David Brown began trading as a gear manufacturer in 1860, 75 years before his grandson, also David Brown (of Aston Martin fame) the MD of David Brown & Sons, partnered with Harry Ferguson to produce Ferguson-Brown Tractors. This partnership was short-lived, with Ferguson moving to the USA (where he later partnered with Ford). David Brown produced their first tractor in 1939 (the VAK1) and continued building popular tractors until 1972 when they became part of Tenneco, operating as a division of Jl Case. Tractors with the David Brown name stopped being produced in
Tractors with the David Brown name stopped being produced in 1983 when they were rebranded as Case. The Huddersfield factory that created David Brown tractors was closed in 1988.