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Volvo FH12 420. H.C.Wilson. This is a large East Anglian heavy haulage company with a mixed fleet of Scania, Volvo, DAF and Iveco STGO tractors. The truck was seen loaded in Dartford Docks on its way to the Continent in 2002. Volvo FH12. Wigglesworth. This new shape Volvo has the Globetrotter cab and was seen heading towards London on the A.2. trunk road at Northfleet in 2003. Scammell Explorer. This 6 x 6 is an ex army unit and was seen at a Scammell rally in 1997. Because of its rugged design and articulated suspension it was also a popular vehicle in the harsh terrain of the Middle East oilfields.
Scania 124L.420. Willis Transport. This Swedish company was hauling a 40ft ISO container and was seen at a motorway truckstop in Essex in 2002. Renault GBH 280. This normal control truck was seen approaching London on the A2 trunk road in 2000. Although a very common sight in France, it is extremely unusual to see these trucks in England. Scania 110 Super. Hilton Transport Services. A London based haulage company in the 60’s and 70’s. They were a common sight with quite a large fleet of mainly 4 wheelers. The company closed down as the owner had to retire due to personal problems.
Mercedes 2644. Pieper. This German heavy haulage company was seen at Dartford Docks heading for Germany in 2000. This was just one load of a large shipment of prefabricated sections. Leyland 24.17. BTS. This tanker is part of a large fleet owned by this Waste Management company. The truck was seen at their depot in Kent in 2001. ERF B Series. RJB. This truck was seen at Blackheath in 1996. A seasonal venue for Circus and Funfairs. This 8 x 4 truck hauls one of the fairground attractions
Foden S106. With it’s windscreen guard and bull bar the truck looks to have an Australian influence. The unit was seen in East London in 2000. ERF EC10. A.M.Bell. This company specialises in the movement of bulk powder and has a large fleet of ERF’s as well as other makes. The truck was seen near Northfleet in Kent in 2003. Opel Blitz. This German company was started in 1862. This model was made circa 1950. The truck was seen at an Army Rally in Kent in 2003.
Seddon Atkinson. Philson Haulage. This 6 x 2 tractor unit was sub contracted to haul this refrigerated trailer. The truck was seen in North Kent in 2001. Scania 144L 530. This working truck is owned by a Dutch lady who regularly enters Truck Festivals around Europe. The truck has won many trophies. The truck was seen at Peterborough in 2002. Iveco 220.32. Essex Tractor Company. This unit is licensed to carry loads to 50 tons GVW. The Daewoo crawler unit had just been collected and was on it’s way to another building site. The truck was seen at Northfleet, Kent in 1999.
DAF 2100. This 6 x 2 curtainsider truck has an unusual sleeper pod that is not a factory extra. The truck was seen in North Kent in 2001. Foden 4275. Plasmor. This haulier specialises in the transporting of building blocks and has a large fleet of Foden’s old and new. The truck was seen in East London in 2002 while the driver was having his tacho break. Ford Thames Trader. Invicta Motors. This restored truck was seen at an Historic Vehicle run in Gravesend, Kent in 2001. Because of it’s short wheelbase the restoration looks as if it was been based on a tractor unit.
Thornycroft Antar. This truck was the British Armies main tank transporter before the Scammell Commander pictured on page 4. Some of these trucks made there way into the heavy haulage industry but were not very popular. This particular vehicle was seen at an Army Rally in Kent in 2003. MAN TGA 26.410. McMurrays. This truck belongs to a Lincolnshire haulage company based in Accrington and was seen at Northfleet, Kent in 2003. Dennis. This company specialises in Municipal vehicles and this Rescue Tender is a typical representation of the marque. Registered in 1975 the truck was seen at a Transport Rally in Kent in 2002.
Scania 144L 530. H.J.Visser. This is a typical Dutch Flower truck. Most trucks have distinctive liveries and airbrush murals. This example is colour coded and has a single mural on each side. The truck was seen in Chelsea, London in 2001. Foden S106. Rugby Cement. This National company has a very large fleet of different types of manufacturers trucks. The fleet is mainly bulk powder transporters as seen on page 2. This flatbed trailer was seen at Dartford in 1999. DAF 95 430. V.D.Vlist. This Dutch haulier is one of the largest heavy haulage companies in Holland with a large fleet of prime movers. Their latest DAF 95XF tractor unit has 5 axles. This truck was seen at a motorway service station in Yorkshire in 1999.
DAF 2500. Wellcocks. This 8 wheel tipper is part of a large fleet of tippers this company owns in London. A part of their work deals with Motorway construction and repair. The truck was seen in Dartford, Kent in 1998. Liaz. TV Prenosy. This outside broadcast unit was seen on a business trip to Prague in 1996. Commer Superpoise. This 4WD version was mainly used by the British Army and this model has AFS badging. The truck was seen at an Army Rally in Kent in 2003.
MAN 33.422. KCS. Licensed to a GVW of 150 tons this truck has a jeep dolly and 4 axle trailer to haul this crawler crane. The truck was seen at Northfleet, Kent in 2003. Mercedes Actros 2543. Dodd’s Transport. This transport company is based in Sheffield but also has a depot in Kent where this picture was taken. They also have many Foden’s in their fleet. The truck was seen in 2003. Scammell S26. This truck belongs to the British Army and was seen at a Truck Festival in 2002. Note the side opening 20ft container.
DAF 95XF 480. Marnian International. This truck has an owner driver and has a split Nooteboom trailer. Note the 5 axles. The rear trailer section can be detached and left on site for unloading whilst the front section can be taken to the second drop for unloading. The trailer is also capable of hauling a 40 ft container. The truck was seen in Northfleet, Kent in 2003. Renault R 365. Cortizo. This Spanish registered Renault with tilt trailer was seen on a tacho break at a motorway services in Kent in 1999. AEC Mercury. M.J.Parry. This truck was bought for preservation and originally had a box body. The truck was seen at a truck meeting near Swindon in 2002.
Seddon Atkinson 401. R.E.Jones Transport. Registered in 1983, this truck was seen hauling a standard box container near Northfleet in 2000. In 1992, Seddon Atkinson was taken over by Iveco and then adopted Iveco cabs but with different grille styling. IFA W50. This East German manufactured truck was seen at and Army rally in Kent in 2003. The company which was started in 1948 was taken over by Daimler-Benz in 1990. Foden S20. W.H.Church. This preserved truck was seen at a truck meeting near Swindon in 2002. These trucks were a familiar sight on British roads in the late 50’s and early 60’s and respected by their owners for durability and reliability.
Scania 144G 530 Topline. Rensink. This Dutch company specialises in abnormal loads. This load looked like an aeroplane fuselage section. The wide load was seen in Dartford Docks in 2001. Mercedes Actros 1840. van dieren. This Megacab Mercedes with tilt trailer is owned by a Dutch registered company. The truck was seen at Northfleet, Kent in 2003. Foden FG4. G.West. This preserved truck was seen at a truck meeting in Kent in 1999. This truck was one of the mainstay in the 50’s British haulage scene.
ERF ECS. Kenny Transport. This manufacturer is now owned by MAN and have their own version of the MAN cab. The truck was seen hauling a 20ft container in Kent in 2003. ZIL 131. This Russian made truck was seen at an Army rally in Kent in 2003. Zil is a major manufacturer in Russia where the Zil is a very common sight. An extremely rare truck in England. MAN TG510A XXL. Milligan of Mallaig. Seen in Fort William, this attractive liveried tractor unit I would assume hauls a refrigerated trailer as there are fish emblems as part of it’s paintwork. The truck was seen in 2003.
Volvo F12 Globetrotter. With a nice paintwork and custom features this Danish registered truck with refrigerated trailer was seen at Dartford Docks waiting to leave England in 2002. Scania 144G 530. Albert Road Recovery. Already featured on page 2, this truck was seen on it’s way to a recovery in Kent in 2002. Scammell Highwayman. This tractor in Ballast form was seen at a Scammell gathering at Paddock Wood Kent in 1997. In the 50’s and 60’s these trucks were one of the main tractor units used in British heavy haulage.
Scania 143E. V.D.Vlist. This Dutch heavy haulage company, already mentioned on this page, has just purchased a new 6 axle Scania tractor for its fleet of heavy duty units. This 4 axle Scania was seen arriving from the Continent at Dartford Docks in 2000. Mercedes Axor 2543. Lewis. This truck seen at Fort William in 2003 has a flatbed trailer with self loading crane for pallets of building blocks. This Scottish truck also displays the thistle on it’s bodywork, the national emblem of Scotland. Commer. L.Tighe. This 60’s truck was seen at a Truck Festival in 2000. Commer was founded in 1907 and after passing through the hands of several major truck manufacturers, was phased out in 1976.
Scania143M. 470 Streamline. An owner driver customised truck with a split Nooteboom trailer. Note the 4 axles. Although hauling a 40ft container it can haul two 20ft containers of which one can be left at the first site on its rear section trailer whilst the other is delivered to the second venue on the front section trailer. DAF 95XF. This working truck is a regular entrant at European Truck Festivals where it displays it’s Star Wars theme. The truck was seen at Peterborough in 2002. GAZ-66. This Russian truck was seen at an Army Rally in Kent in 2003. This is an extremely rare truck in England and has an Irish registration plate. The truck has a 4.2 litre V8 engine and the company was started in 1931.
Scania 94D 220. Mawby and King. Trading in mirrors and glass, this truck has a non factory pod allowing the driver to spend the night away from home. The truck was seen on the London Orbital Motorway in 2000. Scania 142M. The trailer is not like the usual trailers seen everyday on British roads. With a Turkish pennant in the windscreen I would assume this truck does regular runs to the Middle East from England, where it was registered. The truck was seen at a motorway services in Kent in 1997. Foden 4325. Pinden. A local tipper company in the Dartford area. Foden, a long established British company was taken over by The Paccar Company in 1980. The truck was seen at Northfleet, Kent in 2002.

Thank you Hans-Joachim Zierke for this information. 

Opel started in 1862 with sewing machines. They started with cars in 1898 and with trucks in 1909. 80% shares sold to GM in 1929, 100% by 1931.

"and carried on until the mid 70’s."

Opel still delivers light trucks right now in 2014 (although today's Movano is made in a Renault plant).

If you mean the 3t payload class, the end was in 1954, after they got tricked out of the market by Daimler-Benz.

"This model was made circa 1950."

One of the 467 units made out of prefabricated parts?

Opel had the most modern factory and the best (by far!) 3t payload truck in 1940, which was (under pressure by the German Army) also license-produced by Daimler-Benz, later in the war.

The Opel factory was bombed by the RAF in August 44, ready for production again at the end of the war, but never used again. The machinery for the Blitz was dismantled, moved to the Soviet Union, but never used there. The factory was teared down. So Opel couldn't produce it.

Daimler-Benz could, and produced the Blitz as L 701 from May 1945 to 1949, under license agreements given again and again by Opel, more than 10000 copies. Secretly, Daimler-Benz developed the first lightweight (by the standards of 1950) diesel engine for this truck class, with the same dimensions as the Opel gasoline engine. Then, by 1949, they replaced the L 701 with the extremely similar, but diesel-engine-powered L 3250. 66 diesel-kW out of 4.6l instead of 55 gasoline-kW out of 3.6l, same bore, more stroke. 3.5t payload instead of 3.3t, with the new diesel being almost as lightweight as the 1940-vintage gasoline engine.

One kick by their friendly license holder, and Opel was out of the 3t payload market for good. They didn't try to come back (for lack of a competitive diesel), but instead, made lighter weight Opel Blitz on the basis of GM pickups, for ~1.5t payload. In that class they still could compete with a gasoline engine.

And on the basis of parts already made for their license holder, they delivered those 467 units, 1950 - 54.




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