World’s first 100-tonne truck goes on sale

RITCHIE Bros has revealed it is selling the world’s first 100-tonne truck.

The Scammell model was built in the UK in 1927. It is being sold on a ‘Make and Offer’ basis on the Ritchie Bros Marketplace by the late owner’s son, Dean Hudson.

The truck has been described as the only fully working model in existence and was originally used to transport the likes of steam trains, boilers, and heavy girders.

Dean Hudson said, “I grew up helping my father hand paint, polish and restore the Scammell, which is fondly known as ‘Leaping Lena’ because it used to jump when pulling heavy loads up steep slopes. Since she returned to our family in 2018, after being displayed in the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, Lancashire for 30 years, we have restored her to the tip-top working condition buyers will see today. And I can safely say that she is a pleasure to drive.”

Three people are required to crank the truck into action.

Ritchie Bros territory manager, Laura Roberts, said, “This really is a very special listing for us at Ritchie Bros and just like any piece of equipment the Scammell Truck has undergone a rigorous inspection by one of our specialist inspectors. Every detail of the inspection, including pictures and videos, is covered by our guarantee, so buyers know that the truck’s condition will be exactly as listed.”

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