The founders of Tomcar Australia came across the original Tomcar back in 2004. The first time they drove an early vehicle sideways across a 50 degree slope, they were hooked.
Now, over ten years later, Tomcar Australia is in full production making modern vehicles in Melbourne with our manufacturing partner MTM Auto.
It's been a hard graft, but we've always believed in what we're doing and the need for a tougher, safer and simpler off road utility vehicle.
How about a vehicle with fewer moving parts? What about parts symmetry from left to right?
Can you have a vehicle with an extremely low centre of gravity AND a high ground clearance?
Why not make it easy to service and upgrade? How about doing away with planned product obsolescence?
This early genesis story is one we love, and the tale gives an insight into how the original Tomcar was invented:
Back in 1967, a unit of airborne commandos were flown into enemy territory to carry out a mission. With the unit were six Willys MB Jeeps. The unit and their Jeeps were parachuted deep behind enemy lines.
Unfortunately all of the Jeeps were destroyed on landing and were undrivable, stranding the unit in hostile enemy territory.
One of the soldiers was a skilled mechanic, and he managed to cobble together two working vehicles from the wreckage of the six Jeeps. The unit then went on to successfully complete their mission.
That very same soldier came to create what was to become the Tomcar. Using his experiences of trying the fix together a working vehicle 'under fire'. We know of no other vehicle designer that has had an experience like this. It's impacted the design of the Tomcar on so many fundamental levels.
"There is nothing like the Tomcar. Simple - yet tough design. Light - yet extraordinarily effective off-road."
The Tomcar Australia team has spent years taking the original, rough and ready Tomcar and turning it into a commercially viable Australian-manufactured vehicle.
New engines, new wiring looms, new braking systems, new shocks, and over 180 engineering improvements to an already remarkable vehicle.
We source our raw materials and parts from mainly local Australian auto suppliers, fabricators and innovators. It's great to be able to say that almost 60% of our parts come from local businesses (the Holden Cruze only has a 4% local content rate).
It's a dark shame how the auto industry and manufacturing as a whole has been handled by our politicians and boardrooms over the last few years.
Australians build amazing product. We manufacture buses, trucks, caravans, trains, trams, planes and so much more.
"For the past 10 years, Tomcar Australia has taken an already incredible vehicle and developed it into something even greater."
The Tomcar is built to be parachuted out of a plane and survive. All its parts are easily accessible, simple to fix and handy to replace - even under enemy fire.
Certain crucial parts of the Tomcar are symmetrical - they fit on the right as well as on the left - reducing stock and simplifying maintenance.
The Tomcar is extremely tough - it is the strongest vehicle in its class, with a fully welded steel safety cell (integral to the frame - not just bolted on) that is fully ROPS.
The Tomcar has now been in continual active development for years, and successfully serves numerous military and security forces in conflict zones across the world.
Great Service & Support
We also pride ourselves on our customer experience. You just won't get better.
We're a local business with local support staff who all understand what we want Tomcar Australia to be: the global standard in off road vehicles and made in Australia.
"Before you drive a Tomcar no explanation is possible, but once you do, no explanation is necessary."
Get in touch
We love visitors, so if you fancy coming to visit our factory in Melbourne and see how we build the Tomcar, please let us know. We'll show you around and share what we do.
"I am amazed at what the Tomcar can do. It has a low centre of gravity but also a high ground clearance, making them stable while driving at high speeds on loose and uneven surfaces.”
"The Tomcar enables the delivery of vital equipment to front line troops. It's designed for rugged, desert conditions, so is well-matched to the operational environment in Afghanistan."
Dr. A. Tyler, Ministry of Defence, UK
"...get behind the wheel and you’ll find an off-road performance like nothing else on earth."
"It's built tougher than almost any vehicle we’ve experienced, as noted by the bulletproof steel used throughout. We got air on more than one occasion and several times we thought it might sprout wings."
"I was amazed at the climbing ability, this two wheel drive vehicle climbed the hill like a mountain goat."
"ATVs are go-anywhere fun, but they can be dangerous. SUV's are safer, but expensive. Tomcars handle the middle ground - even if it's rocky, muddy and steep."