Freightliner bringing the Bubblenose out for show

Freightliner1 The restored Bubblenose Freightliner1
Freightliner2 Freightliner Coronado Freightliner2

US manufacturer to celebrate 75th anniversary with huge display at the Brisbane Truck Show


Freightliner Corporation has plans to celebrate its 75th anniversary in style at the Brisbane Truck Show next month.

The North American heavy-duty vehicle manufacturer plans to showcase its new Argosy and Coronado models, plus a rare A64-800 1950 ‘Bubblenose’ that has been shipped from the US especially for the truck show.

The Coronado 122 stock-hauling special on display can pull up to 140-tonnes with ease and also draw a crowd thanks to its muscular design and Bar Up bullbar and new twin exhausts stacks.

The Argosy cab-over model features a 110-inch sleeper and the recently-introduced X15 Cummins engine featuring ADEPT technology that fully integrates the Eaton UltraShift Plus transmission to maximise performance and efficiency.

Freightliner will also showcase the CL112 tool of trade, which features a light tare weight, ideal axle positioning and proven reliability.

Also on display will be the popular Coronado 114, which was developed specifically for Australia.

The Bubblenose was one of 116 trucks built in 1950 for Consolidated Freightways, the freight company established by Leland James.

He had approached truck companies with an idea of using lightweight aluminum for truck components instead of regular steel.

They weren’t interested, so James hired a team of engineers and built the vehicles himself.

The Bubblenose model that will be displayed in Brisbane was initially used as part of the CF on-highway fleet but may have been also used as a logging truck and as the basis for some sort of crane.

After having been found in a dilapidated state in the woods near Mt Hood, it was restored by the Freightliner manufacturing team at Portland, Oregon.

To find out more about the event, visit the Brisbane Truck Show website.

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