The Nuffield 342 Diesel Tractor replaced the Universal Three tractor in 1961, BMC dropped the Universal name. The first figure of the model designation indicated the number of cylinders and the last two the horsepower, therefore the 342 was a three cylinder model with a power output of 42 horsepower.
In 1962 production of all Nuffield tractors was moved from Birmingham to a new BMC commercial vehicle factory at Bathgate in Scotland. Nuffield tractors never achieved the same level of sales as Ford or Ferguson. Nuffield was a well respected tractor with a loyal following of customers do to its incredible durability and thrifty fuel usage. Many of the features where also popular, Live PTO, Positraction locking axels, power steering short turning radius and low stable profile.