Truck Show Classics: 2016 Oldtimer Truck Show Stroe – European Trucks, Part 2


(first posted 7/24/2016)    Round two of the recently held truck show in Stroe, the Netherlands, starts with a 1958 Ford Thames 500E. Until 1957 this truck model was known as the Fordson Thames ET (English Truck), the first new post-war truck of Ford Europe. The chrome 4D logo says it’s powered by the Ford 4D diesel engine, a 4-cylinder with 3.6 liter (220 ci) engine displacement. Originally it was a Fordson farm tractor engine, it became available in the Thames truck in 1954.


Before I visited the show I didn’t even know that Borgward also built trucks, let alone a truck with an in-house diesel engine. Pictured a 1959 Borgward B622 with a 70 hp 4-cylinder diesel. Given its registered power rating and the information I found on a German website that must be Borgward’s D4M 3,3 II diesel engine, a water cooled 4-stroke 3.3 liter engine.


1973 Scania L110 towing a low bed semi-trailer, loaded with a 1967 Scania-Vabis L36. There’s a 5.2 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine under the short nose of the L36, the Scania 6-cylinder conventionals had a longer nose.


1969 DAF V1600 4×4 tow truck.


1971 Volvo F88 tractor with a 260 hp 9.6 liter 6-cylinder turbodiesel. The F88 was introduced in 1965, joined in 1970 by the more powerful F89 with a 12 liter turbodiesel. Both models were replaced by the Volvo F10 and F12 in 1977.


1975 Scania LS 140 Super 6×2 tractor with a 350 hp 14 liter V8. In the seventies the conventional Scania model with a V8 had nothing in common with its contemporary 6-cylinder family members, simply because the 6-cylinder conventionals were still based on the old Scania-Vabis L75, introduced in 1958. The conventional model with a V8 was introduced in 1972 and was based on the 1969 Scania 140 cabover.


A Swedish duo, this 1987 Volvo F12 Globetrotter and 1991 Scania 143m. The Scania 3-series was introduced in 1987 and from that series on the power rating is specified on the grille.


1973 (MAN) Büssing 16.320 U refrigerated truck. Büssing was a renowned German truck and bus maker, founded in 1903. MAN took over Büssing in 1971, the trucks were initially sold as MAN-Büssing and were registered as MAN (like the truck above). Later the Büssing name and cabs were phased out.

I made a mistake here, I forgot to take a picture of the truck’s underfloor engine. The fact that the cab doesn’t have an open grille is a dead giveaway. Do you see that lion on the front ? It’s Büssing’s Braunschweiger Löwe logo. Now on the front of MAN trucks.



From the same owner, a 1952 Büssing 5500, towing a 1965 Zwalve drawbar trailer.


1987 DAF FTG 3600 ATi (Advanced Turbo Intercooling) tractor with a steerable pusher axle, powered by DAF’s 373 hp DKZ 1160 engine. DAF introduced intercooling on its turbodiesels in 1973, other truck makers followed years later. The tractor has the standard sleeper cab, there was also a much taller Space Cab.

DAF’s 1160 -11.6 liter displacement- engine series was introduced in the late sixties and originated from Leyland’s O.680 engine. It was replaced by a new 12.6 liter engine in the 1997 DAF 95XF-series, and that engine evolved into the PACCAR MX-13 (12.9 liter displacement).


1980 Scania 141 with a 375 hp 14 liter V8 engine. Note the small window and mirror in the door.


Now here’s a truck brand that most of you may never have heard of, a Dutch Kromhout truck. The Amsterdam based shipyard ‘t Kromhout dates back to the mid-18th century. The shipyard was sold in 1911 and in the 20th century Kromhout built engines (mainly for ships), trucks and buses.

Kromhout built trucks from 1935 to 1958, though the production of diesel engines continued. Pictured above a wonderful 1956 Kromhout 4VS-AN flatbed truck with a 85 hp 4-cylinder diesel engine. In 1966 Kromhout became a part of the renowned Stork company.


Well how about that, another Borgward truck ! A conventional 1957 B1500 model with a 1,758 cc 4-cylinder gasoline engine.


Also present at the show was a number of old and recent fire department trucks. The first is a 1974 Magirus-Deutz 135 D12F ladder truck.


The Dutch branch of the Henkel company was the first owner of this 1980 Volkswagen T3.


1999 Mercedes-Benz Actros 1835 4×4.


1995 Ginaf F 3328 ATi 6×6. Ginaf (Van Ginkel’s Automobiel Fabriek) is best known for their heavy-duty on/off-road trucks, using DAF components like engines and cabs. Available from 4×4 to 10×8.


2013 Iveco Trakker 8×8 with a roll-off system and crane. Powered by an FPT Cursor 13 engine, 450 hp.


The last of the fire department trucks is this 1963 Commer with a 6 cylinder gasoline engine.



1972 DAF FA 1200 tanker truck.


This 1967 Scania-Vabis L36 is carrying a 1988 Nissan 300ZX.


1968 Volvo N86 flatbed truck. At least in the Netherlands the conventional Scania trucks and tractors sold much better than the contemporary Volvo noses.



A brute of a Scania R-series tractor, with a brute of a crane mounted on its frame.


1955 Magirus-Deutz Rundhauber SH-3504. Under its hood a 5.3 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine. Air cooled, of course.


Things are getting heavy now. When a Dutch trucking company wanted a heavy-haulage tractor in the seventies and eighties, they often called FTF Trucks. The 1985 tractor above, with a lowered cab, is powered by a 2-stroke Detroit Diesel V8 engine. To give you an impression, the front axle has a 10 metric ton (22,000 lbs) axle load; a lot, even to today’s standards. The screamin’ Detroit is good for 414 hp.


DAF Torpedo truck with a dump bed, obviously.


1973 Scania 110 flatbed truck with a day cab.



Old school hauling of bagged goods with this 1970 DAF A1600. Non-palletized jute bags, in this case. The registered payload capacity of this truck is 7,970 kg (17,570 lbs). But in this type of transport overloading was a must.


1971 Ford DA2818 tractor, a fine representant of Ford’s 1965-1981 D-series. Mind you, powered by a 7.7 liter Cummins V8.


One Volvo F88 helping the other. The tow truck is from 1975, the other F88 is 5 years older.


1963 Scania-Vabis 75 Super 6×2 truck with a 205 hp turbocharged 10.3 liter diesel engine. The 76-series replaced the 75 in 1963 and got an 11 liter engine.


1994 Scania 143 6×2 bulk tipper. The removable sideboards on this type of trucks were common in the past, you see them less and less. An advantage is that this Scania can also be used as a flatbed truck for hauling palletized bagged goods. Or anything else that fits on the bed.


Usually this Scania tows a matching drawbar trailer with 3 axles. That’s a total of 6 axles, a typical example of a Dutch 50 ton (110,000 lbs GVM) rig as they have been driving around here for many years.


No load today, so the tag axles are up.


Classic Citroën cars never look middle of the road, and neither do their trucks…Here we have a 1970 Citroën 350 NDP with a dump bed, powered by a 4-cylinder Perkins diesel engine. Citroën introduced this series of trucks in 1965.



All dressed up, this 1983 DAF 3300 Turbo Intercooling 6×2 tractor. The 3300 was DAF’s top model in the early eighties, in this tractor DAF’s 11.6 liter engine is good for 330 hp.


1968 Mercedes-Benz L710.


1977 DAF 2000 with a roll-off system. This series of DAF trucks replaced the renowned Frog DAFs in 1970 and it was the first DAF with a tilt cab.


While this grille looked good on the Mercedes-Benz conventional trucks, it made their cabover trucks look rather sad. Pictured a 1962 Mercedes-Benz LP323.


A bright looking 1973 Scania 110. That’s it for now, the third and last article with European trucks will follow soon.

European Trucks – Part One