After exactly 10 years, I said farewell to my 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. Last Monday, this magnificent combination came to collect it. In Europe, there’s no better trailer tower in the light commercial vehicle segment than the Iveco Daily. You can call it the Fiat Ducato’s/Ram ProMaster’s big brother.
I posted plenty of them over the past years, like this similar one at the weekly market. In short: body-on-frame, rear-wheel drive, dual rear wheels on the heavy-duty van and chassis-cab versions.
Say, there’s plenty of room for the boxes with the Plymouth’s steelies and hub caps. Some nice carpentry too!
The 2018 Brian James Trailers, tridem axle Shuttle tilt bed trailer.
All set and ready to receive its precious load…
Goodbye, lil’ ol’ Plymouth! It was great fun, but I thought it was time for a change. May the next owner enjoy it as much as I did.
The Barracuda’s successor will arrive in a few weeks. I’ll give you some hints: it’s 15 years younger (you really didn’t think I bought a new car, or did you?). Under its hood a fuel injected, DOHC inline-six. Independent front and rear suspension, disc brakes all around. Five-speed manual transmission.
And oh yes, my favorite classic car bodies are coupes, fastbacks and liftbacks. That’s enough, for now.
I’m thinking a Nissan Z, unless they went V-6 in ’84.
Hmm, a Supra, maybe?
Well, that was quick. Indeed, a 1984 Celica Supra. I should have known, way too many hints for the CC-connoisseurs…
Of my all time favourite cars. Hope it’s got a stick.
It certainly has.
I’m thinking Toyota Supra. Surely not a Jaguar??
If it is a 1984 Jaguar then it has to be a 3.6 XJS manual coupe. I happen to own a similar car (1985 though). Would be pretty rare for such an early, especially LHD (which I think Johannes would have), most have the V12 engine.
My bets are on something different though. BMW 635 CSI?
No one would not add “liftback” as his favorite body if he does not own one. I guess his new car would be a liftback so I think dman is correct in guessing Toyota Supra.
I’m going with Supra too, as Johannes is clearly a fan of Toyotas.
Although I went to see something else, I was immediately mesmerized by the Celica Supra Mk2 that was in the same showroom. Its shape, stance, color, hardware and superb overall condition (plus all the work they put into it) were all so right. To me, anyway.
These have always been super (Supra?) rare around here, just another reason to want one.
Ah… the Brian James RT6… fond memories. Have had the pleasure of running one for 3 years, hauling a multi-tool machine (Nilfisk/Egholm CR2250) with assorted attachments around in it driving all over Benelux and NRW Germany. Ours was custom made and about 40cm higher then standard. Great trailer, super stable even when the payload wasn’t exactly within legal limit…. good times.
Anyway, cool ‘Cuda – curious about the successor.
I drive the same combination for our historic rally team, both the Iveco and the Brian James race shuttle trailer are the best, I also drive a Mercedes Sprinter with a fifth wheel and trailer for a company, but for me the Iveco is the best tractor.
The Benz always wants to sprint to go fast while the Iveco drives more like a truck, the Iveco engine has a much better torque range, speed is no issue when hauling a trailer but on mountenous roads the Iveco drives much better.
The Brian James trailer is very stable, we have a race shuttle where the glassfibre canopy opens and where the car is positioned between the trailer wheels, as wide as an 18 wheeler but very stable.
Thanks a lot. I’m looking for a 67-69 Barracuda and I didn’t know you had one for sale. %$#@!
Just call PttM Sneek. The number is on the van.
Unfortunately, I’m in California and will have to find one closer to home and I prefer a stickshift. I’m intrigued by the Iveco van. I occasionally rented Iveco box vans from U-Haul in the early 90s and was very impressed with them. I would like to see them come back to the US market if they are still a good value.
No worries, PttM also ships them (back) to the US 🙂
What Rammstein says above, of all full-size Euro-vans, the Iveco Daily comes the closest to a (light) truck. Many of them are converted into tractor units here, so with a fifth-wheel coupling.
I just took a look at the Iveco website for the first time. They are quite enmeshed worldwide with the partnerships and the acquisitions and the farkakte globalization. They look to be targeting Africa and the Middle East in a big way but I found no evidence of North America/USA presence. Unless I missed it completely.
Iveco vehicles are not available on the North American market, indeed.
The 3.0 turbodiesel FPT engine in the article’s Iveco Daily is also offered in the Ram ProMaster though. All Iveco vehicles are powered by an FPT engine. Just like Case and New Holland farm- and construction machinery, by the way.