Cover Story: American Truckworks’ 2018 Peterbilt 389
American Truckworks’ latest offering – a 2018 Peterbilt 389 ‘Extended Hood’ powered by a 605HP Cummins X15 engine – is destined to become an instant classic, Ricky French writes
It’s clear from the outset that American Truckworks in Wingfield, Adelaide is no ordinary truck yard. That’s probably because Lyndon Reynolds is no ordinary managing director. Reynolds might be part mad or part genius, but there’s one thing he’s full of, and that’s passion. He’s the only importer in Australia of brand-new Peterbilt trucks, the instantly recognisable American icon, and his latest offering – a 2018 Peterbilt 389 ‘Extended Hood’ – is destined to become an instant classic.
Reynolds is clearly not alone in having a passion for Peterbilt, a subsidiary of Paccar in the US. They could be considered the Harley-Davidson of trucks; big, beautiful and commanding, built to be noticed, but also built to work. The brand has plenty of fans in Australia, particularly among drivers who want something a bit special and who have a fondness for all things Americana. Paccar don’t sell Peterbilt in Australia, so American Truckworks is the only importer offering new Peterbilt trucks.
Reynolds says Peterbilt are a throwback to the old days, but with the benefits of modern technology. “These trucks are really popular with owner-drivers who want to spoil themselves a bit, people who appreciate that classic American style and want to enjoy the truck they drive,” he says.
The 389 currently for sale is a 58-inch flat-top sleeper and features a 605HP Cummins X15 engine with an Eaton 18-speed manual transmission and the latest Neway ADZ suspension. Rated to 120 tonnes, Reynolds says the beauty of the Peterbilt is that spec-for-spec the truck is three quarters of a tonne lighter than the equivalent Kenworth. It’s got an air sliding turntable, 15-inch air cleaners and
When my customers turn up to a truck stop to fill up people gather round and take photos, and stop to have a chat.