Commercial vehicles always draw my attention. Regardless their age, size, weight or where they were built. I caught two car haulers at a classic car show, a Nissan Patrol and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, both towing a trailer. Of course I’ll get back to the classics later, but first the spotlight is on two of the rigs that brought some of them to the show.
We start with the oldest, a 2001 SWB Nissan Patrol 3.0 DI Turbo. This generation, the Y61, was introduced in 1997. There’s a 2,953 cc 4-cylinder DOHC 16v diesel engine under its hood with direct injection, a turbocharger and an intercooler. Its maximum power output in this Patrol is 158 hp.
Just like the previous Patrol models, this series is also highly regarded as a pure and honest workhorse. A high-quality and durable piece of equipment for the professional. The professional who needs a capable trailer tower, on a daily basis.
Like almost all Nissan Patrols and its competitors, this one also got our typical van conversion. No rear seats, a slightly raised roof, a flat cargo floor and blinded rear side windows; otherwise no registration as a commercial vehicle.
Sadly, the Y61 Patrol is the last generation that was imported here, leaving this segment of the market almost entirely to the Toyota Land Cruiser, currently the 150-series (Prado, in other parts of the world).
The Boro company from Poland built the 2016 trailer. Its curb weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) plus payload capacity of 2,500 kg (5,500 lbs) equals the 3,500 kg GVM that the Nissan is legally allowed to tow. Perfect, and surely no coincidence.
Another configuration for hauling cars is this 2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 519 CDI with a matching trailer. The W906 Sprinter generation was introduced in 2006, this car hauler is equipped with a 2,987 cc V6 common rail turbo diesel, good for 190 hp. That should do the job just fine.
The truck is rated at a GVM of 5,000 kg (11,000 lbs) and just like the Nissan, the Sprinter also has a maximum legal towing capacity of 3,500 kg.
Quite a bit shorter than the one the Nissan is towing, this 2016 Tijhof car hauler trailer. Nevertheless, its maximum GVM is the same.
The main show will be featured here soon.