JCB’s ERF fleet to go under the hammer after notching up 15 million miles

JCB has announced that the firm’s fleet of ERF trucks is being retired after travelling the equivalent of almost 600 times around the world.

The lorries have spent the past 15 years transporting parts between JCB factories and taking JCB machines to events. The 17 ERF EC-11 models have notched up a combined 15 million miles.

The fleet is now set to be sold at the JCB Auction on Tuesday, September 28th at Wardlow Quarry near to Cauldon Lowe, Staffordshire.

Phil Pepper, JCB transport and global auctions manager, explained, “The sale will bring the curtain down on a long association with British-built ERFs, an association with goes back to 1965 when we first used the manufacturer’s trucks. These particular 17 ERFs were bought second hand in 2006 because we wanted to stay loyal to a British manufactured truck renowned for its quality.

“The fleet has rewarded our faith in British engineering by the bucket load and it is amazing to think it has travelled a combined 15 million miles. When we bought them, they were between six to eight-years-old and they have been maintained to the very highest standards, so while they may be retiring from JCB, there is plenty of life left in them and we expect brisk bidding for them at the JCB Auction, particularly as there is no buyer’s premium.”