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Freightliner to celebrate 75th anniversary at the Brisbane Truck Show

Freightliner is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with something old and something new at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show from May 25 to 28.

It will be presenting a range of exciting new models including a tough Coronado 122 stock-hauling special, which can pull up to 140-tonnes with ease and also draw a crowd thanks to its muscular design and bullbar and new twin exhausts stacks. 

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There will also be an Argosy cab-over with a 110-inch sleeper and just-introduced X15 Cummins engine featuring ADEPT technology that fully integrates the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission to maximise performance and efficiency. 

Freightliner will also present the proven CL112 tool of trade, which boasts a light tare weight, ideal axle positioning and proven reliability as well as the popular Coronado 114, which was developed specifically for Australia and delivers much valued flexibility for its loyal customers.

A rare A64-800 1950 ‘Bubblenose’ has also been shipped from the United States to help celebrate Freightliner’s rich heritage.

This was one of 116 trucks built that year for Consolidated Freightways, the freight company established by Leland James.

He had approached truck companies with an idea of using lightweight aluminum for truck components instead of regular steel. They weren’t interested, so James hired a team of engineers and built the vehicles himself. 

Freightways Manufacturing Company was established in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1940 before changing its name to Freightliner Corporation in 1942.

It soon became North America’s leading heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer and after serving the war effort, resumed truck manufacturing at a new facility in Portland, Oregon, in 1947.

The ‘Bubblenose’ model on the Freightliner stand was initially used as part of the CF on-highway fleet, but appears to have also been worked hard as a logging truck and as the basis for some sort of crane. It was found, in a rather dilapidated state, sitting in the woods near Mt Hood and was lovingly restored by the Freightliner manufacturing team at Portland, Oregon.

April 28, 2017 | Posted in: News



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