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

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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.


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