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• The first book to focus on trucks from the 1980s
• Includes both British & European trucks
• An A-Z of all manufacturers
• Mostly colour photos
• Most images are unique and never published before
This unique book explores the products of more than 50 truck manufacturers – from the very largest to the smallest and most obscure – during a period of takeovers, failures and innovative new products. Containing over 120 mostly colour images – most of which have never been published before – this book could become a major reference source for information on truck manufacturers during the decade.
Mergers, amalgamations and joint ventures have meant that the number of pan-European truck manufacturers can now almost be counted on the fingers of one hand. Modern legislation governing gross weights, emissions and operations, also mean that many of today's trucks are almost uniform.
However, there was a decade when more than 50 truck manufacturers built a diverse range of sizes and configurations, the like of which will not be seen again. Increasing gross weights, the exploration of ultra-long haul routs, and the virtual doubling of engine power over the previous decade meant the '80s were a period of dramatic change.
This book takes a look behind the scenes of some of the major players of the era, their successes and failures. Yet, it also covers smaller, often obscure manufacturers – such as those from former the Eastern Bloc, many of which were never seen outside their native countries.
The interesting text is backed up by ... evocative pictures ... a recommended read.
As with the usual format with these books from Veloce there is good balance between text and photos from the era concerned ... Throughout the 80s there were many changes in the truck business with takeovers, failures and product innovation making the news. Colin covers these issues well, as always and gets great support from colleagues in supplying pictures to accompany his research. Always considered these series of books to be a great reference tool for students to reflect on and learn just where the European truck manufacturers came from.
Fleet Transport Magazine
Period covered: 1980 to 1989
British trucks: Bedford, Dennis, Dennison, Dodge, ERF, Foden, Ford, Leyland, Scammell, Seddon-Atkinson, Shelvoke, Unipower
European trucks: Astra, Barreiros, Berliet, Berna, Bussing, DAC, DAF, Edbro, FAP, Faun, FBW, FTF, Ginaf, IFA, Iveco, Jelcz, Kaeble, Liaz, Magirus-Deutz, MAN, Mercedes, MOL, OAF, Pegaso, RABA, Renault, Roman, Saurer, Scania, Skoda, Sisu, Steyr, TAM, Tatra, Titan, Terberg, Volvo, Willeme