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Lorries are marvels of modern technology, with a short working life in which they often cover 200,000 miles per annum transporting life's necessities ? fuel, food, clothing, drink. This third volume in a series celebrating the lorry covers the 1970s when the British grip on the truck market was loosening. Leyland, Foden, Atkinson and Seddon no longer dominated the field as Volvo and Scania took over and DAF, Mercedes-Benz, Magirus Deutz, MAN, Fiat, Berliet, Saviem, Mack, Kenworth and White were to be seen in ever growing numbers. European trucks were superior in comfort and performance, and a European lorry could more easily get continental breakdown services. The author takes us through the four, six and eight-wheeler lorry designs, concluding with articulated vehicles. Four-wheelers are the backbone of high street distribution fleets and at the time the smaller ones could be driven on a car licence. Leyland, AEC and Albion all used the ergomatic tilt cab, and a typical diesel-powered Mercury shown here belonged to the scale manufacturers W. T. Avery. Six-wheelers span a wide range of gross weights, including tippers and truck mixers, and are popular as tankers for the delivery of heating oil. Eight-wheelers are a quintessentially British type which gained ground in the 70s and are widely used today in general haulage as well as tipping. A fine example, the Scammell Routeman III, is pictured here in action working for quarry owners ARC. Long distance haulage by articulated lorry evokes the greatest interest among lorry enthusiasts, but British artics were very basic in the 1970s and sleeper cabs were only just catching on. A twin-steer vehicle in Frigoscandia livery, pictured here, was a short-lived development, as regulations were soon revised to make 32-ton articulated trucks viable on the standard four axles. 128pp, colour photos on every page. First edition, 2012.

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