13-tonner in civvies
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by Alan Bunting
• Marshall SPV is ready to put the civilian UK market version of its 13-tonne GVW 4x4 MT 13-16 chassis into production now type approval is completed. The first fully type-approved chassis form the Cambridge factory is going to South West Water.
Its specification differs little from the Bedford M-type produced latterly at Dunstable by AWD, though the Perkins Phaser 180 engine is now charge-cooled to comply with Euro-1 emissions law. Twin rear wheels on 10R22.5 tyres are standard.
At Marshall's Stevenage base a prototype of a UK-market 17tonne 4x4 is undergoing trials before type approval submission, says sales manager Bob Cosby. Designated 17-21, it is intended to break the monopoly currently enjoyed by Mercedes' 1717AK for public utilities. It is powered by the Phaser 210 engine, and derived from AWD's 4x2 TL 1718 model.
Engineered for 19-tonne working off-road, it uses a Rockwell steer-drive front axle and two speed transfer gearbox. Provisional chassis-cab tare weight of the heavier Marshall 4x4 is 4,886kg.
Cosby says the company is looking for alternatives to the Bedford cab, which originated 33 years ago, in order to improve competitiveness in any revival of the UK on-highway 4x2 market.