

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Side Lift

Description

The Bevelift is manufactured by Smiths Jacking Systems (embossed around the base) and called the Smiths Bevelift jack. Made in England and, according to the internet, by the same Samuel Smiths that made the Smiths/Jaeger gauges, Radiomobile radios and the MGA heater assembly but perhaps not the beer!

Height closed is 18.5" for some cars including the Bristol 400. Lifting arm is 7/8" square section.

First photo courtesy of Mike Moore in Cheshire, UK.

The 2nd and 3rd photos show different length jacking spigots.

4th photo shows the jack installed in a Triumph Roadster (my photo).

5th picture shows the casting on the foot. SMITHS STEVENSON JACKING SYSTEMS.

The final photo shows an exploded diagram of the winder dating back to 1945.

CAUTION. The Riley RM Club reports that this jack has a bad reputation for failure in use and strongly recommends that an alternative jack is used for wheel changing etc.

Applicable Vehicles:

Alvis TA14

Bristol 400

From 1946 to 1955 these jacks were supplied with the Riley RMA, RME 1.5 litre saloons; the Riley RMB, RMF 2.5 litre saloons; and the Riley RMC 2.5 litre Drophead Coupe.  Information courtesy of Mike Moore in Cheshire, UK.

Sunbeam Talbot 90

Triumph Roadster 1946 to 1949. (see 4th picture).

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

Patent applied for in 1945.

1949

Value:

Average price paid in 2013 = 29.00 - 4 sales

Average price paid in 2014 = 37.52 - 12 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = no sales

Average price paid in 2016 = 60.50 - 4 sales

Average price paid in 2017 = 45.86 - 13 sales

Average price paid in 2018 = 51.80 - 10 sales

85.00 paid on UK Ebay 21 January 2019

31.00 paid on UK Ebay 19 March 2019

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Bristol 401 Onwards

Description

This Bevelift is 18.5" but unlike the version above has a hook welded to the shaft approximately 1.5" wide that locates with a seam under the chassis. Picture and information courtesy of Geoff Dowdle.

Applicable Vehicles:

Bristol 401, 402, 403, 404, 405 & 406

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Jensen Interceptor Mk2 and Mk3

Description

This Bevelift although essentially the same as the first entry is identified for the Jensen Interceptor Mk2 and Mk3. Two general points to make. The first is that the foot is more noticeably domed than other Bevelift jacks. The second is the rectangular lifting arm with the angled cut facing uppermost.

Applicable Vehicles:

Jensen Interceptor Mk2 and Mk3

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Jensen Interceptor 541S & C-V8

This Bevelift is for the Jensen Interceptor 541S and C-V8. It appears to be very similar to the the Mk2 & Mk3 version above except that the rectangular lifting arm is shorter and the angled cut faces downwards.

Applicable Vehicles:

Jensen Interceptor 541S & C-V8.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Round Fixed Lifting Arm

Description

Similar to the jacks above but with a round fixed lifting arm.

Applicable Vehicles:

I have been informed it may possibly be for a very early Riley RMA (1945-46). It is thought this car had round jacking points in different locations to the later cars.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

38.77 paid on UK Ebay 9 August 2015

25.00 paid on UK Ebay 25 September 2016

20.00 paid on UK Ebay 12 November 2017

16.25 paid on UK Ebay 7 December 2018

34.00 paid on UK Ebay 17 March 2019

22.10 paid on UK Ebay 4 April 2019

34.00 paid on UK Ebay 25 April 2019

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Fixed Square Lifting Arm

Description

This jack was found in the boot of a Bentley Mk Vl  It has a fixed rectangular lifting arm and has a lift of 11".

Applicable Vehicles:

Possibly Bentley Mk Vl. Information required.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

26.99 paid on UK Ebay 1 March 2015

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Triumph TD Town and Country Saloon and Roadster

Description

Similar to the Bevelift above but with an H section lifting arm.

Applicable Vehicles:

Triumph Town and Country Saloon and Roadster TD models, 1946 - 1948

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

57.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 April 2016

45.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift Side Lift - Double Lifting Arm

Description

This Bevelift side lift jack has, rather unusually, two jacking arms. More information required please.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

19.99 paid on UK Ebay 11 October 2015

25.00 paid on UK Ebay 16 January 2019  - 2 sold together for 50

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift Bumper

Description

This Bevelift side lift jack has what appears to be a lifting attachment for a bumper bar. No other details available.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

11.00 paid on UK Ebay 24 March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Fiat

Description

This Bevelift side lift jack is 22.5" tall. The lifting arm is 7/8" square cross section. It is made in Italy under licence from Smiths. The Top is cast SMITHS LICENZA BREVETTATO with FIAT in the centre. Photos and information courtesy of Geoff Dowdle.

Applicable Vehicles:

Unknown Fiat vehicle

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Various

Description

This jack incorporates the Bevel winding mechanism unique to Smiths. It is 27" tall. The lifting arm will vary depending on the car type. The fourth picture shows a version of the lifting arm bracket.

Applicable Vehicles:

Aston Martin DB4 and DB4 GT. However, evidence has recently come to light that suggests that an identical Britool jack was supplied instead of or in addition to this Smiths jack.

Rolls Royce Shadow, Corniche and Spirit models 1966 onwards.

Rover P4 75.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

1966

Value:

Average price paid in 2013 = 656.00 - 2 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = 73.49 - 4 sales

Average price paid in 2016 = 298.00 - 6 sales

Average price paid in 2017 = 539.60 - 5 sales

Average price paid in 2018 = 441.07 - 6 sales

21.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 February 2019

232.00 paid on UK Ebay 7 March 2019

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift MG Magnette ZA

Description

This jack is identical to the one above except for the lifting arm.  Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Bridges who has a 1955 MG Magnette ZA. The last 2 photos show the jack in position on Jeffrey's car.

Applicable Vehicles:

MG Magnette ZA

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

1955

Value:

113.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 March 2019

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Folding 2

Description

This jack is an original item for Rolls Royce and Bentleys in the 1980s.  It is 27" tall. It varies from the one above with the lifting spigot attachment.

This or a very similar Bevelift with a square section lifting arm was also supplied with the Wolseley 6/90 Series I & II.

Applicable Vehicles:

Supplied with the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Corniche, Silver Spirit and Silver Spur; and the Bentley Mulsanne.

Wolseley 6/90 Series I & II.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

1980s

Value:

39.65 paid on USA Ebay November 2012

50.00 paid on UK Ebay 21 June 2015

30.00 paid on UK Ebay 30 May 2016

31.00 paid on UK Ebay 16 July 2016

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Folding 3

Description

This Bevelift jack may be an early version of the ones above as the casting on the winder says patent pending.  This could date it to pre 1948 (see patent diagram above). The legs are inscribed SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD ENGLAND PAT No. 625.500. It measures 25.75" tall. The lifting arm is a solid 7/8" square section, 5 7/8" long. The example shown has the interesting instruction painted on to open the legs before use (as is the case for most things in life!). Photos and information courtesy of Tony Danaro in Australia.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

Probably between 1945 and 1948.

Value:

29.85 paid on UK Ebay 13 September 2015

180.00 paid on UK Ebay 3 October 2017

 

 

 

 

Smiths Bevelift - Austin Champ

Description

The The Austin Champ Bevelift Is a rigid triangular frame incorporating the unique Smiths winding mechanism. It was supplied with the Military version between 1951 to 1956. It is listed in the Champ documents as a  Jack, Type C6060 - LV6/MT1 - 86893 (see second photo). Photos and information courtesy of Alan Snashall in Australia.

Applicable Vehicles:

Military Austin Champ

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

1951 to 1956 (this covers the Champ production period. no dates on the jack).

Value:

120.00 paid on UK Ebay 29 July 2013

92.00 paid on UK Ebay 16 September 2014

155.99 paid on UK Ebay 3 May 2015

 

 

Folding A Frame Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

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

Description

This jack was the predecessor to the Smiths 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.

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:

750.00 paid at Bonhams 17 May 2014

74.50 paid on UK Ebay 15 April 2016

550.00 paid on UK Ebay 31 October 2017

 

 

 

 

Smiths Folding - Austin?

Description

Only details as shown in the photos. It looks very similar to the entry above except for the square section lifting arm. Vendor thought it was from an Austin. More information welcomed.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

18.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Triangulated - Standard & Triumph

Description

This jack was supplied to Standard Triumph which became one manufacturer from 1945 and used by both makes.

The first photo is from the Standard Vanguard Phase One Handbook.

The screw rod extends through the top bearing of the jack and has a slot cut into it. The handle is a piece of rod with the last couple of inches bent over about 45deg. This end is then flattened // to its length and fitted into the screw slot. A pin through this joint allows the rod to swivel. With the jack offered up and the handle to the right, the handle is then pulled from right to left, horizontally; flipped over to become sited to the right. Repeat! Photo and information courtesy of NewMoody.

The 4 subsequent photos are from a Triumph Renown and its handbook. Information and photos courtesy of the Triumph Razoredge Owners' Club.

Applicable Vehicles:

Standard Vanguard 1947 to 1953 - RAF Staff Car.

Triumph TDA 2000 Saloon 1949

Triumph Renown 1950 to 1954.

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated.

Year Dates Noted:

Not stamped but circa 1947 to 1954.

Value:

 

 

 

Fixed A Frame Jacks

 

 
 

 

 

Smiths Rover P4

Description

Only details as shown in the photos. Rover specialist lists it as the P4. Very similar to a King Dick variant also said to be for the Rover P4. See also a Bevelift variant above, also for the P4.

Applicable Vehicles:

Rover P4

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 March 2015

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 3 June 2015

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 30 December 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Steadylift

Description

The Smiths Steadylift jack is shown in the Austin Healey 'Frog Eye' Sprite workshop manual (1st photo) and also the Austin A40 Driver's Handbook - 1958 (2nd photo).  I have been advised that no one to date has seen this jack.

The other 'Frog Eye' Sprite jack is a similar designed King Dick jack. For later Sprites and MG Midgets see Metallifacture and Shelley. Photo and data courtesy of Robert Hall in the USA.

The other Austin A40 I have recorded is a BTC A-Frame jack.

Applicable Vehicles:

Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite.

Austin A40 (circa 1958).

Jack Handle Type:

Ratchet as shown for the Sprite.

Handle end of engine crank for the A40.

Year Dates Noted:

Circa 1958.

Value:

12.00 paid on UK Ebay 9 August 2016

10.50 paid on UK Ebay 13 December 2018

62.00 paid on UK Ebay 24 April 2019

 

 

 

Smiths A Frame 1

Description

The jack is a rigid A-frame measuring 20.5"high; 8" wide at the bottom. It has 0.5" square section winder head.  The base is stamped SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD PAT No. 625.500.  The lifting arm is 1.5" hollow 1/8" tube, 8.75" long. The A frame rods are 7/16" diameter. The base is studded for extra grip. 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:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths A Frame 2

Description

The jack is a rigid A-frame measuring 18.5"high; 8" wide at the bottom. It has 0.5" square section drive head.  The base is stamped SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD PAT No. 625.500 STEADY LIFT.  The lifting arm is U-shaped 0.75" wide and 3" long. The A frame rods are 3/8" diameter. The base is studded for extra grip. 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 support that car.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

7.16 paid on UK Ebay 23 September 2014

26.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 October 2014

14.99 paid on UK Ebay 19 February 2017

15.00 paid on UK Ebay 21 April 2019

 

 

 

 

Smiths A Frame 3

Description

The jack is a rigid A-frame measuring 20.5"high; 8" wide at the bottom. It has 0.5" square section drive head.  The base is stamped SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD ENGLAND PAT No. 625.500.  The lifting arm is an H-shaped solid beam of 1.25" x 0.75" cross section and 8.75" long. The A frame rods are 7/16" diameter. The base is studded for extra grip. 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

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths A Frame 4

Description

The jack is a rigid triangular frame measuring 19"high; 8" wide at the bottom and 3" at the top. It incorporates a folding handle.  The base is stamped SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD PAT No. 423100.

Applicable Vehicles:

Not known

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

14.99 paid on UK Ebay 9 July 2014

20.00 paid on UK Ebay 15 September 2014

 

 

 

 

Smiths Wolseley 4/44

Description

This jack is similar to the one immediately above with the integrated handle. It is 21 inches high. The base is stamped SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD PAT No. 423100. Reported by the vendor to be for the Wolseley 4/44 and 15/50. Confirmation or otherwise required please.

Applicable Vehicles:

Wolesley 4/44, 15/50

Jack Handle Type:

Integrated

Year Dates Noted:

Circa 1953 to 1958

Value:

11.05 paid on UK Ebay 12 August 2015

10.00 paid on UK Ebay 20 March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths Austin A30

Description

This jack and bag were taken from an A30 car. The jack is 16.5" tall. The second photo is from the A30 handbook, naming the jack as a Smiths. It calls the jack a 'Smiths Steady Lift'. Smiths also supplied jacks for other Austin vehicles (see next entry). See also BTC jacks for the A35 and A40.

Applicable Vehicles:

Austin A30. See also READ A30 for another possible A30 jack.

May also be for the Wolseley 1500 - information required.

Jack Handle Type:

Combined engine crank handle and wheel brace.

Year Dates Noted:

None on jack, but the handbook is from 1955.

Value:

Average price paid in 2014 = 17.42 - 2 sales

Average price paid in 2015 = 24.59 - 6 sales

Average price paid in 2016 = 25.50 - 2 sales

Average price paid in 2017 = 23.00 - 2 sales

23.50 paid on UK Ebay 12 March 2018

35.00 paid on UK Ebay 21 January 2019

50.00 paid on UK Ebay 10 April 2019

 

 

 

 

Smiths A Frame Austin

Description

The jack measures 19" tall; 8" wide at the base and 3" wide at the apex. Unlike the other A frame jacks above this one has a bevelled gear winder mechanism, but not the renowned Bevelift system.

See also an identical jack in the King Dick database.

Applicable Vehicles:

This jack looks very similar to the one shown in the owner's handbook for the 1957 era Austin A90, A95 and A105. Photo and information courtesy of NewMoody.

Jack Handle Type:

Wheel brace

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

6.99 paid on UK Ebay 12 September 2013

14.99 paid on UK Ebay 20 October 2013

20.00 paid on UK Ebay 1 November 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Smiths A Frame Morris Oxford

Description

The jack is a rigid triangular frame measuring 22"high; 8" wide at the bottom.  It has a 3/4AF drive head.  The base is stamped SMITHS JACKING SYSTEMS LTD ENGLAND PAT No. 625.500.  The lifting arm is a solid 7/8" bar with a stopping pin 4" from the end. The A frame rods are 3/8" diameter and the screwed bar is 5/8" diameter. The base is studded for extra grip. Photos and description courtesy of George Radion in Australia.

Applicable Vehicles:

This jack looks very similar to the one used by Morris Oxford V Farina. Handbook photo courtesy of NewMoody.

Jack Handle Type:

Not known but likely to be the wheel nut brace.

Year Dates Noted:

 

Value:

9.99 paid on UK Ebay 7 March 2018

 

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