The years during Vanaja


      1. An extra meeting confirms that the company's new name is to be Vanajan Autotehdas Oy.


      1. The ministry of trade and industry confirms the new name.


      1. The new name is officially taken into use and the official production starts. During the same month the first Vanaja car is completed, model V-48.

May 1950



      1. The last Vanaja VaWh cars are sent. All together 60 of these cars were produced.


      1. Vanaja Autotehdas Oy gets to represent the Italian Ansaldo-Fossat company's earth-movers. The first Vanaja diesel trucks are completed with German engines Kämper and Swiss engines Saurer. Some customers own engines are installed to certain trucks, because the petrol engine period is starting to get old. The last halftrack car is being sold. For the first time the company's books show profit.


      1. The only Ansaldo-Fossat earth-movers that was brought to Finland are given to the customers.


      1. Together with Kiitokori Oy Vanaja delivers four rail bus type of railroadwagon to Valtion Rautatie. Vanaja buys the first big series of Leyland diesel engines from Great Britain.

May 1956

      1. Vanaja buys Leyland engines from Holland that are produces with license in a DAF factory. Vanaja shows the first bus with the engine in the back produced in Finland and brings two A.E.C. trucks to Finland.


      1. A separate selling company, Vanaja-Sells Oy, is founded.


      1. The factory's additional building is taken into use.

April 1957



      1. The first bus chassis equipped with a recumbent engine was manufactured. Vanaja also produced the first 6X6-typetruck. Vanaja is for the first time taking part in a foreign exhibition, the international exhibition in Barcelona in Spain. One of the trucks is left in Spain for exhibition.

September 1958

      1. Vanaja takes part in Thessaloniki´s 23:rd international exhibition in Greece. One of the trucks is directly sold from the exhibition to Greece.


      1. Vanaja shows the new exhaustbrake.


      1. Vanaja makes an order of 500 diesel engines from the British factory A.E.

September 1959

      1. A small series of trucks are delivered to Turkey.


      1. The number 1000 cockpit is being delivered from Lahden Autokori Oy to Vanaja.

February 1960

      1. HKL (Helsinki city bus company) buys ten Leyland bus chassis equipped with Leyland engines from Vanaja.

March 1960

      1. 55 prestigious people from Vanaja visits Great Britain. During the trip again 5000 A.E.C. engines were ordered.


      1. Land is bought from Gustaf Winberg in Helsinki in order to later build there.


      1. The first Sisu S-22 truck produced and used in Yhteissisu Oy's is taken out of use in Vanaja.

September 1960

      1. Vanaja brings eight A.E.C. trucks to Finland and one more in the next year.

November 1960

      1. Vanaja presents the first bus with air suspension and that famous full load hoisting bogie.


      1. Vanaja takes part in the international exhibition in Barcelona. Four trucks are driven to Spain!

October 1961


      1. Eero Kytölä gave up his job as managing director and house manger Ilmari Karttunen is named to his succesor. Opeations of Vanaja-sells Oy are cancelled and the company was closed down.


      1. When company have its 20th birthday it has 340 employee.

November 1963

      1. Vanaja import two 6X6 drive Thornycroft air-field fire-engines to Finland.

December 1963

      1. State institution called TVH orders 80 road service trucks, which are delivered to customer during year 1964.

Spring 1964

      1. Vanaja negotiates with Swedish AB Scania-Vabis about possible co-operation.


      1. Vanaja´s headquaters moves from Helsinki to Hämeenlinna.

November 1964

      1. Vanaja orders 400 A.E.C-engine from Britain.

April 1965

      1. State institution called TVH orders 250 road service trucks. These are mentioned to be delivered by the end of year 1966.

September 1965

      1. HKL (Helsinki city bus company) orders 30 bus chassis, and they were delivered during year 1966 So called. Muros-Vanaja´s prototype is manufactured.

November 1966

      1. A new service station and sales office is open into Helsinki city.


      1. Town called Vanaja disappear, when it was split between Hämeenlinna city, and Janakkala and Renko towns.


      1. Vanaja negotiates with German Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG with possible co-operation and a Swedish Ab Scania-Vabis renew their offer to co-operation. "Muros-Vanaja" was officially introduced. 30 bus chassis were deliverd to HKL.
      2. Vanaja also introduced brand new bulldog type B6-76. This type is similar with A.E.C Mandator tractor.
      3. Ilmari Karttunen resigns himself and was replaced by administration manager Jaakko Jarimo.

December 1967

      1. Finnish goverment was proposed Tor Nessling that Vanaja could be mergered to Sisu.

February 1968

      1. A long term contract with Lokomo Oy crane factory (later known as Rauma-Repola Oy Lokomo factory) was sigened.


      1. Preliminary combination contract between Vanaja and Sisu was sigened.


      1. A proper combination contract was accepted in Sisu´s stockholders meeting.


      1. Vanaja and Sisu signed the combination contract.

December 1968

      1. The last Vanaja Viesti magazine was published.


      1. Grels Teir the minister of Finnish commerce and trade was signed the ultimate combination contract.


      1. The court of law of Hämeenlinna city was accepted the fusion between Vanaja and Sisu.


      1. Vanaja Carfactory Oy was marked to closed down to register of commerce.


      1. Only 11 Vanaja B6-76 type of trucks were produced.


      1. After Sisu´s and Vanaja´s merge the company employs 1299 person.


      1. All together 100 heavy Vanaja chassis were equipped with Jyry-Sisu´s cocpits.


    1. The last Vanaja, crane chassis TTB6+6-76, was manufactured and hands over to Lokomo in the following day.

Source: Yhteissisusta Vanajan ja Sisun kautta Patriaan/ISBN 952-91-5613-8/Blomberg, Olli/Kust. Patria Vehicles Oy/Hämeenlinna 2003