SCAMMELL VEHICLESBART VANDERVEEN Book Number: 89218 Product format: Hardback
Holdens transport of Preston is the livery on the Highwayman truck pictured on the front cover, registration EM7707. It represented the final evolution of Scammell's Articulated Eight-Wheeler concept and made its debut soon after Leyland takeover in 1955, and bowed out in 1970, giving way to the forward control Handyman which was in production from 1960-73. Power unit choice consisted of the Gardner 6LW and 6LX or the Leyland 0.600 and 680. First published in 1971, we have the rare 1990 reprint, a collection of rare archive photographs of early models. During the First World War thousands of load carriers were built for military purposes and many ex-Service drivers joined the ranks of the road hauliers using ex-WD vehicles such as the famous makes as Albion, Commer, Dennis, FWD, Leyland, Packard and Peerless to name only a few. Articulated six-wheelers doubled the original payload rating, and although 'artics' were not a new invention, they became quite popular during the early 1920s. The first Scammell Artic was designed during 1919 and in its first trial runs took just under eight tons up West Hill in Highgate, London, in second gear. With the same load it achieved 18mph on the level. The Scammell slogan 'If you've got a load to move - get a Scammell' sums up in a few words the purpose of this famous British company. Here is a fantastic look back over 50 years presenting an unmatched pictorial history of vehicles from basic models, derivations including military vehicles in an array of black and white images of models, tankers, the oscillating axle, streamlining in the 50s and 60s, early 'specials', 4x2, 6x4, the Pioneer, semi-trailers, the Super Constructor, the Pioneer 6x6 to Fire engines. 64 pages, illus.
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