Truck Show Classics: 2016 Oldtimer Truck Show Stroe – European Trucks, Part 3


The third -and last- article in this series showing the European brands, opens with a 1963 Scania-Vabis LBS76 Super, towing a 1972 DAF semi-trailer. DAF started as a trailer and semi-trailer manufacturer in the pre-war decade, the company started to build trucks in 1949. The production of trailers and semi-trailers was phased out years ago, since then their full focus is on developing and building trucks. The Scania-Vabis 6×2 tractor is powered by a turbocharged 11 liter engine, good for 225 hp.


1971 Opel Blitz with a 6-cylinder gasoline engine, in this little truck it’s running on LPG.


1974 Commer Walk-Thru, powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine. It wears the Van Gend & Loos outfit, once a very familiar sight in the Netherlands. The distribution company was founded in 1809 and was bought by DHL in 2003.


The most common big rig combination throughout Europe is a 4×2 cabover-tractor towing a semi-trailer with 3 axles and 6 super singles, just like the one above. The maximum GVM for European cross-border transport is 40,000 kg (88,000 lbs). Euro-countries have their own national weight limits, in most countries a similar combination has a 44,000 kg (97,000 lbs) maximum GVM.


1993 Scania 143 6×2 tractor.


1958 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 404.


1969 Scania L110 Super. I like those classic wooden sideboards.


Betsy, a 1974 DAF FA2600, is still going strong.


1969 DAF A1900. The 1900 was the top-model of the Frog DAFs.


The Leyland Marathon was built from 1973 to 1979. Above a 1978 Marathon 2, the updated 1977-1979 model. The first owner of this LHD-tractor was a Dutch company; worth mentioning, since top-segment English trucks and tractors were very rare in Continental Europe.


1974 Scania L50. Powered by a 4-cylinder diesel engine, so with a short nose.


From the same year is this Scania L80 Super with an 8 liter 6-cylinder and longer nose.


And another 1974 Scania tractor is this LT111 Super 6×4 with the 11 liter 6-cylinder and the nose at maximum length.


The conventional Scania model from the seventies with the V8 was an entirely different and more modern truck. Pictured a 1979 Scania LS141 6×2.


1979 DAF FT2800 tractor. Back then this was the type of tractors that wandered around Europe and was also used to drive all the way to the Middle East and Africa.


A bright 1972 Ford D0707, 74 hp from its 4-cylinder diesel engine.


Mercedes-Benz L1513 recovery truck.


1986 DAF FA1300 Turbo with the Club of Four cab. Developed in 1974 by DAF, Volvo, Saviem (Renault) and Magirus-Deutz. Later also used on the Mack Mid-Liner range, both the cabover and the conventional model.


Four V’s on the left side…


…and four V’s on the right side. That’s a hammering Scania 14 liter V8 alright, in this case under the hood of a 420 hp 1986 Scania T142E.


1958 Magirus-Deutz A3500 Rundhauber with a 6-cylinder air cooled diesel engine.



A wonderful combination, this 1974 Scania 110 Super 6×2 truck, towing a Burg drawbar trailer. One of my favorites of the show.


The 95-series, introduced in 1987, was the first modern-era DAF. The cab structure is still used on DAF’s current top model, the XF. The 95-series was powered by the good old 11.6 liter engine, which was basically in a permanent state of evolution since its introduction in the late sixties. Above a 1996 DAF 95.400 6×2 truck with a roll-off system.


From the same owner, a 1989 Scania 93m, also with a roll-off system. The truck has the low model Scania 3-series day cab.


Fancy ! A 1995 Scania T143m.


The tractor is a 1976 Scania L111…


…but let’s have a closer look at the vehicles on the 1979 DAF low bed semi-trailer. First the legendary DAF YA328 artillery tractor. With the winch and tow hook combination, the 6×6 H-drive drivetrain and the spare wheels that can roll freely. This splendid example is from 1956 and its Hercules engine is running on LPG.

The second vehicle, in front of the DAF, is a 1958 Nekaf M38A1. Nekaf stands for the Nederlandsche Kaiser-Frazer Fabrieken, the Dutch Kaiser-Frazer Factory. No further explanation needed.


The tractor is a 1968 Scania-Vabis L76 Super…


…with a Caterpillar D4 on the low bed semi-trailer.


I remember vividly that trucks like this 1970 Bedford TK-series were used to collect the milk from the dairy farms, before they were all replaced by tanker trucks. Bedford (GM) built the TK from 1959 to 1986, it was available with 4- and 6-cylinder diesel engines and with a 6-cylinder gasoline engine. The milk hauler above is powered by the 3.5 liter gasoline engine.


There was actually a good number of these old milk trucks at the show. Above a 1967 Scania-Vabis 36 Super.


A 1955 De Soto S64 truck from Chrysler’s Kew plant in the UK, powered by a 3.3 liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine, 82 hp. Also sold as Dodge and Fargo, nicknamed the “Parrot Nose”.


1967 DAF A1600 with a 120 hp 6-cylinder diesel engine. The DAF 575-series of diesel engines, either naturally aspirated or turbocharged, originated from the Leyland O.350 engine. In 1957 that Leyland engine was actually the starting point for DAF as an engine manufacturer.


1962 Bedford TK-series, like the one further above also powered by the 6-cylinder gasoline engine. Bedford’s direct competitor was, of course, Ford. The Bedford TK and the Ford D-series were both in the same truck-segment.


The last of the classic milk trucks is this 1962 DAF A1600.



Old vs new, a 2016 DAF XF 460 and a 1960 DAF Torpedo. The new DAF is powered by the 12.9 liter 6-cylinder engine, known as the PACCAR MX-13.


This Scania 141 with a vintage farm tractor on its cargo bed came from Belgium.


In 1911 Hofherr-Schrantz AG from Austria merged with the UK farm tractor builder Clayton & Shuttleworth and the HSCS tractor brand was born. According to some information I found on a Dutch website the HSCS R30-35 above has a 7 liter single cylinder 2-stroke hot bulb engine.



A small sign on the truck said that the first owner of this 1974 Scania 140 Super 6×2 truck was a Swede. Not uncommon of course, for a Scania. But the tall and painted sideboards, the shape of the fenders and the chains already say that this truck started its career in Sweden.


This DAF model is often called the Zevenstreper, referring to the seven stripes on the front. Pictured a 1955 DAF A50 with a 4.62 liter 6-cylinder Hercules gasoline engine.


1964 Scania-Vabis LB76 tractor.


The last of the Euro-trucks is this 1975 DAF 2800, with an appropriate afterword. Next: the Americans.

European Trucks – Part One

European Trucks – Part Two