More than 300 trucks were present at the sublime Oldtimer Truck Show in Stroe, the Netherlands, held on the 9th of July. Trucks of European and American origin. Actually, there were so many American trucks they’ll get their own article, especially the Bulldog and Corn Binder fans won’t be disappointed. But first part one -of three- filled with Euro trucks…and one bus. Enjoy the tour.
This impressive 2008 Scania R620 was the entry guard. The pusher axle is steerable and liftable, 620 horses from a 15.6 liter V8 under its big cab.
1955 M.A.N. Diesel 515 dump truck, powered by an 8.0 liter 6-cylinder diesel. In 1924 M.A.N. from Germany introduced the first direct injected diesel engine, the company is a true truck diesel pioneer. Up to the mid-twenties, diesel engines were only used in factories (as static engines) and in ships.
Very neat, this 1969 M.A.N. Diesel 415 is carrying a classic M.A.N. farm tractor. The truck’s engine is a 5.9 liter 6-cylinder. This type of conventional M.A.N. trucks with a short nose is better known as the M.A.N. Ponton-Kurzhauber, built from 1956 to 1994. One of its direct competitors ? The famous Mercedes-Benz L-series.
In 1987 Volvo introduced a new 470 hp 16.1 liter 6-cylinder engine. One of them powers this 1989 Volvo F16 Globetrotter. The red truck in the background is a 1973 DAF 2600-series. Volvo’s 16 liter engine is good for a whopping 750 hp these days, the most powerful series production truck diesel on the market.
1955 Scania-Vabis L51 with a 100 hp 4-cylinder diesel engine. Swedish Scania, founded in 1891, merged with Vabis in 1911. In 1969 the truck maker formed one company with Saab, since then the trucks are known as Scania. Saab-Scania AB ended in 1995…and Scania still proudly wears the griffin logo !
A brand new Scania R520 V8 6×4 tractor, towing a low bed semi-trailer with 5 axles. Scania’s biggest engine, a V8 since 1969, has grown to 16.4 liter displacement these days. The most powerful version can be found in the Scania R730. You’ve guessed it, that’s 730 hp. And that makes Swedish truck makers Volvo and Scania the undisputed Kings of Horsepower.
Another giant with a V8, this 2008 MAN (no M.A.N. Diesel anymore) TGX 18.680. Engine displacement 16.2 liter, 680 hp.
1971 Scania 110 with a 203 hp 11 liter inline-6 diesel engine. The number 110 explained: 11 for 11 liter displacement, 0 for the first generation of the 1969 renamed series.
So logically, after the 110 came the 111. Above a 1979 Scania 111 with a 305 hp engine. These conventional Scanias were still very popular throughout the seventies, although by then conventional trucks were already fading away in Europe.
Something completely different, a 1951 Opel Blitz, powered by a 2.5 liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine.
Nice, this 1960 Volvo P445 pickup truck. Its registered payload capacity is 620 kg (1,367 lbs).
Just a few months old, the MAN TGX tractor above. Under its shiny black cab we find a 440 hp 12.4 liter 6-cylinder engine.
1954 Barkas V901/2 with a 901 cc 3-cylinder 2-stroke gasoline engine.
1971 Hanomag-Henschel F20, powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine. German truck makers Hanomag and Henschel merged in 1969. The new company Hanomag-Henschel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH didn’t last long though, as Daimler-Benz bought all their shares in 1974. That was the end of the brand, yet several of their models lived on for a few years, wearing a Mercedes-Benz star. The F20, available as a van and chassis-cab, was one of them.
Let’s get loud ! A 1977 Magirus-Deutz 270 D19FS with an air cooled 270 hp V10 diesel engine.
And here we have the (day cab) COE-version of the Scania 110. Pictured a 1972 Scania 110 Super tractor with a 275 hp engine. Super is classic Scania language for a turbocharged diesel engine.
1972 Mercedes-Benz LPK 2232 6×4 tractor. The number 2232 is also on the doors; 22 for 22 metric ton GVM – 32 for 320 hp. That power is coming from a 15.8 liter V10 engine.
From the same series, a 1973 Mercedes-Benz LPS 2024. Flipje (the little fruit master) and Bibendum (the little Michelin man) are sitting on the roof as permanent co-drivers. Popular items among the truck drivers back then, when the roofs were still flat and relatively low. And nobody cared about aerodynamics.
Splendid color scheme on the Van Maanen trucks, exactly how I like it. This one is a 1974 DAF FA 2600 DKA.
1968 Scania-Vabis LB 76 Super. Power from an 11 liter 6-cylinder diesel.
Made in the UK, a 1964 Austin 504 Forward Control, powered by a 105 hp 6-cylinder diesel engine.
In the Netherlands a transit bus like this is called a standaard streekbus (standard regional bus), built from 1967 to 1988 by several Dutch and also Belgian bus builders.
The Verheul bus -basically the original standard regional bus- was a unibody design using Leyland components, but at the end most of these transit buses were built on the mid-engine DAF MB200 bus chassis that was developed in the mid-sixties. The 1988 Den Oudsten DAF MB200 DKL600 pictured above must have been one of the last.
These buses, all of them were bright yellow, drove from city to city and served the small towns and villages on their route.
Another one from the UK, a 1978 Ford D1010. The successful Ford D-series was built from 1965 to 1981. More than 50 years after its introduction the D-series still doesn’t look as an old (as in completely outdated) truck to me.
A special treat, a 1957 Krupp Elch with a 2-stroke diesel engine. The Krupp industrial empire, nowadays part of ThyssenKrupp, also built commercial vehicles from 1919 to the late sixties.
1972 Scania 110 Super with a sleeper cab, a typical example of a European long distance tractor as used during the seventies.
1967 Scania-Vabis 76 Super, towing a Hulo spoorloper semi-trailer, equipped with a Hulo crane. Throughout the sixties and seventies combinations like this were widely used for hauling bricks. As a matter of fact, the Hulo crane (Van Huet Laad en Losser – developed in the fifties) ended hard manual labor in this type of transport.
1967 Volvo N88 flatbed truck.
In another truck segment is this 1972 Hanomag-Henschel F45.
1963 Morris FFK 140 with what seems to be a camper unit as its load.
First generation M.A.N. Diesel Ponton Kurzhauber, a 1966 flatbed truck, type 626H. The second generation, with the headlights in the bumper, was introduced in 1969.
In the early eighties Scania introduced its all-new 2-series, a radical change from the past. The top model with Scania’s 14 liter V8 was the 142. Pictured above the conventional model with a day cab, a 1981 6×2 tractor with a 388 hp engine.
1960 Bedford TJ-series dump truck. Bedford was GM’s commercial vehicle division in the UK.
A bit bigger, plus equipped with a crane, is this 1966 DAF Torpedo (registered as a DAF A16DD456) with DAF’s 5.76 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine. Which was originally a Leyland O.350 engine.
1963 Ford Thames Trader with a 5.4 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine. This Ford model was replaced by the D-series (see further above) in 1965.
1980 Scania 141 with the 375 hp 14 liter (14,190 cc, to be exact) V8. Note the fully optioned roof.
DAF’s first heavy-duty truck was the 2000 DO-series, introduced in 1957. This 1968 DAF T2400DK is an excellent representant of the series.
1970 Henschel HS 3-14 HA 6×6 military truck.
Under its hood this 11 liter 6-cylinder diesel engine.
More high-quality classic trucks in the short term.