Monday, July 5, 2010

Leylands and Fleetways

This is the new Leyland, No.138, John was given at Fleetways, brand new from the 1967 Motor Show, where this picture was taken. It was a Leyland Beaver, with the Leyland 680 powerplus engine, and a Page & Page lazy axel rear suspension and the first ergomatic cab sold in Australia. John had it for six months carting steel and general freight based at Fleetways Bertie Street, Port Melbourne depot. He then returned to the car carrier division.

This photo, above taken in 1969 was another Leyland Beaver, No.66, which he drove. It was identical to No.138 except it had Franklin airbag suspension. No.66 was used for container work and general freight – occasional Interstate and country work.

That's John and Jim Forrest lined up in front of Peter & Maureen Kitchin's Road House at Wallace, also in 1969. Jim's truck was painted in Mt Maunganui Transport colours, they were an off shoot of Fleetways.

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