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Seddon Atkinson at Work: 400,  401 & 4-11 (Hardback) - Patrick W Dyer

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Seddon Atkinson at Work: 400, 401 & 4-11 - Patrick W Dyer

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In 1970, Oldham-based Seddon took over the struggling Atkinson, based in Preston, merging two of the greatest companies in British truck manufacturing.

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In 1970, Oldham-based Seddon took over the struggling Atkinson, based in Preston, merging two of the greatest companies in British truck manufacturing. It was a partnership that would later see substantial backing from International Harvester in the mutually beneficial takeover of 1974.

In this book Patrick Dyer looks at Seddon Atkinson’s premium range from the period 1975–88. This new range, which began as the 400, was designed to provide a British-built alternative to the European products – led by Volvo and Scania – that were dominating the market at the time.

Equipped with a luxurious tilt cab made of steel and strong drivelines comprising proven proprietary components, the 400 was an immediate hit and soon took the top spot for heavy-weight trucks in the UK. The 401, introduced in 1981, sparked an evolution process with Seddon Atkinson producing a truck that included new features suggested by drivers. The 4-11 saw production through to its end in 1988.

The book charts the development of the 400, 401 and 4-11 over the thirteen years of production. The fine selection of photographs, a quarter of which were sourced from the Seddon Atkinson Historic Archive, is supported by Patrick Dyer’s informative text.

Although Patrick Dyer’s day job is in motor sport, he holds a Class One licence and drives whenever the opportunity arises. This is his sixth book for Old Pond.

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ISBN 9781908397430
Author Patrick W Dyer
Book Type Hardback
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