Evo­lu­tion on show

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TRUCKS HAVE cer­tainly come a long way since Freight­liner founder Le­land James first de­signed a cab-over model for the US mar­ket, and nowhere was the evo­lu­tion more ev­i­dent than Freight­liner’s stand, where a rare 1950 ‘Bub­blenose’ model stood along­side the lat­est Ar­gosy. To mark Freight­liner’s 75th an­niver­sary, the beau­ti­fully re­stored ‘Bub­blenose’ was flown in from the US specif­i­cally for the Bris­bane show.

Yet as fas­ci­nat­ing as this old clas­sic was, it took only a quick look around the old and new to be grate­ful for the pas­sage of time and en­gi­neer­ing evo­lu­tion. Ar­gosy has cer­tainly come a long way since its first ar­rival on the Aus­tralian mar­ket, and Freight­liner was in­tent on show­cas­ing the re­cent ad­di­tion of the Cummins X15 en­gine as a pow­er­ful ad­di­tion to the cabover’s list of as­sets.

The other no­table player at Freight­liner is the Coron­ado con­ven­tional, and there seemed no short­age of in­ter­est in a 122 model built for gross weights up to 140 tonnes, high­light­ing the ad­di­tion of dual ex­haust stacks as stan­dard equip­ment on the long-nose Coron­ado.

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