Yes that one, once owned by John M Phillips and once the most popular poster on many boys walls right next to the Kylie Minogue one with her permed hair style! I too had the poster on my wall and as it goes only recently, I posted it to the current driver of the new Centurian 101, operated by Coles & Sons. Well now the original Scania 143 Streamline that inspired Coles most recent master piece is finally back in a workshop and being brought back to the beauty she once was back in the 1990’s. Since the popularity of #86, she has ended up in the home of all the old V8’s…Ireland. The truck has ended up looking, well, not even half the truck she once was. Now she has an almost plain yellow cab, the rear panel is the only one left with original artwork, no exhaust stacks, but much to her current owners delight the interior has managed to survive and is actually in pretty good nick, considering the external appearance.
Current owner Michael said the plan is to get her back to her original spec:
“I have it now about 2 years but I had been trying to buy it for the last 8 years. The engine was well worked so we completely rebuilt it from top to bottom. We are at the stage now of renewing the brakes, refurbing the axles and renewing wiring before we start the cab we want everything else done first. As for the paint work it will be kept yellow and art work the same only more detailed.”
What Michael wants you to do is supply as many of your photos of the Super Swede as possible. He wants to recreate the truck as accurately as possible so obviously the more photos he can get hold of, the more accurate the rebuild will be. Then you will all get your reward, by being able to enjoy the truck once again at all the shows. Just imagine when Michael’s original Royal Centurian meets Coles & Sons Centurian 101…….stop it!
If you have any photos from Trucks shows, posters, what ever then please email me copies and I can pass them onto Michael. Alternatively you can post your photos on the Truckblog Facebook page, if your that way inclined! Michael and myself look forward to hopefully seeing some of your pics, so get in the back of your wardrobe and dig them out, just think you’ll be doing your wife/partner a favour by clearing out more of your truck crap……….or is that just Mrs Truckblog?!