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Britain's Lorries in the '70s

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Britain's Lorries in the '70s
by Peter Davies

It is nearly 20 years since Peter Davies' previous book on British Lorries of the Sixties, now he moves on to look at the 1970s, including the fast-growing presence of foreign makes on the nation's roads and in haulier's yards. The 1960s was the last decade where British built vehicles had virtual domination on the nation’s roads, the tentative appearance of a small number of foreign vehicles on our highways towards the end of that decade was just a preamble to what was to happen next.

The 1970s were to see a significant shift in the buying patterns of the nation's hauliers and road transport operators as vehicles from the likes of Volvo, Scania, DAF, Mercedes-Benz, Magirus Deutz, MAN, Fiat, Berliet, Saviem, Mack, Kenworth and White were to be seen in growing numbers. That is not to say that Britain's manufacturers were just rolling over as they too introduced a significant number of new models over the decade: AEC, Albion, Guy, Scammell, Foden, ERF, Seddon, and Atkinson.